The Death of Our Love Affair With the Road.

In the near future the self-driving car will be the only thing you will be able to find on the showroom of new car dealership. For myself and all those car enthusiast this will kill the very reason we fell in love the automobile in the first place, the joy of driving. You have never truly known what it feels like to drive until you have sitten behind the wheel of a Chevy big block, pressed down on the accelerator and felt the power involved in propelling nearly two tons of metal from a resting resting position. The raw emotion that comes with the understanding that you are the one in control of this metal behemoth as you go roaring down the highway at 70 mph cannot be matched by being chauffeured by a computer that is programmed to find the safest route possible.

For those of us that love and appropriate classic automobiles the cars that were built before the gasoline shortage of the late 70s represent a sense of freedom. It was a time when the average Joe with a socket set and repair manual could spend a Saturday afternoon underneath the hood of his/her car and fix the problem themselves. An open car hood was an invitation for ones neighbors to drop by and offer their two cents on what the problem most likely was. A grease spot on a driveway use to mean that the owner of this car changed their own oil, today it means the car needs to go the shop because it has leak. Continue reading

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Quick Thought: He-Man and Lasers

I heard someone talking about swords earlier and it lead to the following thoughts. It seems like most people I know who like sword, own at least one sword, or are planning on buying a sword someday all like the Japanese Katana. It is also a popular sword in movie. I on the other hand prefer the bulkier European style swords like the longsword, two-handed longsword and the great sword that came from Germanic and Norse tribes. There is a slight disadvantage wielding these behemoths, you can’t use a shield to defend yourself from the sword your enemy is attacking you with. Your only defense is to parry your attackers blows. For some reason at this point I got thinking about He-Man and how he deflected lasers with his sword. As a kid I bought into it, but now as an adult I question it. The best MLB hitters only hit the ball 30 some odd percent of the time. That means every time a baseball player walks up to the plate they are most likely to strikeout. He-Man on the other hand never misses a single laser. This doesn’t make any sense, if anything He-Man should miss every time. The average speed of a major league pitch is just over 90 mph. A laser, which is just a beam of light, travels at the speed of light (299,792,458 metres per second). He-Man should not even be able to see a laser coming at him.