A Man Runs Around With His Car and No Gas

BOISE -- After a week in which oil prices soared to another record high, millions of Americans will be hitting the road for the Memorial Day weekend and paying more than ever before to get to their destination.

According to AAA, the average price of gas hit $3.79 Sunday.

One Boise man is so fed up with depending on gas, he created a new way to get around.

John Weber is not feeling pain at the pump, because he hasn't bought gas for his vehicle in over a year.

“For me the higher it goes, that's fine, it doesn't affect me very much," said Weber.

It doesn't affect him because he doesn't use gas to power his Geo Metro.

"People stop me all the time. They're like, do you really buy no gas? And I'm like ‘no, don't buy any gas,’" said Weber.

Instead, he built his car to be powered by sunlight.

The car is one of only a handful of solar-powered cars in the Treasure Valley and can be charged using its solar panels, or by plugging it into a power source.

"I'm just kind of doing my own thing," said Weber.

The soft-spoken and quiet Weber says he isn't avoiding the pump to make a statement, he was simply sick of depending on something he couldn't control.

"I don't like to be dependent on big global corporations to get my needs met, I like to get my needs met locally," said Weber.

And as for the solar car, Weber says it's not something he will depend on for long.

"I'm going to sell the car and just be car free, just have a bicycle," said Weber.

It is just another step in his quest to be fuel free.

Weber says he doesn't have a family, so it's easier to go without a car. He says it is possible to do, even when you are transporting more than just yourself.

When he does have a family, he plans on still only using a bike to get around.

Weber's car was one of the alternative vehicles featured at a show focused on going green - the Idaho Green Expo.

Over the course of the weekend, more than 15,000 people gathered at the Boise Centre on the Grove for the expo debut.

Around 160 exhibitors showed their earth-friendly goods, gave presentations and answered questions to encourage the people of the Treasure Valley to be more earth conscious.

"The ultimate purpose for it is to teach people how to live their lives in a sustainable way so that they don't use all the resources that are now available, so that we don't use up the resources that are available for our children and our grandchildren in the future," said Bruce Poe, Idaho Green Expo president.

Organizers say they are already planning the expo for next year.

Solar Powered Car

A man’s solar power car captures people’s attention. Let’s face it: paying high gas prices is no longer a sign of being “cool” in modern America. The less we have to pay at the pump, the better. John Weber of Boise, Idaho is dealing with the gas crunch by not buying any more.

The car is one of only a handful of solar-powered cars in the Treasure Valley and can be charged using its solar panels, or by plugging it into a power source.

“I’m just kind of doing my own thing,” said Weber.

The soft-spoken and quiet Weber says he isn’t avoiding the pump to make a statement, he was simply sick of depending on something he couldn’t control.

“I don’t like to be dependent on big global corporations to get my needs met, I like to get my needs met locally,” said Weber.

Weber isn’t content to rely on his solar powered car alone. He’s planning on dumping it and using a bike only. Turns out high gas prices are making people innovate, after all.

Life-sized wooden Harley-Davidson

You must have seen many bikes made of metals like aluminum, titanium and the kinds. But here is a bike made of a green resource that is wood. And this isn’t any scaled down version but a real life-sized replica of none other then the renowned Harley-Davidson WLA. Harley-Davidson began producing the WLA motorcycle, according to US Army specifications, in 1940 as World War II loomed. Based on an existing civilian model, the maker has crafted and exceptional wooden reproduction of the same. Shaped out of teakwood, it is supposed to be absolutely sturdy and durable. And its only to enhance its look, some other kinda wood is used….to give color nuance.

Dreamcade Vision 29 - Big daddy of gaming arcades

Arcade gamers have never had it this good. Dream Arcades have just come out with their latest offering called the Dreamcade Vision 29 Arcade. This limited edition gaming arcade aims to give arcade gamers an exhilarating gaming experience by bumping up the screen size to all of 29 inches. That makes the Vision 29 the big daddy of gaming arcade and it has an equally big game range of no less than 200 games. If you think this number is a little too small for you, no problem, you can add many more games to your Vision 29. This gaming arcade also has plenty of analog game control options sitting on its keyboard, which can be fully customized with your very own color options. Other bells and whistles include an MP3 jukebox to keep you company while fragging away.

Porsche Design Fragrance for Men Debuts This Fall

The first scent from Porsche Design Group will debut this fall. The men's scent -- "The Essence by Porsche Design" -- was developed jointly by the Porsche SE subsidiary producing high-end accessories and Groupe Clarins' Parfums Azzaro. As reported in Women's Wear Daily, "It is a name everyone knows; next to 'Porsche' is the word 'design,' which is something modern and in the l'air du temps," said GĂ©rard Delcour, president of Parfums Azzaro and Porsche Design Fragrances.

OK ... but what does it smell like? One molecule -- Artical, from International Flavors & Fragrances -- was the starting point for the scent's "fresh aromatic woody juice." Azzaro executives envisioned an urban, cultured, intelligent, sporty, sensual man in the 25-50 age range as the user (that means you, Luxist reader). In addition to Artical, other top notes are juniper and blueberry. Among heart notes are Russian coriander, black pepper and Siberian pine, and in the base are notes of fir balsam, patchouli and incense. (I'm sure that clears things up for you.)

Around early October, the scent will be introduced in selective distribution, plus Porsche Design sales points and travel-retail locations in Europe, the Middle East and North America. In the United States, the scent will be launched in Bloomingdale's during the first week of October, then in Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom during the first week of November. The second phase, starting in early 2009, will include Latin America, Asia and Africa.

The Porsche Design U.S. collection will include a 1.7-oz. eau de toilette spray for $54, a 2.7-oz. eau de toilette spray for $70, a 6.7-oz. hair and body shampoo for $28, and a 2.5-oz. stick deodorant for $20. A 2.7-oz. "luxury" eau de toilette spray (in black glass, as compared to the blue glass in the rest of the collection) for $80 is scheduled to come out in the U.S. in November. Just in time for the winter holiday gift-giving season, of course!

Lamborghini working on certified pre-owned program

Lamborghini is in the process of developing its own certified pre-owned program that should launch by the end of the year. According to Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Lamborghini, the program will be rolled out worldwide, beginning with dealers in the U.S. and Europe. Details about how a used Lambo will be inspected or certified haven't been released yet, but sales will only be allowed through authorized Lamborghini dealers. Ferrari has been dealing in certified pre-owned vehicles since 2003, and just announced a program that would include a 190-point certification process of seven models going all the way back to 1998.

All-new Porsche 911 Racing and Swarovski Collection

After blinging up consumer electronics, Swarovski wants to give motorheads some crystal treatment and for doing exactly that, it has teamed up with Porsche Design to create the 911 Swarovski ladies’ collection. Piggybacking on the legendary Porsche 911’s brand name, these collections reek of pizzas and razzmatazz that is so much a part of everything that Swarovski does. First up, you have the neat looking 911 watch that Porsche girls will adore. This watch is done up with Swarovski crystals and sits on a stainless steel bracelet that has a 911 pendant tagging along. Swarovski has also created a hot crystal inlaid necklace that screams Porsche with a 911 pendant. To complete your very hot Porsche pitbabe image, you might also want to take a look at the jumper and sweater, both of whose fronts feature the 911 logo embroidered with Swarovski crystals. To top it all off, you have nice leather keyring and a keystrap with the Porsche mark all over. That is one comprehensive piece of fashion kit that will have all the Porsche girls out there going bonkers.

The new 911 Racing Collection is aimed at Porsche drivers and Porsche fans who want to enjoy the 911 fascination also when not actually driving the car. The all-black 911 Racing sweat jacket features a large 911 logo across the chest, while the white 911 Racing polo shirt is imprinted with the unique silhouette of the Porsche 911.

Philippe Starck's RobinWood Collection

Philippe Starck has gone a little silly with his new collection, although (no worries) he hasn't completely abandoned his usual sense of style in the process. Launched in collaboration with David Sutherland the collection is called RobinWood and is inspired by (you guessed it) the legend of Robin Hood.

With names like "The Lil' John" chair, "The Loxley" canopy bed, and "The King Richard" dining table, Starck is making good on his statement "humor is a sign of intelligence. It should be everywhere." The pieces represent Starck's first outdoor line of furniture and range in price from $1650 to $2350.

Coffee goes interactive with the Digitable

Using coffee tables in a purpose-oriented manner is a habit which we may soon have to change, for coffee tables might just offer a plethora of services like never before. It isn’t happening instantaneously, for the plan is to get such a table rolling by 2020, but even then, it is something that deserves immediate appreciation. Brought about together by the Digitable home entertainment & communication centre and the NEC Idea Home Exhibition, the Digitable gives the word furniture a different meaning altogether. A meaning that is derived from the growth of function for furniture just as this Digitable would see an entire family interacting, getting entertained and communicating over a cup of coffee.

One-of-a-kind designer foosball table for $9,500

Simply beautiful and inviting! This is what that struck my mind when I spotted this luxury foosball table. There is no high-end technology involved and the only and everything we can talk about is the stunning design and the fine lines. This one off luxury piece is full scale, fully functional and is currently not in production. This single unit left is currently up for sale for a cool $9,500 and this amount can go bit higher or lower upon negotiation. Hand crafted by Jared Arp in 2007, this table has won awards in the design community for its contemporary aesthetic appeal backed by pure function. The body is constructed from Hard Maple and Silver Lace Wood, reinforced by Italian Bending Board and HDF. The playing surface and walls are constructed form P-95 Black Polycarbonate for superior visibility and control.

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