Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Poll observer in Nevada

I just got my marching orders. I will be a poll observer this weekend in Washoe County, Nevada. Reno, the second largest city in Nevada after Las Vegas, is in Washoe County. My job will be to make sure every eligible voter gets to vote and that no one is intimidated.

Washoe is an interesting county. It is a swing county in a swing state. It's Wild West conservative, but it also has a growing Latino population and a liberal patch around the University of Nevada at Reno.

I volunteered there in 2008 and watched Obama win on Election Night.

In 2008, Obama won there 55.25% to McCain's 42.61%.

In 2012, Obama won 50.79% to Romney's 47.09%.

Early voting started last Saturday. So far, in Washoe County, 16,332 registered Democrats, 12,881 Republicans, and 6,329 Others have voted.

This will be interesting.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

BMW i3 and Civic tires

The Land Cruiser search has not been a high priority. I'm leaning towards giving her the TSX wagon, leasing a BMW i3 for myself (to get the tax write-off as it will be mostly used for work), and keeping the Civic. Even with a budget of $30,000 for the Land Cruiser, I'm still ultimately getting a ten year old car that gets crappy mileage. That doesn't make much sense.

The 2017 BMW i3 is improved. The battery range goes from 81 miles to 114 miles. If I have to go to the South Bay to work, the round trip is 111.4 miles. I would get the range extender, a 2-cylinder motorcycle engine.

For now, I'm driving the Civic. The road noise is getting unbearable. I'm thinking of replacing the discount tires with something more substantial. I went on Tire Rack and these are the "premium" choices. It looks like the Michelin Defender is the way to go. My priorities are, in this order: noise, comfort, performance, tread life. I will never drive in snow or ice. Have you had any experience with these tires?

Owner of A Lonely Heart

I've never watched the video, until today. Check out the Jag!

You Spin Me Round

I knew the song, but I didn't know the band (Dead Or Alive) or the singer (Pete Burns). Burns passed away this week.

And, like every other 80s hit, You Spin Me Round is now used in a commercial. This time, for scratchers.

California Lottery "You Spin Me" from Search Party on Vimeo.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ethiopian Airlines-- Largest and most profitable in Africa

I had no idea Ethiopian was so successful until I read this article. They even maintain planes from other African airlines.

And here are all of Ethiopian's current destinations:

Africa - 51 Cities

Abidjan, Abuja, Accra, Addis Ababa, Bahir dar, Bamako, Blantyre, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cape Town, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar-Es-Salaam, Dire dawa, Djibouti, Douala, Durban, Entebbe, Enugu, Gaborone, Goma, Harare, Hargeisa,Johannesburg, Juba, Kano, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lomé, Luanda, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Malabo, Maputo, Mekele, Mombasa, N’Djamena, Nairobi, Ndola, Niamey, Ouagadougou, Pointe-Noire, Seychelles, Yaoundé, Zanzibar.
Europe & America - 17 Cities 

Brussels, Dublin, Frankfurt, Liege, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Maastricht, Milan,Newark, Paris, Rome, São Paulo, Stockholm, Toronto, Vienna, Washington DC.
Gulf, Middle East & Asia - 25 Cities 
Bahrain, Bangkok, Bangalore, Beijing, Beirut, Chennai, Dammam, Delhi, Doha, Dubai, Dubai World Center, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Jeddah, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, Manila, Mumbai, Muscat, Riyadh, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Tel Aviv, Tokyo.
[Coming soon: Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam ]

"When does [Country X]..." Google search

Shaving wood down to 8 microns

Rent A Wheel

This exists? This exists.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Extreme prepper

I'm about 75% done with gathering the items needed to survive after an earthquake for five days.

Here is a CNN clip of a fellow prepper. I think his weakest link is his Land Rover Discovery.

Taliban drone captures suicide truck bomb

Holy fucking shit.

H/t to rchen.