Random Wednesday

This article, titled “EVs consume more juice than gauges indicate, gas cars less: report” is interesting, in my opinion. ADAC, Europe’s largest motoring association, conducted tests that found, “…Pretty much every EV was underestimating how much charging it required, showing significant variation between the stated power consumption and actual amounts required to fully recharge the car.” Another result of the testing, “ADAC says most of the non-electric cars it also tested were actually more efficient than their load indicators claimed. In fact, the vast majority – 51 of 64 ICE [Internal Combustion Engine] cars tested – actually consumed less fuel than their onboard fuel economy meters were indicating…”

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photobyjohnbo has graciously allowed me to show one of his photos of Comet Neowise. Without further ado:

 

https://photobyjohnbo.files.wordpress.com/2020/07/neowise-2.jpg

 

I wonder if we will be able to enjoy more of the night sky after our move to the desert, whenever that happens.

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I sent a “hard copy” of this post to Cadillac. In Wave Goodbye To Half The Year I wrote about my belief that an American-made super-luxury car would be successful and that Cadillac was the make most likely to make it work. Here is a picture of the Cadillac concept car, the Elmiraj, that I offered as the basis for such an automobile:

 

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I actually received a reply from Cadillac. Here it is:

 

 

I realize, of course, that this is a form letter and that it is good PR for companies to respond. Of course, the first sentence of the last paragraph makes no sense (read it carefully), but nobody’s perfect.

Why did I send my post to Cadillac? Why not? Other than a few minutes, what did I have to lose? If I had listened to everyone who told me that I had no chance of working in baseball, my life almost certainly would have been far less rich. I met my wonderful wife because I took a baseball job on the other side of the country.

Don’t drown in your own life. Don’t succumb to the routine. Don’t be afraid to do something you’ve never done before, something that others might say is pointless. Live!

 

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12 thoughts on “Random Wednesday

  1. Interesting factoid about gas mileage research. Here’s a bit of anecdotal evidence.
    I have owned Toyota Avalons since 2003, buying a new one on average of every three years. I have never had the automatic fuel totalizer provide less efficient mileage than what I calculated using high school math. It’s always “optimistic”, reporting better mileage than I actually received. (The last two vehicles are hybrid, results the same.)

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  2. “Don’t be afraid to do something you’ve never done before, something that others might say is pointless.”

    Four years ago, I was at a conference on kidney disease and heard what I thought was a revolutionary connection between my company’s drug and the cause of kidney disease. For years I approached the top experts in kidney disease and at my company about my ideas, but was dismissed. I have read over four hundred articles that confirm the interaction. My previous company refused to explore the connection, so I left. Yesterday two things happened. First, the CEO of a company that has a drug that works similarly in concept to my idea responded to my email and wants to collaborate. The second thing is one of competitors to my former company announced results of their trial that VALIDATES my concept in patients with and without diabetes. This company now will control a $5 billion/year marketplace and growing to potentially $15 billion, and my former company offloaded its drug.
    Your words are gold.

    https://www.fiercepharma.com/pharma/astrazeneca-s-farxiga-cut-serious-events-by-half-patients-chronic-kidney-disease

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    1. Many thanks for sharing your story, Doc.

      Once again, the modern submarine was actually designed by a teacher. The fax machine was invented by a priest–before the telephone. These are just two examples of why I am so incensed at America’s obsession with credentials. Good ideas can come from anywhere, in or out of the venue. People with Ph.Ds do not have a monopoly on insight.

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  3. When I graduated with my engineering degree, I was turned down for a job at the Arizona company where I most wanted to work. My close friend, also an engineer, suggested that I write the company a letter asking them to reconsider my job application. They responded back with a request to interview me again and made me an offer at the interview. It turned out that in the first round of offers several people had turned them down and they were in need of engineers. My request for a reconsideration, while not the “normal” thing to do, and not letting disappointment get in the way resulted in the job I wanted. And following the suggestion of a friend was also instrumental.

    Will you be able to see more stars in Arizona? Absolutely. Arizona is the capital of astronomy with at least five major mountaintop observatories. The University of Arizona’s Department of Astronomy is one of the world’s finest. The University’s Mirror Lab makes the largest mirrors in the world and has produced around 20 mirrors larger than 8 meters. My last job before retirement was at the Large Binocular Telescope on Mt. Graham. To see more stars you will have get out of the night time glare of the Phoenix and Tucson Metro areas. But there is plenty of dark sky areas to visit.
    I will email you a night time photo of the Phoenix and Tucson metro areas from the International Space Station since your blog won’t let me add a photo.

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    1. Thanks for the info on Arizona observatories, Philip.

      I think the job hunting universe is much more complicated now. Companies used to advertise vacancies locally, bring in a dozen people and hire one. Now, Internet job “services” mean the companies have hundreds of people from which to choose, meaning without the “right” credentials, you don’t even get an interview. A computer algorithm is parsing resumes.

      I am far from being the dullest knife in the drawer, but I can’t get so much as a sniff from companies engaged in fields in which my combination of analytical and communication skills would be an asset. It is what it is…

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      1. With time being so valuable and strictly limited, most hiring executives have to resort to the internet to sort out “potential” new hires. The problem is they get too restrictive with their job “requirements”. What they really NEED are reliable people who can work with anybody, who are creative with their skills that they can apply those skills to the employers’ needs. The best way around this current situation is to establish a network of people and friends who know your skills and are willing to help you connect with those who need your skills. My brother has stressed networking forever and has used that to earn a living. It is a difficult time and the pandemic situation doesn’t help. Sometimes it is just better to create your own job and find a way to be a self-employed consultant.

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  4. “Don’t be afraid to do something you’ve never done before”

    I’ve done that numerous times. From moving 1200 miles for a job, to an area where I knew no one, in my early 20’s, to changing the industries I worked in. Change can be a good thing, as it forces you to learn a lot of new things. Every day you learn something is a GOOD day. Sometimes WHAT you learn might not be good, but at least you’re learning something.

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  5. The only constant is change. Learn to live with it, look it in the eye and overcome it. Then create your own change. Remember: Dead last is greater than did not finish which trumps did not start. Where are you in this situation? Teach yourself to overcome and then pass it onto the next generation.

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