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

Dale Franks

The Way We Were

The 1970s weren’t just a different time. The United States itself was a far different place. A much stranger place. Just take a look at these ads, which, at the time, seemed entirely normal. Because we were high as a kite.

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Still Waiting

This is my 2015 Triumph Trophy SE, on the day I bought her home last January. She gave me almost 10,000 miles of memories. Indeed, she was such a great bike, that I sold my car, and the Trophy was my only transportation

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I Pronounce It “Vulva”

Since I sold the GTO last year, I’ve been without a car, using my 2015 Triumph Trophy SE to go everywhere, in all weather, except the occasional heavy rain, in which case I’ve been taking Uber to work. That worked out really well for the last year, right up until early last week, when I took the Trophy in for its 10,000 mile service. Then, it all went sideways.

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Runner-Up

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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Video: 2015 Orange County Auto Show

This video is pretty much like my car reviews, except you get to hear me say outrageous things instead of just reading them. So please, watch the video. And click on the ads like a crack-addled monkey looking for his next fix. A photography post from the show will appear in due course.

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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.

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Noooooo!

2015 Nissan Altima 2.5 S

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, reliable, mid-sized family sedan, you’ve probably got the Nissan Altima 2.5 S on your list of cars to check out. And, on paper, nearly everything tells you that it should be a serious contender.

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San Diego Festival of Sail

This weekend, the San Diego Festival of Sail was going on downtown in the harbor. Naturally, I went down for the picture-taking opportunities, and here’s a few of the shots I took.

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