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When designing and wearing jewelry, I like to go with selected statement pieces.  Same seems to be true with graphic design work, or even interior decoration. One big bold piece with lot of negative space keeps it clear and simple. However, when I mean bold, I really mean bold. So, no wonder I ended up experimenting with  a statement bumper sticker.

Although I try to keep my bumper stickers to bare minimum, I enjoy reading them. Sometimes political,  often funny and occasionally outrageously obnoxious, they reflect car owner’s personality and provide infinite entertainment on long car rides.  But really, are these people being paid for advertising ski resorts or local coffee shops? I thought your own car (and bumper) should remain the free zone for expressing yourself, not promoting some random business.

If it wasn’t clear to everyone who’s reading my blog, I row. I row competitively. I love rowing. Rowing is now build into my core with such force that being out of the water for longer than a day causes physical withdrawal symptoms. One big bold statement word on my bumper should naturally be ROW.

The bold statement sticker (or in my case, magnet) should of course be in-your-face, metallic and 3D.  I modeled it with Rhino and got it printed in strong nylon. After adding the magnets and giving it many (many, many) coats of spray paint, it was done. The material turned out to be rather porous and the final color wasn’t as chrome-like as I would have liked. The next step will be to experiment with different materials to achieve better finish.

PS:  Adding a little bit of gangsta bling to my preferred sleek European car definitely appeals to my screwed sense of humor that I so proudly nurse and cultivate.


There are cars, and then there are fantasies on wheels. The new SLS AMG E-Cell  from Mercede-Benz is a fantasy. Imagine a Prius soul in the ultimate sports car body. Yes, an all electric drive eco friendly road monster. What's not to love!?! Well, apparently the maximum speed is limited to only 155 mph. A little disappointing since it does accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in under four seconds.

The documentation is all in German, so I can only guess what finer points of engine design, I would like to change to make it fit my specific needs. Design looks very spiffy, though. Not too muscular and kind of retro.

Baby, will you fly with me

Baby, will you fly with me

Unlike his cousins in the new SLS AMG Coupé Black Series, SLS AMG E-Cell apparently doesn't come with a spoiler ,which of course is a must item for those moments when you are zooming on the I-95 and your car just suddenly takes off and flies. Mercedes-Benz wants to separate the special people from the usual hormonal teen age car enthusiast and calls the spoiler  aerofoil.  This specialty wing also extends automatically at speeds of over 120 km/h. Really, I need one of those.

Obviously the only other thing missing is the real sports cars sound. You know, the kind of power engine roar that scares small children and  makes old ladies seek solace behind trees that have matching ages. Fortunately, I don't have to feel like I'm traveling with the usual electric car crowd. 2XL Games has developed and app for the rescue. XLR8 uses the accelerometers of your smart phone to realistically respond to acceleration, braking and cornering forces.

Just kidding. I really don't want this car. And those who know me, already guessed that. Although...How cool would I look on my travels to local grocery store. And I would definitely make an impression flipping my yoga-pant covered legs out of this vehicle at the local YMCA.