One of my favourite parts of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga. Which I'm sure could earn their own sub-blog on here with their various scifi cultural representations. But yeah, character speak fondly of 'decanting' their babies out of artificial wombs, and are amused by the idea that if schedules conflict, the… » 3/19/15 5:38pm 3/19/15 5:38pm

Not best I've seen (I wasn't there) but my father in law is a heavy duty mechanic instructor and infamous MacGyver. In a pinch or on his own vehicle, he'll try anything; pay him or have him work on yours, and the work is dynamite. He installed the LSD in my Jag; I had mechanics who wouldn't touch that job for money,… » 3/18/15 1:22pm 3/18/15 1:22pm

My sister and I each had one of the pictured B5 models; one stick, one auto. Her worst experience was the fuel lines rusting through-8 years old, car is from Georgia, not Michigan. Mine would have to be the entire front suspension needing to be replaced at 80k miles. Both had window regulators fail, and hers had… » 3/17/15 6:01pm 3/17/15 6:01pm

Maybe a Kia Sportage as well? A little smaller than these, but not much, and fully loaded w/a turbo 4 banger and a 6 speed automatic for 30k. I want to suggest a Honda Crosstour as well, since even the V6 AWD models are selling well under MSRP (according to Edmunds), but looking it up, it's 400 lbs heavier than these… » 3/17/15 3:44pm 3/17/15 3:44pm