Sunday Sluggishness

Of course people not reading this will not get the message, but I am very disappointed at the significant decline in the number of views/visitors for Disaffected Musings since early/mid November. I don’t care if I sound like a whiner; I am very proud of this blog. I read other blogs on the Internet and like almost none of them. Most people today cannot write and I am not sorry if that sounds elitist.

To those of you still reading do you have any ideas why so many fewer people are reading? What do you think can be improved? Without using Fack Fucebook or Guck Foogle how can I get more people to read the blog?


I am somewhat surprised no one has offered an opinion on the car in which I might have bidding interest next month. Let me state up front that I would assess the probability that I buy the car at no more than 5%. The car might have a 6-speed manual despite the description, it might not look as good in person, upon inspection I might discover the car is leaking fluids or, most likely, the bidding will go beyond what I want to spend right now.


Although I have noted the results of my blood test in a reply to a comment by Steve Dallas, for the rest of you the HbA1c result was very good. I went from having the second highest/second worst reading in my life to the lowest/best in a matter of three months. It’s amazing what cutting out ice cream and cookies will do for your blood sugar. <sarcasm> The result was good enough that my physician thinks I might be able to stop taking Metformin. I told him I was doubtful that could actually happen. I will also use this opportunity to state my politically incorrect belief that for 80% of people who are overweight and/or have Type 2 diabetes (remember Pareto’s 80/20 rule) lifestyle choices are the primary reason. By the way, I am not overweight. Given my exercise regimen and short eating window every day due to GERD it is virtually impossible for me to gain weight. I weigh 20-25 pounds less than I did before I started running 8-9 years ago. Exercise really works!


From Car and Driver comes this picture:


Here is another photo:


This is the very limited production Nissan GT-R50 which was created in conjunction with Italdesign. Only 50 of these will be produced. The GT-R50, which might be a preview of the next iteration of the GT-R, is about 4 inches longer and 4 inches wider than the standard GT-R. The engine output has also been increased to a staggering 710 HP/585 LB-FT of torque. The engine for the Nismo “performance” version of the current GT-R is rated at 600 HP/481 LB-FT.

I have written about the GT-R before, but I think it’s an amazing car even if it’s a little long in the tooth.


Here are links to the posts, not counting the Home Page, that have produced at least two percent of all views for Disaffected Musings:

Sunday Studebaker

Tuesday Collection

Wednesday Wanderings

I don’t think it’s a coincidence that two of these three posts are about Studebaker. 56packardman very graciously puts links to my Studebaker posts on the Studebaker Drivers Club forums. I don’t know how many members are in the club, but they are FANATICAL about Studebaker and will read anything relating to the make. The non-Studebaker post is about the engine choice for my restomod C2 Corvette build.

Once again, I would really like to read any suggestions about how to improve the blog and/or get it read by more people.





Friday Confusion

I am a few hours away from a very important test. It’s not a Series 7 or CFP exam. Because my last HbA1c test result was a little elevated for me I am having another one today, ahead of the usual schedule. If the result is elevated again my diabetes regimen will have to change, which means my life will change.

HbA1c is actually an amazing test. It measures a person’s average blood sugar level over the last three months although I don’t think each day in the period counts the same. That is, I still think the most recent days have the most influence on the result.

Speaking of the Series 7 exam…when I went to work for a very large financial services company I had to acquire Series 7 and Series 63 FINRA licenses. I was already in my 50s and past my peak mental acuity. (What does that say for me now?) About 35 percent of people who take the Series 7 fail the test. The “7” was composed of 250 questions; when you complete the first 125 you must take a 30-minute break.

When I finished the first 125 questions I raised my hand. The proctor walked to my desk and asked what I wanted. I told her I was finished the first half of the exam and asked if I could skip the break. She said, “There’s no way you’re finished the first half.” A person taking the test is allowed 3 hours to complete each half; I had finished the first half in 45 minutes. I showed her my screen so she knew I was really through the first half. I did have to take the break. I was a little slower in the second half; it took 55 minutes of the allotted 3 hours. I made one of the highest scores in the country (a 90-ish).

Five weeks later the same thing happened on the Series 63 exam, which was composed of 60 questions. I scored another 90-ish and took 20 minutes of the allotted 1 hour and 45 minute time to complete the exam.

As I have written before, and much to the chagrin of my wonderful wife, it would not have been fair if I had been made ugly and brain-dead. Intelligence is not a disease and is not something of which to be ashamed.


How many of you watch/have watched the show How It’s Made on the Science channel? A few episodes of the show were dedicated to high-performance cars; the “spinoff” is called How It’s Made: Dream Cars. While the hard rock soundtrack can be annoyingly distracting the 30-minute program shows interesting details about the manufacturing of cars such as the Peugeot RCZ R, the C7 Corvette and the Lamborghini Aventador. For me, the shows I enjoy the most are about the cars I know the least, such as this one:

From a picture of a Wiesmann MF5. I don’t think Wiesmann is still in business. Production stopped in 2014 and even though reports surface from time to time that Wiesmann will resume building cars, to my knowledge it has not yet done so. For example, the last post on the company Facebook page is from late 2016.

The MF5 was powered by the BMW M5 5-liter/305 cubic-inch V-10 engine that produced 547 HP/502 LB-FT of torque. Earlier Wiesmann models had used BMW 6-cylinder and 8-cylinder engines.

I really like two-seat high performance cars. Hey, we don’t have any kids and even if we did we still might own such a car. Mundane tasks are why we own a small SUV (a 2011 Kia Sportage). The utilitarian nature of such vehicles (and pickup trucks) is probably why they fail to evoke any passion in me and why the dramatic market shift away from cars is so depressing to me.