I was appalled at the ineffectiveness of some "green" cars at things that matter to me, once I started independent research, ownership and maintenance calculations with simple T.C.O. ratios, like miles/dollar, range/charge-time-fuel, procedures/year, user/dealer procedures, cabin temp change/minute, cargo door size/cargo volume, etc. For my 150-mile round-trip Wash D.C. commute, I started out looking at hybrids, including the Volt, looked at Smart. I came to the same conclusion, get a conventional-engined Yaris. It's not "celebrity-green" but rather "simple green" and a beautifully functional, easy to maintain car for a consultant that occasionally needs to carry cargo and slip into tight downtown parking and tight traffic and avoid a lot of ownership/dealership hassles.
It's not the car...it's where you try to pick them up. First, check your local zoning laws to see what's allowed. The tack & feed store has plenty of hot chicks, usually in a small tray under a heat lamp, typically by the chicken feed.
...die after 60,000 because the owner never checked the fluids let alone changed the engine and transmission oils...
Just like my high-beam indicator, my car comes equipped with a little light on my dash that indicates my oil is working.
Even better than dragging wire would be a long coil firmly attached to a copper spike, driven deeply into moist soil. Like my tin-foil hat, the car needs to be properly grounded.
I'm not a crack-pot either. It's just simple physics. duh.
Why do they have to go redesigning everything every year?
1. Body: Many people think of their cars as fashion & values statements, not tools. Fashions & values change regularly. Fresh designs get more press and sell better. Even geeks choosing a Smart Car, Prius, a Jeep, a moped or an old carbureted Ford they manage to keep running are still making a fashion/values statement, but just aren't willing to admit it. A commuter car must "look" efficient. Retro cars must properly evoke the look of a previous era. A Prius must look sufficiently different, so that other people know you paid a premium to be green. A jeep must look outdoorsy and utilitarian.
2. Motors: Your competitor just came out with a 6-cylinder truck that has more power than the V-8 truck you're trying to sell. How should you respond?
3. Gizmos: Cars must meet an array of new regulations every year, ranging from environmental requirements, to black-box recording and tracking requirements to new safety requirements.
4. Corporate: Needs their fleet averages to get better MPG every year. Most can't achieve this with modifying either the body, engine, gizmos or a combination of all three.
I understand differently, but it might be from ignorance. Could you point me to something that educates me?
It's "strange" only if you grossly misapply the label of paranoid as a broad brush of dismissal. It's really pretty simple. I value personal convenience a bit more than personal privacy. I'm also concerned about a maintaining a sound currency and liberty, because I'm very aware of the irrational behavior of governments from my family history and world history. My family originates from northern Germany and from communist Asia. Those that have have lived sheltered lives can't begin imagine the personal suffering caused by these governments. In both societies it was common to hide gold. World history teaches me that financial desperation and then currency manipulation as a solution leads to strange politics. People get trampled by strange politics. It's happened in modern times and it western economies.
Agreed. (Most of the time.) In some of the remote places I travel, vendors don't have phone lines. They pull out mechanical device that they lay my card in to make a carbon copy impression and ask me to press hard when I sign the slip.
Why favor a restriction to just one option? Renting a car, I want to use plastic. Ordering online, I want to use pure electrons and math. When buying a hot dog and coke at my warehouse club, I want to use bits of paper and metal. When the federal reserve keeps purchasing "debt assets" I want to accumulate small amounts of precious metals and packaged commodities in proportion to the risk. Once the government decides to radically reallocate my precious metals, land and food in the name of the people, acts like I have no human rights, then I want courage, comrades, bullets, fuel, food, a defensible position and broadcasting media.
Thanks for cutting through the clutter. I read through far too many comments arguing for this set of hours vs that set of hours. No one's family life is the same. No one's biorythms are the same. I've been a programmer, analyst, project manager, entrepreneur since the early 1980's and have learned that my teams performed best if their hours were self-managed. Even within the same individual I sometimes needed to work in small 50 minute increments and, at other times, in huge non-stop spurts with a satisfying 18 hour day.
These days, if I'm productive n hours, that's exactly how many hours I work. I'd make exceptions to this only to honor confirmed appointments and periodic team meetings.
Thanks, again, for a quality post!
Wanna know your machines mac address?
"...post reviews anonymously, as no good can come from identifying yourself." FALSE but I understand your point. The protection of free speech isn't granted at the whim of people in power. It comes from credible individuals placing their personal ass on the line. It always has. It always will. Mitreya, cowering anonymously is NOT free speech...it's capitulation. It's a form of giving in and allowing yourself to be intimidated...and becoming part of the problem of eroding liberty.
A LOT of good comes from posting in an identifiable way. For starters, it instantly humanizes the message. Most people, me included, automatically discount a strong review posted anonymously. It could be a false review planted by the operation's manager/owner...or the competition. I've been to great places that had awful reviews...all posted anonymously. Reviews made under a real name shout "I'm willing to put my personal credibility behind this."
That this individual kept the review up, while under fire, gives him lots of instant credibility with me! I hope he gets crowd-sourced financial support for his upcoming battle. I sincerely hope he never heeds your advice.
Was that book "Steel Beach" by John Varley?
Doesn't IRS Form 1040 and all its attendant schedules, state taxes on personal property already do that?
Me too, but it is somewhat dependent on the vendor supplying the software. My trust in both is declining.