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30 January 2004 @ 08:53 am
Post from the road..  
..using the LJHiptop script I wrote.

Sometimes it's embarrassing to have a yuppie car. I've endured much teasing about the windshield wipers on the headlights. But I'm very glad for the item pictured in the first photo below, when I come out to the car in the morning to see the second!

ButtWarmers


ReallyColdCar
 
 
 
Ash Cairoashmcairo on January 30th, 2004 02:57 pm (UTC)
The butt' warmer sounds nice, but how about a heated steering wheel? I hate having to grab onto a cold steering wheel with my bare hands.

I also think remote starters should be standard on every car. I want to be able to turn on my car and get it nice and toasty before I leaving the warm comfort of my house.
Feren: groatferen on January 30th, 2004 03:04 pm (UTC)
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[but how about a heated steering wheel? I hate having to grab onto a cold steering wheel with my bare hands.]

Do what I do, buy a pair of insulated leather yuppie driving gloves.

[I also think remote starters should be standard on every car.]

Allow me to advise, based on experience, against putting such a device in a car with a manual transmission.
Aurethaureth on January 30th, 2004 03:06 pm (UTC)
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I still laugh every time I remember your driveless Camaro, lurching it's way towards a snowbank....

:)
Brendan: Grinnin Foolroho on January 30th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
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And I'm still sorry I missed it!
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 30th, 2004 05:49 pm (UTC)
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There's a reason why most remote starters can't be installed into cars without an automatic. Now you know why!

I want to hear the Camaro story.
Ash Cairoashmcairo on January 30th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
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Every pair of yuppie driving gloves I buy, I end up loosing one of them. I need to get a pair of those kiddie gloes that you clip to your cuffs.

And I drive an automatic. There goes my car-penis.
Brendan: Yeah I'm badroho on January 30th, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC)
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Me and a coworker were discussing remote starters. Specifically, why should you have to be close to the car to do it? So we were thinking of plugging an internet-equipped cell phone into the car, which polls a server every minute or so. You login to the server from your desktop (at home or work, wherever you are), and tell it to start. The car picks up the signal, and is warm by the time you get up from your desk!

Course, OnStar may already do this, since they can unlock your doors from afar and stuff...but OnStar is creepy.
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 30th, 2004 05:48 pm (UTC)
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You can get it in VWs now ... but given its potential to be used for spying on you (there's already been a court case on the FBI doing this) I refuse to buy a car that has it.

VWs can't be remote-started because they're designed to refuse to start without the electronic key present, so thieves can't hotwire the car or make their own keys. Too bad. It'd be neat to make a device that would connect to your computer and let you put the key in and turn it, just like on the real thing, to remote-start the car!
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 30th, 2004 06:02 pm (UTC)
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They exist, I think, but only on really high-end cars.

I have a steering wheel cover on my wheel, temporarily, that someone gave me - it looks really ugly and it makes the wheel fatter than I like, but it also keeps my hands from being chilled by cold plastic! AutoZone sells them.
B-Rock The Islamic Shock Hussein SuperAllah Obamabrianblackberry on January 30th, 2004 03:17 pm (UTC)
What is LJHiptop?
Ash Cairoashmcairo on January 30th, 2004 03:35 pm (UTC)
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I'm assuming it a LiveJournal client for use with the Danger Hiptop.
Brendan: Yeah I'm badroho on January 30th, 2004 03:43 pm (UTC)
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Well, that's pretty much what I wrote it for, but it actually could work for anyone (it doesn't run on the Hiptop). It's a Python script, that runs on my mailserver. If I send myself a specially-formatted email, from certain addresses, the script will take the email body, post it to Livejournal, and post any attached images to the webserver. It then links the images into the entry with URLs.

If anyone wants to take a peek, it's here! All you need to run it is Python, and a mailserver that'll let you run the script on incoming mail (I use Sendmail, with Procmail).
Will: coon - party - mcafeewas1 on January 30th, 2004 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm super-jealous of co-workers who have butt-warmers in their cars this time of year. Besides all-wheel drive, heated seats are one of the features I'll be looking for when I get my next car.
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 30th, 2004 05:42 pm (UTC)
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Get a VW Passat 4Motion.

I have butt-warmers in my Golf. The price for the cold weather package (butt-warmers and heated washer nozzles) is around $200.

I was just thinking this morning that I'll never buy another car without 'em, as my butt sat there quietly being roasted.
M. C. A. Hogarthhaikujaguar on January 30th, 2004 03:25 pm (UTC)
I guess this is like Air Conditioning for people in the south. People in the north don't often have it and people in the south are horrified that they don't, since they can't imagine doing without it.

I can't imagine needing heated seats. :)
MelSkunkmelskunk on January 30th, 2004 04:52 pm (UTC)
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People in the north don't often have it and people in the south are horrified that they don't

Are you joking?
I couldn't survive a summer with the regular 35C+ w/ 75-100% humidity days here without it. How north are we talking, exactly? Winnepeg?
M. C. A. Hogarthhaikujaguar on January 30th, 2004 04:54 pm (UTC)
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Well, my sister in Chicago didn't have A/C. I had a couple friends in New York who didn't, and someone in northern California who didn't either. Maybe I just know crazy people. :)

Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 30th, 2004 05:46 pm (UTC)
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I live in St. Louis ... I think I'd die without A/C in my car in the summer!
Chiaroscuro Lyle Themystchefmongoose on January 31st, 2004 07:19 am (UTC)
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My car has no A/C. I survive in Connecticut int he summer by rolling down the window.

Even so, people go "You care doesn't have AC?" up north as well. It's *ridiculously* prevalent in all but bottom-end-model cars.

--Chiaroscuro, also buttwarmerless.
The Captain: South Parkcaptain18 on January 30th, 2004 05:37 pm (UTC)
ButtWarmers

Or as my dad prefers to call them, Bun Toasters.
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 30th, 2004 05:50 pm (UTC)
People who laugh at headlight wipers have obviously never seen Scandinavian winters. As someone whose parents lived there for a year once, and KNOW, I say, "Shaddup until you've been there at that time of year. Then we'll see how much you whine."
Brendan: Yeah I'm badroho on January 30th, 2004 05:54 pm (UTC)
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Tell me about it! At least since I got this car, I haven't had a repeat of the unpleasant experience I had once on a trip back from Maine to Chicago...It started getting dark, and my lights barely seemed to be illuminating anything. I pulled off at a rest area, and discovered a solid half inch of ice plating them both!
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 30th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
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I can beat that ...

1984 Toyota Corolla. Headlights were sealed-beam and set back 2-3 inches from the grille. Drove home from Iowa through a blizzard at 30MPH. Every 20 minutes I had to pull over and shovel the snow from in front of the headlights!

The 1985 model had flush-mounted headlights that didn't have this problem. :p

If I wanted washers on my Golf I could install a European bumper and the washer refit kit. Unfortunately, doing this means losing the yellow front side marker lights. Many people take them off for stylistic reasons but I refuse to (beyond installing clear covers and amber bulbs) because I feel they're necessary for safety reasons. So I will not install the European bumper. And thus, no washers.

I'd love a used 2000-up BMW 325i sport wagon, with xenons and headlight washers, though! (And butt-warmers!)
Turquanaturq on January 31st, 2004 04:13 pm (UTC)
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The 1985 model had flush-mounted headlights that didn't have this problem

Bzzt! Wrong. My parents owned one. ;P
The -1986- corolla had flushmounted headlights (and then in 1987, they switched bodystyles).
Jennifer: Automotiveburan on January 31st, 2004 09:08 pm (UTC)
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The info I saw must have been wrong, then. Can you find a picture somewhere of what's clearly an 85 with the inset headlights? And, I guess that Geo I rode around in in Ohio was the same model generation as the 87?
Turquanaturq on February 1st, 2004 04:33 am (UTC)



Top is an 85, bottom is an 86. I -was- wrong about the changeover to the more modern body style, it was done in -1988-, so 87s looked much like 86s. The Geo would've been the same as the '88 redesign (roughly; it actually uses a Toyota Sprinter body), as that's when the Geo nameplate was produced; the previous generation of rebadged Corollas (again using the Sprinter body) were Chevy Novas. Images were retrieved using Google Image search; I'd link to the original pages, but they were both flakey. If you don't trust me, feel free to google yourself, using the terms '1985 corolla' and '1986 corolla'. Do keep in mind that -any- pictures you find of Corollas from outside the US will have flushmount headlights, as only we (and probably Canada) got the sealed-beams in that generation.
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The clearest night is the coldest.octantis on January 30th, 2004 08:11 pm (UTC)
I am jealous of your yuppie car! :( Though I must say, my current vehicle is fairly comfortable, compared to the rolling motor w. box I started with.
Espressocaffeinewabbit on January 31st, 2004 01:58 am (UTC)
Butt warmers rule. My stepmom's car has them, and on days like yesterday I very much consider them cornerstone of modern invention.