Heh. :) I'm sure you want to see the original reference...
Dec 29 17:44 1994 from Ford II @nyti (New York Telephone I)
Okay. So here's the lineup so far...
We've got a BBS, 2 24 packs of pepsi, a bucket of ice (some of it
will warm a bit while the rest is being drunk/drinken) a 6 pack of jolt
to wash it down, REALLY loud ozzy (the soon to be released boxed set) a
3 pound loaf of fresh rye bread, a pound and a half corned beef and a
half a pound of pastrami, deli mustard (the good shit), a sour pickle,
a partridge in a pear tree somewhere out on the prarie, a nice brunette
on yer lap, a blonde waiting for when you're done with the brunette, a
Lotus turbo esprit waiting outside for when your done with the blonde,
a plane waiting at the airport to take you to germany so you can drive
the autobahn for a couple of hours pickup some more chicks and take
them to a bar that brews their own beer, and spend the evening getting
Ford (have it got it all?) ][
Actually the 1996-2001's are now my favorite, but they didn't exist in 1994.
now thats a sports car.
And a car so black you can't see it is probably a road hazard.
I think the artist that created it (the guy in the white suite) is named ferdinand
A collegue of mine commented:
Do it in black, add a dynamo driven car audio, and then lets go to cologne city center with this!
the primary intent of the artist is to just trick people that pass you at the traffic light, thinking you've just turned off the engine on first sight...
but then it starts _slouuuw_ and absolutely silent ;-)
Since we've got a porche tuning company 3km down the valey, i'd like to go there and order one ;-)
I may trade my chick car for a Wrangler this time, if everything works out. I might need it if Hurricane Earl makes it to WNC.
I seem to recall that I first heard about 42 volt cars right after I spent a bunch of money on a 12 volt battery charger and thinking, "damn, I was planning on having this thing last for decades, just like the ones my father and grandfather bought when they were my age."
It turns out the 42-volt system was ridden with problems, such as the ability to build reliable 42VDC switches that don't need replacing every 10,000 miles.
And of course, it became a nearly universal sentiment that nobody *wanted* to go through this transition.
patent number 5040168 seems to imply something like that, although it describes an infrared system...
Heh. It basically looks like X-10 for your car. :)
so its been a while since we had the SUV discussion the last time; This study sugests that choosing a bigger SUV or Pickup is less secure.
But perhaps the biggest lesson of all is in the chart above: If you want to stay safe, your best bet is to live in a place where you don't have to drive much. The casualty differences between a compact urban neighborhood and a suburb are much greater than the relatively minor safety gains from getting a slightly bigger car. Which suggests that if you really want to drive safely, your best option is to drive less.