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  1. Yeah, I remember when I was a kid in a museum in WA being shocked to see old pictures of street cars even in fairly suburban areas. In the 1980s/90s West Coast types wouldn’t be caught dead on the bus. The underground sections of the bus lines in Seattle were free to get people to actually ride them.
  2. I am not a car guy and I for one welcome autonomous vehicles and electric cars because I’m unbelievably lazy. If I can just plug my self-driving pod into the outlet and not have to make a trip to the gas station, that’s fine with me. There will be amazing unintended consequences however. We are trading the evil we know for the evil we don’t know. Pumping oil out of the ground subsidizes the modern world—I think most people would be shocked by what is made from petroleum products. It’s like everything that isn’t metal at this point. For the most part these are small fractions from oil refining, so it’s not like we can still get them without pumping out all that oil. And I don’t for a second think electric vehicles will be better for the environment. The power isn’t being generated in the electric car or at the charging station. It’s like moving the slaughterhouse further away so I don’t have to see it.
  3. Ah yes, the great Half-American statesman, Winston Churchill. The craziness is disproportionately passed on from the mother’s side you know.
  4. I believe there’s a fair amount of lithium to be mined in Australia. Maybe it’ll become the new Saudi Arabia....
  5. bpm32

    Kentucky Bourbon Trail Question

    Wow, even Blanton’s? I thought that was still pretty widely available. Seems like everything is disappearing due to demand. Hopefully production is up so we’ll have some great booze in 5-10 years.
  6. I believe it—the human mind can play crazy tricks and cause symptoms for no medical reason.
  7. Thanks! These had sold out in Sept. of last year pretty fast, but I had heard that there were more coming—just wondering if that was really the case.
  8. Hey, if you don't mind saying, what are the box dates on these? Are they from the second batch?
  9. I think there was so much crappy jazz-like music in the 1970s through the first half of the 1980s in TV, B-movies, and commercials that a lot of people that grew up in that era hate jazz. I don’t know that younger people have the same visceral dislike for it. Most of the greats are long dead and certainly no musicians devoting their lives to jazz music now are doing it to get rich—far from it. Listening to A Love Supreme now—Resolution.
  10. RIP. Dude only really needed one string to rock out.
  11. For as much as I complain about security, flying, etc., we really are in a golden age of air travel. Fatalities are way, way down since the 1970s--something like 50x--and costs are comparatively low as well. My grandfather paid $510 for a one way trip from SFO to Hong Kong in 1953 (to find himself a wife)--that would be nearly $5000 today.
  12. I know myself--maybe it's my Asian-ness, but I'm particularly susceptible to marketing. Hell, if they put them in a nice box with nice bands they could charge me a lot more--I'd buy a cajon of them. And even if they tasted like crap I'd tell myself "just 30 more years and these'll be fantastic."
  13. Not “great”, just great looking. If they came out with these again my reaction would be:
  14. .....smoking a Norteño, and I came across the Punch Triunfos. I know it’s a machine made and has been discontinued for 40 years, but something about that 109 head and a 42 gauge really does it for me. Even the name is fantastic. Random post, I know.
  15. No doubt they’ll correct the problem, but the aircraft may never recover from its initial reputation. I remember when I was a kid growing up in the Seattle area Boeing was terrified of a DC-10 type of incident with 777 (ie, engine falling off on the tarmac). In their minds, the DC-10 was a good aircraft that suffered a high profile mishap and never recovered. So for 777 they launched a massive media campaign to basically keep the public informed on every step of its development, and were honest—or at least appeared to be honest—when setbacks occurred. That way, if something bad happened, the flying public would be emotionally invested in 777 like the engineers were, and go, “well, these things happen when you push the envelop like Boeing is doing.” At least, that was the idea.
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