antipaucity

fighting the lack of good ideas

tesla’s cybertruck [almost] does two things i’ve said for a long time

“Telsa will add solar power to the Cybertruck to generate 15 miles per day. Fold-out solar wings for the Cybertruck would generate 30 to 40 miles per day. The average daily commute in the US averages 30 miles per day.”

https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2019/11/solar-power-tesla-cybertruck-could-have-free-15-40-mile-daily-commutes.html (https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1197889310550216704)

Or remember my comments on SolarCity 3 years ago?

Offering a solar option (or standard) tonneau cover for the bed is an absolute no-brainer. When you own the solar production plant, why wouldn’t you include it?

But more than this, the multi-motor options are a real-world implementation of something I’ve been saying for 20+ years: it makes far more sense to put a motor at (or very near) each wheel or at least axel in an electric vehicle than it does to have one that’s distributing its work everywhere.

Sure, running the cabling to each wheel/axel is a little complicated – but it’s a lot less complicated than drivetrains.

powering my merikebi with ifttt

As I mentioned a while back, I am maintaining a merikebi for myself of as much of my public internet content as possible.

The initial seeding of content was done via WordPress import. Then I added a dump from Pocket of everything I’d saved there.

Lastly, to keep it going, I made a few IFTTT triggers – one for my Twitter account, and then one each to import from RSS from my other blogs.

IFTTT has been a great tool for me for several years. And though their current interface isn’t as simple as it used to be, it’s still got great functionality.

one-time universal basic income

A lot of talk has been made in the past couple years (and even currently by one of the fellas running for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination to be their candidate for President) of governments (which really means taxpayers) funding a universal basic income.

Alaska’s been doing something like this for close to 40 years.

So have several other places – including Finland.

In the vein of Scott Adams (sidebar – if you’re not listening to his podcast (or watching it on YouTube (or participating in the Periscopes)), you should), here’s an idea.

At birth, every citizen born in the United States will be granted $100,000 in a safe financial vehicle (T-Bills? Savings bonds? CDs redeemable at a Federal Reserve Bank?) – as a prorated benefit over 18 years (if, God forbid, they die before adulthood – accumulated funds will be designated to their parents or legal guardians in the event they pass before reaching their 18th birthday.).

That’s an accumulating ~$5555 per year for 18 years.

There are about 4 million babies born in the US every year.

Additional cost to taxpayers (ie the Federal budget)? About $22.2 billion per year2 (for ~20-25 years, then it would be flat (at ~$550B/year), presuming no major increase in birth rate).

But when you turn 18, BAM!

$100,000 to do with whatsoever your heart desires.

Down payment on a house? Check.

New car? Check.

Tuition to college or trade school? Check.

Invest in stocks, bonds, starting a business? Check.

Roll-over into an IRA? Check.

It’s yours.

Tax-free.

To keep.

To do with whatever and however you like.

What would you do with it?

archivist

For a long time, I’ve been concerned about knowledge capture.

And archiving.

I’ve finally done something about my own public persona.

It’s not 100% complete, but I’ve created my own “online merikebi” of public content.

It’s over at https://merikebi.warrenmyers.com. It’s collecting posts from all of my blogs, Reddit, and Twitter.

As and when appropriate (and possible), I’ll add other public sources (for example, I cannot collect my Quora content anymore).

what would you have done?

“He flew between the spans, becoming the first pilot to do so in a jet aircraft. He buzzed three more airfields before returning to his base, where he was promptly arrested.”

via Futility Closet – https://www.futilitycloset.com/2019/07/30/demonstration

on color choices

How should you choose color? From illustration to visualization (which, of course, is a form of illustration).

https://flowingdata.com/2019/07/30/illustrated-color-theory

visual text messaging

That’s what Marco Polo is.

Visual text messaging.

With the added perk of being able to save videos you make to your local device for sharing elsehow and elsewhere.

And that, I think, is it’s true Killer Feature™ – the ability to take selfie videos, get more or less instant feedback, make a few tweaks, and then post it for the world to see (if you’re into that kind of thing).