Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A rare "Oh Shit" moment captured in the wild.

I have watched this many times looking for the point where the guy did something I would not have done. I haven't found it yet and that is disturbing. I'd like to think I would have abandoned the bike before it dragged me off a cliff. The disturbing part is at the 5 min mark. It's funny the first time you watch it.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monday, February 14, 2011

Is there still a chick running H.P. ? A new pre?

I don't see the point. Palm bounced their first web os device by using a too-small screen which made some of its many fine features annoying to use. Multi-touch zoom is nice but not as a required motion to operate the phone.
So, they blew it on hardware and lost their only shot at gaining a foothold to contest  androids ascension.  Now that the window is closed HP launches three "oh, by the way" devices. D. O. A.
Android will soon become a multitasking os and no one but a democrat will be caught with an iphone.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Plastic welding on ABS! It works!

Sent from my Palm Pre on the Now Network from Sprint

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The Evil Women Do

Sent from my Palm Pre on the Now Network from Sprint

Thursday, November 04, 2010

!!!!Obama Blog Update!!!!

er, or not.

It is the tendency of the left to overreach, declare the revolution come to pass and act accordingly; shedding all restraint. Some few, OK, a LOT of their fellow travelers in congress get to play kamikaze legislator, but their dreams of free everything for everybody at no cost to anybody moved one step closer to their imbecilic perception of reality. This perennial overreach allowed the electorate ( even some yankees!) to realize yet again that "a chicken in every pot" really means "I eat steak and you go hungry" and expressed its displeasure in the voting booth.

As much as I enjoy the whining and "end of the world" carping, objectively not much has changed: The legislative and executive branches are still open for the usual fee-for-service and money-for-nothing arrangements with financial sector executives, the campaign to devalue the dollar in your pocket will proceed apace, war in perpetuity is under no threat of ceasefire, the judicial branch will continue to just make shit up, no government handout is in serious jeopardy (other than "full faith and credit" sounding more and more like "checks in the mail"), and The One still knows his way around a teleprompter. So, why the tears, Nancy?

Monday, October 18, 2010

Monday, October 04, 2010

The Decision Process: A Car for My Child

A young one comes of an age where freedom of movement is required to conduct the day to day business of growing up, becoming educated, and taking those first faltering steps toward independence and self-sufficiency. Suddenly, the nest is a too small world for the youngster and inroads into the commerece, travel, and geography of the adult world must be made. But how best to begin?

With a well cared for, quality, safe used vehicle, of course.

Choosing one puts quite an onus upon any father not blinded by glitzy car ads, government bureaucratic doubespeak, and grass-hut treehugger propaganda (re: safety and survivability on public roads) and wanting to provide his child with reliable personal transport while balancing cost, performance, safety, and economy.

Step one: Weed out all the small cars. This is not an equivocal statement, and it is not for the simple reason that small cars will kill your kids. See below:

Yes, they will kill and mutilate your kids.

This still leaves a lot of options; SUV, midsize car, large car, Fullsized pickup, midsized pickup, van (forget it. no shag wagons).

Next up: Mid sized and Full sized Pickups are a good option for their mass, durability, and structural integrity, but suffer from the lack of weight over the rear wheels which makes them prone to a skid on wet/slick pavement. Throw them out unless you can teach your child to reliably control a vehicle in that situation.

So that leaves us with large SUV, midsized SUV, midsized car, and full sized car.

While large SUV's are currently inexpensive to buy, inexpensive to insure, and massive (thereby benefiting lavishly from Newton's first law in a vehicle to vehicle collision) they are horrendously fuel inefficient which doen't mesh well with a teenager's budget. Mid sized SUV's benefit to a lesser extent from Newton, but don't really improve much upon the inefficiency problem of large SUV's.

Midsized cars are a viable option with vanilla safety ratings and very good efficiency, but Sir Newton frowns ever so slightly upon them.

A full sized car is typically safer than a midsize with very little mileage penalty and some are even known for a specific design on safety, quality construction, careful and intelligent engineering. Sadly, these are typically made by Europeans.....

The Options:
1: Volvo
2: Mercedes
3: BMW

These are high-end brands with great reputations and each has a different primary focus while maintaining a firm grip on other aspects of quality vehicle design and manufacture. I chose the Mercedes e320.

Rationale to follow.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Daddy, I need a car!

I'll see what I can do.....

-- Sent from my Palm Pre

Friday, September 17, 2010

Times Change.People Don't

It i has always been the hope and faith of primitive peoples that their chosen god would control the weather in their favor:

It took the leftist a little longer to work up to asking their god "Government" to do so than most, but one must admit they did finally get around to it.