Thursday, April 09, 2009

Star Trek

There is a new clip from the upcoming movie here. It appears to be Kirk and Spock's first meeting.

Below are some clips that are not from the movie but are worth watching anyway.

Sunday, April 05, 2009

My thermostat

I came home to a very chilly house just now. I checked the thermostat, and it said "Replace Battery". Why does a gadget that is permanently attached to the wall need two AAA batteries? Was it designed for homes that are gas-heated but do not have electricity?

Thursday, April 02, 2009

The modular car

Obama has promised to cover the warranties of GM and Chrysler products. But where the hell are people going to get parts for these cars if these companies go out of business? It's a vicious circle: they're going out of business in part because nobody wants to buys their cars, and nobody wants to buy a car from somebody who is going out of business.

So here it is. Here is my big idea that could possibly save GM, Ford, and/or Chrysler. Car companies should take a cue from the computer industry and start incorporating standard, modular designs in their vehicles. My keyboard, monitor, and tower were all made by different companies but still work together. It would be really practical if a GM transmission, a Ford engine, and a Chrysler chassis could all work together.

I prefer cars that are easy to repair, maintain, and upgrade. Ever try to fix a car made in the past 20 years? Once I was changing the spark plugs on my sister's 1991 Pontiac Grand Am. A couple of the spark plug wires broke, which can happen anytime you deal with spark plugs. But the distributer cap was mounted underneath the engine. So I had to feel around under the engine to plug in the new wires.

Ever have that nagging feeling that someday an important part in your car is going to break down and you can't find a replacement? Modern cars have too short of a life expectancy. If I pay $20K for something, I expect it to last longer than a Hollywood marriage.