Of course it was on this day in 1969 that Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon. It seems to me that the percentage of people who believe it was all staged in a Hollywood studio is increasing dramatically.
While I believe it is healthy to be somewhat of a skeptic about things people believe, automatically rejecting accepted knowledge, the consensus, the popular or the mainstream does not–by itself–make a person smarter than others or better than others or special. It just makes that person a knee-jerk contrarian, which is no more profound or insightful than being a knee-jerk conformist.
I salute the crew of Apollo 11 and the thousands of others who made the mission possible.
This morning I had a dream that was disturbing in two respects. I dreamt that the Apple devices owned by my wonderful wife and me seemed to be staging a coup. They would only open one app, that app could not be closed and the devices could not be powered down. During the dream, we were both upset that our iPhones and iPad were no longer working. After I woke up, I was disturbed that these devices have become so important that I would have such a dream and feel so disappointed by their failure.
The computing power of an iPhone dwarfs the power of the computers used by NASA to execute the Apollo missions. It is sad to me that people waste this power by taking selfies to post on social media accounts, by blindly following un-vetted ideas that conform to some poorly defined and poorly thought out a priori philosophy. I weep for the future although I will not see it.
What do you think when you see these car photos?
No, they are not four pictures of the same car. Yes, they are pictures of four different cars. From top to bottom, all 2020 model year: Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Hyundai Sonata, Mazda 6.
As regular readers know I am a big fan of Everyday Driver. In an episode Todd Deeken and Paul Schmucker drove these four cars in a comparison with downtown Denver being the setting. I don’t remember, and honestly don’t care, how they ranked them. All I could think was that the cars were basically the same to me.
I acknowledge that the two hosts have automotive experience that I do not have, which allows them to note differences among cars that I would not notice. Still, the styling of these automobiles is scarily similar to my eyes. The fact that one might have 40 more HP than another or an 8-speed transmission as opposed to a 6-speed does not really distinguish the cars to me.
Of course, to me all pickup trucks and virtually all SUVs look like boxes on wheels. Although Everyday Driver has done episodes featuring reviews of non-cars, the hosts clearly make their preference for cars known. For that I salute them although I think it’s too late to reverse the tide. That doesn’t mean I can’t stay out of the ocean, though.
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