An interesting example of something I wrote about a while back. When you
send someone to Google and they don't know exactly what they're looking for,
they have a hard time finding it. I already knew what the letters meant so
when I scanned the first page of results, I picked up on multiple instances
of the words "Low Intensity" quickly. Try searching again and now that you
know what it means, you'll see a lot of hits on the first page, unless, of
course, Google really did screw up somehow. In any event, it was my fault
for using an acronym without explaining it at least once. My J-prof is
turning at least a few degrees in his grave. I'll try harder next time.
After ten years at the five-sided wind tunnel you tend to start speaking in
I've been working in one of their more rural annexes (a converted 1920s
fat farm) here in Baja Ontario for about 30 years now, so I take your
point. I have to stop and think when I am talking to real-world people,
and translate back to English.
The only time acronyms are actually worse than English is the Navy. Their
acronyms go on and on and on.
ADCOMSUBORDCOMPHIBSPAC, which means "Administrative Command, Amphibious
Forces, Pacific Fleet Subordinate Command."
Or COMNAVSEACOMBATSYSENGSTA, which stands for "Commander, Naval Sea Systems
Combat Engineering Station"
Sort of an odd followup - I was searching for the words "Arrister" and "AWN"
that I had written on a scrap of paper I found in the pocket of a rarely
used coat. Google returned all sorts of "Barrister" and "Lawn" hits
without, as it often does, asking if I wanted to use my (often) misspelled
search term with the word I really meant. I don't remember Google doing
this. Even " Arrister" brings up more barristers than you can shake a stick
at. Only " Arrister" -barrister beats it into submission! Hmmmmm . . .
The pricing of the Bugatti probably is based on similar reasoning to
that which I heard a famous plastic surgeon use many years ago: "Sure, I
could do the surgery for a fraction of the price and still make money,
but then people will think I'm no good and will go to my high-priced
I watched a show about how they built those. It was fascinating. For one
thing, they have carbon fiber brake drums. They showed some testing of
steel drums, and they became red hot. Same for clutch and tranny
components. A really awesome vehicle. I would not buy one even if I DID
hit the LOTTO for $300 million, and got to keep it all. I find something
immoral about paying $2.6 million for a car. Or even $1.6 they get for new
Ferraris. I would buy a new Dodge 2500 with a Cummins, tho, about $40k.
And maybe a $75k 56 Chebbie.
Heart surgery pending?
I'm getting around 4% on my bonds ( staying under 4 years and AA or
better). I have quite a few stocks that are paying me dividends better
than 5% (some I have had a long time, have actually gone up to where I
am making almost 10% on my original investment). THere is still no 20
year period where the S&P has failed to earn less than 7% compounded. I
plan to live until 90 or so, so I still have way more than 20 years. The
real problem with the Geezers is not outliving your money and to make
sure you aren't losing much to inflation.
"Even I realized that money was to politicians what the ecalyptus tree is to
koala bears: food, water, shelter and something to crap on."
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