I agree with John McCain.
Flashback: Just got home from work at the Bookstore, turned on the TV, McCain’s pimping nuclear energy.
I mean, not about everything: I’m voting for his opponent. But I agree with him about nuclear energy, and so does the founder of Greenpeace. I think, with my layman’s grasp of the issue, that nuclear energy still presents some difficulties in terms of disposal of nuclear waste, but is still otherwise less harmful to the environment than other forms of energy-generation.
A guy I work with at the Cube Farm is rather knowledgeable about the subject — he’s a former sales guy with a penchant for flashy Beamers and spends his weekends with his grandkids and fixing up old motorcycles. According to him, the biggest problem — and this, pre-bailout — is that by the time a nuclear power plant starts operating in the black, it’s already time to shut the facility down and move on: so what bank is going to make a loan it’ll never be paid back on? (I mean, clearly, all of them, as we’ve seen). And this could be information that a.) I misunderstood when I was told and b.) forgot some details, as it’s been nearly two months since this conversation.
The company will roll out a new feature on many 2010 models that can limit teen drivers to 80 mph (130 kph), using a computer chip in the key.
Parents in the United States, where most teens can get their drivers license at 16, also have the option of programming the car key to limit the audio system’s volume, and to sound continuous alerts if the driver doesn’t wear a seat belt.
“Our message to parents is, hey, we are providing you some conditions to give your new drivers that may allow you to feel a little more comfortable in giving them the car more often,” said Jim Buczkowski, Ford’s director of electronic and electrical systems engineering.
More than 5,000 U.S. teens die each year in car crashes. The rate of crashes, fatal and nonfatal, per mile driven for 16-year-old drivers is almost 10 times the rate for drivers ages 30 to 59, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The new feature, called “MyKey,” will be standard on an unspecified number of Ford models when the 2010 cars and trucks come out late next summer. The feature will spread to the entire Ford, Lincoln and Mercury lineup as models are updated, spokesman Wes Sherwood said.
I’ve got mixed feelings about this. On one hand, if it keeps reckless drivers from killing other people via their reckless driving, why not? On the other hand, if it doesn’t really teach or encourage safe driving habits, then what’s the point? Reckless-kid-driver adds a couple of more years onto his life and wraps himself around a telephone pole a week after moving out of Mom and Dad’s house.
I was going to write about spending four hours yesterday running around Georgetown and Cleveland Park trying to register to vote (because, y’know, I’m a procrastinator), and, honestly, I probably will still do that (even though it makes me look not only like a procrastinator – twice over – but really fucking dumb), but I saw this post on TVShowsonDVD.com and it made me giddy: the first half of Battlestar Galactica’s 4th season comes to DVD on January 6th.
Oh, here’s what I hate: the “movie” BSG: Razor? It’s available, uncut, on the 4.0 box set. I mean, seriously producers, WHAT THE FUCK? I’m still kicking myself that I bought the separate DVD release of the miniseries/back-door-pilot, and then you stuck it on the first season DVD box set, so what’s going through my mind is inappropriate for the blogosphere. Assholes. Y’know, I hear you’re going to be doing another movie, like Razor: set before the miniseries. Guess what? I’m not buying the individual release of it because it’s probably going to wind up on the next box set. Motherfuckers. Whaddafuck? Seriously.
(As in, Seriously: I need to get a grip).