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Big Dave
seven and a half years ago

Interesting point about style and functionality. I rarely wear clothes that would be considered stylish. Functionality is the key for me, pockets for everything so my hands are free. I hate wearing jeans, or any clothes that restrict my flexibility. It seems I want to be ready for anything. I have the flexibilty to kick to the head, and I want to be able to do it whenever I need to. The same goes for my car, it's fast, I can go up over gutters if I need to, and it's big enough to carry all my needs, rope, shovel, fold up reclining chair, etc.

Brian
seven and a half years ago

It's interesting to hear the both of you talk about your shift from aesthetics to functionality. This is something that I did long ago but am now seeing alot of my friends do. It definitely has something to do with getting older, and perhaps because I graduated college early and got married much earlier, it came to me sooner.

When we are kids, things change quickly and the long term is not really important. But now that I'm married, own a home, and have a stable job, I'm much more concerned with things working properly so they (a) last a long time and (b) I don't need to worry about them.

When I travel anywhere, people often remark to me that I look like I'm going on a hike. Mostly all of my "gear" is utilitarian. That's not to say that it's not beautiful to me, but it is certainly a recognizable style that I have adopted or developed based on my lifestyle. Once we settle down and become content, this sort of thing becomes possible and satisfying.

carl
seven and a half years ago

From what i recall some games that have problems getting rated here just get the offending part cut out or edited... As i recall GTA had the car shaking bit edited out (when you shage a pro) and Fallout 3 game where it shows you injecting a drug to increase health they changed to a med pack type thing ..There are a few banned games in Australia but as Big Dave said if you really want to play them (such as Manhunt etc) so many places to get it not really a problem. I think we are going to intruduce a rating system soon(ish)

Big Dave
seven and a half years ago

Censorship of computer games isn't a problem for me. I'm not really interested in the ultra violent ones. We have a rating system, and if they're so explicit they can't be rated, then they can't be sold. I know the game junkies are upset, but I'm sure they find ways around it. If you really want to get your hands on something, you will find a way.

I have given my car a name, actually names, Sometimes I call it "Fat Ass" and sometimes I just call it "Cartman". I didn't buy it for resale value, but the I never have. I had a list of what I wanted, V8, ground clearance, all wheel drive, not a ford, colour white. 4 out of 5 isn't bad.

Talking of car names, I like all the ones you mentioned, plus Nova, Cobra, Jaguar, and Countach, which apparently means something interesting in some Italian dialects. On the other end of the scale you have Cedric, Belvedere, and Edsel.

Funny car name story, Mitsubishi sold a car in Australia in the 80s called the Starion, it was meant to be called Stallion, but Japanese problems with pronouncing English led to the wrong name being used.