Features for Rich People 
My wife and I will be buying a car in the next year.

I want adaptive cruise control.

It's a cool feature and I should be able to have it. How often have to followed someone on a long trip where they are able to set their cruise but you have to continually adjust yours because you can never get it exactly the same.

This feature resolves that. The person in front sets their cruise and everyone else just uses radar to maintain a set distance from the car in front of them.

The problem is that only rich people can have this. The Wiki page on the topic lists a bunch of cars that have it and I can't afford any of them.

Stupid rich folk feature!

I'll bet a year after I buy something, every new car coming to market is going to have this.

Y'all can refer back to this when the 08 models hit the showrooms and laugh at me.

Incidentally... maybe it's just about time to buy a wagon. No adaptive cruise control... but I probably won't miss it in that thing.

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I Drink Because it Pays 
Study Claims Social Drinkers Earn Higher Paycheques

That's the sort of thing you want to log in your brain for future reference.

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A Faster Car is a Safer Car 
I couldn't help but post this up. I've been saying this for years and everyone always scoffs at the idea.

At least I'm not the only one.

Here is a link to the whole article. It talks about how it's impossible to drive a performance car to it's full potential on the streets here within the confines of our laws.

Here is the gem though:

There's an important thing to understand about fast cars, though. A faster car is a safer car. All of the things that make a car fast a powerful engine, big tires, suspension that hugs the road also mean it's able to get out of sticky situations faster.

When passing on a two-lane road, you're not exposed to oncoming traffic as long, because you're able to accelerate faster. More grip makes it easier to swerve around situations that slower cars might not have the time or space to avoid.

Most important of all, most fast cars (and there are unfortunately a few exceptions) also have much deeper reserves of braking performance than slower cars, meaning you can more likely stop short of an accident instead of becoming one. Mercedes-Benz's SL55 not only has huge eight-piston front calipers and vented discs, but also senses when it's raining and gently applies the brakes every once in a while to keep them dry and ready for action.

Now if only I could find the link I once had to statistics showing that cars with more than 200 hp get in less accidents than those with less.

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I'm Growing Grass 
Yep. I'm a regular horticulturist now. I've gone and taken a big patch of pretty much dead lawn under a tree in front of my house and made an attempt at growing some green stuff in it.

Now I apparently have to water it twice a day for a month or so.

That means I'll probably have to wake up even earlier than I already do in the mornings so it gets watered before I leave for work. Needy little plants.

It had better grow all lush and thick as a thank-you for my efforts.

If not, I suppose I could just have it paved.

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Owning a House is Fun 
First off, on the topic of Kimveer Gill, this is well written and deserves a read.

This paragraph sums up the article quite nicely:

There was drama-queen self-exultation in the de facto epitaph Gill posted on his blog: "Lived fast died young. Left a mangled corpse.''

The line is hardly original Gill lacked originality, especially in the copycat violence with which he left this world. The couplet comes from a '93 movie, True Romance, written by Quentin Tarantino, and is spoken by a character in admiring reference to Elvis Presley, specifically the rebel he depicted as Hollywood-processed in Jailhouse Rock. Elvis is about as far from Goth culture as you can get, so it's doubtful Gill even knew the backstory. He was an idiot.

And now on the topic of home ownership...

I've had my house now for nearly a month. In that time, I've wrecked a shower, broken the washing machine, and set a bathroom on fire.

All good fun on the road to home improvement.

Here's hoping my future improvements are somewhat less destructive.

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