I was going to call this post Entropy Thursday, but realized that title would reduce blog views by at least 30%.
This blog is technically anonymous, but I am going to show a picture of me. WARNING: Disturbing Content…
Can’t say I didn’t warn you…when people “Like” posts or sign up to follow my blog I usually look at their blogs to see if I want to follow them. Unfortunately, I usually find myself not interested in their content. Almost two years ago, I think, someone liked a couple of my posts so I went to their blog. It consisted of nothing but provocative selfies of an admittedly curvaceous woman (she was clothed) with her phone always covering her face and the “content” consisted of nothing but pablum, and I don’t mean the cereal, about “self-help.” I have to admit that I am less than impressed by the vast majority of the blogs I read. That’s why I still believe, and this is true even with the surge in views/visitors since early April, that Disaffected Musings should have more readers.
Speaking of readers, while June’s totals for views and visitors will not match the records set in May, June has already seen a record number of comments for a month. I am grateful for the interaction. I want to especially thank photobyjohnbo, Dirty Dingus McGee and Philip Maynard. Those three readers account for 55 percent of the last 500 or so published comments by someone other than me. I am responsible for about 48% of all published comments because I like to respond when someone takes the time to submit a comment.
The following is an article I wrote 25 years ago that was published in a “football analytics” book. The title is “Albert Einstein Would Love This Stuff.” I apologize if some of it is difficult to read; this will be easier to read on a large desktop monitor. Oh, I covered the byline. Remember, this blog is still technically anonymous.
Everything is relative, even relativity. I still think I would bring value to an auction house like Mecum or Barrett-Jackson creating content for them like this article although, of course, about cars and not about football. Oh, the NFL league passer rating is now over 90. The grade inflation has continued.
Speaking of cars, from GM Authority a picture of a 2020 Corvette. Do I need reasons to show one? Well, read below the photo.
From this Carbonhans Blog article comes the “news” that the C8 Corvette ranks 8th on 2020’s Most American Cars Index. That ranking, the American Made Index or AMI by Cars.com, “is an independent annual list that ranks the new vehicles that contribute most to the U.S. economy based on criteria ranging from U.S. factory jobs and manufacturing plants to parts sourcing.” In an example of modern supply chains, three of the top ten vehicles on the list are manufactured by Honda at their Alabama plant. The Corvette and the Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck were the only two General Motors vehicles on the list. Remember that manufacturers are required by law to annually report the percentage of US and Canadian parts and that information appears on the window sticker of all new vehicles sold in the US.
Cars.com also reported “70% of shoppers consider a car’s impact on the US economy a significant or deciding factor in their vehicle choice and the COVID-19 pandemic has increased the desire of Americans to “buy local.” The survey found that nearly 40% of consumers report they are more likely to buy an American-made car due to the current health and economic crisis, while just 4% said they were less likely. A whopping 26% said it was “unpatriotic” to buy a non-American-made car, compared to just 18% in 2019.”
From this Corvette Blogger piece comes the news that, not surprisingly, the C8 Corvette is “loaded” with modern composite materials. A website called Composites World has published a two-part look at the role composites play in making the 2020 Corvette one of the top supercars in the world, regardless of price.
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I must admit I don’t understand why you don’t have more followers given the automotive information that I find most interesting in your posts. Keep plugging away.
Regarding U.S. vs foreign cars, I found an article that surprised me that indicates which cars have the most U.S. built assemblies and subsystems (engines, transmissions, etc.) Three of the top 10 are Honda products. It takes the combined collection of Ford, GM, and Fiat-Chrysler to count for four. For the first time this year, Tesla is included with three models. Here’s the link to the article.
Thanks, sir. I am not a patient person and I, like almost everyone else who has ever lived, would like to be recognized for work well done. It is true that more people read this blog now than two years ago, but I attribute much of the recent surge to people being at home, a situation that will not exist in its current form indefinitely.
My refusal to use the criminal organization I call Fack Fucebook puts a fairly low ceiling on my potential pool of readers. C’est la vie…
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As a mechanical engineer who has studied and used thermodynamics I love entropy.
The photo of you is not disturbing considering I have met you in person as our wives are first cousins. I find your blog most interesting and would frequent here even if we were not connected by marriage.
Many thanks, Philip. Be well.
Re; Domestic content in vehicles.
(late to the party, been traveling today)
Anyway. That’s been one of my pet peeves for a number of years. I have had arguments with folks about which is more “American”, a Honda Accord or a Dodge/Ram truck? Well, the Dodge is assembled in Mexico and has less domestic content than the Honda assembled in Ohio. So……
I will admit that some(most) of the moves to Mexico were to get away from the UAW. I’m not a union kinda guy, never have been, but they did lift up a bunch of folks to middle class. The problem with assembly line work is that it’s basically a low skill job and is now paying long term employees high skill wages. I find ironic that foreign automakers can set up plants in the US and sell cars at a profit, WITHOUT having a union, yet still pay good wages(at least for the areas they are in). With the way current global supply chains are set up, I suspect it will be hard to increase a majority domestic content in US assembled vehicles. Sad.
No need to apologize for timing as your comments are always welcome.
I wasn’t really surprised by three Honda vehicles being among the “most American.” Maybe it was a little stark, for lack of a better word, to see it in black and white.
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