Archives For June 2, 2008

Shameless Plug

June 2, 2008

Ryan_Duvall_Days_#14My son was recently named a finalist in a recent photo competition – voting ends Thursday with the winners to be announced during the Duvall Days parade next week which he will be participating in.  So I’m asking for your votes.

Voting closes this 4pm PST Thursday. Each person is allowed to vote once a day, but there is no restriction on getting family and friends to vote from all over the country. That is where you come in. Please copy/paste #14 below and email to once a day thru Thursday. Ryan appreciates your votes!

All entries can be viewed at

Please copy/paste this list into your email vote:

3-4 years = #14

As for the pic – my son had his first "big boy bike crash" the day before.  My wife and the photog thought the band-aids would work well in the pic.  I agree.

If he wins, I’ll post a picture of me in the same pose after crashing my bike.  Sorry, won’t shave my head this time 🙂

Image Copyright (C)Serendipity Pictures

Of Prius and Hacking

June 2, 2008

EV_Button After receiving a letter from my local Toyota dealership offering a Starbucks card for giving them the opportunity to appraise my Prius for over-market buyback, I decided to do some digging.  Apparently they’re holding their value extremely well (e.g. nearly 2x residual) and the local dealership is going to take months to get inventory.  NBC News and a family member report similar waiting lists in CA and ATL where they can’t even get a test drive. due to demand. 

So… I’m planning to buy out the Prius at the end of my lease and will be adding some new mods.  My first was an aftermarket adapter for my Sirius Radio, Zune and iPod from  It plugs directly into the MiniDisc adapter on the back and includes hands-free control among other features.

Next up: An EV – Electric Vehicle button.  Available in pretty much every country except the US, the Prius is capable of running in battery-only mode, switching to gas only when the battery needs charging or if you go over ~34mph.  More MPG for in-town running to the store.  Sure, it’s no Honda S2000, but it gets me to work and back. Perhaps someday I’ll hack the touchscreen to run MCE. 😉

If you own a Prius, you can find great hack ideas at

Hack: Prius Convertible