Tuesday, July 25, 2017

1990s autonomous cars

I was not hallucinating.

In the 1990s, while I worked for the campus police, I was once assigned to work at the Richmond Field Station. It's a large facility that Berkeley operates for its engineers who need a lot of room to conduct their experiments. Well, during that shift, I saw a bunch of Buicks drive autonomously on the tarmac, with magnets guiding them.

I've never been able to find any evidence that this program existed. Until today. It wasn't just my imagination.

This evening, I went to a focus group of BMW i3 owners run by a Berkeley transportation researcher. After the session ended, I went up to him and asked him about Buicks, magnets, and the Richmond Field Station. He knew what I was talking about. The man in charge of the project was Steven Shladover.

And here is a very comprehensive video!

Pablo Escobar White House vacation photo

Monday, July 24, 2017

A message from my 5th cousin (predicted)

23andMe thinks an Azeri man is my 5th cousin. We share 0.11% of our DNA together.

I reached out to him and asked if he had any Chinese ancestors. His response:

Hello, Jim,
I am Azeri and my grandmother is Russian, so I don't think I have any direct ancestors from China but we could be DNA relatives from some Far East ancestors, like Mongolians, I suppose. Historically, Turks came from Enisey river region.

50% of Canadians live south of red line

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A small Russian town, a commuter train

This is from a series of videos from the perspective of an average Russian.

Eating the Globe: Estonia

Chicken from Tallinn. I got the recipe from The Globe and Mail. It was delicious. Just go easy on the red pepper flakes. We are a bit suspicious of its authenticity, as the ingredients are more Mediterranean than Baltic. But if you can't trust the Canadian media, who can you trust?

ETA: The dish is not Estonian. Try again!

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Liberia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa, Tunisia
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga

Mexican father deported after 16 years in America

1985 Lada Niva ad

Dead wolves!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lotus Evora: Rejected

That I have only purchased three Hot Wheels/Matchbox cars in the last three months is either evidence that I have great self-control or evidence that the available inventory is crap. I considered buying this Evora the other day, but just couldn't accept the matte black paint job.