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Old 09-18-2019, 11:09 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:18 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I've been a life-long auto enthusiast, always interested in the multitude of makes & models.

As a car-crazy kid, I remember realizing that I could identify a vehicle literally with my eyes closed -- going by the sound of the starter motor or the engine. Not a terribly useful or unique skill, I know! Lots of gearheads could do the same thing.

Here's the thing: the mass shift to SUV's and crossovers is extinguishing my interest. In the last couple of years, I've started seeing new vehicles on the road and realized I have no idea what they are. And I don't care to know.

Is it just me? Now I know how most people see all cars?
The bright lining for me would be,that we've finally caught up to the 1930s,and Tesla is building the Fachsenfeld/Kamm car,of Cd 0.23.
And we have the potential to got to Cd 0.12 if we choose.And carbon-free.All it took was a crazy from South Africa.
I'll be glad when car styling goes completely under the guillotine and you can only discern different carmakers by the logo,colors,and graphics.Nothing but waste since 1926.
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I'll be glad when car styling goes completely under the guillotine and you can only discern different carmakers by the logo,colors,and graphics.Nothing but waste since 1926.
And then everybody will install brush guards and roof racks to make their pumpkin seed stand out!
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Now I'm just an "old car" guy.

Or is it old "car guy"?
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Old 09-18-2019, 04:26 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I make sure I'm driving the interesting car..





Since doing this, I've seen more classics on my commute then usual

I also recently had a shot of a good friend's Lexus hybrid - very interesting as a concept and execution but not as a car design study
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Old 09-19-2019, 12:19 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Now I'm just an "old car" guy.

Or is it old "car guy"?

Old old car guy!


(I'm getting there too.)
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I'd much rather see many vehicles (including trucks) fitted with a single drivetrain per brand than so many SUVs with different engines.

I don't really hate SUVs or crossovers, but I prefer vans and station-wagons.
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One design to rule them. One powertrain to run them.

Variety and competition are wasteful. Unnecessary, as Efficiency is the advertising buzzword all here have bought into. Any subject. The limit to what cars can do isn’t worth pursuing any longer. There’s enough info to have a single pattern.

The suppositions supporting “efficiency “ are worth more in examination. That keeps one out of the rat maze designed to occupy mental (emotional) real estate better used in other ways.

Societal efficiency ISN'T your friend.

Keeping the game going long enough the wealthiest can cash out at the opportune moment is all that’s happening any longer. Along with that which increases their future advantage. Think, genetic stratification (the Chosen, but without the world’s worst inbred genetic problems).

It’s too many people on the planet, and nothing will change it except a cull. A planet full of useless eaters can’t save itself. No government thus far has the rectitude to address it head-on. They’d personally be at risk.

Time to unveil the aliens. Not shape-shifters, but blame shifters. (And handy targeting data courtesy of the NSA).

90-100 IQ is the goal. And not too many of The Interchangeables ever again. Their efficiency won’t be marred by either slovenliness or thinking done outside prescribed norms.

An SUV-like vehicle will be fine. Legal use thoroughly defined.

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I enjoy SM writing form and candor even when I disagree with the conclusions.

Population reduction doesn't take a cull. The US already has a negative birthrate and it continues to decline. We'll begin to have the opposite problem in 50 years.

Reversing the accumulated genetic frailty will be accomplished with genetic engineering, not "culling". It will be opposed at first, and clumsily implemented, but eventually will be commonplace, and another reason why population maintenance will be difficult. If our proliferation relied on conscience decision, we'd have gone extinct long ago.

Diversity is usually the enemy of achieving a common goal, but it's also the source of innovation and provides resilience to the group.

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