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Last Build Date: Thu, 23 Nov 2017 06:00:22 +0000

 



ICELAND: My Travel Agent, I Heart Reykjavik

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:30:00 +0000

My family was very happy with all the trips we have taken on this vacation in Iceland. I want to give most of the credit to Auður and my travel company, I Heart Reykjavik, who listened to what we wanted and helped us pick out the perfect tour operators to plan every day. We paid her, and then she handled paying all the tour companies and getting us all the vouchers for our tours. She used a very cool online system to compile all our tours. Also, definitely do one of their walking tours of the city with them. We learned so much from Hrannar, in a casual non-scripted way. It was a great introduction to Iceland on our first day. Because some people have asked, the tour companies pay her a commission, and we don't have to pay her anything. So please go through her to book your trips. It will make all of your Iceland trip planning so much easier. And she responds quickly to emails. Here are some of the tours we chose: Private Super Jeep Tour of Northern Lights Inside the Volcano Golden Circle and Magical Nights Blue Lagoon and Airport Transfer Image: Courtesy Blue Lagoon [...]



ICELAND: The Best Places to Eat in Reykjavik

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 11:42:00 +0000

We had an amazing trip to Iceland and were not disappointed in the food. We had great meals everywhere, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Here's a list of places we ate and enjoyed. All good! The Laundromat Cafe Great for breakfast! It was so good, we went here twice. In addition to the breakfast, the coffee was delicious. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155788165187020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="472" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155796482802020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="379" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155799082577020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="472" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> My cousin said that these were the best pancakes she's ever had in her life! src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155788197647020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="379" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155788197642020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="379" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> From their website:We opened in 2004 in Elmegade 15 in Nørrebro, Copenhagen. The idea was to combine laundry and socializing in nice, comfortable surroundings where you could eat, drink, read, do your laundry and browse the Internet. Then we opened some more ;)! 2006 Århusgade 38 Østerbro Copenhagen. 2011 Austurstræti 9 in Reykjavik Iceland. 2011 Gammel Kongevej 96 Frb Copenhagen. We offer a varied menu off homemade food, cakes, juices, milkshakes, coffee, tea, wine and around 40 kinds of beer, all served with a smile. BRAUD & CO BAKERY Everything fresh baked and amazing! src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155789832937020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155789833122020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Hverfisgata 12 Image: Courtesy hverfisgata12 src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155789833017020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Casual pizza place. Famouse for their locationa dn not having a sign. We heard that they secretly opened up, and people started coming to them, and they became popular. We were lucky to get a provate room for our table of eight. I went upstairs to the MIKKELLER & FRIENDS bar, to chat with the bartender and grab a beer from their amazing selection, and bring it back to the restaurant. From their website:Located in one of the most iconic buildings of downtown Reykjavik, Hverfisgata 12 restaurant & bar is an eclectic mix of American rustic, old carnival and part museum, designed [...]



ICELAND: Golden Circle Tour and Magical Nights Tour

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 17:35:00 +0000

I Heart Reykjavik booked us for the Golden Circle Tour and Magical Nights Tour with Icelandic Mountain Guides. This was a FULL day. It went from noon to midnight. I was really interested in seeing more than just natural sights on the Golden Circle route, so the addition of visits to farms, the spa, and a restaurant broke up the tour nicely. Here's the tour map: Let's take a look at the stops: Þingvellir, Iceland src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155794624752020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="379" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Friðheimar At the local greenhouse, Friðheimar, we learned about the farm and their massive tomato growing facility. We sat at community tables and had home made tomato soup, served with freshly baked bread for lunch. Note: The butter was amazing! src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155794632402020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="502" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155794632407020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="379" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155794634937020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="502" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Gullfoss We took a short walk to the Gullfoss waterfall. Unlike Niagara Falls, you can get really close to this waterfall and there was almost a constant rainbow when we were there. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155796320902020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Geyser The Strokkur geyser spouts hot water every 6 - 10 minutes. People gather around to see it and grab a photo. I found some interesting images after the geyser went off too. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155796324832020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155796325122020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Farm Efstidalur At the farm we met one of the owners and sampled farm-produced Skyr, delicious ice cream, whey and feta cheese. We learned about the history of the family owned farm and their expansion into a Bed and Breakfast. It was also fun to see the cows! src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155794716062020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="379" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155794715632020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="502" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> [...]



ICELAND: Inside the Volcano

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:57:00 +0000

Inside the Volcano is an experience of a lifetime! THE VOLCANO "Thrihnukagigur volcano is dormant – it last erupted over 4,000 years ago. There are no indications of it erupting again in the near future. The volcano’s name, mostly unpronounceable for anyone other than locals, would be directly translated as ‘Three Peaks Crater’. The name comes from Árni B. Stefánsson, who was the first to explore the vault and who has pleaded the case for making it accessible for years." INFO FROM THE SITE TOUR FACTS Operation dates: From 15 May – 15 October Tour departures: Several departures every day. The first tour at 8:00 and the last tour in the afternoon. Duration: 5–6 hours (about 35-40 minutes inside the volcano). Fitness level needed: Moderate (the difficulty is 2 out of a possible 5). No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required. It’s not an uphill walk, but the surface is partly uneven. This is NOT a tour for those in no or limited physical shape. Distance walked: Approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk. Minimum age limit: 12 years (we can and have made exceptions on the age. Contact us if you want to convince us that your kid is up for adventure). Price: ISK 42.000, approx $400 US. We booked our tour through I Heart Reykjavik, who was indispensable in helping coordinate all our Iceland tours. The Inside the Volcano Mercedes picked us up and drove us outside the city to the Inside the Volcano Welcome Center Base Camp. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155792395002020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Image: Van From there, were hiked, 45 minutes through a lava field, to the Base Camp at the foot of the volcano. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155792395317020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Image: Hiking src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155792395327020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Image: Hiking The scenery on our moderate hike was amazing. You had to keep telling yourself to stop for a moment and look around. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155792395452020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155792395467020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155792395637020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> We had two guides, one was at he front, and the other brought up the rear. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fphoto.php%3Ffbid%3D10155792395647020%26set%3Da.128357562019.103366.511382019%26type%3D3&width=500" width="500" height="286" style="border:none;overfl[...]



ICELAND: Private Super Jeep Tour of Northern Lights

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:39:00 +0000

We did the northern lights tour, on the Saturday we arrived in Iceland, with a company called Mountain Taxi. They picked us up in a modified Mercedes Sprinter. They take a standard Sprinter van and replace the standard suspension and tires. Image: Courtesy Mountain Taxi For northern lights, our Icelandic travel agent Auður Ösp of I Heart Reykjavik told us that it's always better to go with a smaller group and vehicle. The bus tours are the cheapest but you might end up with 400 people and it's just not as nice. She also likes the super jeep tours since they can take you to areas the buses can't (and therefore you won't be surrounded with the aforementioned 400 of your fellow travelers). Auður was right, we had a private tour for eight, and that made it really special. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fposts%2F10155789727487020&width=500" width="500" height="597" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> We drove outside the city and made a few stops, looking for the northern lights. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fvideos%2F10155789574412020%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> We caught a glimpse a few times, then stopped at a secluded lake, and started to see bands of green coming us from the horizon. We sampled some local schnapps called Brennevin, and they was a treat. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fvideos%2F10155789551147020%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> After the stop at the lake, as we were driving through the darkness, our driver, Gisli Pall, thought he saw something in the sky, safely pulled off the road, and told us to all get out quickly! We did, and then the real show started. The Northern Lights in all their glory. Dancing green and purple lights, going in and out, moving across the sky, and painting a ribbon above us. Our group was exclaiming with joy about what we were seeing. It was a once in a lifetime experience. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fposts%2F10155789676877020&width=500" width="500" height="639" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Image: iPhone attempt at capturing a bit of the northern lights. Image: Our driver, Gisli Pall This video shows what it looked like: src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthisisinsidertravel%2Fvideos%2F1829763940684100%2F&show_text=0&width=476" width="476" height="476" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> [...]



ICELAND: Blue Lagoon

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:00:00 +0000

We visited the Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport. The transfer from Reykjavik was provided by Icelandic Taxi Tours. The taxi was a nice big Mercedes van, and easily fit our party of eight, and all of our luggage. It was not a problem. Taxis are able to pick up at hotels. We were picked up at 11:00 AM and arrived at Blue Lagoon at 11:45. Our reserved time was for 12:00 to 2:00 PM. The standard time for Blue Lagoon stops is 90 minutes but you can add extra time in the lagoon if you feel that’s not enough. The price for extra time in the lagoon is 5400 ISK, ($51.21) as of today, for 30 minutes (2 hours total). That turned out to be a perfect amount of time. On arrival at the Blue Lagoon, the driver parks in a waiting area and stays with your luggage for the duration of your visit. The walk to the Blue Lagoon from the parking lot was windy on the day we arrived because of the remnants of a recent hurricane. src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fvideos%2F10155799646662020%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fvideos%2F10155799649317020%2F&show_text=0&width=560" width="560" height="315" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true" allowFullScreen="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fposts%2F10155799644162020&width=500" width="500" height="596" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> We sprung for Premium admission which included:Entrance to Blue Lagoon Silica Mud Mask Use of Towel 1st Drink of your choice Algae Mask Use of Bathrobe Slippers Reservation at LAVA (optional) Sparkling wine if dining at LAVAPre-booking is required and you can't just show up there an buy tickets. When we arrived, we heard that they were sold out. Make sure you book this in advance. Here is some background on the Blue Lagoon:Situated in a vast lava plain on the south coast of Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, the Blue Lagoon holds nine million liters of geothermal seawater, covers an area of 8700 square meters, and has an average depth of 1.2 meters and a maximum depth of 1.6 meters. The lagoon’s water is sourced directly from the Svartsengí geothermal field and its recirculation interval is 40 hours. The wellspring of the Blue Lagoon’s beneficial powers lies 2000 meters within the earth, at the boundary of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. In this subterranean frontier of porous lava and searing heat, seawater and groundwater converge, giving rise to a hybrid fluid known as g eothermal seawater. Under immense pressure, this fluid surges to the earth’s surface, integrating the elements through which it passes and emerging enriched with unique concentrations of silica, algae, and minerals – the primary, rejuvenating components of geothermal seawater. Image courtesy of Blue Lagoon I wasn't able to take a photo like this because I don't own a drone. Here are some details on what it's like when you arrive and the showering situation. WRISTBANDS & LOCKERS When you arrive you will be given a wristband, which acts as a key for your electronic changing room locker. You can also use your wristband to buy drinks and refreshments while you are in the spa. It works like an in-water credit card – you just pay for anything you charge to the wristband when you leave. We recommend that you store all your valuables inside your locker, including jewellery, shoes, cameras, etc. Be sure to check that your locker is properly locked before you walk away. Blue Lagoon is not responsible for any lost valuables. SHOWER WITH[...]



Buying Decision Process for an Inkjet vs. a Laser Printer

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 18:39:00 +0000

My existing EPSON WF-3520 stopped working when I installed 3rd party EZ Ink. It was a lot less expensive than the ESPSON ink, but I should have believed one of the commenters who said that it made his printer useless.

Next up was the decision on what to get. This lead me on a journey from COLOR INKJET to a Black and White Laser Printer.

I asked my friends on Facebook what they liked, and they were helpful in guiding me to my final decision.

I kept notes!

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I ruled out HP based on a poor experience with the life of a previous printer. I also ruled out Canon after deciding that I wanted to go with a FASTER BLACK AND WHITE LASER PRINTER.

I decided to get my photos printed out at CVS for now.

My neighbor has the Brother HL 2280 DW and likes it, so I narrowed in on that, and then saw the Brother HL-L2340DW reviewed on The Wirecutter.

My neighbor's HL 2280 DW supports a hard wired Ethernet connection and the new above model is wireless only. I don't think that it will be a problem.

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I bought this one, Brother HLL2380DW Wireless Laser Printer (affiliate link) and Brother TN660 High Yield Toner. I liked the upgraded LCD display on it. The High Yield Toner is rated for 2,600 pages, so that should last a while.

I also noted thatt there is a way to allow the printer to continue past the page counter life of the ink cartridge, until it is actually empty by setting this up.

"For the HLL2380DW there is a continue mode in settings. Press X then Settings then All Settings then General Setup. Then scroll down to Replace Toner and change it to Continue."

Wish me luck.
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SD card reader for iPhone

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:14:00 +0000

Just imported a photo from an SD card, into my iPhone, via an SD card reader for iPhone. Sweet!

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GoldFox SD Card Camera Reader for iPhone iPad [Upgraded] Trail Game Camera Card Viewer Reader for iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus/5/5s/7/7 Plus/iPad Mini/Air, No App Needed

(affiliate link)

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Image: Import screen

This is the screen you see on your iPhone when you insert the SD card into the reader.

Select the phones that you want to import, keep them on the card or delete them.

Then they are copied into your iPhone Camera Roll.

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The original Toll House cookie recipe

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 02:50:00 +0000

The original Toll House cookie recipe
via Maria Stephanos

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3 1/8 cups of King Arthur all purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon of hot water to dissolve baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon of salt

1 1/2 cups of Crisco shortening
1 1/8 cups of sugar
1 1/8 cups of brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla

3 eggs

Chocolate chips
Walnuts optional

Bake at 350 degrees for 12-13 minutes

PREHEAT oven to 375° F.

COMBINE flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.

Beat Crisco shortening, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl until creamy.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in morsels and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.

BAKE for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.(image)



Extending Xfinity Gigabit Internet Wi-Fi with Netgear Orbi

Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:12:00 +0000

I just installed Xfinity Gigabit Internet at home. Disclosure: Upgrade cost for me is $17/month, difference between Blast! and Gigabit Internet today, covered by Xfinity for one year trial. Brought this old school desk up from the basement to be a platform for my new @xfinity xFi Gateway, along with my @netgear #orbi and @amazon #Echo #Dot. #adA post shared by Steve Garfield (@stevegarfield) on Sep 20, 2017 at 11:59am PDT src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fposts%2F10154569172047020&width=500" width="500" height="463" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fposts%2F10154569207852020&width=500" width="500" height="586" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> Cleveland Botanical Garden (Next to Museum) src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fposts%2F10154568761362020%3A0&width=500" width="500" height="608" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> 20 restaurants to check out in Cleveland's Little Italy Red Line to the Airport src="https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fstevegarfield%2Fposts%2F10154573940752020&width=500" width="500" height="588" style="border:none;overflow:hidden" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" allowTransparency="true"> [...]



The Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:57:00 +0000

Press Release: Mercedes-Benz Concept A Sedan: Herald of a new generation Stuttgart/Shanghai. With the Concept A Sedan at Auto Shanghai Mercedes-Benz is providing an outlook of the next generation of compact vehicles and a potential, new body type. The Concept A Sedan show car specifies the evolved Mercedes-Benz design language. Thanks to its purist, surface-focused design featuring reduced lines and gaps, the show car is hot and cool at the same time. The "Aesthetics A" sculpture already demonstrated that the upcoming compact class generation marks the dawn of an even more rigorous implementation of the design idiom of "sensual purity". "Our Concept A Sedan shows, that the time of creases is over”, say Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer Daimler AG. “With its perfect proportions and a sensual treatment of surfaces with reduced lines, it is the next milestone of Sensual Purity and has the potential to introduce a new design era." The current compact vehicle generation is crucially contributing to Mercedes‑Benz's most successful and rejuvenated appearance ever to make 2016 the sixth year of records in succession. More than two million compact vehicles have been sold around the globe since 2012. In addition to the contemporary design language, innovative assistance systems, connectivity, and driving pleasure, model variety is a crucial factor for success: with the A and B‑Class, CLA and CLA Shooting Brake, as well as the SUV crossover GLA five differently positioned variants are available on the market. "Their success shows that our customers are absolutely delighted with the current generation of Mercedes-Benz compact cars", says Britta Seeger, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes‑Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. "We are therefore extremely confident that the planned expansion will lead to a continuation of this success story." The Concept A Sedan: study of a compact premium sedan The Concept A Sedan (length/width/height: 4570/1870/1462 mm) has been designed with the proportions of a dynamic, coupé-like and simultaneously compact, premium sedan. This aim is emphasized by the traditional three-box design featuring short overhangs, especially at the rear, as well as the slim greenhouse that has been offset towards the rear. Additional sedan characteristics are the relatively vertical C‑pillar, larger side windows and the higher beltline. The muscular-seeming wheel arch design featuring a reduced arch dimension emphasize the exclusive 20‑inch wheels. The light alloy wheels radiate technical precision with their sporty aerowheel look featuring a structured surface between the spokes. The door handles of the show car are flush with the body, while the outside mirrors, in a contemporary reinterpretation, stand proud of the beltlines. The striking front expresses self-confidence: this is crucially highlighted by the deep Panamericana grille tilted towards the front, featuring vertical chrome inserts and a star in the centre, as well as the stretched bonnet with Powerdomes. The large, lower air inlet featuring a diamond grid structure and a striking trim strip in dark chrome is also amongst the most eye-catching features. The headlamps with their eyebrows as a typical feature of the brand as well as the striking grid structure on the inside guarantee a confident look – and a simultaneously high recognition value. The structural sculpture that has been broken down in detail represents a technically based counterpole to the sensual exterior - "stimulating contrast" is one of the six guiding principles of Mercedes-Benz design. The grid structure in the lamps has been coated with a UV paint and it is exposed to ultraviolet light. As a result, the headlamps "glow" in different colours, depending on the [...]