August 31, 2009


Mobile Starbucks on a truck
mobile shop on a VW T1
mobile coffee shop on a VW T1

There is always something surprises you in the big cities. I found 3 mobile business vehicles at Huashan Creative Park in Taipei. Mobile business vehicle is not really a new idea, but these 3 cars really impressed me.

The first one is a Starbucks Coffee truck, I saw a lot of this kind of mobile coffee trucks, but the first time for Starbucks Coffee. Recently Starbucks is facing strong competition from local chain coffee shops and convenient stores. Maybe that is the reason they created this mobile Starbucks, or it is just for branding?

Another 2 are for personalized products and coffee/tea businesses. They got my attention not because their businesses, but the cute appearance. They are all modified Volkswagen T1 with fancy interior design and lovely painting.

These mobile business vehicles do not only provide service to customers, they also add some flavor to this city.

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August 15, 2009


5.56mm T97 assault rifle, Taiwanese SCAR?receiver of T97 assault rifle, non-dust cover design.soldier with T97 assault rifle and TS96 night vision goggle

In the Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition 2009, the Armaments Bureau of Ministry of National Defense displayed a new assault rifle, the T97. This new designed rifle is in 5.56mm NATO caliber, and also available in 9mm Para. It may replace the current T86 amd T91 assault rifle.

I am pretty sure Armaments Bureau took some famous advanced rifle for reference when they designed T97. You can find some similarities among T97 and HK G36, FN SCAR, and ACR
. Be honest, T97 does not look good from its appearance. I always believe if something does not look good, it won't function well.

T97 is still a prototype at current stage, hope the final design will look much better and does meet the needs of modern ground force.

August 12, 2009


After Typhoon Morakot hitting Taiwan very badly, almost 25% of Taiwan was damaged by flood or mudslide. Hundreds of people are still missing in mountain area. Broken roads and foggy weather are slowing down the rescue missions. The rescue operations and recovery works will be much more difficult than the work after Hurricane Katrina hitting US. The beautiful Formosa will never be the same again.

May God bless Taiwan and may those missing people are safe.

CNN news about typhoon Morakot.

August 8, 2009


Giza Pyramids and Sphinx
Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx
Karnak TempleKarnak Temple
Karnak Temple
After the movie Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen having been at theater for over a month, I finally watched it. As what I expected, there are more transformers and more fighting in this movie, since they got support form Chevrolet and Pentagon. For entertainment purpose, this is really a great movie, full of excitements for two and half an hours.

Except these robots and the sexy actress, two things got more attention from me. The first one is a sports car shown in the Shanghai battle. That is an Audi R8 and is cut into two pieces by Autobots' party. I wonder if Audi paid for showing R8 in the movie, they did not pay enough or did not pay at all?

The second one is the final battlefields in the movie. No doubt the Pyramids of Giza is one of the locations. And I think film makers made another site based on the Karnak Temple, which is located in Luxor, Egypt. Thought Karnak Temple is several hundreds of kilometers away from Pyramids of Giza, I don't blame these film makers. Overall, it is just a scene in the movie.