Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Donald Trump is a humble man – much more humble than you would understand

Confession – I don't understand either – perhaps I've been mislead by everything he says & does.

Although there may be another explanation –

The Hill – “MSNBC's Donny Deutsch: Trump possesses traits of a sociopath”

Independent – “Donald Trump is a sociopath & I fear he's losing his mind, says former US Labor Secretary – We know he's a sociopath, but he seems to be growing worse”

USA Today – “Donald Trump's malignant narcissism is toxic: Psychologist”
/ mental health professionals duty to warn leader unfit to serve psychosis psychotic delusional delusion fixed false belief resistant to reason or confrontation with actual fact despite all evidence to the contrary Trump asserts inauguration biggest crowd size in history Right Wing Watch published list 58 conspiracies proclaimed Trump effect rile up his base deflect blame distract from his shortcomings does Trump really believe the insane things he says it’s often hard to know Harvard psychoanalyst Lance Dodes put it Trump tells two kinds of lies ones he tells others to scam them those he tells himself he lies because of his sociopathic tendencies more serious loose grip on reality just plain crazy president Donny Deutsch Trump traits sociopath President Trump sociopath condition prevents people from adopting to ethical and behavioral standards of community MSNBC's Deadline: White House sociopaths extremely charming charismatic sociopath feel entitled entitlement believe their own beliefs opinions absolute authority disregard others /

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Is this the first sighting of the Tesla semi truck?

Tesla semi truck?
Credit: Electrek

Is this the first sighting of the Tesla semi truck? It is consistent with the teaser image first shown by Elon Musk at a Ted Talk & reported here in May of this year.1

Whatever the veracity of the image, we'll know soon:

Electrek – “Is this our first glimpse of the Tesla semi truck?”

Teslarati – “Tesla’s Semi-truck has been spied ahead of official unveiling event”

1 HitchHiker’s Guide 2 Tech: “Elon Musk – why Tesla is Boring, SpaceX, Mars, autonomy, semi (video)”,

/ tractor trailer semi trailer semi-trailer prime mover Tesla semi truck 26th 26 October 26th Tesla unveil all-electric truck shake up the trucking industry truck Tesla teaser photo Tesla reddit user posted photo can’t confirm source undisclosed place California where they test Tesla vehicles logos other confirmation actual Tesla truck looks like headlights fenders match up nose angle windshield looks similar teaser photo spy shots automotive industry tested before release real-world experience test cars manufacturers design release Tesla single design look looks futuristic semi tractor semi tractors prime mover prime-mover prime mover aerodynamic shroud reduce drag reduce fuel consumption reduce energy consumption, but Tesla’s design step beyond other designs on the road today Tesla’s design semi tractor prototype large engine compartment electric truck motor located between the axles other Tesla vehicles Tesla’s design more aerodynamic more roomy cabin driver long-haul trucking market store batteries truck photo teaser photo image aerodynamic shrouds reduce drag trailer tractor trailer aerodynamic wheel covers aerodynamic benefits teaser image Tesla truck /

Friday, 8 September 2017

Jaguar has an electric E-type

E-type Zero
Credit: Jaguar Land Rover Classic/The Verge

Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s electric E-type is much more than a one off conversion – the battery fits into the space previously occupied by the XK straight-six – the electric motor is just behind, displacing the gearbox. Battery & motor are a bolt-in replacement for the XK engine & gearbox. In other words, essentially a conversion kit for all of the cars fitted with the XK engine between 1949 & 1992.1

Power is delivered to the differential ordained by Sir William Lyons2 via a custom tailshaft – which may pose the greatest barrier to widespread use of the bolt in battery & motor unit.

E-type + power socket
Credit: Jaguar Land Rover Classic/The Verge

All-up weight is 46 kg lighter than the original. With weight distribution essentially unchanged, handling, braking & ride are likewise unchanged.

Why replace the tailshaft? Possibly to deal with the torque of the electric motor – no problem with retention of the standard differential & other components of the rear end, the strength of which is legendary.3

Electric Cars Report – “Jaguar Shows E-type Zero Electric Concept”

TechCrunch – “Jaguar’s E-type Zero is a true classic with a future-proof electric powertrain”

The Verge – “Jaguar’s E-type Zero is the most beautiful electric car yet”

1 Wikipedia: “Jaguar XK6 engine”,

2 Wikipedia: “William Lyons”,

3 Jalopy Journal: “How Srong Is Jaguar IRS?”,

/ Jaguar shows E-type Zero electric concept Jaguar Land Rover Classic electric-powered electric powered Jaguar E-type E type Jaguar Land Rover Tech Fest E-type Zero restored converted Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Coventry Jaguar E-type Zero drives and looks like an E-type outstanding performance quicker than original E-type 0-100km/h 62mph 5.5 sec one second quicker than Series 1 E-type E-type Zero vehicle Tech Fest restored Series 1.5 Roadster totally original specification 21st century state-of-the-art powertrain modified instrumentation facia inspired by original E-type LED headlights energy efficiency styling theme original Series 1 E-type electric powertrain 220kW LiIon lithium-ion lithium ion battery pack same dimensions similar weight XK six-cylinder engine original E-type developing electric powertrain placed same location as the XK engine electric motor reduction gear just behind the battery pack same location as the E-type’s gearbox new propshaft carry-over differential and final drive weight 46kg lower than original E-type electric powertrain similar weight dimensions petrol engine transmission structure suspension brakes unchanged simple conversion homologation drives handles rides brakes original E-type front-rear weight distribution unchanged most beautiful car ever made E-type launched 1961 voted best-looking car of all time most beautiful car ever made XK six-cylinder engine made from 1949 until 1992 fitted all iconic Jaguar models E-type XK120 Mk2 XJ6 new electric powertrain E-type Zero’s unique electric powertrain developed develop development Jaguar Land Rover engineers Jaguar Land Rover Classic technology components upcoming I-PACE first production all-electric vehicle E-type Zero real world range 270km about 170 miles low weight good aerodynamics 40 kWh battery recharged at home overnight Tim Hannig Director Jaguar Land Rover Classic E-type Zero renowned E-type dynamic experience enhanced performance electrification breathtaking driving sensation E-type Zero future-proof classic car ownership concept to market seamlessly combine new electric powertrain E-type Zero dynamic dynamics original E-type specification optimum driving experience integrated new electric powertrain existing E-type structure conventional engine could be reinstalled transform any classic XK-engine Jaguar /

Thursday, 24 August 2017

iTunes cards on sale (Australia)

Credit: Apple

Looks like you missed out on this one, but iTunes cards sales are frequently listed here, so check back soon.

15% off $30, $50 & $100 iTunes cards at Coles until 29 August

Similar deal at Australia Post until 03 September

15% off $30, $50 & $100 iTunes cards at Officeworks — as usual, no end date available

More gift card bargains at Gift Cards On Sale:
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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Fully autonomous suitcase & robot

The Luggage
Credit: Josh Kirby/Terry Pratchett/Irresistibly Fish

Do you remember The Luggage1 from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels?

This Indiegogo project appears to come closer than anything I had imagined possible:

More detail at:

1The Luggage is a fictional object that appears in several of the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett. Its function is to act as both a luggage carrier & bodyguard for its owner, against whom no threatening motion should be made. The Luggage is fiercely defensive of its owner, & is generally homicidal in nature, killing or eating several people & monsters & destroying various ships, walls, doors, & other obstacles throughout the books.”

Discworld Wiki: “The Luggage”,

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Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Bollinger B1, all-electric “sport utility truck” – video

Bollinger B1 all-electric, “sport utility truck”.
Credit: Bollinger/

Enzo Ferrari has been quoted as saying, “Aerodynamics are for people who can't build engines.”1 While the Bollinger B1 all-electric, “sport utility truck”, could hardly be more different than anything that Enzo ever produced, it appears to share his contempt for aerodynamics. Although, if performance claims are realised, the Bollinger wouldn't be disgraced at the drag strip beside one of Enzo's creations.

● 360 horsepower (268 kW)
● 472 lb-ft torque (348 Nm)
● 4.5 seconds 0-60 mph (0-96.6 km per hour)
● top speed 127 mph (204 km per hour)

Drag strip potential aside, this, “sport utility”, is light on the sport, heavy on the utility.

Bollinger B1 has a frunk2 too.
Credit: Bollinger

Pass-through from the frunk to the tailgate. Note the orange cable – mains power sockets included.
Credit: Bollinger/Inhabitat

Folding & removable rear seats + wide, flat rear payload area gives the Bollinger B1 capacious & flexible load carrying capacity. Pass-through from the frunk2 to the tailgate, allows long loads which exceed the wheelbase.

Removable rear canopy & adaptable rear window allows configuration as a two-row cabin ending at the tailgate (above), or as a single-row cabin with an open tray (top).

● battery options: 60 kWh (range 120 miles) & 100 kWh (200 miles).
● aluminum chassis – 295 lbs (134 kg)
● HSLA steel3 roll cage
● mass 3,900 pounds (1,769 kg) with the smaller battery pack
● payload, 6,100 pounds (2,767 kg)
● towing capacity, 6100 pounds
● self-levelling hydro-pneumatic suspension
● ground clearance 15.5-inches (39.4 cm)
● wheel travel 10 inches (25.4 cm)
● sway bars can be disconnected to allow full articulation
● separate motors drive the front & rear wheels for constant four wheel drive
● electronic locking differentials front & rear

The Verge – The Bollinger B1 is an all-electric truck with 360 horsepower & up to 200 miles of range

Manufacturer's web site

1 BrainyQuote:

2 Frunk = front trunk
Wiktionary: “frunk”,

3 HSLA steel = High-strength low-alloy steel
Wikipedia: “High-strength low-alloy steel”,

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Tesla ModelS 100D drove over 1,000 km on a single charge

Electrek – “A Tesla Model S 100D just drove 670 miles (1,078km) on a single charge”

Inverse – “Tesla Model S Sets New Record For Distance Traveled On One Charge”
/ Tesla Model S 100D drove 670 miles 1,078km single charge hypermiling record in a Model S 560 miles 901 km on a charge Tesla CEO Elon Musk over 1000 km should be possible in a 100D with the right tires Tesla Owners group in Italy challenge shatter previous hypermiling record Model S 100D beating over 100 miles 670 miles over 1,000 kilometres kilometers km on a single charge record announced tweet by Tesla Owners Italia photo showing car’s since last charge entry trips function vehicle display well documented previous hypermiling records car used 98.4 kWh energy go 1,078 kilometers 670 miles very impressive 91 Wh/km 144 Wh/mi mile usual efficiency Model S nearly 300 Wh/mi tweet hitting the 1,000km mark efficiency efficient achieving 88Wh/km pretty low speed travel traveled travelling average 23 miles per hour after reaching 1,000km driver went live in a facebook video viewed Tesla Owners Italy’s facebook video hypermiling records your mileage may vary electric vehicles EV EV’s EPA range number EPA range driving more or less efficiently conditions require how far can it go EPA range number most accurate average answer to this question /