On the way to self-driving cars, let's slow down for a moment and review . . .
SNARKY WEB LIST! (CAUTION!)
Here is a throwaway list such as appears every 12 seconds on the intertoob: All Fifty States Ranked by Winter Climate! How can you resist?
I include it here for its remarkably filagreed level of bitchiness. For example, here is Arizona, the second-best winter state, according to these brats.
Occasionally, retired Kroger business executives from Ohio and their Pilates-instructor second wives will accidentally move to Flagstaff and get very sad and angry when they realize the average winter temperature is somewhere in the 20s. But most of Arizona offers up that dry desert day heat (it was 88 in Phoenix last week) that is good for arthritis and any lingering guilt about leaving their first wives to deal with their delinquent teenage kids back in Indian Hill.
If you can't get enough:
[btw, Hawaii is best, Minnesota worst]
RIP DEBBIE REYNOLDS
WHAT COULD GO WRONG? (self-driving cars division)
(arizona republic, 12/26/2016)
Woman found alive after nights stranded in forest
A Pennsylvania mother who trekked about 26 miles in snowy northern Arizona was found alive early Saturday after spending two nights in the forest while searching for help.
Karen Klein, 47, her husband and their 10-year-old son got stranded in the snow along a forest service road while trying to reach the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.
State Route 67 is closed in the winter and the family's GPS system detoured them onto a forest service road, where their vehicle broke down.
TESLA'S REAL IMPORTANCE
Tesla’s great innovation isn’t the way its cars get around. The concept of using electricity to power cars isn’t exactly a new one, after all. Rather, the company’s most meaningful innovation lies in its business practices, which differ significantly from those of other car manufacturers. As a result, Tesla’s impact will extend far beyond the company’s bottom line. Should its vehicles become commonplace it will mean a big shift in revenues throughout the economy. Let’s count the ways.
Every Tesla vehicle that hits the road will cut into sales of petroleum . . . Nor does Tesla engage in much of the expensive marketing efforts that the rest of the industry does, like sponsoring sports teams. Tesla didn’t bother to show up to the New York Auto Show . . . or spend a lot of time and effort wooing and coddling vast networks of dealers. Tesla doesn’t have dealers and sells directly to consumers through retail stores that it owns. Every sale of a Tesla vehicle, then, represents a loss of margin for a car dealer—and a threat to a century-old structure in which vehicles are sold through dealers who maintain large lots and inventory.
The cowboys on this new Russian ranch here still have a few things to learn. And unlearn. In a throwback to the old Soviet way of doing things, while the two were trying to move the recalcitrant cow, four others were standing idly by shouting advice.
Watching the greenhorns from afar was Ashley Chester Corlett, one of 10 American trainers brought in by the ranch’s owner, the Miratorg company. It chose them over Brazilians and Australians in large part because of the similarity between the climate in Wyoming and central Russia, where temperatures can drop to 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit (minus 29 Celsius).
The Facts in Back of Lily Torrence
In the picture here, Billy Wilder is glancing with shall we say curiosity at the rather large sallow man in a tweed jacket who happens to be Raymond Chandler. Today, they're both historic figures. When this pic was taken in 1943 they most certainly were not, and they were struggling to write a screenplay of the best-selling novel Double Indemnity. Their efforts would be rewarded with fame and riches as the movie became one of the prototypes and archetypes of film noir.
The story of their collaboration, celebrated in Hollywood lore, is also the kickoff of Lily Torrence.
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. . . a trick that never seems to fail
Colonel Korn stretched sluggishly. "We've got to reach a decision," he observed casually to Colonel Cathcart.
"We've got to reach a decision," Colonel Cathcart said to Yossarian. "And it's all your fault. Why did you have to go around twice? Why couldn't you drop your bombs the first time like all the others?"
"I would have missed the first time."
"It seems that this discussion is going around twice," Colonel Korn interrupted with a chuckle.
"But what are we going to do?" Colonel Cathcart exclaimed with distress. "The others are all waiting outside."
"Why don't we give him a medal?" Colonel Korn proposed.
"For going around twice? What can we give him a medal for?"
"For going around twice," Colonel Korn answered with a reflective, self-satisfied smile. "After all, I suppose it did take a lot of courage to go over that target a second time with no other planes around to divert the antiaircraft fire. And he did hit the bridge. You know, that might be the answer—to act boastfully about something we ought to be ashamed of . That's a trick that never seems to fail."
(Catch-22 by Joseph Heller, a book of cynical humor for all ages.)
EXCERPT: A LINE IN THE SAND
He grabbed his gym bag and looked in. His hand came out with money. He put a little packet of bills on the couch next to him. It was held together with a spring clip. He put another one on top of it. “Two.”
“You’ve got the stink of drug money all over you,” I said. I waved to Carissa at the other end of the pool. She seemed to look at me but did not move.
“Three,” he said.
I felt my legs tremble. Much as I wanted to leave, I could not move. I sat down on one of the lounges that faced the pool. I was no longer angry about being thought a whore, or afraid of being killed. I believed he really meant what he said. In his mind it was all perfectly ordered. He was buying purity. I am not Purity. “You still don’t get it. I don’t want anything you’ve got, cuz you are trouble. And I don’t want no more of it.”
Come Buy My Pretty Balloons—BOOKS!
Front . . . and Back--
VIDEO: DARKNESS, DARK . . .
This is a video I made for my story "Darkness, Darkness," which is now being rewritten as a novel, A Line in the Sand. The video conveys the tone and theme of the story: How do everyday people survive in a world of crime and corruption?
How to become a teenage mom!
What did they call that thing that made mothers want to strangle their babies? “I think you’re a little confused.” Callie spoke soothingly. “You know, after-birth crazy.”
Michelle stared at her daughter blankly. “Postpartum depression?”
Crazy, heartfelt, hilarious!
Read a preview of Pregnant Without a Cause at:
LILY TORRENCE PUBLICATION!!!
this is a second boc