• Category Archives Life in the USA
  • Electric ‘truck’

    There are three new electric vehicles released / announced this week.
    A small solar car, the Tesla Model 3 and this very cool ‘truck’…….


    I’d love to post a picture from that write up, but I am still scared witless about someone getting upset and… well.. I am just not going to go there, so just ask that you click the link and check it out.

    I think I like it because it reminds me so much of my Lada Niva crossed with my old red Land Rover with a dash of future.

    No price announced yet.
    I am not even tempted, but its just cool.

  • Electric aircraft

    This is one sweet looking plane!


    So exciting to see this sort of stuff slowly trickling into mainstream aviation.
    Terry and I still talk about our wana-one-day-soon (in his case) aerotow glider flight and (in my case) electric glider flights.
    My point is, I am excited about this sort of tech, yeah, its a little bleeding edge at the moment, but there is progress with the pain.

  • Airbag maker goes bust

    We blogged about this back in April 2016 (Y’all remember that right?)


    It was and still is big news.
    Sadly, it has all become to much for Takata, they have gone bust.

    Takata, the Japanese corporation at the heart of the auto industry’s largest ever product recall, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The business supplied airbag inflators that, thanks to poor standards in the plant where they were manufactured, were faulty. The scandal forced a worldwide recall of more than 40 million vehicles and several deaths have been linked to the issue.

    CNBC reports that the company has filed for Chapter 11 in Delaware and will do so in Japan, where it is also based, on Monday. There’s no detail about how much the business owes in fines, settlements and other costs, but a Japanese financial analyst puts the figure at around $15 billion.

    They are going to keep going until the replacement airbags are built and installed and then they are done.
    It is amazing how seemingly one small chemical decision about what to use as the propellent one random morning would unravel to such a huge mess and sadly the horrible deaths of several people…. A life saving device taking lives.

  • Pandora is shutting down in Aust and NZ

    A bit sad for you lot down south…. .I really like Pandora and have been a paid premium member for 6+ years.
    Not sure any of you regular readers are listeners (other than Matt B, but I am not sure he would be considered a regular reader of this fine blog – but he has other redeeming qualities, so am giving him a hall pass) to Pandora, so it’s more just a heads up than an oh-no-I-have-to-change-how-I-listen-to-music kind of thing.


    There’s bad news for Pandora users down-under. While the streaming service got a nice infusion of cash from SiriusXM a few weeks ago. However, it just announced that its co-founder and CEO Tim Westergren is stepping down and, according to Billboard, the company is ending its service in the only two non-US markets it currently operates in: Australia and New Zealand.

    Bottom line is this, not enough money vs expenses for non USA markets.
    Since there was only two of those, Aust and NZ, they are on the chopping block.
    Mixed feelings for you.

    BTW, the reason I like Pandora is for their ‘smart algorithm’ that matches music types around the seed music you build your station with.
    ie, you start with some chill vocal trance and your station will build around that seed and so you will hear new music based around that type of music. End result. I can listen to the same station for months of weekends and never get tired of the music.
    The other streaming services just can’t seem to get that right.