Wednesday, December 20, 2006


Interesting Links of the Day

Second Transformer movie trailer released. The movie looks like it's coming along nicely. Should be a hit.

If you've been holding out on buying yourself an Italian super car, now is the time to buy. Maserati has your 2006 Quattroporte ready for delivery with special financing. Now all that is missing is a loud "Year End Clearance Event" commercial where potential new car buyers walk the showroom floor while red balloons fall on them.

Prepare to pay more for your corn. The incoming congress wants to increase ethanol use further. Ethanol, the new snake oil. The latest effort is by democrat senator Byron Dorgan from North Dakota. No self-serving interests there. Eh?

Bollards are little poles that rise and lower into the street based on the vehicle that pulls up to it. They are usually reserved for municipal vehicles like buses, etc. Some people think they can tailgate these vehicles and get passed the bollards before they rise again. This video shows they can't. Very funny. Notice the bikes and motorcycle next to the street. They would have no problem passing the bollards. Source.

If that video isn't entertaining enough, look what happens when a fully loaded truck is sped into a bollard. Oh what destruction.

Here's an entertaining review of Microsoft's Zune. The hardware is nicely design, but it fails in just about every way software wise. Not that the hardware isn't capable of doing what it should; the software designers missed the mark.

Sunday, December 17, 2006


Trees Won't Save the Planet...

... if the planet actually needs saving. Finding the answer to the "global warming or not" question might be better approached by asking whether anything could be done if it exists. Recent research shows planting trees, a part of a proposed cure, would have an insignificant impact.

IMO, this seems obvious. It takes the vanity of humanity not to realize there are natural forces in our universe that have a greater impact on our atmosphere than anything we are doing. To counter these forces requires a force of equal or greater magnitude. The closest man has come to doing this is creating nuclear weapons. Hopefully we'll never have to see just how effective they are. However, we are told they would cause a global cooling, so there would be some good to come out of detonating them. ;-)

So I say, if you want to see more trees, make it a commodity. (Don't worry greenies. Many commodities are regulated.) TIMBER!!

Wednesday, December 13, 2006


Cowboys beat Saints!

Ok, maybe it's not that way in the NFL, but Texas has beaten Louisiana in the quality of roads. Anyone who lives in the area of these states realize this is obvious, but now it's documented. A survey taken by truckers says Louisiana has the worst highways in the country, and Texas has the best.

There are a couple of points about the survey's results that are strange. I-20 is marked as second best road. From the Dallas multiplex and west, I would agree. The leg from Dallas to Louisiana is one lane short. Things get really bad on that leg when there is construction or worse, a wreck. Can we say 10-mile backup? In Texas, these terrible backups are usually handled by four wheeling it across the grass and onto the access road. Maybe that's why Texas was rated #1 for four-wheelers. The opportunities to off-road abound!

The other point about the survey is the odd results for "Toughest Truck Inspections & Law Enforcement." Texas made the best and worst list. Huh?! Yea, #5 on the toughest and #3 on the worst. How can this be? Tough and soft?

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