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Off-road going types really enjoy the great outdoors. Many of the Jeep enthusiasts I know can't wait to get out of the office on a Friday afternoon. They have pictures of Moab on their desktop or a Wrangler poster in their cubicle; they even have a Jeep hat or coat draped over their chair. Our friends at ExtremeTerrain are like this they eat, sleep, and breath the off-road lifestyle, so much so, they turned their passion into a profession. Over the years, we have gotten to know the team atExtremeTerrain by working with them in various capacities during that time. The Pennsylvania company provides aftermarket Jeep Wrangler parts for the off-road enthusiast. While Jeep parts and accessories are their passion, so is the conservation and protection of our nation's great trails. Restoration & Improvement ExtremeTerrain is accepting applications for their Clean Trail Grant Program, an initiative advocating the responsible use of recreational trails. The Clean Trail Grant Programprovides eligible groups the opportunity to have their next trail improvement project funded, be it clean up, restoration, or expansion. To date, ExtremeTerrain has approved over 22 grants for trail improvement projects, totaling nearly $10,000. This year, an additional 10 grants have been approved with more expected. Eligibility & Requirements Various Wrangler outfits, 44 groups, and Off-Highway Vehicle Organizations (OHV) are eligible, provided five or more members are currently active. Publicly and privately owned off-road trails are eligible to apply as well. The Clean Trail Grant money can be used for purchasing the tools associated with trail cleaning, restoration, and expansion; promotional materials to recruit volunteers, food for said volunteers, and to cover other miscellaneous expenses. We you can get the tools you need to clean, restore, or expand your local trails, helping to maintain the trail system and improve it for future off-roaders, reads a statement from ExtremeTerrain. Recent Clean Trail Grant winners and participants include The OffRoad Misfits, Onslow County North Carolina Boy Scouts, Dauntless Jeepers, and the Kentucky Off-Roaders. The grant money for these individual entities was used for a range of things, from dumpster rental and cleaning supplies, to purchasing a camera to catch litter bugs in the act. Along with the grant money, industrial strength trash bags for garbage and debris removal were provided. Those interested in applying can do so by filling out a brief questionnaire. The Clean Trail Grant Program was established in 2015. Carl Anthony is Managing Editor of Automoblog and resides in Detroit, Michigan. Cover Photo: FCA US LLC.
Automoblog's Katie Kapro examines how imaginative thinking and creative risks have influencedthe modern automobilein this three-part miniseries.Part one of this series here. Every vehicle is made up of certain fundamental elements - the engine, tires, frame, and even a windshield if you want to get really fancy. These things are to a car what the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are to the human face. They exist to serve a utilitarian purpose to be sure, but their variations from one model to another is the stuff of individuality and intrigue. It's what keeps the road, and the world, interesting. Automotive styling over the years has taken some wild twists and turns. From the awkward, lady-only Dodges of the 1950s to the deja-vu inducing Chevrolets of the late 1990s, time has proven that some styling choices stand the test of time better than others. Assumptions Gone Awry There are three kinds of car: one built to be a utilitarian workhorse, one built for speed, and one built to be, for lack of a better word, sexy. Ford pretty much cornered the utilitarian market with the Model T tractor adaptation back in the day, while ever-increasing speed has been an aspiration of car manufacturers for as long as wheels have been attached to axles. In terms of design, the more utilitarian the vehicle, the chunkier its styling. The faster it needs to go, the lower, sleeker, and more reptilian it becomes. It's the sexy cars though which historically get automotive marketers and stylists into trouble. Essentially, the problem they've run into is one of poor assumptions. Trying to tap into a group identity is a challenging enough endeavor on its own, but when your audience is a giant swath of humanity, aka all drivers everywhere, the opportunity for falling flat on your face is pretty high. Take for example the failure that was the Dodge La Femme. The automotive stylists of the 1950s created it thinking it would be a woman's dream: Regal Orchid finish, loop pile carpeting, and of course built-in purses for those lady passengers who just never could remember to grab them when they ran to the grocery store for that gallon of milk they oh-so-absent-mindedly also forgot. Insert era-appropriate giggle and eyelash flutter. Trying to understand what women wanted in a vehicle was just too large a task for the time, and it's not simply the fault of a few misguided designers. Photo: FCA US LLC.
Practical Over Pretty The La Femme is representative of the times. Not only did chauvinism run rampant in the 50s, but the design engineers still had a lot to learn about customers. They had just begun to understand the importance of asking their target audience questions about what they wanted and taking their responses into consideration when styling the newest model. But what they had yet to figure out was how to translate that information and find the underlying desire and need behind their customer's responses. When a woman in the 50s said, I want a practical car, she meant a vehicle with a mechanically sound engine and reliable tires. Radial tires - tires with cords arranged in the direction of travel - were the newest rage and safety feature in USA-made cars of the era. A female driver in the 1950s wanted something to get her around safely. Not something to hold her makeup. If the car designers of the age hadn't fallen prey to their own assumptions and really understood the underlying desires of their customers, they probably wouldn't have made the mistake of creating a purse on wheels. The back page of the brochure of the 1956 Dodge La Femme. The La Femme package was offered in 1955 and 1956 and was marketed toward female buyers. It was painted pink and white and came with a makeup bag and umbrella. Photo: FCA US LLC. The Throwback Tapping into the emotion that a car evokes, when done in just the right way, can be a powerful design tactic. It's called the throwback. The Chevy Silverado, when launched in 1999, was a truck built for comfort and personal use. It was capable of hauling big loads and navigating rough terrain, but also had a cushy interior suitable for passengers and long trips. The Silverado was far from the first truck to try and meet the needs of comfort-seeking drivers. In fact, the first was Chevy's Advance Design half-ton pickup, the first completely redesigned GM vehicle to hit the market after World War II. Owners of pre-WWII pickups asked for a roomier, more comfortable cab. Not only did they get it, which of course led to increased truck sales for Chevrolet, but the style lines of models like the 1955 Task Force became synonymous with post-WWII prosperity, hard work, and security. It's no coincidence the design of these particular trucks has made a comeback in the last several decades. The design of Chevy trucks has come to represent nostalgia for more prosperous times in the U.S. and our collective aspirations for the future. In terms of design choices, the throwback works because it raises a vehicle to the emotional plane. Drivers inherently trust a vehicle that looks like a reliable truck of the past. 1955 Chevrolet 3300 Series Standard Pickup. Photo: GM Media Archive. [center] The Dream Machine The final play in the vehicle design and styling game is to give drivers a car that feeds their desire for speed and imagination - aka every concept car ever. Speeding head-first into the future is as invigorating as it is inspiring, and as technology continues to advance, there are fewer limitations than ever before. One might think the future dream machine is a driverless car, and perhaps it is for a certain segment of the population, but for people who truly love driving there's no reason to be hemmed-in by gravity. Instead, they can set their sights on the sleekest and most aerodynamic vehicle of all: a flying car. There will be some kinks to work out before flying cars are commonplace - like figuring out how one goes about insuring a flying vehicle and how exactly to bring the price tag down from the multi-millions - but those logistics can be saved for another day. For now, a driver's greatest dreams are often a reality thanks to today's technology; all that's left is to imagine zipping through the sky in a vehicle that would put even the sleekest sports car to shame. Vehicle design is for the bold of spirit. It takes vision and creativity to reach into the emotional past and future for design inspiration. Not every attempt will be a success, but hey, it's what keeps the road, and the world, interesting. Katie Kapro spent her childhood handing her dad tools under his Datsun. She loves thinking about the social aspects of motoring, and dreaming about the future of automotives.Follow her work on Twitter: @kapro101 Cover Photo: FCA US LLC.
I'm continuing to use Adblock Plus, and as part of the research for this piece, I started using Disconnect.Me. It appears Disconnect.Me duplicates tracking blocking in Adblock Pro, but I like the visual map that Disconnect.Me gives me regarding trackers.
Via Disconnect.Me, you will see four trackers on Rands: Google Analytics, Chartbeat, Twitter, and Gravatar. I'm planning on removing or replacing each of them all. With the demise of Mint, I'm in the market for self-hosted analytics. Drop me a note.
I'm also evaluating the Brave browser. First impression: many rough edges.
HTTPS is coming for Rands. I've got the certificate all set-up, but the process of converting the rest of the site is laborious.
The HTC One M9 is still a great device and perfect for those looking for an Android smartphone on a budget. However,the device is not as new as it once was and with apps getting more resourcing demand you could find the M9 to be slowing down. Luckily there is a hidden feature that you