Winter Tires, and Why You Need Them

The fine folks at BMWBlog published an excellent article last week on winter tires, and why they’re a near necessity for anybody who lives outside of the tropics. It dispells some common misconceptions about winter tires, like the idea that you only need them for snow. It presents the science behind winter tires in an understandable way, and makes me understand why I love my winter tires so much! Take a look at the article over on their site. Read On →

New Twitter Account for BMW

I’ve created a new Twitter account dedicated to all things BMW relating to me. You can find it at @conoverbmw. I’ll be using this Twitter account in conjunction with this blog, and to post anything I find or do involving BMW, including finding and propagating other BMW-related Twitter accounts. Update: My BMW Twitter account is no longer active. I decided that it was counter productive to compartmentalize my various interests on Twitter, so I’ve consolidated back to my original, primary Twitter account. Read On →

My New Car

Natalia I picked up a new (to me) car on January 9th. I apologize about the posting delay, I kinda forgot to do it. Anyway, it’s a 2001 BMW 330ci, black with black leather interior, sport package, and generally excellent shape. I found it on the BMW CCA classifieds section, for an intriguingly low price. I emailed the seller asking for more information, and the reply was better than I could have ever hoped for. Read On →

The BMW of my Dreams

BMW concept car BMW of my “dreams” is right…it’s actually an artist’s rendering of their idea of a BMW supercar. It takes cues from the M1 Hommage, and the Vision EfficientDynamics concept. When it all comes together, you get one completely badass car. If BMW ever makes this (or anything close to it) I would do crazy things to get my hands on one. The source article for this can be found here.

Hunt for a 1995 M3

Since my accident and subsequent totaling of my car, I’m looking to make an upgrade to replace it. I’m in the market for a 1995 BMW M3 5spd. My ideal color would be either Brilliantrot or Hellrot, followed by Cosmos black. I’ve found a few potential vehicles, but I’ll update here on how the search is going.

E36 Hurricane Interior

E36 Hurricane interior Hurricane interior with red Motorsport belts in an E36 M3 at NCC BMWCCA Chapterfest today. Very sexy, and rare.

Interview: Adm. Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, on Social Media – Part 2

ADM Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard A couple of days ago, I posted part 1 of my interview with Adm. Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, regarding social media. Below is part 2. There are a number of units that have created Twitter accounts to release official news and connect with the public. Is this something we will be seeing from more units, possibly as an added aspect of the PA rates assigned to the various units around the country? Read On →

Interview: Adm. Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard, on Social Media – Part 1

ADM Thad Allen, Commandant of the Coast Guard I did an interview in April with Adm. Thad Allen, the 23rd Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, regarding social media & the Coast Guard. The Coast Guard has been spearheading a move into the world of Web 2.0 and interaction with the public through online outlets, and Adm. Allen has been a prominent part of that transition. Here is the text of that interview. Can you describe your personal social media journey? Read On →

Capt. Richard Phillips Rescued, Pirates Killed & In Custody

Capt. Richard Phillips, master of the Maersk Alabama who’s been held hostage since Wednesday, was rescued late this morning Eastern time. It’s been reported that when the pirates were sleeping or otherwise unaware, he made another attempt to escape and jumped overboard, at which point the Navy was able to neutralize the pirates. Of the four pirates holding him hostage, 3 were shot and killed by Navy snipers, and 1 is currently in custody on board a U. Read On →

Life at Mass Maritime During the Maersk Alabama Hijacking

The recent turn of events for the Maersk Alabama has had an interesting and prominent connection to Mass Maritime. As I reported in my last post, both the captain and the Chief Mate on board that ship are Academy graduates, as well as the mate being the son of one of our professors, Capt. Joseph Murphy. Since Capt. Murphy is both closely tied to the situation and an experienced and well-known mariner himself, the news media has gravitated to him for answers like flies on butter at a picnic. Read On →