From A Random Editor
Social Networking: Are You In Or Are You Out?I can't be bothered with the notion that people aren't using the Internet in this day and age so to use the phrase "if you're not connected, then you must be living under a rock" shouldn't be valid. If you are part of the minority who hasn't joined the masses, well, then, too bad for you. We've come a long way since IRC and the slow dial-up connections of AOL, with lightning-fast information just a couple mouse button clicks away. Hard to imagine that only ten years ago we had to (gasp) pick up a phone to find a friend; or if you were anti-social, paged them. But no more - if your AIM/Yahoo Messenger/MSN chat lists don't have at least 300 buddies on each, then you deserve to be stuck in the '90s. With the latest Web sensations coming in the form of social networking, it's time to adapt to those methods of communication as well or be left in the dust, or Windows 98 or whatever antiquated operating system you can think of. Right now, Facebook has been a great tool for us to promote the magazine in general, and for those of you who participate or comment on our fan page, thanks for your feedback - we'd like more if you can swing it. We're going to start posting a few survey questions soon to gather more information and we've also jumped into Twitter mania for more real-time action, so add both of these (www.facebook.com/SuperStreetMag; www.twitter.com/SuperStreetMag) so we can get to know you on a better level. Your questions, opinions and comments are always welcome and we'll respond as quickly as possible to address your concerns. Besides, you might have an idea that might be worth publishing!
Gymkhana Two: Thanks For One Hell Of A Ride, Ken!
The YouTube clip will probably already be bookmarked as one of your favorites and have double the views it currently has (already over 2 million) by the time you read this, but I can't express how totally awesome it was to ride shotgun in Ken Block's gymkhana STI, the same car he used in the filming of 'Gymkhana TWO: The Infomercial'. I was thrown every which way to hell as he pushed the car to its very limits at the Port of Los Angeles and while not the exact course he parlayed in the video, I got a very tasty experience of what it must've been like to film a spot like that. I can only imagine how cool it would be to see the blooper real. If you'd like to see my personal in-car footage from my ride-along, I invite you to see my own YouTube clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdEUK4ye_bQ); I currently have just under 200 hits total. Only 199,800 viewers to go...
The Future Of In-Car Electronics Is Looking Mighty Bright
Whether you have them or not, in-car electronics are becoming fancier by the day as well as a necessity. Admittedly, I'm behind-the-times; I still use a Thomas Brothers Guide map (don't say "a what?") and the only way my iPod plays is if I connect it to my factory deck via a cassette tape adapter (stop laughing). Pioneer Electronics must have read my mind because they've just released a brand new series of in-dash navi systems that have all the must-have features necessary to survive in today's concrete jungle. The entry level unit (AVIC-U310BT) comes in at $600 with a detachable GPS and Bluetooth(r) while the pricier AVIC-Z110BT has DVD playback, MSN Direct hookups and full iPod integration you won't find anywhere else. I can't decide which I want more (for different reasons, of course), but you'll get a first-look in our "Sound Check" section. We'll go more in-depth in an upcoming issue as well. Pretty dope, don't you agree?Jonathan Wongjdmwong@superstreetonline.com