Archive for January, 2007

Garmin Nuvi 680 Pocket Vehicle GPS Navigator and Personal Travel Assistant

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

Receive door-to-door directions while staying on top of local weather, traffic and more with nüvi® 680, a sleek multi-tasking Personal Travel Assistant¿. Similar to the 660, nüvi 680 features a colorful widescreen, hands-free calling and FM transmitter, then takes it up a notch by adding dynamic content from MSN® Direct to provide–in addition to traffic and weather–such local information as fuel prices in nearby gas stations and movie times in local theaters. Like all nüvis, the user-friendly 680 comes with preloaded maps and travel kit.

See smartphones with GPS.

Tariq Ramadan Has an Identity Issue

Wednesday, January 31st, 2007
Is he an activist scholar or an extremist in scholarly garb?

Garmin StreetPilot c320 GPS Vehicle Navigator

Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

For navigators who only require detailed maps for a limited area, the StreetPilot c320 features an SD card slot, a 128 MB SD card, and MapSource City Select street data on CD-ROM. To load the area you need, simply select the specific area of interest on your computer and the data is transferred from a PC to the unit via a fast USB connection. The c320’s bright, 3.5-inch diagonal, 16-bit color display makes navigation a snap. The unit also features dual integrated speakers for high-quality voice prompts, and an internal lithium-ion battery for out-of-car route planning.

More about smartphones and gps.

2001 Volkswagen Jetta from North America (

Monday, January 29th, 2007
My 2001 Jetta 1.8T also has had the sensor, falling window, etc., problems. The dealer was very good in addressing these issues when they first came up, and I have not had similar problems again. Other than the crayon smell, I love this car! Ah, but there IS that crayon smell...

Asics GT 2110 Running Shoes

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Read this customer’s review:

“I had the worst feet! I ran my first marathon in May, and I was in a panic. On my long runs in March and the first part of April I was going to quit! My feet hurt so bad! I was training on a lot of downhill runs, and therefore landed on the balls of my feet. Ouch! I think I would have been better off to run in nothing, than to wear what I had, which was a top of the line shoe. I was desparate! I found these Asics GT 2110 Men’s Shoe (I’m a woman) and I felt 100% better!! I had support plus the cushion I needed for my sore feet, what an awesome shoe!! I finished my marathon in them, I couldn’t have done it without them.”

How to select the running shoes.

Hoodia Not For Pregnant Women

Sunday, January 28th, 2007

Hoodia is being touted as the dieting miracle of the century, but there have not been any studies to determine if there is an adverse affect on pregnant women, women who are about to get pregnant, or nursing mothers. Dieting during pregnancy, unless under doctor’s orders and medical supervision, seems a risky proposition to begin with. Taking diet supplements during pregnancy, even if there is no evidence that they have harmful short term effects, like Hoodia, should probably be avoided entirely.

Hoodia special report.

Unhappy Meals

Sunday, January 28th, 2007
The story of how basic questions about what to eat got so complicated reveals a great deal about the institutional imperatives of the food industry, nutritional science and journalism.

The First Dance

Saturday, January 27th, 2007
One small Christian college finds that there may be some redemption in being footloose after all.

Lives: Assimilating Circumstances

Saturday, January 27th, 2007
I?ve taught English as a second language for eight years, and I?m no slouch. I?ve taught in Korea and in New York City?s Chinatown. I?ve taken on classrooms of 50 high-school boys at a time. I wouldn?t have guessed that one slim Afghan girl would represent my most difficult challenge.

The Way We Eat: Bistronomy

Saturday, January 27th, 2007
One of Paris?s most adventurous chefs sticks close to home.