August 29, 2005
It's the little things...

For this months’s installment of it doesn’t take much to amuse me…

As of Aug. 29th CBS has finally started broadcasting The Late Show with David Letterman in High Definition.

I’m guessing it’s taken so long because statistics I read in last week’s TV Week show that only 13 million homes in the U.S. have HD televisions and sadly only a third of those, a little more than 4 million, have access to HD programming. That statistic is stunning for two reasons. One, it’s still a very low number in terms of total televisions out there and two, there’s almost nine million HD sets in homes and people aren’t even watching HD content. That’s kind of like having a Ferrari and only driving it to the end of the driveway for the mail. While I do realize that DVDs look better on HD sets, until later this year when Blu-Ray or HD DVDs become available one is only viewing about half the resolution of which the television is capable.

Anyway, Dave looks great in HD. It’s about time.

Posted by todd at 10:56 PM
Trophy winning graphics by toddsmods

This just in…


My friends and clients Debbie and Richard took home some GINORMOUS trophies from a local car show over the weekend. Both trophies were best in class - MINI (best import) and the xB (best mini truck). Who knew the xB was a mini truck? Oh well. I’m sure the trophies went home in the xB because I think strapping them on top of the MINI was out of the question.

Debbie and Richard take great care of their cars and show them quite a lot so I don’t want to take more credit than I deserve - but the cars do look pretty kick-ass with those graphics.

Way to go guys. Too bad only the MINI will be eligible for the All Wheels British Car Show in KC next weekend. : )

Posted by todd at 12:38 PM
August 26, 2005
St. Louis recap

Finally I found some time to post some pics from my St. Louis trip last weekend. The St. Louis MINI club invited the KC MINI club to join them for their third annual Winery Run to the Balducci winery in Agusta, MO. About 50 MINIs showed up for an absolutely awesome drive full of twists and turns through the hills of eastern Missouri.

A lot of extremely cool MINIs were present including the Killer Bee owned by Mick who’s an instructor for the Phil Wicks MINI Driving Academy. I got to drive under the tutelage of Mick last year when the Phil Wicks Ultimate MINI Driving Academy came to Heartland Park Topeka. One of the things I remember most about what he taught me was to always be looking farther ahead of where I was used to looking while driving. Great tip by the way. Anyway, Mick has a new tricked out Cooper S convertible.

The Red Bull MINI was also present. I’d never seen this car up close and it was very cool albeit a little over the top but hey, it’s Red Bull. It’s supposed to be over the top.

I’ll be posting later about the goings on over at White Roof Radio.

Posted by todd at 02:04 PM
August 22, 2005
MINI Cooper flash drive

I had not seen this before very cool use of a diecast MINI Cooper.

More info on the modification is here.

Posted by todd at 12:42 PM
August 08, 2005
White Roof Radio Goodness

Ok peeps and peep-ettes, our latest White Roof Radio broadcast is available for your downloading pleasure. As if you couldn’t already guess, it’s all about the MINI so of course not all of you will be interested, but you might be mildly entertained.

More tales from my life as a graphics guy, Mac fan and general all around MINI enthusiast are upcoming right here later this week. I’ve been slammed with work lately but that means my wife, myself and our dog, Stoli, are not starving. I’ve got stories to bring of new Apple gear in my life and the progress of a really good farmer-tan.

Until later - Cheers!

Posted by todd at 05:30 PM
August 01, 2005
Union Jacks for everyone!

Just when I think that checkerboards are all the rage, Union Jacks come back for their bid to be the MINI roof graphic trend du jour. Two UJs with one waiting in the wings for next week.

But wait, coming up from the outside is another checkerboard top…

Sorry, phone pic.

And finally, some interesting bonnet stripes with hot pink accents. Once again, sorry for the low quality phone pic. I’ve got to remember to pack the camera whenever I leave the office. Doh!

Latest MINI count is 128 although I know I’ve missed one or two but I’m going to err on the conservative side.

Posted by todd at 11:35 AM