In English, when reading numbers out loud, one often “chunks” the numbers into smaller groups. For example, when reading the phone number “555-1212,” one would say “five five five, one two one two,” not “five hundred fifty-five, one thousand two hundred and twelve.” Similarly, one would call Interstate 280 “interstate two eighty,” not “interstate two […]
the f-secure folks tried to hack a Prius via Bluetooth. The Prius stood strong.
so my prius check engine light came on the other day. now, i knew from the internet that the most common cause of this is a loose gas cap. so, i promptly unscrewed my gas cap and re-screwed it in. tight. i started the car again. light still on. went to bed. started the car […]
while i was out last night, two friends IMd me with news of the CalCars plug-in hybrid initiative and the New York Times coverage. some folks have hacked a prius by adding more batteries, pushing it well over 100 mpg. (Caveat: burning coal to generate electricity isn’t a net win, coseversation wise. Of course, if […]
The Boston Globe on the Prius love: Then there’s the hipness factor: ”I’ve had a lot of kids tell me that this is way cool,” she says, ”and at age 52, I have very few ways to be way cool.” When she first started driving the old Prius, it was, she says, ”a guy magnet.” […]
Wired talks about the Prius: But the marketing department knew that only a special customer would pay $20,000 for a compact car. Specifically, someone with a master’s degree, a six-figure income, and a fondness for composting. Oh well, I’m 0-for-3 on that one. :)