2008

Our new year’s resolution is to show a sense of childlike wonder at and acceptance of everything we come across, especially this year’s leap second. Incidentally, this post is scheduled to go live at 2008-12-31 23:59:60. Let’s see what happens! Update: Movable Type complained when I tried to save the post: “Invalid date ‘2008-12-31 23:59:60’;…

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In honor of Newton’s Birthday festival, I therefore propose the following song, to be sung to the tune of “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” For brevity, I include only the final verse. All together now! On the tenth day of Newton, My true love gave to me, Ten drops of genius, Nine silver co-oins, Eight…

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When Seattle is covered in snow, it’s easy to miss Montreal. Now, folks in areas that get lots of snow like to make fun of Seattlites for being unable to handle a little snow, but it turns out that there’s another reason (beyond the steep hills) the city has a (ahem) unique approach: “Seattle refuses…

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Originating from Wootton High School, the parent said, students duplic ate the license plates by printing plate numbers on glossy photo paper, using fonts from certain websites that “mimic” those on Maryland license plates. They tape the duplicate plate over the existing plate on the back of their car and purposefully speed through a speed…

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“There are no hot segments,” said George Pipas, Ford’s market analyst. “And there really are no hot products.” So closes an article, “Automakers Report Grim October Sales.” GM, sales down 45%. Ford, -30%. Chrysler, -34.9%. Toyota, -23%. Honda -25%, Nissan -33%. MINI Cooper: Up 56.4%. Soon, Ford will be caring about MINI’s market of “only”…

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I was struck by this quote in “Edgy, Yet Still Aerodynamic” an article in the New York Times about how new cars are being designed and tested: , To his surprise, in hundreds of tests at Ford’s Wind Tunnel 8 southwest of Detroit the original edges produced less drag than curved substitutes, Mr. Koester said.…

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