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26 July 2006 @ 02:15 pm
Last Days  
Terry and Tim (Chariman of the Board and CEO, respectively) are taking me to Seastar tomorrow for an "exit interview" lunch. This is the same place Terry took me for lunch when he initially offered me this job.

Still catching up on my news feeds since Comic-con. I may have to thin those out a little.

GM admits it's building hybrids to get good press, and not much else. This probably explains why hybrid SUVs are a higher priority than small hybrid Saturn sedans. Then again, hybrids aren't (usually) worth the higher price.

The Stranger's I <3 TV geek calls Aquaman The Hottest Failure Yet!. What IT Pros hate about users. Salon discusses the joys of making beer money from simple tasks with Mechanical Turk. Dublin Java developers discuss technologies you should learn in the next 12 months. Even CNN is starting to ask Why is the president ignoring our laws?. A plan to fix the Electoral College that doesn't require a constitutional ammendment.
 
 
 
Jim: Bushwarpdragon on July 26th, 2006 10:12 pm (UTC)
The article on hybrids presupposes that all Americans can think only selfishly. "Ecologically, there is no question it is the best consistently available passenger vehicle out there, but what about what really matters to Americans? What about money?" What about Americans who give a crap about other people? Politeness and consideration can extend to the choice of automobile, as in consideration for the whole rest of the planet.
Fireball of 3fireballof3 on July 26th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
People pay more for organically grown produce, non-animal tested cosmetics and so on. Sooner or later, they will be happy to pay more for a hybrid too.

Personally, I think that new consumer vehicles that get less than 20MPG should be outlawed (Hummers, some sports cars)
Zzyzx: priusthezzyzx on July 27th, 2006 12:54 am (UTC)
Beat me to it, but obviously that's a pet peeve of mine. If I happen to save money by having the Prius, that would be great, but I would save even more money by buying a POS car and disposing it whenever it breaks.

No one ever computes a cost-benefit analysis of someone who buys an SUV ("Would you save money if you bought a Civic and then rented a van when you needed to haul something?") or a sports car; why do they assume that people buy hybrids out of a goal of maximizing their expenses?