License to kill

August 16, 2012

Georgia’s license plate design got yet another facelift, and it ain’t pretty.

2012 tag design

This continues the inexplicable obsession to make the tags more ostentatious than an H3. FAIL.

The only worse design that comes to mind is Kentucky’s awful ‘it’s that friendly’ plate:

No, this is not a joke, it’s that AWFUL.

Seriously, I think I would move to another state than put that plate on my car. Evidently Kentuckians would rather have Mr. Sunshine rather than this?

The silver lining, is that there is a ‘standard alternate’ Georgia plate that you can get without paying any specialty tag fees.


Since I have lived in Atlanta (2003), I believe this is the FIFTH redesign that they’ve had. Not sure why the need to change plates like underwear, but at least it keeps everyone on their toes.

On the flip side, in Massachusetts, people CLING to their old license plates, probably in large part because the state never changes them. There’s even a lottery for the low-digit plates since apparently people need to make a competition out of completely meaningless things.

The current Mass tag has been around since 1987:


People ’round these parts don’t seem to care for vanity plates, and the special interest ones are few and far between too (the offerings aren’t that robust, either). The ‘Spirit of America’ plates are required front and back, and due to this, people would rather you take their first born child than take away their old green tag, which is just one tag for the back.


Personally, aside from not needing a tag in the front, I don’t care for these, as the plates are 20+ years old and New England weather hasn’t been kind to the metal. But again, since everything here is a competition, you would have to pry these tags away from their cold, dead Massholey hands.

From a design standpoint, I equate this to a PowerPoint presentation.. LESS IS MORE. Seriously, there’s no need to gum up a plate with a bunch of crap. Since when should a plate be the focal point of a car? I also believe that there should only be 2 colorways, max (including white/black). Otherwise, you are more susceptible to clashing with, oh everything.

Apropos to @someecards for this blog post:

And here’s the best license plate I’ve witness in person:


And here’s a good one, albeit not seen in person: click.

nonexistent. nation.

August 8, 2010

August already?? What’s even more shocking about the speed of time is the fact that it’s August and there is no air conditioning use occurring. This DEF doesn’t happen in the south. The lack of air conditioning temps can only mean one depressing thing: cold and dark days are ahead.

So, what has been so distracting from regular blog updates? Here’s a hint:

The Wall of Pain! It started off last fall looking decidely less crowded. Thanks to cycling, race frequency exploded exponentially (practically every weekend v. every month or so).

The Wall of Pain

I couldn’t even get the whole picture to fit. Here’s a further away attempt.

Massachusetts Criterium State Championships

This summer alone I’ve completed 18 road cycling races (the 19th and final road race will be on Wed). The only thing worse than complete burnout is the mental estimate of $$ spent on race dues. And that’s just the beginning, cyclocross season is right around the corner! And I wonder where my disposable income and free time goes.

I wish there was something more exciting to post about for the non-cycling audience, but really, you’ll just have to deal with it until I get a normal hobby. Of course, more frequent updates can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Facebook pt II and Foursquare.

georgia state of mind

January 21, 2010

It was only a matter of time.. Georgia parody on Jay-Z’s Empire State of Mind. Makes me want some Waffle House and Coke.

2 Fingers in the air for the A-Town
Got my seersuckers, Sperry’s and a buttondown.

Full lyrics after the jump

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u-fries. u-phoria.

September 29, 2009

Back to the dirty dirty to make good on my bet (oh, and go a wedding).

Warning: videos are basically only funny to those who were actually feasting at U-Joint. It was probably the beer.

Important lessons learnt from the wedding weekend:

1. Don’t wait til the last minute to realize that you still need to buy a wedding present.

2. But neverfear, as long as said couple is not on Twitter, you can still receive sound advice:
– @jaredlombard @dpnation See if they registered on
– @Cybil @dpnation Forget finding out where they are registered, bacon always makes a lovely gift.
[for the record, they were indeed found on And they will be receiving a deep fryer shortly]

3. If you are male, deny deny deny:
– @jaredlombard @dpnation I plead the 5th about knowing about

4. Don’t call it a comeback!
– @uvatexn Excited about the ‘triumphant return’ to #ATL of @dpnation
– @Cybil Mentally preparing for Dana’s atl invasion

5. Make sure you check your receipt prior to driving off in the economy lot.

6. Invite friends to brunch, realize they are all on Twitter! (Except for Mrs. @uvatexn)

7. Attempt to combat friend theft.
– @Namski09 @dpnation You ran away from me, now what am I suppose to do. @Cybil is a last resort! 🙂 haha! I can’t wait to hang out @Cybil!!!

8. Escape in the nick of time.

commonwealth. clash.

October 7, 2008

As usual, it started as an innocent g-chat conversation.
[on registering to vote, the election in general, etc.]
Skybil: HUMPH!
DP: although voting in virginia is almost just as futile [as Georgia]
DP: and completely useless in mass
Skybil: Virginia is supposedly close
DP: they said that last election
DP: and it so wasn’t!
DP: i don’t think it’s ever been blue in the history of its existence
Skybil: You never know
DP: if VA goes blue, i am coming down and buying you u-fries

Skybil: Obama has a lead in Virginia
Skybil: I will be enjoying those U Fries!
Skybil: 51 to 39 percent
DP: holy crap. that’s a lot
Skybil: Uh huh
DP: i wonder if my absentee ballot counts for more
Skybil: They throw those out

Also, I live with a nark. You’re not supposed to defend Skybil.. not unless you want the cyber terrorism directed towards you instead..

winter. wonderland.

January 13, 2008

See how productive my month off from school was:

New Years Roadtrip

bud. man.

September 28, 2007

I’ve been a Bud Fan ever since Harry Carey declared himself a Cub Fan, Bud Man (remember those commercials of Harry singing the jingle? I vaguely remember, it was like, 1988.) And now look who else is jumping on the bandwagon! Kasey Kahne, my obligatory favorite Nascar driver*, hops on with Bud now that Jr. is off promoting Pepsi (bleh!)

* I would not be a true southerner if I didn’t at least root for a Nascar driver, I think it’s a rule somewhere in southern code.

Budweiser to raise some Kahne

During Budweiser’s announcement last week that the company would sponsor Kasey Kahne’s No. 9 Dodge, Tony Ponturo dropped a few subtle reminders that Bud’s activation makes the driver, the driver doesn’t make Bud.When you’re the biggest-spending and most-visible team sponsor in NASCAR, you don’t worry about the star you just lost. You go about making the next star.

Sure, Budweiser wanted to stay with Dale Earnhardt Jr. as the driver moved to Hendrick Motorsports. Ponturo, Anheuser-Busch’s vice president of global media and marketing, didn’t even try to spin it last week as Earnhardt announced his new sponsor, Mountain Dew Amp, and Bud moved to Kahne’s car at Gillett Evernham Motorsports. Bud’s first preference was to build on the nine years it had invested with Earnhardt.

Once it became evident earlier this summer that Earnhardt and Hendrick had other ideas, Bud’s marketing team wasted no time crying over spilt beer. Kahne was the driver Bud wanted and he’ll be the beneficiary of one of the most powerful marketing machines in sports, just as Earnhardt was.

Anheuser-Busch’s ad spend on sports was more than $250 million last year, accounting for more than three-quarters of its total ad spend, according to Nielsen Media Research. The company was the biggest spender in sports from 1995 to 2005 before Chevrolet inched ahead last year.

Budweiser’s marketing muscle will boost
the image of Kasey Kahne and the
No. 9 Dodge.

“Marketing power and visibility create the bigger-than-life feel,” Ponturo said. It wasn’t until Bud began using Earnhardt in clothes other than his uniform that he took on a new level of celebrity, Ponturo said.

“That’s when you started seeing him in Rolling Stone,” he said.

Kahne, 27, won’t be Earnhardt. His boyish look won’t lend itself to a post-apocalyptic “Mad Max”-style car chase, as Earnhardt performed in one of his last Bud ads. The five-o’clock shadow Earnhardt typically wears to every appearance would have to be painted on Kahne’s youthful face.

But Ponturo already has visions for 2008 when Kahne hops into the Bud car for the first time. He’s thinking of golfer Sergio Garcia in the Michelob Ultra spots, where Garcia woos the women by the pool or at the party. He’s thinking of Kahne in front of a laptop or texting on his cell phone, trying to appeal to the 20-something crowd that loves sports, but also loves gadgets.

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