Dale Franks

I write stuff. A lot of it is about cars and motorcycles.

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2015 BMW X5 xDrive35i

I’ve gotta be honest with you. I loved everything about the 2015 Volvo XC90 and it has ruined me for all other SUVs. Nothing on the market has its combination of modern style, technology, room, and drivability. Which is sad, really, because, now I have to review the BMW X5, a car about which I might otherwise have said many nice things.

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Explain a Film Plot, Badly

There was a fun hashtag game on Twitter today, called #ExplainAFilmPlotBadly. The purpose is to accurately describe actual events in a movie, while simultaneously missing the whole point of it. Here were my entries.

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Random Photoblogging

This weekend, I consolidated all of the RAW photo files from various external hard drives into a single Lightroom catalog that I can swap between my Mac and my PC. In doing so, I can across some pictures I’ve taken that struck me as interesting for one reason or another, so I decided to share them. So, here are some selected photos I’ve taken since 2012, that  haven’t shared before.

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Reforming English II

Several months ago, I wrote about my fascination with alternative alphabets, the history of English-language reform, and an alternative alphabet named Quickscript, which I revised a bit. Since then I’ve gone back and played with my new version of Quickscript on occasion. But just on occasion. I mean, it’s not like I’m obsessed with it. I’m not a lunatic.

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Jantelagen

2015 Volvo XC90 T6

I while back, in my review of the Volvo S60, I discussed the Swedish concept of lagom, which is the state of being acceptably good. The Swedes also have another, related concept, called Jantelagen. Basically, it means that, if you show your success too ostentatiously, you should be scorned and reviled. Frankly, the Swedes seem to hate and fear success, which seems a bit wacky. What this means in automotive terms is that, driving around in a high-status BMW X5 is a violation of Jantelagen, while driving around in a Volvo XC90 is not. And that seems wacky, too, because it’s totally wrong

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