Obviously, or maybe not so, today’s post title refers to the fact that this is the 100th day of 2023. In my OCD-addled/math nerd brain that is significant because the number of days in the year has reached three digits, its maximum value.
Although I also divide events into thirds for the purpose of processing their progress, this “digit-match” paradigm also figures into my thinking, such as it is. As I have written many times, it is very difficult to live with my brain.
Even empty boxes have value. Ever since getting rid of all of the moving boxes previously “residing” in the two-car garage bay where the Mustang GT and my wonderful wife’s Corvette are parked, when my wife starts her car that sets off the alarm in the Mustang, although not immediately. My theory is that the boxes absorbed some of the sound and vibration.
We have begun hanging signs on the garage walls, but have not yet reached critical mass (besides, most of them are metal signs). I have a large pegboard Flying A sign that I want to hang, but doing so will require expertise beyond me. I am hoping that solves the alarm issue. If not, we may actually have to hang some sound-absorbing material on the walls.
Dirty Dingus McGee sent me this link to a piece titled, “When We Didn’t Drive Devices.” The piece begins by stating that those born after 9/11 have no memory of what it was like to fly before that day and then the piece reads, “Well, a day may come when people no longer remember what it was like to drive a car – as opposed to a device.”
This passage talks about a dirty little secret of EVs: the fact that they lose significant range in cold weather:
“We were never reluctant to run the heater or defroster in our cars at full blast on cold days because it didn’t have any effect on how far we could go before we had to stop. These engines cars used to have produced heat without cost, in terms of range. Also, the distance your car could go in winter, when it was very cold outside, was just the same as it was when it wasn’t cold outside.”
My opposition to the EV delusion grows stronger every day. We are being fleeced by a segment of the population that wants to punish you for the alleged sins of your parents and to control your mobility.
The fact that the European Union has explicitly recognized that there is more than one way to get to lower emissions, but our government hasn’t, should end another delusion: that the US does everything better than every other country or group of countries. Like every other endeavor of human beings, the US isn’t perfect.
Below are previously published photos of my first car, a 1967 Pontiac GTO. That was a car and definitely not a device.
This frightening story from Europe is about a Belgian man who committed suicide after an Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot encouraged him to sacrifice himself to stop climate change. AI might be very dangerous and mixed with hysteria it can be, literally, a lethal combination.
I firmly believe that it is virtually impossible for human beings to accurately predict what the climate will be like in 50 or 100 years. In fact, I think the belief that we can is the ultimate expression of hubris. Fifty years ago many scientists theorized that many/most of us would die by the year 2000 because population growth would outstrip our ability to feed that population. Well, that hasn’t happened. Population growth is slowing markedly in the developed world because people are choosing to have fewer children and in China because of the one-child policy that existed for decades. Mass famines result from wars involving developing countries, not from an inability to produce food.
Those who disagree with me would still disagree after reading this, although I suspect none of those people are reading. It’s their prerogative to have a different view, but it’s NOT their prerogative to force me to behave according to their view. NO ONE has a monopoly on truth, wisdom or good judgment and neither does ANY ideology.
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4 thoughts on “The 100th Day”
“virtually impossible for human beings to accurately predict what the climate will be like in 50 or 100 years. ”
They have trouble with an accurate WEATHER prediction for a week away, and I’m supposed to believe their prediction for even a month away? How about no? Does no work? If I had my life to live over, I would try to become a TV weather forecaster. It’s the only profession I’m aware of where you can be wrong 50% of the time and still keep your job.
Glad you liked the link I sent you. There is a good bit of truth in his writing. I pretty much agree with the points he brought up on the subject, as I’m a fan of the older, non device, vehicles. As long as I’m able to keep them running, I will. Hopefully I will not be around when it becomes illegal for my favorite vehicles to be operated, and they are relegated to static display like a steam engine is for the most part these days.
Thanks, DDM. Besides #DeathBeforeEV I might use #NoSoullessGlorifiedGolfCartWithNoTorqueCurve. Yeah, the second hashtag is too long. I’ll stick with the first.
I thought you might like to know this. When I was about in the 7th grade, somewhere around there, my older brother wondered in a complaint fashion why “they” always said that all four seasons were the same length, when “everybody” knew that Winter and Summer were longer than the others. I thought about that, and decided that Winter should have 100 days, so you could track it better and be able to figure out easily what % of the year was now behind you. And I still do. Everybody close to me knows about this, and I keep them kind of updated. . . .today is the 47th day of winter, I will say (January 16). Almost half way through. My family all knows the process, and they all refer to it sometimes. I do think it is a better way to note Winter. December 1 through March 10, 100 days. 101 in a leap year.
Many thanks for reading and for commenting, Bill.
When we lived in Texas I counted 100 days from March 1 through June 8 as the peak of tornado season, although my timing may have been a bit off. I think that’s one reason why we left; well that and the fact that three people died in a tornado 10 miles from our house and in the same county during the next-to-last tornado season we were there.
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