Category Archives: Blogs Of January 2012

How To Lose Friends and Alienate People

Below is and extract from a “Mens Health” issue I found lying around the house. Made me laugh, hope it does the same for you. 


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Posted by on January 31, 2012 in Blogs Of January 2012


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The New Jeep Wrangler 2012 Range

It’s a new year and we are full of energy here at “The Spirit of Ecstasy.” To kick off the year I wanted to get rid of the old and bring in the new. Many companies around the world do this in hopes of gaining new customers and followers, and “Chrysler Dodge Jeep” are no exception. For this post I would like to focus on the New Jeep Wrangler fleet line of vehicles.

Let me begin by saying that in 2011 the Jeep Wrangler was voted the world’s best production 4×4 off-road vehicle and won numerous other off-road vehicle awards for Jeeps 4×4 ability and Jeeps Rubicon technology. So it might be hard to think that Jeep would be able improve on their amazing design…think again!

The all new 2012 Jeep Wrangler has been re-invented and improved visually as well as being made more efficient and powerful. Over all looking at the two Jeeps side by side you may not notice a difference, however open the hood and step a bit closer, and the intricate details come to life, proving that perhaps Jeep has made a better Wrangler than last time.

This new 2012 Jeep Wrangler has been pumped up and turned into a lean mean 4×4 machine. “Chrysler and Jeep” have put their best minds to work on this Wrangler and after truck loads of cash and many months of hard work they have created a more refined vehicle.

The 2012 Wrangler comes with the all new 3.6L V6 VVT Pentastar Engine, they have taken this engine and worked hard to make it achieve a 40% increase in power output, pushing the power up to 285 HP (210 KW), giving the Wrangler a much needed 26% speed increase. The Wrangler has also done all this and increased fuel efficiency by 10%, helping keep costs down.

Being a 4×4 it also had a 10% Torque increase pushing it up to a meaty 260 ft lb (353 Nm). Adding this new found power and efficiency with Jeeps legendary Rubicon technology and a new 6 speed manual transmission, Jeep seems to have created an unstoppable Wrangler.

The 2012 has also been kitted out a bit more than its predecessor, coming with heated leather seats, a full media and “Garmin” satellite navigation system and air-conditioner, all of which can be added or removed dependant on the model you choose. So a bit of luxury mixed with raw 4×4 power, what’s next?

To jump start their new Jeep Wrangler vehicle line, “Chrysler” has come up with 2 ingenious marketing strategies. Now I hate the word ‘synergy’ as much as the next human being, but none the less Chrysler and Jeep seem to be making it work.

Firstly Jeep has teamed up with the ‘Call of Duty’ video game franchise to create an all new limited edition Jeep Wrangler The MW3 Jeep Wrangler.”This wrangler has been customized and for lack of better words ‘Pimped’ to suit the video game “Call of Duty- Modern Warfare 3”.

By Pimped I mean that Jeep has taken the new Wrangler 2012 and tricked it out with the top of the line 4×4 and action equipment from “Mopar.” With additions like Rock Rails, Back light covers, Winches, Spot lights, and side rails. They have also added MW3 logos and design through out the vehicle.

The MW3 Wrangler has also been designed to look the part on the inside, with colour coded logo filled seats and dashboard display. The MW3 Wrangler is marketed at the die heart gamer as well as the hard core off road-er. Although this edition of the Wrangler is about $6000 more, it seems worth it if you have the extra cash, and love the game.

This MW3 Wrangler also comes with a cool advertising media campaign, apart from the car being, made to look the part, the “Call of Duty” game has also included the car into the game, meaning you can drive and use the car within the game, helping to promote its rugged ability. Jeep has also used clever electroluminescent technology to create giant billboards that change worlds, during the night and day, while advertising their new slogan

“The Toughest Vehicle in the World…Any World”

The idea behind the marketing plan is that this MW3 Wrangler is suited for “our” normal world as well as the “Call of Duty” world.

Although this sounds great, the fact that this feels more like a marketing ploy, rather than an actual car you need makes me feel a bit skeptical. You could just go for the standard Wrangler Rubicon for about $6000 less, and miss the limited edition. Its a bit of a toss up, another aspect that we need to look at is the fact that the second a MW4 game appears the MW3 Wrangler will be rendered irrelevant.

The second part of Chrysler Jeeps plan is to release a 2nd Limited edition Jeep Wrangler “The Arctic”. The Arctic Wrangler is also the new 2012 Wrangler but pumped up to suit the most adventurous off roader. With a cool facelift design, with logos and interiors with colour coded design, “The Arctic” leaves nothing to chance. This Limited edition comes with, Winch, Light covers, rock rails and HUGE “BigFoot” tires at a giant 37 Inches, with special side grip technology.

So the question of every ones mind is the price? How much for these limited edition Wranglers?

The basic 2012 Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited: $ 34 000

The 2012 “COD MW3” Limited Edition: $ 40 500

The 2012 Arctic Wrangler $ 40 500

If however all the above are out of your budget, you can always go to “Jeeps Facebook” page and enter their competition to win either one of the limited editions.


To wrap up and conclude, Chrysler and Jeep are on full attack this year to sell as many cars as possible and get the Jeep Wrangler into the minds of all vehicle owners every where. Looking over the vehicles offered I would have to take “The Arctic”, it comes with a fair amount of extras and hopefully will not date as fast as the MW3, to play it safe though, I would take the standard Rubicon and use the extra cash to customize it the way I like, adding extras that are useful to my off-roading needs. 

For more info about this new line up of Jeeps,


To Watch the Promo video for the MW3 Jeep Wrangler Click here 


Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Blogs Of January 2012


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Disney Princesses – Remastered

Disney fans enjoy…

Below are ideas of what the Disney Princesses would look like in real life. 


Belle (Beauty and the Beast)


Jasmine (Aladdin)


Esmeralda (Hunchback of Nostradamus)


Ariel (The Little Mermaid)


Megara (Hercules)


Ursula (The Little Mermaid)


Mulan (Mulan)


Pocahontas (Pocahontas)


Aurora (Sleeping Beauty)


Tiana (The Princess and the Frog)


Posted by on January 8, 2012 in Blogs Of January 2012


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Have you heard of “The Fro?” Probably not.

Recently I bought the New Nikon D5100, This powerful camera with 16.2 Megapixels, full HD 1080p video recording and a cool 3 inch swivel screen, making photography really easy.

Beside the fact that this Nikon does an amazing job, there are some problems like the fact that I hardly know how to use it. At this point I’m sure your thinking, “Why not read the user manual?”

Firstly: I never read a user manual.

And Secondly: I left it in South Africa and I’m in Europe.

So being the ingenuous guy I am, I turned to my dear friend Google and began hunting for some way to better use my new and powerful camera. Hunting for a few minutes I found my self tangled in YouTube watching videos all about the photography world.

After watching 10 or so videos I landed on “The Fro”. The Fro is a young guy who is incredibly passionate about photography. Jared Polin is his name and he has dedicated his life to photography and the development of people’s skills in the photography game.

Jared is smart, and really knows his stuff, his catch line “I Shoot RAW” has got us all thinking about our own photography skills and how we can personally improve. He runs a fully functional website and YouTube channel, not to mention that he is a professional photographer for weddings, sporting events and anything else you want him to shoot.

If you wish to improve your photography skills fast and effectively, I recommend “The Fro” because “The Fro Knows Photos”.


To get more info check out his website at:

or for great videos subscribe to his YouTube channel at:


Posted by on January 7, 2012 in Blogs Of January 2012


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