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Scooters in USA
Jul. 22, 2002, 9:19 PM

As our fingers hit the keyboard, we have three finished scooters available now in the USA. On the Available Now! page, naturally.

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Movie reviews
Jul. 17, 2002, 1:15 PM

Due to our recent immobility, we watched quite a number of DVDs last week. Being available in the market for $1 each, it's easy to buy them in bunches. Without further ado, the reviews:

Cop Land: Incredibly stupid movie where a cop hides in the neighborhood woods (why???) from other cops. Stalone plays a nocturnal animal forced to be awake during the day. DeNiro proves that he must have had an accident a decade ago that ruined his ability to act. Ray Liotta plays his character from Goodfellas, and is good, having practiced once. Harvey Keitel proves that he is only watchable when playing someone angry.

Ran: Magnificent epic about warring warlords and family destruction. Watch it - and we hate epics. Kurosawa's first battle scene is stunning. -Literally: get ready to jump when the sound kicks in.

Yajimbo: Kurosawa makes a samurai Clint Eastwood film before Clint. Quite silly, but then so are Clint Eastwood films.

Vanilla Sky: so bad it was taken off after 15 minutes. Tom Cruise proves he is only good when playing someone annoying. Penelope Cruz demonstrates that if she had a bad figure, she would be serving tacos somewhere. Masochism later forced us to complete it. -But why did they?

Solaris: our new favorite director, Andrei Tarkovsky, takes us to another planet to see what is happening to the human conscience. A tad long and veers into "Why am I here?" pretentiousness, but an excellent film and a great contrast with Hollywood stupidity. The long driving scene in the car is unique.

A Taste of Cherry: Iranian film that won at Cannes. Why??? A man drives around a quarry for hours boring us to death until he lies down in a hole. Good riddance. Neither profound, nor entertaining. Extreme use of "fast forward" button recommended.

Rock Star: Marky Mark in a Poison band. We see how the idea was amusing for a minute while still on paper, but on film it is not, and we are forced to listen to astonishing amounts of bad music. "Mute" button recommended.

Cyclo: great Saigon scenery in a very good movie by a Vietnamese from France with a Modigliani eye and a Modernist ear. If you know about Vietnam, you'll wonder why people in the same family have different accents - Northern , Southern, overseas - and about a few other small things, but if not, you'll simply think it good. It is very good. A unique directorial style. Please stop starring your non-actress wife in your films, though.

Hannibal: everyone involved should be ashamed of himself. We're ashamed for having forced ourselves to sit through it. Watch a documentary on Rwandans hacking each other to bits instead. More enlightening at least.

Gosford Park: not really a story so much as a lot of clever chit-chat. Based on the board game...uhh...with Mr. Plum in the kitchen with the candleholder, whatever that was called. Nice costumes and cars.

Shipping News: Hated the book, hated the movie. Kevin Spacey plays an abyss at the center of nothingness. Stay there.

In the Bedroom: Title says nothing about the film. A good earnest drama about revenge for the loss of a son. The lack of irony is refreshing.

Monster Ball: Halle Barry moans, "Make me feeeeeel gooood." Worth the price of admission and makes you forget that there was no real explanation of how Billy Bob went from hating blacks to making them feel gooood. Why 30+ minutes are spent on Puff Daddy being executed we don't know, although he's gooood, too.


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Heart of Darkness
Jul. 16, 2002, 12:38 AM

Let's see: yours truly ruined his back and has hobbled through three days now, the secretary needs a few days off for family issues, and the head mechanic was forced to go in for reservist duty and may have to go in for a full two weeks.

No, it would not be wise to ask if it was a good Monday.

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Vancouver sale
Jul. 6, 2002, 12:00 PM

Do you live in or near Vancouver? On Sunday, July 28, scooterMD is having a big garage sale to make more room in the shop. Everything from gaskets to bodywork. It is apparently going to be a “Used Parts Extravaganza”! Maybe we'll even have some stock there on sale....

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Update: apparently someone thinks we have a very special item on sale. Now that's funny! Read the sidebar.

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Google scooters
Jul. 5, 2002, 12:30 PM

So, if you search for Vespa scooters you get Vespa.com and then...us. They sell the new ones, we sell the classic ones. We can live with that.

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ISBBS
Jul. 3, 2002, 9:39 AM

Well, either someone hates the ISBBS, sending it down again, or Mr. e has been using the old Schlitz/chainsaw combo again, but in the server room. Both are possible.

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Japanese Mods
Jul. 1, 2002, 11:52 AM

Blasting into the past with Japan's thoroughly modern Mods, from Asahi.com.

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Seattle Scooter Insanity
Jun. 30, 2002, 6:12 PM

For those of you on the Upper Left Coast, Seattle Scooter Insanity 15 will take place July 5-7 in, well, Seattle.

More info here.

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Scooter update
Jun. 27, 2002, 1:31 AM

WOOHOO! WOOHOO!

-That was an outburst of accumulated woohooness due to changes we've made to the scooters and their pricing. From the top then:

1) Much as Apple eliminated the floppy drive, we are no longer selling VL1/VB1 with old, slow, unreliable, hard-to-find-parts-for, slow, slow, original motors. Have you ever seen the mangy, forlorn little clutch in a VL1? The pathetic little carb? Tried to get up a hill on one with a passenger, or overtake a shopping buggy? It's enough to make Howard Stern cry. ScootRS solution? VL1/VB1 now come standard with a newer-style VBB/VBC/VLB/PX motor fitted. You get the best of both worlds: they look exactly the same, but underneath are more reliable, powerful, and easier to source parts for. No base price increase whatsoever. And just think: you can now add-on any of our motor options. Hmmm, a 5-port VB1 with a tuned exhaust? Now that's fun! See those model pages for more details.

2) We now include the carb in the base restoration on Vespas for free. We're good like that. No price increase.

3) We raised the price of VBBs to reflect the higher cost of sourcing them now. Let's quickly move onto the next item...

4) We've organized the scooter configuration page better. You can now select an all-new motor in one fell click. We've even discounted the package deal slightly over the individual items.

OK, back to the World Cup. Go Brazil!

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Die Geburt von scootRS auf Deutsch (et en français)
Jun. 21, 2002, 12:02 PM

Was ist dieses? Die Geburt der Tragödie? Nein. Die Geburt von scootRS auf Deutsch. (BETA)

Qu'est-ce que c'est? La naissance de la tragédie? Non. La naissance de scootRS en français. (BETA)

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