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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: Ariel Atom Clone?

The Ariel Atom is the only car to ever destroy Jeremy Clarkson’s face:

However, despite its looks, this car isn’t the Ariel Atom:

Ariel Atom Clone

No, this car is a home-built Ariel Atom clone that’s the end result of a gearhead with a garage and a dream. (And 800+ hours of work.)

Ariel Atom Clone Detail

Featuring stainless panels from old appliances, black body panels from an ancient kayak and an old doghouse, a throttle pedal from salvaged parts that were the result of a dumpster dive at a local engineering firm, and the k20a3 engine out of a wrecked RSX, it’s also an eco-friendly car that shows that recycling can be quick too.

Specs come in at 4.5 seconds to 60, and 35+ MPG, so it’s not bad in the performance department either.

A home-built dream car pieced together from scraps lying around the house?

It doesn’t get much more tuner than that.

[Flickr – z59]

[Via: Autopia]

…Quid Pro Quo looks intense?

Quid Pro QuoIf you’re looking to get a little outside of the ordinary with your next film choice, then definitely check out Quid Pro Quo.

    Isaac Knott (Nick Stahl) is a Public Radio reporter in New York City. When he was eight, his mother and father died in an automobile accident that left him in a wheelchair.

    On air, Isaac recounts how he recently received an anonymous tip from someone identified only as “Ancient Chinese Girl.” She tells him a perfectly able-bodied man walked into an emergency ward downtown, and attempted to bribe a doctor into amputating his leg.

    As Isaac investigates the eerie tip, he encounters Fiona (Vera Farmiga) who, through her own quandary, leads Isaac to a netherworld of people afflicted with a perverse desire to be disabled. Like a contemporary noir detective film, Quid Pro Quo follows Isaac as he embarks on a dream-like journey to pull back the layers of what makes people feel whole.

    This quixotic entanglement between reality and its reinterpretation through desire is the heart and soul of Quid Pro Quo. Isaac is drawn to Fiona’s dark side because somewhere in the strata of her perversion lies an underlying truth about himself. He is confined to a wheelchair because of an accident. What can he possibly learn about himself from Fiona’s desire to be like him? The answer of course is everything.

[Quid Pro Quo]

[IMDb – Quid Pro Quo]

[Via: The Reverse Cowgirl]

…The paperless home is in our future?

Paperless Home

According to The New York Times, we’re closer to a paperless world than most people realize.

Documents can be scanned, photos are all digital, phonebooks are non-existent, and if it can’t be Googled, then it doesn’t exist.

Our computers are quickly becoming the storage solution for almost everything, and paper is falling out of fashion as a means of documentation.

What does this mean for the average person?

Not much now, though in a few years, a Jetsons home may not be such a pie in the sky dream after all.

[The New York Times – Pushing Paper Out The Door]

…The Polaroid and the Viper are dead?

Viper PolaroidIf you’re still using a Polaroid camera to capture life on film, then be sure to snap a shot of the next Dodge Viper that you see, because both are soon going to be gone.

Polaroid has confirmed that they will no longer produce instant film after this year, and it’s rumored that Dodge will no longer be making the Viper after 2011, which means that the loss of a quirky technology and a venomous supercar come as a one two punch.

All is not lost however, as old Polaroid cameras can turn into quite the clever webcam, and the Viper’s demise hopefully means that Dodge has another supercar in the works, but the news definitely puts a damper on my dreams of Viper ownership. (The Viper was the car that got me excited about cars in the first place.)

Excuse me now while I mourn.

[Polaroid Webcam]

[Polaroid]

[Dodge – Viper]

[Polaroid Via: The New York Times]

[Viper Via: Jalopnik]

…The Wootable Awards are here?

Woot

Sure, CES is filled with plenty of glitz and glam, but what about the rest of the show? It can’t all be the best of the best; can it?

Short answer: No.

Thankfully, Woot is here to save the day by filling that void with The Wootable Awards.

What are the Wootable Awards?

A collection of what people at CES “wind up seeing instead of the wondergadgets they’ve been dreaming of.”

From the Least Impressive Laptop to the Cheapest Exploitation of Patriotism, it’s a collection of the best of the worst, and it’s sure to paint a different picture of CES than what you had imagined.

Are you ready to be blown away by CES 2009?

Woot sure is.

[Woot – The Wootable Awards]