Disruptive Ideas

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A couple years ago, an electric vehicle (EV) captured the overall win at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Ever since, I’ve been fascinated by this disruptive technology.

EVs have lots of advantages over internal combustion cars. They use less energy per mile. They offer great low-end torque, and they can be packaged to provide amazing levels of stability.

One huge disadvantage to them is the current state of battery technology. Today’s batteries are big, heavy, expensive, and somewhat unsafe.

Recently, a study was released about a new battery technology that would allow batteries to be smaller, lighter, cheaper, and most importantly, safer. Imagine your smartphone lasting a week without recharging. Imagine an affordable electric car with a 500 mile range. More importantly, imagine your recharge times to be safely shortened to the length of a traditional gas station fill-up. Continue reading “Disruptive Ideas”

The ebb and flow of a fever pitch

 

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In football, the snap of a ball creates a burst of energy… followed by a moment of rest and regrouping. Sure, the fever pitch that occurs during the action is what’s most exciting to watch. But it’s not the only part of the game that determines who wins and who loses.

As the whistle is blown, the referee winds a forty second play clock that lets both teams climb to their feet, regroup, change out some personnel, and call a play before returning to action. This downtime is when the announcers spew their opinions, cheerleaders rally the crowd, and when the audience at home dashes to the fridge for a refill.

No one off the field is really paying attention to the most important thing that is actually happening: That very short moment when a player purposefully recovers. Continue reading “The ebb and flow of a fever pitch”

The Laffer curve

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In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the… Anyone? Anyone?… the Great Depression, passed the… Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?… raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today we have a similar debate over this. Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before? The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve, you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point. This is very controversial. Does anyone know what Vice President Bush called this in 1980? Anyone? Something-d-o-o economics. “Voodoo” economics.

Lipton Noodle Soup with Eggs and Sriracha

Lipton Noodle Soup with Egg Drop and Sriracha

I was on my own for dinner the other night and looking to make something easy. 99 times out of 100, I would scrabble four eggs, add some sriracha and be done. The only problem was that I only had two eggs left.

I didn’t really have any frozen veggies that were appealing to me. I thought, “maybe we have some kale.” Of course we didn’t. We hadn’t been to the grocery store in a week. Did I mention the two eggs?

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Scotch eggs

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Scotch eggs are a common picnic food. In the United Kingdom packaged Scotch eggs are available in supermarkets, corner shops and motorway service stations. Miniature versions are also widely available, sold as “savoury eggs”, “picnic eggs”, “party eggs”, “snack eggs”, “egg bites” or similar. These contain chopped egg or a quail’s egg, rather than a whole chicken egg, and sometimes contain mayonnaise or chopped bacon.

No, I’m not going to put my phone down.

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I’m gonna ramble for a bit, but I’ll eventually make my point.

I don’t have any “Facebook” friends. I just have friends. Pretty much all of them are online. Or to say it another way; if we are friends on Facebook, it’s because I decided that I genuinely like you. We are friends.

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