Saturday July 26, 2003

Re-defining the commuter car

(not to mention the concept of "back-seat driver")

The Tango, the first vehicle produced by Commuter Cars, is a glimpse into the future of commuting where we hope wasted time, energy, and freeway real estate due to traffic jams will be things of the past. The safety, size, and efficiency features of the Tango will be found in every vehicle we ever produce.
It's electric. It's tiny. It's cute. It looks like it's been squished between two big rigs :-)
At 39 inches wide and 8 feet 5 inches long, it's skinnier than some motorcycles and shorter than many a living-room couch. It runs on batteries, not gas. to 60 in less than 4 seconds ... 80 miles per charge; three hours to recharge in a dryer socket.
Demo models are currently zipping around Spokane, Seattle, and Montréal ... maybe we'll see them on the streets someday.

Re-defining the commuter car ( in category SciTech ) - posted at Sat, 26 Jul, 10:02 Pacific

Primate Programmers?

As legend has it, in 1860 (or thereabouts) Thomas Huxley, pro-evolutionist, argued that "given an infinite amount of time" (and enough paper and typewriters), six of monkeys would eventually recreate the works of Shakespeare. The Parable of the Monkeys has been reconsidered many times since then, as evidenced by these collected quotes.

The kicker is the "infinite amount of time" of course. Recent experimentation using smaller amounts of time have been less than impressive. ...
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Primate Programmers? ( in category News & Information ) - posted at Sat, 26 Jul, 00:42 Pacific

My Life, The Movie

The Friday 5 for this week is weird. Once again, I wasn't sure I'd even bother, but I guess it's an exercise in creativity. A lot of the other folks who do this regularly seemed to find this to be a fun one; it takes all kinds to make a world, I guess. YMMV.

  1. If your life were a movie, what would the title be?
  2. What songs would be on the soundtrack?
  3. Would it be a live-action film or animated? Why?
  4. Casting: who would play you, members of your family, friends, etc?
  5. Describe the movie preview/trailer.
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My Life, The Movie ( in category Memes & Prompts ) - posted at Sat, 26 Jul, 00:41 Pacific