Friday, August 18, 2017

Miscellaneous Rant

I once wrote a book that the Wall Street Journal called, "Without a doubt the best book of its kind ever written." The words "of its kind" were actually the subject of the book, but I substituted because the subject doesn't matter.

Granted, the Wall Street Journal was just one review, but I often wonder how someone who could receive such an accolade cannot find a meaningful or fulfilling work situation. I recently applied for a part-time job, was granted an interview immediately, but (apparently) didn't get the job. I wonder if the interviewer thought I would be bored. Her first remark upon meeting me was, "Wow, I have a celebrity here." I quickly dismissed that notion and thought I acquitted myself well, but have not heard anything and assume, given the length of time that has passed, that I did not get the job.

I have remarked about this situation in the past and really don't want this blog to turn into the negative zone, but it is beyond my comprehension that someone with my combination of analytical and communication skills cannot find a good job. I am not wired to work just for the sake of working so I cannot take a job in which I do not have a high level of intrinsic interest.

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A 1962 Buick Skylark.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


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The new Acura NSX and the woman who headed the design team, Michelle Christensen.

The NSX is one of the new trend of high-performance car that uses hybrid technology as much to boost performance, especially at low RPM, as to improve fuel economy.

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Acura NSX passenger side view parked.

According to the Acura website the NSX won the title of Performance Car of the Year from Road & Track magazine. (The picture immediately above is also from the company website.) The car has three electric motors AND a twin-turbo, 3.5-liter V-6 engine (how about all of those hyphens!). The engine system has a combined 573 HP pushing the car from 0-60 in 3.1 seconds and with a top speed of 191 MPH. The car is all-wheel drive and is equipped with a 9-speed automatic transmission. What do you think about these transmissions with 8, 9 and even 10 speeds? Is it overkill?

The NSX is not cheap with an MSRP of over $150,000, but for the technology, looks and performance that price is not outrageous, in my opinion. The NSX would not be in my Ultimate Garage, but it's certainly a desirable car.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Another Messy Excerpt

From Chapter 9, Life, Tim Harford writes this, granting it's from someone else's study:

"A fine research paper with the title "Am I Wasting My Time Organizing Email?" by Steve Whitaker and researchers at IBM concluded that, broadly, yes, you are....Whitaker found that clicking through a folder tree took almost a minute, while simply searching took 17 seconds. People who relied on folders took longer to find what they were looking for, but their hunts for the right email were no more or less successful. In other words, if you just dump all your email into a folder called "Archive," you will find your emails more quickly than if you hide them in a tidy structure of folders."

These conclusions were based on 85,000 email searches on the computers of several hundred office workers.

Not trying to pat myself on the back (OK, maybe I am a little), but I have always been a proponent of KISS---Keep It Simple, Stupid---and Occam's Razor, which roughly means that the simplest tool that will accomplish a task is usually the best tool. Order seems nice and more efficient, but that isn't always the case.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

I Will Repeat

Fantasy football is well-named because it bears little or no resemblance to the real thing.

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OK, the last car in my Ultimate Garage:

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The Lexus LC. As I have written on multiple occasions I think it has stunning looks and, no doubt, is a more than capable performer. I would probably rather have the turbo version when it is released next year, as long as Lexus doesn't muck up the looks of it, but I would be happy with the naturally aspirated car as well.

I am still hoping/waiting to receive some of your Ultimate Garage cars.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Ultimate Garage, Car #6

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This picture used to be the wallpaper on my computer. Here's another picture:

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The Ferrari California. A beautiful car with great performance, wait, that's almost always the definition of Ferrari (except for the FF, which is uggo ugly in my opinion). My wonderful wife and reader Maurice Cuffee also had the California in their Ultimate Garages. What say you?

Friday, August 11, 2017

Ultimate Garage, Car #5

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This is the only car in my Ultimate Garage that might violate my only rule about being realistic to acquire. The De Tomaso Longchamp was not made in mass quantities (only about 400 total in 15+ years of production) and very, very few were purchased in the US. When one or two are listed for sale, the asking price is usually in the $50,000-$90,000 range, though, which means they are somewhat realistic.

The Longchamp is my idea of a hybrid, Italian styling with an American (Ford) engine. In all honesty, it might be the best-looking car of all time, in my opinion. I think the lines are just perfect.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ultimate Garage, Car #4

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The top photo is a stock C2 Corvette (1967) while the bottom is a resto-mod 1963 Corvette.

I am not picky and would happily buy a 1964 Corvette---the least expensive C2---as the basis for my resto-mod. Make no mistake: I LOVE the way these cars look and this is probably at the top of my wish list, but I would not want to drive a car with a carburetor or drum brakes no matter what it looks like.

A resto-mod C2 Corvette is the car about which I dream the most. I would want modern convenience, a modern drive train and modern brakes. I would want lots of horsepower and torque, but not so much that the car is not drivable.  I would not want ridiculously large wheels/tires and would not want the car "slammed" to the ground.