Thursday, October 17, 2019

I guess I should have stopped.

"As to what we can expect out of a Tesla pickup truck, Musk also tweeted out that the vehicle may resemble an “armored personnel carrier from the future.” Now what this actually means is anybody’s guess, but it certainly does boost the level of intrigue surrounding the impending reveal." Source.

I am a little over the whole Tesla thing right now. But last week I drove by the plant just to sort of check out what was happening on Kato Drive. You can see it from the freeway. That road looked as chaotic as I've ever seen. With all the car carriers and random Semi's. Plus a RV city is basically popping up. It really looks a mess. I basically just shook my head.

But the interesting thing was there are an armored type vehicle on a flatbed sitting out there among the craziness. I couldn't stop at the time to investigate any further.  Now I wish I had. But it did seem odd to me. Odd enough that I told Mr S. about it because it just seemed like a strange place to have one parked. But since I don't have any pictures - I guess it never happened.

Real Estate is still saying everyone is lying.

Went to check on my old house which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago. It's still on the market and is set to get a price reduction. It's at two weeks on the market, and houses are getting price reductions at 17 days. And the price reductions are pretty savage. I'm still seeing 100k price reductions on houses in the 1.1 million dollar range. And 10-45 grand price reductions in houses under a mil.

Hell - mobile homes are still getting savaged. For example one was listed five weeks ago at 170,000 and they have been marking it down every week. Now selling for 130,000. A MOBILE HOME! Another was listed on 9/17 for 130,000. and currently is being listed for 110,500.

Retail sales will not improve until moral improves. I see all these articles today about how they are not going to do an interest rate cut. I would be very surprised if they didn't.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Creepy.



Look at what Google is selling the children.

"AIY Projects brings do-it-yourself artificial intelligence to your maker projects. The Google AIY Vision Kit lets you build an image recognition device that can see and identify objects, powered by TensorFlow’s machine learning models." Source.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

I was at a conference yesterday where they were talking about electric and autonomous cars. I don't sit in for many of the talks these days because I become very frustrated. The basic theme is - we are going to get people out of their cars. And I see none of that happening. It's like they con't understand people at all!

People are really annoying and our cars are our little privacy bubble that we can escape from them for a little while. Even if it means sitting in traffic for two hours.

Anyway... I expected it to be a lot like all the others I've been to. But it wasn't. They were actually talking about a plateau and a wall to adoption. I was very surprised. I didn't even think they were that self aware honestly.

You don't say....

California's Power Outage Demonstrates the Biggest Flaw With Tesla's Plan to Sell Everyone an Electric Car.

"Second, our electrical grid is far more fragile than most of us truly understand. The fact that you can plug in a toaster and make breakfast in the morning is almost luck. It doesn't take much to cause that luck to run out--a storm, a power surge, or a branch falling on a power line. Or, apparently, a utility with such outdated equipment that the only way it can be sure it won't start a wildfire that could burn down most of California is to just shut everything off for a few days.

But just because it's a little windy in the Bay Area, people still need to go to work, still need to make lunches before sending their kids off to school, and still need to do all of the other things they would normally do. No one is evacuating. Which, I guess is a good thing since they'd only get a few hundred miles before their Teslas all run out of juice. "

People are out of their minds if they think our grid can handle everything being run on electricity. And thankfully PG&E just showed this on a grand scale. It's something some of us have been saying for a long time. But if you only have small outages here and there - sheeple just don't get it.

BTW - this article is a few days old now. But it's interesting that INC. is running the story.

Car accent trend.



My pictures came out a little dark. But I noticed this trend propping up about a year ago in demo dashboards. I love it because I am easily amused with lights. And I like they are trying interesting materials. These examples were basically sitting on top of a light box. With the light off it just looked like your basic interior accent that cars have. Then you could turn on the light and it would display different colors and shapes. Which I love!

The company that did these was called DNP America. No link. You know how this blog rolls.













This explains a lot.



"WeWork used massive discounts — in some cases, essentially giving away space for free for 2 years — to try to poach customers from rivals".  (I can't give you the businessinsider link because you have to pay.)

I have been trying probably for a year to figure out how this company worked. It came on my radar because they have a building in Fremont that only seemed to be storing cars. (not Teslas) I just couldn't figure out how that was profitable. The cars now have been completely evacuated and now sits empty in what I would consider a prime area of real estate. Easy freeway access. On the line between Silicon Valley and the burbs which seems ideal. I just don't get it.

Well.. maybe now I do.

In the meantime - this socialist douchebag Mark Benioff keeps talking about how capitalism needs a reboot. THIS IS NOT CAPITALISM. This provides no return, and frankly I'm not even sure what Softbank sees in these money losing companies. That dude said he overpaid on the IPO because there was no competition. Who DOES THAT? What a shitty business person. It's also the reason we need recession from time to time. To flush out all the phonies and frauds.

Ousted WeWork CEO Adam Neumann 'is a great entrepreneur,' says Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Far away future is finally dead.

Faraday Future founder files for bankruptcy to repay personal debts.

I'm just sad because I loved calling them far away future. And I'm glad I got to see them at least.

Draco electric supercar.



I think everyone knows my stance on electric cars. Especially after the electricity supplier for Silicon Valley tried to turn the power off to everyone due to wind. Having said that - electric cars are making some interesting technology changes and even I can't deny that. They are able to achieve very fast acceleration. This one has 1,200HP and 6,500ft/lb of torque. Each wheel on has an independent motor. Home site here.

I wasn't able to get viable side shots. But I think it basically looks like a Fisker Karma with a different nose. I do like the interior console because I have a thing for that industrial look. So, I like the knobs. Also - THEY GIVE YOU TWO CUP HOLDERS! Which seems like a stupid thing to care about until you have a car with one tiny cupholder.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Good talk.



Some of you may not be surprised that Jeselnik is my favorite comedian of all time. But he has a new talk show out. You should try it. And nope. I'm not going to give you a link. You have awesome Googlefoo.

Friday, October 11, 2019

That is a really weird way to drum up business.



This phone number does in fact go to Morgan Stanley. Any guesses what his angle is?

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

It's crazy how many companies sold their soul to China.

Blizzard is under scrutiny from lawmakers, gamers, and maybe even its own employees after punishing a 'Hearthstone' competitor who voiced his support for protesters in Hong Kong.
So far everything is completely normal. But traffic was dreamy! OMG - best traffic ever. I don't know if a bunch of people just stayed home or what. Seems like they rolled back some of the tunnel closers.

I'm betting neither the politicians or PG&E expected the kind of backlash they got last night. We are their surfs ya know. One California united in Fury.

Plus it's hardly been windy here at all so far. Can you imagine how mad people would be if this weather event turned out to be a duddy? Because weather is so easy to predict - right?

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Pure comedy.

I am late posting tonight because no one knows if they will have power tomorrow. And apparently they are shutting down all the tunnels now. The Caldecott Tunnel which connects Berkeley to Oakland. I heard they were shutting one down on Highway 1.

People are going to be as hot as fish grease.
I am now in the PG&shut off zone. I don't even have power lines in my neighborhood.

Makes the days of rolling blackouts seem tame.

Absolutely no one could have seen this coming.

SoftBank Damaged After WeWork Implosion, Losses Could Exceed $5 Billion.

"SoftBank Group CEO Masayoshi Son has ruined his name in the investment community. His botched investments in WeWork, Uber, and Slack, just to name a few, could result in billions of dollars in losses for SoftBank Group Corp., according to Bloomberg, who compiled several notes from Wall Street analysts detailing the turmoil. "

This is one of the few times I can quote an entire article because it's MINE. Original here.

"I was reading Zero Hedge today where he talks about how the Khashoggi killing could blow up Softbank. Which made me laugh because a few months ago I'd made a post basically saying that nothing better happen to SoftBank or The Valley would be screwed.

When they started taking a stake in companies like Nvidia I started getting nervous. Because why would Nvidia need their money anyway? 

So I had to find my post so I could make sure of what I said because it was months ago. And OH MY GAWD. I had to laugh  so hard. This is my post in it's entirety written on April 25th 2018. 

"WeWork documents reveal it owes $18 billion in rent and is burning through cash as it seeks more funding. "

I've been completely fascinated by these "incubators". They don't seem to be producing much. Yet I see one site in Fremont that is basically vacant and just storing cars in the parking lot. I've been meaning to go and check it out more closely. They seem to be a direct to customer used car company that I haven't heard of before and forget the name of. But every time I drive by there - there seems to be more and more cars. I just don't get it. 

All I know if that if something happens to Softbank the Valley is going to be a little screwed. They own a little of everything around here." Original here.

I just didn't think things would blow up this way. But that's the funny thing about life."

Good luck with THAT.

PG&E confirms 800,000 customers to lose power Wednesday.

OMG this is going to be fun. People get to figure out their solar panels do not protect them. As far as I know only a small portion of people have battery backup.

I am not in the zone right now, but everywhere around me is. If my pictures go down you will know if I've been hit because I self host.

Monday, October 07, 2019

You have to wonder when people will have enough of this.

PG&E power shutoff could last 'five days or longer' in Napa County.

Update - The city of San Jose is now saying that all of San Jose could be affected and that the electricity could be shut off for SEVEN days.

They fricken held a press conference. I guess we are all literally going back to the dark ages.

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"Pacific Gas & Electric plans to shut off power to Napa County starting Wednesday morning, county officials warned the public Monday afternoon. The shut-off could last "five days or longer," according to the county's office of emergency services. Napa isn't the only area that might go dark later this week; PG&E is monitoring 30 of California's 58 counties for a potential power shut-off due to a "severe wind event" forecast for Wednesday and Thursday."

I sort of dare them. There is definitely a fowl wind brewing in California and people are starting to get pretty fed up. I think the real goal is just to crush everyone who lives here.

Not for long.

"The US consumer "remains healthy" despite growing fears of economic recession, the team of BAML analysts said. Should the retail industry face a holiday headwind, certain value stores could benefit from discount-seeking customers, they added." Source.

I think it is sort of funny how the "everything is fine" goalpost keeps being moved back. Said in the most sarcastic way.

Last week it was - everything is fine because wage growth is fine. Then it came in weak. Now it's everything is fine because the consumer is fine. And I can tell you - judging from the recently sold houses in my city - everything is NOT fine.

Of 76 houses - only 16 sold for above asking. 15 sold for asking. 45 sold for under asking. And I only went through the first page of the MLS. The most recent sales since 9/4/19.

Cats.

Gotta love California.



Said in the most sarcastic way.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Memorieeeeeeees.

The first house Mr S. and I ever owned came on the market this week and they had an open house today. So we had to go visit it. We sold it in 2006 right before the recession hit.

Mostly we wanted to see how much the new owners had changed it. By the time we'd moved we had pretty much gutted it. It was our first crapshack. But everyone has their own style and we wanted to see how things we'd done to it had held up. You never really know how things are going to age.

We were really surprised to see that they had changed very little actually. The bathrooms were the same. The kitchen was the same. The bamboo floors we put in were still there. We put them in before that was something you could get everywhere. We had to special order them at the time. And I'd decided to put them in on the bias which was a biiiiiiitch. We'd put in glass tiles in one of the bathrooms before that was a very popular thing.

Glass tiles refract light in a really weird way and I wanted the grout to be an exact match to the color of the tiles. I wound up mixing the color 30 different times to get the right color of blue. And that is not an exaggeration. I was laughing with Mr S. about how much a contractor would charge you to mix grout color that many times. He said you could never get a contractor to do that - they would be so over your dumb ass.

For a lot of years we drove by and they had never changed anything in the front yard, and as it turns out almost everything inside is still the same. The'd added a walk in pantry, but 95% of it was still exactly the same. Which is something I can't even conceive of. When I buy a place I buy it with the intention of ripping everything out eventually.

So yeah. It's the first time one of our houses has come back on the market and it sort of felt really weird.

I tried not to ask the agents too many questions because agents are all the same. "It's never been a better time to buy" bla bla bla. But they actually admitted the market was weird right now. Some houses will go right away, and others not so much. It will be interesting to see how long it takes for this house to sell.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Today we pounded out a heater repair. The starter had gotten cranky, and it's still warm  so we wanted to get to it before we had no choice.

You guys don't even know how amazing it is to see flames come out when you have worked on the heater. And there is only like 5 parts you can replace in them, but it's always sort of a wheel of heater kind of thing.

We only started working them ourselves because heater guys basically have the same issue. They will install a part and be like - nope - not the right one. But they will charge you 100% markup.

Friday, October 04, 2019

Another rig config.



I'm sort of bored of this now. But it seems they are still making new configurations.

Also I've ridden in an Autonomous car a couple of times now in a very controlled geofenced area and it didn't freak me out as much as I thought it would. I mean, I've just started trusting my backup cams fully a few years ago. I have never seen one fail at this point. So I've finally learned to trust them.

I thought I would feel some kinda way about it, but I really felt nothing at all. Mr S. thinks that it might be because I've always sat in the back seat so I can take pictures. Possibly if I was in the passenger seat I might feel differently. So I'm going to try that next time. But really for all those people who are freaked about this technology, you'd be surprised what a non event it is.









Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Robocop is one of the weirder things I've seen.



If you saw it come around the internet and wondered....... how does ~that~ work.

Well, I've seen it in real life and I'm even more confused. I'm trying to figure out how this Prius with a sled and a computer attached to it catches up to me doing over 100MPH.