This Pope is truly one-of-a-kind. I know many evangelicals would not like his suggestion to not proselytize, but if you really think about it what he says, I think, applies to any faith. You should attract others by the way you live your life which should/could result in them asking you questions vs you persuading them.

Higher Learning

In a recent interview with the Argentine publication Viva, Pope Francis issued a list of 10 tips to be a happier person, based on his own life experiences.

The Pope encouraged people to be more positive and generous, to turn off the TV and find healthier forms of leisure, and even to stop trying to convert people to one’s own religion.

But his number one piece of advice came in the form of a somewhat cliche Italian phrase that means, “move forward and let others do the same.” It’s basically the Italian equivalent of, “live and let live.” You can check out the full list below.

The Pope gives a thumbs up to an audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (Photo: CSV)

The Pope’s 10 Tips for a Happier Life

1. “Live and let live.” Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in…

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EVO Magazine has updated their magazine for the iPad again and this time it is even nicer. It has a cleaner look to match iOS 7’s aesthetic.

Life with an iPad 3G

I’ve been an auto enthusiast a lot longer than I’ve been interested in all things Apple, but the two interests have meshed together nicely. I enjoyed reading auto sites like Autoblog, Evo Online, DriveCult, Automobile Magazine and others, but now I’m beginning to turn to their iPad versions. Why? Mainly it’s because the publisher can do a lot of creative things with their publications through an app.  I began with Zinio, and still use it, but it really is just the print version of the magazine scanned in, though there are a lot of features Zinio offers such as being able to see some video and reading just the text.  The apps have the potential to have a lot more robust character to their presentation of essentially the same content.

EVO Magazine is a top tier auto enthusiast magazine published in the United Kingdom.  I found it because one…

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Nigerian and Ghanan scammers are on a roll. They have moved on from trying to get you to transfer money to their account and in turn they’ll send you a large check and so on, to not only stealing money, but ripping apart hearts. These so-called “Romance Scams” are rampant and I have been a victim. I haven’t succumbed to a Romance Scam though.

Remember when we used to blog everything about our families and places we visit prior to Facebook? Well, back then I blogged about my kids and what I was up to. I did this mostly for my family. As time wore on, I migrated to Facebook and began locking down my pictures and posts. Why? Because I started getting calls from women in Europe who said they were being romanced by me. Of course I had no idea what they were talking about. One gentle Englishwoman told me the entire story about how she saw pictures of “me” on a dating site and began conversing with “me”. It wasn’t me. It was a Romance Scammer from Ghana.

At the time I wrote up a post like this. It was simple, I am the real Dan Mosqueda. I’m married. I’m not on dating web sites. I won’t ask you for money or laptops or cell phones. I’m not deployed to Afghanistan having left my child back in Ghana.

Nothing has changed. I’m still not deployed. I have no children in Ghana who need an emergency surgery or airline tickets or anything. Do not send scammers money. It’s your money, not theirs. And now they’re on Facebook to try and gain credibility. You can’t see my Facebook page.

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So here are a list of email addresses you might find them using along with names they might use. It’s not always Dan, but the pictures are the same. They’ll be pictures of me, my sons at various locations looking cute and cuddly.

  • AlexMosqueda70@yahoo.com
  • Mosquedaalex16@yahoo.com
  • alexxaviermosqueda70@yahoo.com
  • p.jnr_mosqueda@yahoo.com
  • paulmosqueda60@yahoo.com
  • mosquedaalex11@yahoo.com
They’ll ask you to send money and items to a church or other location in care of a friend. In many cases “my” friend in Ghana is Alhassan Mustapha. Mr. Mustapha will retrieve the money and items from the Tesano Baptist Church where he will claim to be a faithful member.
A little research reveals the Post Office in Accra, Ghana near the church is also near the area where the real Alhassan Mustapha lives. I have no proof of this, but I imagine Mustapha has people inside the Post Office intercepting his mail and he shares the loot.
It might not be “Daniel Mosqueda” or Paul or Alex. It could be Jim Smith or Tobias McLaughlin. The moral of the story is to avoid dating sites that aren’t large enough to fight off the proliferation of these scammers. The next thing to learn: DON’T SEND MONEY TO ANYONE YOU DON’T ALREADY KNOW.
Do an internet search on the name of the person romancing and be diligent. There are sites like Pig Busters where you can find information. Here’s a page on Mr. Mustapha:
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1958 Jaguar XK 150

Saturday is a day car guys love to get together and today was no exception. While chatting with an owner of a 1966 Mustang Convertible at our local meet up, I saw an immaculate Jaguar XK-150 drive by and park. I finished up the Mustang conversation and made a bee-line to the XK-150. This example was built in May of 1957 as a 1958 model.

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“Tonight, on Top Gear, Tanner thrashes a Camaro SS, Adam is stuck in Eugene with a Chery, and Rutledge shows New York what real sophistication is all about, plus we put Brian Williams in our reasonably priced car.” That’s how Top Gear America should start.  Instead they spend the beginning of each show trying to explain what Top Gear is.  Why?  Somehow millions around the world get what Top Gear is about without nary a word from Jeremy Clarkson that Top Gear is a show about cars, where you’ll learn nothing about recipes etc….

And that’s the crux, Top Gear is not about cars.  It’s about fun, adventure, laughing, cringing, and occasionally watching Jezzer hoon a Bentley around so much he blows the tire right off of it or making a beach landing with the Royal Marines in a Ford Fiesta.

I personally like the guys on Top Gear America, or is it Top Gear USA, no matter because it’s simply not going to survive if it’s not quickly retooled, and I mean running re-runs for a few weeks and fixing the in-studio work.  The segments of the show where the hosts and their guests are in cars and doing challenges are fine, really if we’re honest, pretty much as good as Top Gear UK, however the inside banter is not good.  It’s stiff, uncomfortable and looks too rehearsed, which means it’s not rehearsed enough, the writing is horrible and the Director is doing an awful job.  There I said it.

I want this show to survive.  I cannot watch SpeedTV or whatever they’re calling it this week, and MotorWeek on PBS is equally horrible.  We live in a wasteland of horrendous automotive oriented shows here in the States.  This is why Top Gear UK is so popular.  Heck, I love Fifth Gear for that matter and would gladly watch Vicky and Tiff on a weekly basis if given the opportunity.

I’m not going to go for much longer. This is simple.  Bring Jeremy Clarkson to the States for a re-write of the in-studio stuff.  Have him coach Adam, Rutledge and Tanner to get it right.  My wife isn’t enthralled with the cast, but I think it can work.  It just needs attention.

Finally, think about what you enjoy about Top Gear UK and what you hate about the garbage we get on US television in general, and relating to cars in particular.  Leave some feedback below and let’s see if the TopGear America producers can wake up and fix this before we are destined to a life of bit torrenting Top Gear UK or waiting 6 months to see the show on BBCAmerica.