Ramblings of an Idiot
This blog is regarding film, cars, politics, technology, and other stuff.
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Saw "What" again! I dare you! I double dare you!
Monday, June 09, 2014
Taste Nothing Like Chicken... or Humans
I recently read an article in Ars Technica about drinkable meals. The story was interesting and I was trying to take it seriously but all I kept thinking was "that's the best name the inventor could come up with - Soylent?" I'm intrigued by the whole idea, but naming something that conjures images of Charlton Heston yelling into the night, "it's people!" doesn't make me want to "yummy yummy."
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Post War American Design and The Minimalist
An interesting article in The Atlantic titled, "How Jews Designed the Modern American Home." The title is a bit provocative but still worth reading. I'll have to drive up to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco to check out the exhibit. I'm big fan of mid-century modern design and the Bauhus folks.
Monday, June 02, 2014
The Worst Branding Ever
I was reading an article in ARS Technica about a drinkable meal called Soylent. Really??? That's the best name you could come up with? I'm intrigued by the idea of drinkable foods and meals, but naming something that conjures images of Charlton Heston yelling into the night, "it's people!" doesn't make me want to go "yummy yummy." So if this real, does that mean the apes are going to be taking over soon?
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
The Worst Shills Ever
So I was watching Jay Leno’s Garage and was interested in learning about Ricardo’s new product. (FYI: Ricardo manufacturers high end transmission (and isn’t named after Ricky)). So the show starts with Jay introducing this stupid salesman from Ricardo, who goes right into his sales pitch, then another jerk salesman bookends the first one with his own pitch. And if that wasn't bad enough, these dorky salesmen try to look cool by wearing dungarees with their suits. What I call "the mullet of menswear." And just like the mullet, it looked good for about 5 minutes and should've died afterwards.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Tesla, the new IROC Z28
So I was driving on Highway 101 today and was cut off by one Tesla owner and when I was going home, I was tailgated by another one. Apparently the "S" in Model S stands for $h!thead. Frankly, I think all the early adopters and greenies have bought their Teslas already and now the futures sales are from the S-heads that were buying M3s.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
The Worst Pricing Strategy Ever for a Car
I just finish reading yet another article about your difficulties selling the new ELR. May I suggest that you fire the idiot(s) that suggested a 76 grand MSRP. Almost all the reviews I’ve read and watched on YouTube agree that you have the luxury and design aspects in the ELR, BUT most will also agree that there is no performance in that vehicle that would justify that price tag. Your CTS-V coupe cost less than the ELR and it have the luxury, looks, AND performance to justify the cost.
So, eat some humble pie and admit you were wrong and sell it at the correct price of 50 or 55 grand and give all the people that already bought one a refund. You are not helping the EV movement or your brand by just bribing your dealerships or reducing production of the ELR. The ELR is a great product but has lousy pricing, which fortunately is an easier problem to fix than if the problem was the other way around.