Sometimes comments get deferred because they look like spam or for whatever other reason. I wanted to reply to some of these that got stuck in queue…
Commenting on the MINI Clubman, Robert Cepale throws a few one-liners at us:
>Disappointing for 2008 interior!
>Dashboard looks cheap and confusing.
Ok, those are a bit too vague for me to comment on. But in a nutshell, he doesn’t like it. If we knew what was so disappointing and what exactly looks cheap and confusing, I’d be more helpful. I’d say the other 99% of comments about the MINI Clubman (by those who have seen it in person or driven it) are positive. So maybe, Robert just didn’t give it a good long look. I find the controls more intuitive than earlier version MINIs, and the construction quality is on par with any other BMW, if not better.
>Sunroof with no sun blinder makes no sense.
True, that wouldn’t make sense. Good thing it has one. What exactly was your point there?
Now we move on to video problems. Someone from the Redwood Empire Mini Enthusiasts claims the new iPhone-friendly YouTube videos only work on Mac, well, sorry that’s just not true. I test these out on Windows XP from a few computers, as well Mac OSX 10.5 with my MacBook Pro. Could simply be that your version of QuickTime or Macromedia/Adobe Flash player needs a free update?
We’ve been getting a lot of comments in non-English languages lately, partly because are stuff is viewed by a growing audience across the pond, and.. well yeah that’s most of it. Anyway, if you post a comment, please make sure it’s relevant to the post, if not Minis or variants thereof, or else it will probably be flagged as spam and deleted. I won’t mention any names, but most of the Cyrillic language posts we’ve been getting have nothing to do with Minis or even 2-seater automobiles of any kind. As lovely as your hosting plans, unclaimed bank accounts, webcams, medications, replica watches or other various content items may be, we really don’t have time to peruse many more websites than we do already. It’s hard enough keeping up with all the MINI / Mini events in our own calendars 🙂
Sponsors/vendors offering parts, know that if you send us stuff and it fits one of our cars, we will gladly install it and make a video review podcast with our honest experience and impressions. If the product doesn’t fit one of our cars, we will gladly return it or raffle it off for charity (which of course will also be featured in a audio or video podcast). If you are testing out stuff and want to loan us something for a bit and then have it returned later, that is cool too, but be sure and let us know beforehand so we can make the necessary preparations to re-install our OEM stuff later. Thanks!
Thanks to everyone who takes time to comment on the blog entries, shows, etc., if not for your input and enthusiasm, Miniology would be just another silly blog and podcast lost in cyberspace.