Sunday, March 31, 2019

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Is this going to have to be a "thing" now?

BMW i8 Catches Fire, Gets Dunked in Water.

"Last week a BMW i8 that was put up for display inside a showroom in the Netherlands started smoking for unknown reasons, according to the Tilburg fire department. As people started freaking out and phones started calling the emergency services, the car apparently didn’t explode, but the firefighters did proceed to use a rather unusual means of making sure the fire was put out. As you can see from the photos, the car was simply dunked in a container filled with water."

I don't feel like snarfing their photo, so you will just have to go to the link. But it is a wild world when you have to fully submerge a car to get it to stop burning. This has to affect insurance rates eventually right?

I mean, cars catch on fire all the time. But I would say submerging a car definitely totals it if it weren't before.

As a side note - those i8's didn't really seem to sell all that well. So I'm sure some owners are happy if one burns. As an owner of a ghost brand - buy up all the floor mats you can. Those are the things you can't find years later. Oddly.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

We are ~totally~ heading for a recession.

‘There’s no way’ we’re headed for recession—five experts on the bond market’s warning sign.

I think we have reached the phase in the cycle when you have to start reading the news opposite way. Every day I wake up and people are trying to convince me we are not heading for a recession. They say we can't import a recession. Not gonna happen.

Honestly, I don't know how things can feel so good when economic numbers are about the same as they were in 2008. Minus all the housing bloodbath. We are frogs indeed.

Monday, March 25, 2019

What the Democrats don't understand is - the reason why we voted for Trump is because he fights back. And the Mueller case is a perfect example. We are exhausted by the Democrats getting to say anything they want and just get away with it.

If this would have been Romney or any of the Never Trumpers - they would have rolled over like a whipped dog and apologized. Most of the Republican Party is just spineless.

It's just that simple.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Went to install our poodle lights and they have the wrong connector. Man my projects are fighting me lately.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Today did not go as advertised.

I'm not sure how to really describe today. We drove a couple hours north to Thunderhill Raceway where there was suppose to be autonomous car racing. Which I don't really think is going to be a thing. But I thought there were going to be some cool cars there and this guy.

He's sort of been radio silent for a while, and I wanted to see if he'd made any progress.  I'd heard through the rumor mill that his stuff has only been tested in a very geofenced environment.

Anyway... we roll up at about 1:30 and there are just a few cars there with sensors and Velodyne of course. The above shot is Velodyne on the track with their latest Lidar. We watch the cars that are there go around the track, but they all have their hands on the steering wheels. We hang out for a couple of hours. Later I find out that this car wasn't even autonomous. He was just helping out and managed to get his car on the track. Great glamor shot though. Right?

If you guys read anything about autonomous racing and Thunderhill send it over to me because allegedly some super legit media was there. I'm not sure if all of these guys pealed off as soon as the media left. But I'm curious how they might talk about it.

There was an Embark Semi there, with the driver. Which was super nice. I want to talk to real people about these things. Not marking hype. Since we seem to live in a world of hysteria about these trucks taking peoples jobs - I had a lot of questions. Namely, what is the feedback you get about these trucks - because I see them creating more jobs than destroying them. For every driver you take out of the cabin, many more people will be needed to make cameras and sensors. And I'm not going to do that "just learn to code shit", but seriously - these guys are teaching truckers to code for their field.

I talked to him a lot about going from a blue collar job to a white collar job. Which is essentially what will happen with truckers. Unless you've done that, you don't really understand how different those two worlds are. I have which is why I have certain beliefs about the world. I think truckers love their jobs, but I think it's hard on your body and your family. Especially your family.  The best way to lose a wife is to leave her alone for long periods of time.

Mounting lidar to mirrors seems to be a big trend right now.

We finally bailed around 3. And on the road home ran into a giant hail storm! I'm pretty sure I've seen hail more this month than I almost have in my entire life in California. It's a bit of an exaggeration, but I think this might be the third or fourth time this month. I have never had to pull off the freeway due to hail. At one point the whole freeway came to a stop and I didn't want to get hit from behind. All of these people next to the arrow are pulled off onto the berm. They are not in a lane. I pulled way off into the mud area because I didn't want to get berm punched.

This guy apparently lost control and wound up in the middle. It was a little chaotic for a second. We can barely drive in rain little alone enough hail to start building up.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Does anyone know where my weed taxes are going? Asking for a friend. Not even the pot shops seem to know.

I would love to know what this guys story is.

I first started seeing this guy around a couple of years ago. At the time he seemed to have a clever brute force way of doing holographic images from a phone or tablet. But it's been three years now, technology moves on in a lot of different ways. I'm not sure I think it's as cool now. But that is not the reason for this post.

I've seen him possibly a handful of times now. Outside of the first time I interacted with him, he basically won't engage. Won't answer questions. Seems insulted if you try. Wears headphones to prove his point that he's not interested in talking with you. But I keep seeing him carry this item around, and literally no one seems interested in it.  What is up with that? He usually doesn't even have an image displaying on it, so you aren't even really attracted to the device in any way.

This last shot is blurry because he will literally try to evade you in any way he can. Which really just makes me want to take more pictures of him and I know it's not right. But that is human nature. If he just talked to me for a second, I'm sure I would become disinterested enough to leave him alone. As time goes on, I'm not even sure how he's going to make an actual product out of that. The link above gives you a much better look at the device.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

The internet makes them seem more terrifying than they are.

Finally got to see one of these things.  It was leashed - not tethered.

They were showing off how well it was able to balance on this rolling cylinder.  The setup was more like those old timey pendulum swings that you played on as a kid. It was not free roaming. I imagine you wouldn't be as impressed because even robotic arms are still really slow and methodical. The power of the internet though makes them scaaaareeeeey.

Still waiting.

Auto stocks fall after BMW warns of global economic slowdown, trade trouble.

But......... Tesla is still fine........ right? Said in the most sarcastic way. No one seemed to notice this headline from a few weeks ago. But I did.

Moody’s downgrades auto industry outlook from stable to negative on falling demand. Or this one from the middle of Feb.

Cars are driving us toward recession. Which basically confirmed what I had heard in the rumor mill about people in Europe almost have stopped buying cars.

Thank goodness Powel came out with that bullshit about Europe still having growth. I mean, he is technically right. which my husband says is the best kind of right. But at .02% growth... Europe is basically at stall speed. Thank gawd no one in America pays attention to anything outside of the US...... so looks legit. Right?

Tuesday, March 19, 2019


I really only became aware of this company about a year ago. This was while they were trying to get the phone together. There was some talk in the rumor mill. Which is why when Mr S. wanted to buy one of those phones I was like ........ that company? That's going to be an orphan phone! Don't do it. But I'm glad he didn't listen to me. The Red Hydrogen phones are fun enough. Not perfect. Hopefully just getting people to use them in real everyday life will help them improve.

But the phones are apparently based on the above camera. I've been wanting to see one. I guess these run in the ......... 60 thousand dollar range. It even makes me laugh to write that number. I guess these do 8k video, and the thing that stood out to me was these camera have TWO fans on the top. They must run HOT.

They have turned out to be much scrappier than I expected and I like they are trying to create something new. I mean, 3D isn't new - but being able to see it on a phone is.

I'm planting seeds People. Planting seeds.

I was chatting with a guy working an Nvidia boot today.

Me - I'm surprised you don't have Nvidia branded puddle lights.

He looks at me and we both smile.

Me - you are branded everywhere else....It would be cool to see it when the doors open.

Him - that's not a bad idea.

(because you are all just clowns for my amusement. I'm helping YOU entertain ME so I can then entertain you.)

Saturday, March 16, 2019

And that's how I wound up with puddle lights.

And a new project. As soon as they get to my door.

The only real reason I stopped to get this R8 was because it was at the Home Depo I was leaving. It's always sort of fun to wonder - what does this guy pick up in an R8! There is zero room in those things. That's pretty baller.

I'm getting shots of the car with the Home Depo in the background when the guy walks up and we start chatting. I always want to know if he's had to have a brake job yet. It's always one of the first questions I ask. And I'm sure it's rude, but I like to think of it as a warning to them. Some day when they hit that landmine they will think of me ever so slightly. Like - oh yeah, that girl said these brakes would be spendy. And she wasn't kidding. But you do sort of expect that with an R8. Not in my car.

My car is not an R8, but I think the brakes run about what it costs on one of these cars.  Which was a shock let me tell you. I think I have almost the most expensive brakes on the planet! It's a very memorable sum.

The second question I always ask is if the doors project anything on the ground. Every since I saw Audi did that - I ask all the R8 owners if they have it. I don't think I've had anyone else say yes. I must have asked at least a dozen guys at this point! But this guy, he's like - oh,  the puddle lights? You can get those for your car. They are really easy to replace. Who even knew they had a name?!

One youtube video later.......and amazon is sending me this shit. Get on my credit card! Some of them you can get really cheaply. Like 15 bucks for four.

Then of course I  have to ask about the ticket thing too. But bla bla bla. Who cares! I can't even believe I love these door projector lights. It's super tardly. And no I'm not stopping saying that word. Pictures later.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Sometimes the hardest part is just starting.

Every once in a while  my ADD gets the better of me and just shuts me down. Nothing seems worth talking about. And it's hard to get the words out of my head anyway. There is just too much information swirling in my head. It sort of overloads the system.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Saturday, March 09, 2019

It sort of feels like the old timey hummer days.

There is nothing quite so depressing than to roll up to a car show and have it filled with SUV's. I just don't get it. I'm sure the minivan sector is getting caved thank gawd - but still. They all look the same. I just don't get it. I can barely even tell them apart. Even Rolls has an SUV right now. SUV's just feel like the cheaper hummer equivalent.

It sort of feels like the end of the last recession when everyone started buying things that looked exactly the same. Little boxes, little boxes, and they all look the same. But at least I was able to find a couple of things that were not SUV's.

I think the kids are into the distressed look right now.

A guy in the East bay is doing these ceiling runners. He's called Stars on the Ceiling.

Audi broke my heart, and the RS5. I just realized this week that the new models don't have a pop up wing. They have a faux wing. They ruined it. No flappy paddles. No naturally aspirated engines. And this ridiculous wing. If you can call it that. Why bother!

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Oh - this is interesting.

Waymo Starts Selling Sensors to Lower Cost of Self-Driving Cars.

"Waymo is set on Wednesday to begin selling the laser-mapping sensors used on its driverless vehicles to other companies—as long as the customers don’t compete with its core robotaxi business. The sensors, known as lidar, shoot lasers off objects to determine what’s nearby. The next generation of warehouse robots, security systems, and even autonomous tractors could all be built with this technology."

So.... Google is going to crush all of the Lidar companies. Awesome.

It just doesn't stop.

US households see biggest decline in net worth since the financial crisis.

This theme is starting to get really pervasive now.


I doubt very highly we will get to negative rates. Obama tried. But it is notable that they are putting this trial balloon out.

It's just really sad to see the Democrats have hollowed out this country so deeply, that who knows when we will be able to turn off this spigot. Until then, no one knows what is real and not real.

All I know is that last time the government made me think we were going into negative rates - I wound up with a nihilist Audi. I'm not doing that this time.

I've always wanted to get a gusher.

This one is just okay. I've never seen them turn it off though. Apparently they come out with a key and a couple of guys and go in circles. Luckily this valve was right next to the hydrant.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

I hate to sound like a broken record but.......

All I hear right now is how strong the US economy is. All the while economic numbers are being compared to 2008 and 2009 left and right.

I took the above snap shot late last week. And just in my neighborhood, 19 of the 22 houses sold recently went for under asking. Now, most were not a lot under. A few thousand dollars. But that is roughly 90% of what moved on the market.  Just in my neighborhood. And I don't live in a unique neighborhood at all.

Until the price declines turn around, retail is effed. Remodeling is effed.

Back in the 80's the US could live without all the other countries, but for a couple of decades we've woven these countries into our economic fabric. China has been in contraction for three months now. Canada - super close to contraction. Australia - just WTF? And our numbers are not looking good at the moment either.

How can everything be so strong?

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

I hope GE burns in a volcano.

GE shares tumble as CEO Culp says cash flow will be negative in 2019, power unit to struggle more.

GE was one of those companies that didn't care what their consumers wanted. So, they got together with the government to force you to buy what they wanted you to buy. What do they call that again?

GE can just eat a pound of dicks.

Did Australia not have the internet in 2008?

"Meanwhile, in a recent interview with the Australian Financial Review, tech entrepreneur Matt Barrie shared his views on the challenges facing Australia and the wider world - and his predictions are grim.

“The global economy is troubled. It’s low growth everywhere. It’s questionable if we ever exited the GFC,” Mr Barrie told the publication. 

“In Australia every indicator is blinking red. It’s a house of cards. We’re highly dependent on China (we’re on par with the Congo for how reliant we are) and they are in a trade war. We have the housing market falling off a cliff, and this is happening from Vancouver to Auckland too."


Emphasis mine.  It freaks me out a bit to see someone else say that we may have never exited the Global Financial Crisis. I think we might have become frogs and that we just acclimated to the recession.

I personally have been watching Australia with horror. I'm betting they had enough of the internet in 2008 to laugh their asses off at us. I'm not doing that because the pain they are entering is life changing. It's the kind of pain most people will not put up with. My advice is - if you can - crawl under a rock and hide. Come out in 10 years.
This morning my Uber driver gave me the name of a super good ticket lawyer. I'm not sure what that says about me. But it seems it's better to get tickets in bulk before you call her. Allegedly.

As a totally Silicon Valley side note - driving for Uber was his side gig. He worked for Amazon the rest of the week. So Silicon Valley.

Also today autocorrect, corrected the word intermittent into interkittant - so that's the only way I'm going to say it now. I don't even know if interkittant is a word!

Sunday, March 03, 2019

The universe was just not on my side today.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Cats? Yes - CATS.

I am not really into cats. But I do like new cat technology. And it's still pretty much real technology winter. It should open up in a couple of weeks. So - cats are filler.

But, the thing that's interesting about cats this year is they've decided to bring out the rex recessive gene in cats.  Which I didn't know existed. (in cats - bunnies obvi)

They feel very much like Lacy. And it even screws up their whiskers like in bunnies. They get pube whiskers. You can admit it. When you see pictures of my bunny you are like - what is up with those whiskers?! That is the Rex gene that does that.

Again, I don't really like cats, but I love he idea they are making them rex cats. Very short fur. No guard coat. And somewhat curly (depending). They also seemed to have a very gentle disposition like Lacy does.

Friday, March 01, 2019

Now...... all we do is wait I guess.

The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow initial model estimate shows negligible growth for the first quarter of just 0.3 percent.

If feels like just two weeks ago I was saying that it felt like we were already in recession - but no one was admitting it yet. Here towards the end of the article. And now here we are sitting uncomfortably close to recessionary levels.

It's really weird because everyone is so tuned out. I even heard a talking head this morning say that the media almost talked us into a recession in December. That the media was making up fake news to take down the market to get back at Trump. The market couldn't be horrible because job numbers were up as were pay. To hell that retail, cars, and housing are falling off a cliff.

So.... I guess I am now fake news. Because the stock market is hiding a ton of really scary stuff. Hardly anyone is in the market anymore, so as long as you keep the numbers up... most people think everything is fine.

For many months now there has been  a particularly doomish sector of the market that believes this recession will be like 2000+2008. I'm not sure it will get that bad, but if it does Mr S and I are going to call it the 4008 recession.