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A new look for 2020

Hello reader. You might have noticed some changes. After more than eight years, I’ve decided to change this site’s theme. The site will be using a slightly modified version of the Engitech theme. In time, I’ll dig deeper and change this that feels appropriate to my use. The base theme was good enough to start with (and I love the maintenance mode options), so I bought it. Pay for the stuff you like!

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Car Renters Be Wary – Budget / Avis May Steal Your Money

Incredible, I’m still fuming over this, but it’s just as well, we should all be more warty of rental car companies. Now, more than ever, you have to be diligent when looking over rental polices because it’s clear these companies are at war with the consumer. Let me tell you a story where Budget / Avis stole more money from me than the actual rental I used. And, I did nothing wrong.

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Tourist Travel can be More Than Romantic Consumerism

I’ve been on Yuval Noah Harari overload lately. A month long read of Homo Deus brought me some insight into the future of mankind, or perhaps the evolution. Harari’s books have left me we with a bunch of thoughts about his ideas, but often I haven’t written them down; so I’m left to circle back on them another time. That’s ok, because sometimes this stuff really needs to be pondered. Today, I returned to an idea in Harari’s first book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind about travel (thanks to Reddit). It had me thinking about how this relates to my own view of the pursuit.

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EV Car Charging

It’s Always Been About the Chargers

How tough is it today to be an Electric Vehicle (EV) driver today? Really tough, it turns out. As we sit on the precipice of mass-market adoption, more and more cars are on the road, and the charging infrastructure is not growing nearly as fast as it should. A fact making things worse is all the lip service governments seem to give EV promotion and charger installation, but the results are clear in practice. In all of this is the promise of greater Electric sales and adoption, cleaner energy sources, and price pressures on gas pushing more towards the EV market. But, in my two years of driving an EV, there is a clear dark cloud over charging infrastructure. There aren’t any more “Good” chargers out there.