Saturday, April 27, 2013

Let's Do The News! (April 27, 2013)

(cheers and applause)

JC: Intimate get together?

RH: Oops...Sorry...must have watch too much P&F, so that's why I got that term...

JM: Anyway, now let's do the news!

JC: Now, it seems that the Philippines made themselves, sort of, a supercar which, I believe, is made of...

RH: No wait, let me think...surplus engines?

(audience laughing)

JM: No, I don't really think so but here's the pic that really sums it up...

Pacita Fibertech

JC: What this is kinda look like a McLaren F1 except the fact that it isn't. This is just some sort of a concept showing what the Filipinos can do and I think this is kinda awkward for the Philippines to join the supercar fray because this dream machine doesn't have any rear lamps on it...

RH: So, it isn't road-legal?

JC: Nope. Not yet street legal because it doesn't had any lamps at the back but what I heard is that the base car was a Honda Civic and it cost themselves 700,000 Philippine Pesos or somewhat under 17,000 US Dollars.

RH: So, it's cheaper to made one? No freaking way but still I can expect they didn't had the money to put a super large engine and then remain the engine from the Honda Civic so it isn't quite a supercar...

(audience laughing)

JC: Just got the note that this Civic-based supercar project was under the hands of an auto-body fabricator based in San Pedro, Laguna and it will be showcased upcoming Trans Sport Show in late May at SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. So if that got me thinking...how did they made this?

JM: Well, perhaps maybe the big sister of someone who made this would want to go to her mommy to bust them but minutes later, it's gone and big sis got shocked when she see it and then "Hi Mom!" the little kid said...

(audience laughing)

JC: James?!

JM: Oops. Sorry, my bad...

(audience laughing)

JC: Now, bad news. Does anyone remember Multiply? The blogging website every Filipinos often use it for day-to-day blogging purposes? Okay, last year, we were shocked that Multiply ditched is social networking and content sharing state in favor of being the marketing site for Filipino and Indonesian sellers. Now, gets worse, really worse. I just got a note that Multiply (former social networking site and now former online marketplace) will close on May 6, 2013 and cease business operations at the end of May 2013. I know, it's very sad for those who spent so many years blogging in Multiply in the not too distant past.

Multiply closure


JM: Huh? What just happened? Last year, they revamped Multiply into an internet marketplace that works only for Philippines and Indonesia but then, they've announced that they will shut down Multiply for good? How's that possible?

JC: Well, I'm afriad that Multiply can't survive the fast-growing social media dominated by Facebook and Twitter. This was the same thing happened to Friendster when the once-popular social networking site was revamped into a gaming site which has no such connection to the old one whatsoever. Imeem? Sad story, it became MySpace music which seems to be super-complicated to us...

(audience laughing)

JM: So the main lesson for the Multiply closure is that when there are some social media sites you love were overtaken by Facebook and Twitter, sad to say that you need to be safe with them because even the smallest of the social media sites can become obsolete and either get revamped into utter nonsense or be shut off for good.

JC: Thanks, James. Take note, ladies and germs...

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, does anyone still remember the Espace F1 of the 1994's? The minivan with the 820bhp V10 Williams F1 engine on it? Anyway, Renault made another one and this time, it's on the ridiculously-looking Twizy electric car. Here it is...

Renault Twizy F1 Concept

(audience laughing)

RH: What the heck was that?

JC: Uh, don't tell me Richard the Hammond but this is like when you leave a forklift to your new idols, Phineas and Ferb, and then modified into this.

(audience laughing)

RH: Seriously, Clarkson?

JC: Uh-huh. Seriously. It's a forklift turned into this and this little forky gets F1's KERS technology that generate 97bhp for approximately 13 seconds. I know it doesn't sound so speedy but I believe that it can outrun an old forklift and whoever made this... (Imitates Candace) You guys are so busted!

(audience laughing)

JC: Any questions?

RH: Uh...no.

JM: Nope...

JC: Good, so that's the end of the news!

Forza Horizon: It's not a party, it's an intimate get-together...for cars!

Let me put it this way, Forza Horizon is all about cars, fun, and games. If it's getting over the top, you might be thinking that this is all just an intimate get-together but you are wrong. Sure you might be saying " It's not a party, it's an intimate get-together" but accept it. This is not an intimate get-together. It's a PARTY! No wonder Turn 10 threw themselves the biggest party for car enthusiasts only at their XBOX 360 consoles and guess what? This is even more life-ruingly fun than other games!

What I have here is an S65 AMG, which comes with the same 6.5L V12 that I had on the SL65 AMG but let me remind you that this V12-powered sport saloon has a thousand torques on it. With so much torque, this is just like Dr. Hannibal Lecter got invited to a party, which is not a party but it's an intimate get together. Horizon party! Horizon party!

The Midnight Cinderella

The thing about this S-Class though is that every politicians had one, even bling-bling celebs had one, then famous athletes, high-ranking generals, high-profile Arabs, the Mafia, the Yakuza, the Triad, those big-shots. It seems that the S-Class flagship is a priviledged car for the priviledged few because of its high price and luxurious amenities only the S-Class has to offer and with the V12-powered AMG model, it combines the same comfort of the S-Class while delivering the supercar-like performance courtesy of the skunk works deep inside the bowels of AMG.

The Shining




And then there's this Cadillac Escalade, which is the status symbol for those who are living the bling-bling lifestyle in western part of America.

Big shot, coming through

Over the years, I've seen most of the guys who owned an Escalade spend a lot of cash putting up with some shiny oversized wheels, some bling-bling materials, some billet grilles, some in car entertainment, some bulletproof materials, so on, so forth. The list goes on and on and on because such popularity really made the Escalade one of the darling of the "Cruising" scene and as years go by, the Escalade will become a future classic because when a load of seniors wanted to have one, boy, those old people sure know how to relive their youth. Get it?

Like a boss
Even in its third-generation look, the Escalade stuff is still there. There's still the luxurious interior fit for the king, the big V8 engine that is very very thirsty, and the status of being a bling-bling car for the bling-bling boys out here. This is just another one of the cars that is surely got invited to the Horizon party, which is not a party, it's an intimate get-together. Horizon party! Horizon party!



Those cars sure know how to turn an intimate get-together into the biggest party in Colorado. It's the H to the O to the R-I-Z-O-N! What? H to the O to the R-I-Z-O-N! That's right!

Bubble Gang 2013 Summer Special Part 1



On the April 26, 2013 episode, Bubble Gang is out for another Summer Special at Morong. One part of Morong to be precise...WHITE CORALS! The weather's getting hotter but the laughter is still even more hotter such as this:

- Social media-related gags



- Who's going to be buried in the sand first?



- Mr. Assimo at the swimming lesson



- Bubble Gang does Century Tuna by spoofing this ad as Send-Churi Tuna! There's no other tuna!



- Pickup Lines!



- Choose your boat wisely...



- Summer advices from Tata Lino



- Sorry but, your sand castle needs to be demolished because of health and safety...



- IyoTube



The first part of this Summer Special 2013 of BG is fun but next week promises more fun under the sun! See you on Part Two!

Threats from North Korea - A Week in Review (April 27, 2013)


And now, the week in review of what's what at the Korean peninsula...

April 22, 2013

- South Korean foreign minister Yun Byung-se cancelled his visit to Japan for talks with his Japanese counterpart, Fumio Kishida, after a trip to China to discuss the North Korean issue.

April 23, 2013

- A bag of white powder (which turned out to be edible wheat flour) along with a threatening message to South Korea's Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin was delivered to the defense HQ at around 10:00 AM local time. A message says that Kim Kwan-jin will be punished under the name of the Korean race if he continues to degrade North Korea's highest dignity. Defense Ministry will boost anti-terrorism measures against postal deliveries sent to the HQ and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

April 24, 2013

- South Korea extended an offer to hold talks with North Korea over the Kaesong complex that has been idle since early this month in the midst of the tensions at the Korean peninsula.

April 25, 2013

- SoKor government asked the North to come out to the negotiating table and they want their response by Friday morning. If agreed, officials in charge of the inter-Korean cooperation from the two will meet for discussions on the situation of the Kaesong complex.

April 26, 2013

- South Korea announced that they will withdraw all of its workers from the Kaesong Complex in North Korea after Pyongyang denied their offer to resolve disputes over the inter-Korean rapprochement.


Friday, April 26, 2013

K-Brosas, IHAW NA!

Comedienne K-Brosas was the guest on the IHAW NA segment from the April 25, 2013's Banana Nite and in here, they discuss about her career, her funny side, and other stuff...

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Let's Do The News! (April 25, 2013)

(cheers and applause)

JC: Well done, shorty!

RH: Yeah!

JM: Now let's do the news!

JC: Okay, let's start with this. Namco Bandai released another DLC Catalog on The iDOLM@STER 2 for the PS3 console, here it is...



JC: It's another one of the PS3-exclusive costumes that will drive those X360 owners some jealousy. Here, Catalog 17 for the PS3 version features two new costumes "Bright Eaglet" and "Exotic China" as well as the song titled 9:02pm, which is familiar for those who had L4U before...

JM: Aren't you the so-called Jeremy Clarkson who, a couple of months ago, demanding to Namco Bandai saying that "PLEASE ADD THE PUNKISH GOTHIC COSTUME ON THE PS3 VERSION!"

(audience laughing)

JC: Rubbish me...

RH: Anyhow...

JC: I just can't believe that Namco Bandai still refusing to add the Punkish Gothic outfit on the PS3 version of the iM@S 2. It's been years now since the PS3 version of the iM@S 2 broke cover but how come they spend several months featuring outfits that were the same as the XBOX 360 version while others featuring costumes developed specifically for the PS3 version. Why is this happening?

RH: I don't know, maybe Punkish Gothic costumes will always stay on the XBOX 360 version and nowhere else...

(audience laughing)

JC: Maybe, but it seems that Namco Bandai keeps on saying "Right, we don't need the Punkish Gothic costumes. Let's make some costumes that were exclusive to the PS3 version!"

(audience laughing)

JC: That's why I don't want that C7 Corvette Stingray...

RH: Okay...

JC: The point is that if you are wearing a Punkish Gothic outfit, the C7 Corvette will say "ACCESS DENIED".

(audience laughing)

JC: Think about it, there will never be a Punkish Gothic DLC on the PS3 version of the iM@S 2 and no matter how many times you beg, it will NEVER happen because they don't think they'll going to feature it. And that's a shame because there's been a lot of otakus in the international community always wanted to cosplay as their favorite 765PRO idols in an outfit that the PS3 version may never get. The More You Know...

(audience laughing)

RH: Yep! The More You Know!

JM: The More You Know!

(cheers and applause)

JC: Now, Toyota, they said that sold over five million hybrids worldwide and this also includes those biblically terrible Toyota Prius eco-car which we don't like because it's too ECO for its own right. So, what does this mean to you?

RH: Uh...does this mean that the world's turning into a boring place for petrolheads?

(audience laughing)

JC: Acceptable but I was thinking about the S word...

JM: What S-word?

JC: Smug!

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, has any one of you watching an episode of South Park about hybrids? Hands up...

(audience raising hands)

RH: I do...

JM: Hammond, you do that because it's an American show...

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, as said in a South Park episode, those morons who owned a hybrid, especially those who owned a Prius, getting themselves stuffed and spew a lot of self-satisfied garbage to the air. That's SMUG! I can imagine those countries that sell hybrids, especially Japan, which is the producer of mass-market hybrids, getting ravaged by such strong monsoons and thus, I believe, is SMUG.

(audience laughing)

JC: ♫Come on, people now, people now. People now, come on, people now. Got to drive hybrids, people now.

(audience laughing hysterically, then cheers and applause)

RH: Oh! I see! It seems that based on a South Park episode, hybrids causing people to spew some garbage to the air, creating S-M-U-G! SMUG!

JC: Yep, even in the UK, such floodings from the past years really put the hybrids in the blame game because of SMUG! Perhaps no other people noticed this South Park episode making fun of hybrids.

(audience laughing)

JC: There you go, Top Gear Top Tip: Don't buy a hybrid or you'll be causing natural disasters!

(audience laughing, then cheers and applause)

JC: Ah.....(farts)

(audience laughing)

JC: Whoa, that was one that I really don't want...

JM: By the way...remember the time that, but a year ago, you had a statement regarding the legendary Sauber Mercedes C9 Le Mans racer? You said "If you see a car that was featured only in Gran Turismo franchise but robbed by the Forza franchise for DLC purposes, watch your backs for a series of complaints written in Japanese."

(audience laughing)

JC: Awww....Yes, yes I was. But recently, the cap's been lifted for the Sauber C9 because an upcoming indie racer game from developer I don't really know about, called Project CARS, is about to feature the Sauber C9 as well as some historic Mercedes-Benz racing machines. Also, they'll be going to feature the all new A45 AMG hot hatch as part of the builds for this community-assisted racing game which is still a WIP (work in progress) but it's getting mass attention for racing-sim fans everywhere.

JM: So, your statements about the Sauber C9 is wrong?

JC: Yes, yes I am wrong...

(audience laughing)

JC: Uh, anyway, I just received some news that Microsoft is going to reveal their new generation replacement to the XBOX 360 this May and this is the only info we've received...



(audience laughing)

RH: That's it? That's the info regarding the next generation XBOX?

JM: I don't know but regarding this invitation note, I'm guess that Microsoft's trying to outdo Sony's PS4 with something...

JC: Yeah, stay tuned for more info...

(audience laughing)

JC: Now, as we know, Iron Man 3 draws near and it seems that there's a new trailer from Marvel, showing off the upcoming Thor sequel, titled THOR: THE DARK WORLD and it seems most people are getting interested about that new villain played by Christopher Eccleston from Doctor Who. Here's the pic of what Chris is going to be in Thor 2...

Malekith

(audience laughing)

RH: What? That doesn't seem to look like Christopher Eccleston to us...

JM: Yeah, who's that?

JC: Well, apparently, some say that's the new enemy for Thor, named Malekith. I'm not 100% sure if this is Christopher Eccleston playing the role of a new Thor villain.

RH: Me neither!

(audience laughing)

JC: Right, that brings us the end of the news...

("Gitchee Gitchee Goo" playing)

(audience laughing)

JC: What's that?

RH: Oh, wait! It's my cellphone.

JC: Richard, that was the weirdest ringtone you have in the phone.

RH: No, it's a brilliant one.

JC: Then what the heck that goes "Bow chika bow wow, that's what my baby said"

(audience laughing)

RH: That's my favorite P&F song. Gitchee Gitchee Goo! 

All: GITCHEE GITCHEE GOO MEANS THAT I LOVE YOU!

(applause)

JC: Oh boy...

Bangs Garcia, IHAW NA!

In the April 24, 2013's Banana Nite's IHAW NA segment, Tito Bhoy interviews guest star Bangs Garcia. He explains...why does Bangs doesnt have bangs on her hair, her career , and others.

Meanwhile, Melai Cantiveros shares us three tips to get yourself awake when the alarm bell rings in Laugh Three

3) Put a sharp object on an alarm clock

2) Add some unusual sound on the alarm clock

1) Get yourself a wife!

As for Hala Bara: ALAK KA BA? KASI, HABANG TUMATAGAL, NASUSUKA NA KAMI!!!

Forza Motorsport 4: HIJACKED

No no no no.... Not the GTA kind of hijacking cars, Hijack. You know, it's a Ridge Racer stuff. Hijack. It's a pickup truck first appeared in Rage Racer at the end of 1996 and then resurfaced again on RR6 in late 2005 when the XBOX 360 first went on sale. Anyway, enough of those analogy because that Hijack pickup only comes into your imagination but what if you want a true-to-life pickups that behaves just like the Hijack pickup?

What we have here in FM4 is three potential sport trucks that blown away their "pickup" images to become one of the most performance-oriented sport trucks on the market in the not too distant past. Those sports trucks might lost their ability to go offroad but they sure are quite a handful when they start to misbehave themselves. Putting big power in a big pickup truck might sound ridiculous but with all that added brute force, it can be as punishing as The Punisher himself.

Take a look at those three sports trucks I had lined up...

GMC Syclone

Based on the GMC Sonoma pickup truck, the Syclone is GMC's high performance sport truck that was launched in 1991 and then it spawned a Jimny-based Typhoon a year later. Some critics say that the Syclone pickup has specifications that had more in common with a Porsche rather than pickups even though the Syclone has a turbocharged 4.3L V6 engine equipped with Mitsubishi TD06-17C 8 cm² turbocharger and Garrett water/air intercooler. It develops 280HP of power and 475Nm of torque while mated with a 4-speed automatic. 0-60mph takes about 5.3 seconds and based on a Car & Driver test, it does a quarter-mile run in 14.1 seconds at 93 mph.



Dodge Ram SRT-10


What happens when you drop a big Viper V10 engine under the hood of the Dodge Ram pickup? The answer was the Ram SRT-10 and unlike any other Ram Trucks, which were focused for utilitarian purposes, it was made for the purpose of speed.

It features an 8.3L Viper V10 engine which develops 510HP of power and 712Nm of torque. The regular cab model of the Ram SRT-10 with such engine has a top speed of 153 mph (246 km/h), and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.9 seconds.

During its tenure, Dodge released several special models for the Ram SRT-10 such as the Viper Club of America Edition, the Yellow Fever, the Commemorative Edition, and the Night Runner. Right when the SRT-10 Ram stopped production after the 2006 model year, about 9,527 Dodge Ram SRT-10s were manufactured.

In 2004, the Ram SRT-10 hailed as the fastest production truck in the world with an average speed of 154.587 mph (248.784 km/h). This record was beaten by an Australian-made HSV Maloo with a speed of 168.668 mph (271.445 km/h).



Saleen S331


While essentially a tuned version of the Ford F-150 SuperCab FX3, the S331 is Saleen's first ever pickup truck since 2001 and it was priced at $54,000 for the supercharged model while non-supercharged models priced at $44,000.

The supercharged 5.4L V8 engine that powers it generates about 450HP of power and 500lb-ft of torque while being mated with a 4R75-E 4-speed automatic gearbox.

The S331 Sport Truck featured specially tuned front and rear spinrg and new shock absorbers specifically designed to withstand the bulk of the 23-inch forged, one-piece aluminum wheels holding 305/40R23 BFG high-performance tires, thus giving it a lower center of gravity.

While high-performance trucks sacrificed its utilitarian traits for performance purposes, the S331 keeps its traits while maintaining its performance quo. The base model has a full payload rating of 1300lbs and it's capable to tow a 5-ton trailer.



Okay, now that we finally getting to know more about those sport trucks, let's find out which of these three is the best round the Top Gear Track and that means handing them over to the tamed racing driver...



I had the times! Let's see...

Syclone - 1:33.411
S331 - 1:38.145
Ram SRT-10 - 1:31.274

So based on the times, the V10-powered Dodge Ram is the quickest round the track so by sneaking suspicion, maybe the Ram SRT-10 is quite a sport truck that blown away its pickup image and sacrificed its utilitarian and offroad capabilities to become a muslce truck with a big engine that powers it. The Syclone though, that's just right for sport truck enthusiasts because even though it's not quite as fast as the V10 Ram, it's lighter and I think both of these sports trucks are an instant classic because it's going to be very rare to find one of those for grabs. These are definitely a future classics because of such rarity and value.

What about the S331? Meh, that's just a tuned Ford F-150 but who cares about it?

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

PASS CARD

Top stories from the Kandila segment of April 23, 2013's Banana Nite;

- As election nears, two candidates are fighting over a... RAFFLE DRAW!

- E-cigarettes are not healthy according to DOH...and instead, do the H-Shake! Harlem Shake.

- BIR, nullified the cedula...MABUHAY!!!

Meanwhile, Angelica showcased some funny pics in another ETO NA POST; such as a diver equpped with LPG tank, a pizza that melts in the oven, FEAR HEAD, before and after, and keep off the grass.

And then, in another CHAZZ DO IT, they all dare to do the PASS CARD. Watch out for kisses!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Renault Scenic XMOD

2013 Renault Scenic XMOD

Remember the RX4?

Well, back in 2000, Renault made a toughened version of the Scenic family mover called the RX4 which comes with the part-time, on demand 4WD system which works very well without all the drama. It's a good car though, especially the rear seats can be removed for added space. Some people say, they like this one better than the present-day Koleos because it's Korean and it's rubbish.

So what's it all about this present-day Scenic XMOD?

Well, like the old RX4, the XMOD is a crossover type of Scenic for those who want to go Adventure Time (no, not the one you'd expect from) on the great outdoors. On the outside, it looks like a recently facelifted Scenic but the XMOD features an enhanced ride height, new bumpers, sill guards, new alloy wheels and roof bars to make the XMOD look like it's ready for adventures in the Alps.

But...

Despite being a crossover, the XMOD is available only in front-wheel drive, same as the Clio-based Captur crossover, which is also FWD you know. However, Renault added something specifically to the XMOD such as this; the all-new Extended Grip system. This new system provides the confidence of a 4WD car in a FWD crossover people carrier and when set to EXPERT MODE, it takes care of the braking system, while leaving the driver in full control of the engine torque. When you set it in ROAD MODE, it provides conventional traction control settings and automatically reconnects at speeds of 40kph. Lastly, on LOOSE GROUND MODE, it optimises braking control and engine torque control as a function of available grip. That sounds interesting but even with this Extended Grip system, I'm afraid that going to be as redundat to drive as the Captur due to the lack of 4WD. As for the ride however, that's creepy in so many levels. It may not be as fun to drive as a 4WD minivan and I'd expect to have the same feeling as having your kids saying...um...how do you say "Are We There Yet?" in French? Never mind but if you have kids on your next road trip to Dune of Pyla or at the Mont Saint-Michel, your best bet is to buy some SeatPets elsewhere and put it on the seatbelts of the rear seat so your kids will stay comfy on your trip. Just saying...

Engine Choices?

Let's see... There are two petrol engines (Energy TCe 130, Energy TCe 115) and three diesel engines (Energy dCi 110, Energy dCi 130, dCi 110) available on the XMOD. Most models do have a 6-speed manual while the one with the dCi 110 comes with an optional double clutch transmission which sounds a bit fine but the one with the dCi 110 mated with a manual promises a 4L/100km of combined fuel economy, which sounds perfect for the long journeys and practical for road use.

What's it like to be inside?


2013 Renault Scenic XMOD interior
Well, it's not half bad to be inside the XMOD. It's even more spacious than the regular Scenic because the boot is now up to 555 litres in capacity, it has the new R-Link infotainment first applied on the new Clio, seating for five people, and joy of joys, it has a premium Bose stereo which is a favorite for those who had Bose Edition models in the past.

Price List?

2013 Renault Scenic XMOD



Zen dCi 110 - 27,250 Euros
Zen Energy dCi 110 eco² - 27,950 Euros
Zen dCi 110 EDC - 28,750 Euros
Zen Energy TCe 115 - 26,450 Euros
Bose Energy dCi 130 - 31,700 Euros
Bose Energy dCi 110 eco² - 30,900 Euros
Bose dCi 110 EDC - 31,700 Euros
Bose Energy TCe 130 - 28,800 Euros

Available Colors?

Available colors for the XMOD are Beige Dune, Bleu majorelle, Gris Cassiopee, Gris Platine, Jaune Automne, Rouge Grenat, Teinte Fictive, Blanc Nacre, Noir Etoile, and Blanc Glacier.


Jessy Mendiola, IHAW NA!

Jessy Mendiola was guested on the IHAW NA segment of the April 22, 2013 episode of Banana Nite and in here, Tito Bhoy talks about Jessy's love for Italian foods, her own Paraiso, and something else...

Meanwhile, Melai shares us top three tips on what to do when your date has some "tinga" on his or her tooth in Laugh Three

3) Be brave and kiss her!

2) Show your magic mirror to her face and pretend that this is the wrong mirror

1) Make fun and ready your cellphone!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Let's Do The News! (April 22, 2013)

(cheers and applause)

Lexus IS-F and Lancia Stratos
RH: You silly man. You think you're the only man in existence who thinks that the S in the Lexus IS naming really mean Stratos?



JC: Uh...quite.

RH: But the question really is, if the S in the IS do mean Stratos...what's the I?

JC: Infinite...

(audience laughing)

JC: I know. I talked about that a couple of years ago that IS stands for "Infinite Stratos" and if this would mean it, the Lexus IS could have been mocked as a Lancia Stratos with some Japanese-y things on it.

RH: Aren't you, forgetting something, idiot boy?

(audience laughing)

2014 Lexus IS
RH: There's a new Lexus IS coming...

JC: I know but seems to be that car's a bit of a mess while the F-Sport variant has the LFA-style gauge on its interior. Also, I heard that there's this rubbish hybrid variant which some say it will have the same 2.5L hybrid powerplant as expected on the Toyota Crown! But still, I'm not sold into those...

(audience laughing)

RH: So, news now?

JC: Yes, idiot boy and while on the subject of the IS thingy, there's an announcement happened on last Saturday's IS All-Night Festival that there's going to be a second season of the IS anime and it will be titled Infinite Stratos 2. Here's the promo clip...

(audience exclaming in awe)



JC: ...based on some new info, the cast of the anime series returning for this new season and Zone of the Enders' Kumi Horii, Busou Shinki & IS novels' CHOCO join design staff. I don't know that if this going to air on TBS very very soon...

JM: Hold on...how could they've announced a second season of IS? Oh wait...could this second season of IS really be made to coincide the release of the 2014 Lexus IS?

(audience laughing hysterically)

JM: I mean come on...IS? New Lexus IS? Second Season of IS? That's proper comedy to me. This is like "Right! Let's take a look at the new 2014 Lexus IS, shall we? Oh, look! LFA speedo in the new IS!"

(audience laughing)

RH: Yeah and imagine that if that new 2014 Lexus IS come out sometime soon and if whoever wants to buy this hideous looking Lexus...I'd expect the person who buys it...goes by the name of Houki.

(audience laughing)

JC: Thank you, Hammond. Oh, and last Sunday, there was this Hayate-Kaminomi Joint Concert going on and guess what? This is really what happens when you Never Mind The Buzzcocks...

(audience laughing)

JC:...I know, it's two different groups from two parallel worlds come together in one party! I mean look; it's Ruka Suirenji from Hayate no Gotoku join forces with The World God Only Knows' Nao Toyama while Hayate no Gotoku's residential tsundere, Hinagiku Katsura, meets up with Kaminomi's residential tsundere, Haqua!

RH: Hang on a second pal...You know you do have a nendo of both Hinagiku and Haqua, right?

JC: Uh yes but sadly, I didn't bring those because I got no time for those willy-nilly at the concert.

(audience laughing)

RH: So, what did you do while at the concert?

JC: Like this!

GOODBYE

(audience laughing)

RH: He he he he...eh...huh? So you did this while you were there?

JC: Uh-huh...

RH: You were like...and video game machine who got stranded in the forest and then encountered a baloon and then starting to developing some...what should I call it? Short-term relationship? WHAT ARE YOU? BMO?!

(audience laughing)

JC: What's a BMO?

RH: BMO! B-M-O! BMO! From a cartoon show called Adventure Time with Finn and Jake!

(audience laughing)

JC: I don't understand anything! Why are so many teenagers got addicted to this...kids show?!

JM: Come on , Jeremy. It's a great show. You should watch it...

JC: It's as good as your jumper you're wearing...

(audience laughing)

JC: Anyway, has any one of you watched PSY's latest MV of his new song called Gentleman? Hands up...

(audience raising hands)

JM: I don't...

RH: Me neither...

(audience laughing)

JC: Well, I have and I can't believe that it's over a hundred million hits already and most are slowly adapting the new Gentleman moves from the man who brought you last year's Gangnam Style. However, there's something that I don't understand about this new Gentleman video.

RH What, is it because it's Korean?

(audience laughing)

JC: Maybe but the real thing I don't understand is that...um...well...sort of...anyway, watch that clip and find out...



JC: So, what do you see?

RH: Well...what is it?

JM: Yeah, nothing's wrong about it. Unless...this is somewhat disrespectful against women...

JC: Nope. This is when this guy's getting out of control on this clip....just like me. I always wanted to the the Gentleman stint...

(audience laughing)

RH: Oh, come on! You know that this new Gentleman stint won't have the firepower against the (mocking) Gwiyomi stuff...

(audience laughing)

RH: Come on! PSY's new song? Can you fire this against an unknown phenomenon known as GWIYOMI?!

(audience laughing)

JC: You guys are so G-R-R-R right now. If I want to spend a couple of minutes watching pointless videos of morons doing the Gwiyomi stint, I would rather kill myself after seeing those...

(audience laughing)

RH: So, there you are folks.THE MORE YOU KNOW by Jeremy Clarkson...

(audience laughing)

JC: So anyway, last year, THE IDOLM@STER SHINY FESTA was available on the PSP hand held console and brings a new twist to the beloved cult classic from Japan.

JM: Yes we do but now, SHINY FESTA is coming to the Apple iOS for the first time. Of course, there are three different versions of the SHINY FESTA but for the iOS version what's HONEY SOUND in the PSP version is called Harmonic Score on the iOS version. Groovy Tune then on the PSP, Rhythmic Record on the iOS version, and lastly Funky Note then, Melodic Disc now.

RH: Yes. And like in the PSP version, Harmonic Score features Haruka, Chihaya, Azusa, and Ritsuko, while Rhythmic Record features Miki, Takane, Makoto, and Yukiho, and lastly, Melodic Disc features Ami and Mami, Hibiki, Iori, and Yayoi. Three different versions have three different animations to watch but the gameplay's the same deal. Tell it, James...

JM: Yes, and this feels like the Hatsune Miku Project Diva games. All you have to do is to touch when it hits the correct position and aim for the high score. The best bit of it is that it's available in either iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad. Sadly though, this can be the most expensive app to buy at the App Store because the Shiny Festa app can cost you 54.99 US Dollars, it's about as pricey as a new game you bought at the retails so when this breaches...you need your own.

(audience laughing)

F1 2013 Bahrain GP

Well, that wasn't unexpecting. Despite protests against this year's Bahrain GP, it seems that like every F1 race each year, this year's Bahrain GP goes on and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel dominated this year's Bahrain race, leaving two Lotus F1 racers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean in 2-3 places behind.

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Race - Vettel dominates Bahrain thriller for Red Bull 21 Apr 2013
       
Sebastian Vettel and Red Bull simply annihilated their opposition in Bahrain on Sunday, and though the world champion’s three-stop race left him only 9.1s ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s two-stopping Lotus, the margin of superiority was significantly greater than that.

Nico Rosberg led the opening two laps from pole position, but once Vettel overtook the Mercedes on the third lap the race was his to lose. On an opening set of medium Pirelli tyres and then three sets of new hards, he was simply unbeatable and controlled the race to win as he pleased.

Behind him, however, it was a hard race to read but a thrilling one nonetheless. Raikkonen was inevitably overshadowed at times as his stops were out of kilter with the majority’s, as was Paul di Resta who drove a brilliant race for Force India from fifth place on the grid. Unable to contain Raikkonen’s faster Lotus, the Scot was on target for a podium finish until Romain Grosjean, in the second Lotus and on a three-stop strategy, hauled him in and overtook with seven laps to run. 

Despite missing the podium, Di Resta’s performance equalled the best of his F1 career and reward for the poor fortune he’s had so far this year.

Behind them, fifth place was at times the subject of super-heated debate between Mark Webber’s Red Bull, the McLarens and both Mercedes cars. In particular, the McLaren pair of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez had such a scrap that the Englishman at one stage instructed his team over the radio to 'Calm him down' after Perez tapped the 2009 world champion’s right-rear wheel with his front wing.

Rosberg faded after suffering contact at one stage with Webber, and needed a fourth pit stop. But once he got ahead, the Australian was vulnerable. Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who early in the race had been as low as 11th on pace while conserving his tyres, came alive at this point and overtook the second Red Bull on the 51st lap, but Webber was able to retaliate on the 53rd. That set up some mighty side-by-side racing between the two as Webber blocked and Hamilton ducked and dived behind him.

On the very last lap Hamilton hung tough down the inside going into Turn 1, and Webber had to concede. As he and Hamilton had fought, Perez got a second wind after dealing with an attacking Alonso, and passed the Red Bull as Webber lost momentum after Hamilton’s pass.

Alonso had grabbed second at the start, but after Vettel passed him later that lap after judicious use of his KERS, the Spaniard stopped for new tyres on the seventh lap, then had to duck in again on the ninth when his DRS rear wing flap stuck in the open position. That dropped him way back, and left him to fight back - without DRS - for the rest of a disastrous afternoon for Ferrari in which he’d eventually finish eighth.

Rosberg finished a frustrated ninth in a race in which he had earlier run way ahead of his team mate, while Button got the better of Perez in their heated battles, but ultimately also had to make a fourth stop and thus dropped to tenth.

Pastor Maldonado drove a controlled race to 11th for Williams, after team mate Valtteri Bottas required a late stop for fresh rubber and Ferrari’s Felipe Massa, who had to stop four times because of a failed tyre early on and then a serious puncture towards the end, fell back. Thus it was Nico Hulkenberg who crossed the line in 12th for Sauber, with Adrian Sutil recovering from another first-lap clash, with Massa, to take 15th for Force India after a drive which at one stage earned him fastest lap. Bottas was 14th, Massa 15th.

Daniel Ricciardo was Toro Rosso’s sole, troubled, finisher in 16th after Jean-Eric Vergne became the race’s only retirement after an early clash with Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham.

The Marussias jumped the Caterhams at the start, as per the pre-race plan, but then Charles Pic overtook them both and swept away to secure a minor victory for the Leafield team and 17th overall. As Jules Bianchi led Marussia partner Max Chilton home in 19th and 20th positions, Van der Garde finished 21st and last. Esteban Gutierrez started last, got hit by debris on the opening lap, but made up some places to finish 18th for Sauber.

The race extends Vettel’s points score to 77, ten points ahead of Raikkonen on 67, while Hamilton moves up to third on 50 from Alonso on 47. Webber is fifth on 32 from Massa on 30, Grosjean on 26, Di Resta on 20, Rosberg on 14 and Button on 13.

Red Bull have 109 points in the constructors’ championship, with Lotus moving to second on 93 from Ferrari on 77. Mercedes are still in play with 64, with Force India fifth on 26 and McLaren on 23.

Source: http://www.formula1.com/news/headlines/2013/4/14499.html

So far, Red Bull's S. Vettel is still in the lead by 77 points while Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen is 2nd place by 67 points and Mercedes-Benz's Lewis Hamilton is in 3rd place in 50 points. Next race is on Spain in May 12th and let's see how far can these F1 race stars go...

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Forza Horizon: The Battle of IS

IS meets Stratos

Huh, that's weird. Even in Colorado, there really was The Battle of IS. Oh, man! Come on! Get it, together, man! What am I saying? Do you think am I the only one around here who says that the S in the Lexus IS naming really mean Stratos? As in...Lancia Stratos?

Nah! But still, it was nice driving both the Lexus IS F and the Lancia Stratos though. It's kinda fun to drive both of these weapons-grade materials on the streets of Colorado. While the Stratos has the crispiest sounds thanks to its Ferrari engine at the middle, the IS F sure is an out-of-character car for the brand that makes saloons for rich golfers.

Forza Motorsport 4: Collection of Lancias

Now let's just stop right about now and talk about Lancia because for many years, Lancia produced some of the most historic cars ever made. Despite the few problems with the rust three decades ago, Top Gear named Lancia as the greatest carmaker in the world. Such lunacy did produce results for Lancia like for instance; they're the first to sell a car with the monococque body, first to offer a five-speed gearbox, first to sell a car with supercharging and turbocharging on the same engine, first to sell a road car with a V6 engine, and first to sell a car with an electric boot spoiler. Just because most Lancias are unreliable doesn't mean that they're not great and that's an actual fact, even the tattiest of the Lancias are tougher than what you might think.Well, you get the idea but here on Forza Motorsport 4; three of the greatest Lancias come together such as..

the Stratos,

Stratos on a foursome

the 037,

Is this the car that defeated the mighty Audi Quattro?

and the Delta Integrale.

Only Lancia...

I was going to say all about those three but instead, I'd decided to unleash my Stigness and put those three round the Top Gear Test Track.



So, based on the result, I had the time and the Stratos did it in 1:30.557 while the 037 did it in 1:31.309 and the Delta Intregale did it in 1:30.232 so I think it's a progress of how did they made Lancia classics great. But still, I like the Stratos because that exhaust note sounds as crispy as eating a well-done fried chicken. Mmmm, yummy. However, while the Stratos produces the crispiest exhaust note, the Delta Integrale is definitely the best Lancia ever made because this was served as the last hurrah for the glorious carmaker and it won the World Rally Championship, six times on the trot! It may not be the prettiest looking car to drive but oh my stars, this one's the best. Seems that most car enthusiasts really prefer the Lancias of the past rather than the present because present Lancias are turning into Chrysler clones and that's not good.

Doctor Who S07E09

Hide

Not even a dripple of my ice cream I ate as I watched through tonight's Doctor Who Series 7 episode titled Hide because even though this is much more scary than the scary Doctor Who episodes from the past, this is really "top-notch". Get it? Top notch!

Apart from the special guest appearance by Jessica Raine from Call The Midwife, or that creepy creature, or the return of The Doctor's Spacesuit (the one predecessor David Tennant wore), or the storyline, this is brilliant. I love this episode. It's got all the thrills but has the same Who epic coolness.

Next week, let's take a journey to the center of the TARDIS! In the meantime, here's the BTS from this week's episode...



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