Photos of the First Generation BMW M3

Yellow BMW-M3 Coupe
Yellow ’92 BMW M3

I’ve always been impressed by the BMW brand, especially having owned one for several years. I would say that one of my favorites is the BMW M3. Even the older models have kept their cool image. And although I like them all, I have an infinity for the M3’s made between 1986 and 1991. These were the first generation cars.


The M3 was based on the 1986 E30 3-Series, and was first introduced with a 2.3 L S14 engine, derived from .the M10 inline-4 block and the valve train and head architecture from BMWs M1 and later M6 inline-6 cylinder. The E30 is notable for it’s racing pedigree. The first version produced 195hp.

1988 BMW M3 Cabrio

and here’s a Hot Wheels version…

92 BMW M3 Hot Wheels
Hot Wheel

Read more about the M3 at the BMW M3 – Wiki

Keep on the Go Longer with Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator

The Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator comes in handy when camping, during power outages or whenever you’re not around a power source, and you need to charge your phone, laptop or tablet. Basically anything that is USB, 12V and AC powered.

The Yeti can be charged in three different ways. You can recharge from a wall, which takes about 6 hours, or you can change from your car, which takes about 8 hours. However if your in the woods and your Yeti has lost it’s charge, never fear, you can plug it into a solar panel and it will charge in about 13-26 hours.

I feel that the Yeti may be a little heavy for any kind of backpacking/hiking, especially if you’re by yourself. However, This would be a great piece of equipment if you have a camper or to put it your car for emergencies. It’s probably going to be a little too heavy to pack in a suitcase as well. Also use a Nomad 27 for solar charging, or at least something close to 30 watts.

Buy for $160.00

Build You Own Small Moonshine Still

Looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the booze hound in your life, who also has a knack for DIY projects? Buy them a small one gallon copper moonshine kit from Clawhammer Supply. Soon you and your friend will be sipping moonshine, getting tanked out of your gourds.

What Clawhammer does is ship you all of the supplies you need for your own small still. You have to put it together. This will include some muscle, plus a few items from your favorite hardware store, including a thermometer, a good hammer for pounding rivets and a plumbing torch or a very large electric soldering iron.

Once this is done you can start making your own hooch with help of their online videos. Happy bootlegging!

$149.00 at Amazon

Save Your iPhone from a Watery Disaster with this Waterproof Case

If your the type of person who spends time outside, especially around water, you’ve probably had the experience of dropping a phone or other electronic item in the water. Just this past weekend a relative told me that is exactly what happened to her. One iPhone ruined. However is she were using the iSeries iPod®/iPhone® 4 case, she wouldn’t be using an old cell phone previously used my her mother.

The iSeries features an integrated 4-pole headphone jack. Plus you can use the camera, and access music controls. And every case is individually tested to meet IPX7 standard of withstanding submersion in 1 meter of water for 30 minutes. Plus it works fine for all iPhone generations, including iPhone 5.

I found it cheapest at Essential Apparel

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The Duffle Coat has a Bad Ass History

The Duffle coat, known for it’s toggles rather than buttons, dates it’s beginnings back to the British Royal Navy who issued it in WWI. Later, Field Marshal Montgomery wore one to stand out among the troops. This made the Duffle very popular among the Brits. After the war tons of military surplus coats had most of Britain wearing these, but it’s popularity dropped as the years went by. But in the 50’s and 60’s it became popular again after it was redesigned by Gloverall. Modern Duffle coats of today are pretty much an exact replica of those redesigned coats.

The Duffle Coat, or the Monty, is still pretty popular due to it’s stylishness, and much more comfortable. And since it is end of season you can get a very nice one for about half the price.

The Lauren by Ralph Lauren is one of the highest reviewed Duffle coats I’ve seen. It’s normal price is around $500, but at Sierra Trading Post it’s on sale for only $249. And it guaranteed to keep you warm on these remaining winter days.

$249 at Sierra Trading Post


NOVO Unkown Watch Review

The NOVO Unknown watch with a solid steel square face that comes in black or white. And as you can see, it looks nothing like an ordinary watch. It’s missing the traditional hour and minute hands, but in their place is a highly creative way to tell the time, which I can’t describe any better than the embedded video I included below. I get compliments and questions about the watch every time I wear it. Most guys have remarked that they liked it and thought that it was cool and stylish. It’s definitely a “manly” watch with it’s stainless steel face, and techie look. And right now it looks as if it is on sale over at NOVO.

The NOVO watch is a great conversation starter, and you’re sure to get some attention every time you wear it.

Buy at NOVO watch.

1 Voice is a Cool Beanie that Combines Music, Technology & Style

I like to hear from Kickstarter entrepreneurs who have interesting products they are trying to fund(hint,hint), and give them some press. So it was nice to hear from Girish Karnani who is raising funds for 1 Voice. He claims it is the coolest beanie ever. And as far as beanies go, it is pretty cool, because it not only keeps your head warm, it has built in bluetooth headphones.  All you need to do is sync your beanie to your phone/mp3 player, hit play, and enjoy your favorite music. So instead of worrying about your earbuds falling out, you can concentrate on exercising, like skiing and running, texting, or whatever you do when you’re listening to music. It’s not my business. Unless you have earbuds in while you’re driving, that’s plain dangerous.

The beanie is pretty stylish, and it’s nice and warm, it’s made of a tight knit to keep you toasty. And it has a built-in battery that allows for 6-8 hours of continuous playback, which can be recharged via USB included with the beanie.

This is a cool beanie too if you’re looking for something more immediate:

Stussy Zigzag Pom Beanie

This White 1973 BMW 3.0 is One Sweet Ride

I Found this on Auto Trader Classic. No price, but I imagine it’s upwards of $60,000.

From the ad:

1973 BMW 3.0CS

injected finished in Ivory with Black Sport seats. Fitted with a 3.7 liter engine built by respected racing engine builder Rebello Racing, this one of a kind E9 coupe has to be one of the fastest and best sorted E9 Coupes available anywhere. Totally exhilarating to drive, this E9 has had thepower steering and air conditioning removed to make the driving experience as pure as possible. It will remind you of a 1973 Porsche Carrera RS in it’s manners.


1973 White BMW 3.0


The Art of Cold Water Shaving

I’ve been hearing a lot about cold water shaving for some reason lately. So I gave it a go this morning. And I think I’m going to stick with it.

Now the way I shave is like this: I shower first, then I shave. This really brings out the beard around my current Goatee. So I already started with warm water. This morning I splashed cold water on my face, put on the shaving lotion and started shaving. I found quickly that cold water really makes the whiskers stand up straight. So I felt a little more pulling, but not too bad. The results: Invigorating shave, smooth and less irritable.

I looked for arguments for cold water shaving, and Art of Manliness has some of the best I have seen. They go ahead and give examples of several self-care books from the 19th and early 20th century. The best advice being from Shaving Made Easy:

A hair, as is well known, is a tube composed of a hard fibrous substance, growing from a bulb or root, which secretes an oily matter.
This oil works its way up through the hair, and by permeating all parts, renders the hair soft and pliable. Now in this natural oily condition, it is very difficult to cut the hair with a razor, and it becomes even more difficult if the beard be made still softer by the application of hot water. Many do this, and it is no wonder they find shaving difficult. When this is done, the hairs become soft and limp, and the razor will either slip over them entirely, or else cut partly into them, bend them back and shave them lengthwise, all the while pulling and straining them at the roots, and making the process of shaving most painful.

So there you go. I would advise to at least trying it out, it can’t hurt, unless you are a real pussy. You might like it.