100 Most Iconic Movie Shots

This is a good list. It’s just fun to watch great film moments and shots.

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Some of my boat plans

Sometimes I draw boat plans (when I’m not drawing house plans). Below are some of my drawings.

I love Wally boats—especially their power boats. See their site and my post from 2012.

But I don’t have $22 million. And they are too big to tow. (Understatement.)

So I scaled two Wally models, the 55 and the 118, down to tow-able dimensions.

First, I used a vector drawing app to make outlines that I could scale. I didn’t have Adobe Illustrator installed on my Macbook Air. Plus, I don’t like Illustrator. And it was overkill for this task. So I searched for a free or cheap vector app that was simpler than Illustrator. I should have just installed Illustrator and dealt with it.

I experimented with several apps (and wasted a whole afternoon). I chose Inkscape because it was free and a little simpler than Illustrator (even with having to install, and run inside of, XQuartz/X11).

Here’s what that looked like:

Wally 118 first sketch

Next, I started to try to draw the plan in Inkscape, but it was cumbersome and frustrating, so I drew it by hand:

Wally 118 Converted

However, I wanted an easier way to make edits and save drafts, so I researched cheap/free drafting apps, and eventually chose SketchUp. Here is my design for a Wally 55 scaled so it is 8’6″ wide (the maximum width you can tow without a special permit and license and equipment). Also, both designs needed to be less than 12′ tall, trailered. I also wanted them both to have two berths (sleep four) and as much cabin headroom as possible. Additionally, I wanted them to have a range of around 300 miles, determined by fuel capacity.

Converted Wally 55 Converted Wally 55 B

Here is my design for the Wally 118, scaled so it is 8’6″ wide:

Converted Wally 118

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Automatic – could revolutionize cars

No sooner did I write this yesterday: Overdue For A Revolution In Carsthan I came across this…

This little gadget sounds like a giant leap forward for cars. And it is available to buy now for $99.95

Read about it here.

Plus it in to your car’s data port.

Automatic can:

  • give driving feedback.
  • give detailed info about your trip.
  • detect a crash and notify authorities, even if you can’t.
  • interpret Engine Trouble Codes.
  • remember where you parked.

Via: Uncrate

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I Predict the 2016 Presidential Election!

The winner of the 2016 Presidential Election will be…

  • blamed for things they had no part of, directly or indirectly.
  • compared to the previous president of the opposite party. As if the same things, exact to the detail, occurred every four years… much less, ever. “When ______ was president, we didn’t have (a situation different in myriad aspects from any that anyone ever faced before)!”
  • reviled by about half the citizens as the source of all problems.
  • hailed by about half the citizens as the solution to all problems.
  • an object of hate for many people—an excuse to vent the darkness that is in the individual person.
  • an object of worship for many people—an excuse to vent the fear and guilt that drive the desperate need to worship in the individual person.
  • affect no (zero) lasting change on the economy of the country or its individual citizens.
  • affect no (zero) change on the course of the country.
  • publicly blamed by other branches of government, and by other public figures who work to be followed and worshipped, for the lack of solutions or change wrought by the government.
  • soon publicly shaking his or her head and blaming the other branches of government for the lack of solutions or change wrought by the government.
  • reelected to a second term amid great outcry by the people who did not vote for him or her the first time.
  • worn down and aged by the strain of the schedule and scrutiny of the job. They will run for a second term out of obligation and pride, but they will secretly look forward to being done with the job.

Furthermore, many people—mostly pundits—will pretend to believe that the new president is directly responsible for all the good or bad (one or the other, never both) that happens to the country; even the imaginary good/bad. Many people—even otherwise sane ones—will actually believe that the new president is responsible for all the good or bad that happens to the country.

There you have it! The winner of the 2016 Presidential Election. Sorry for spoiling it.

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Overdue for a revolution in cars

We are long, long past due for a revolution in cars.

Fortunately, we have Tesla, which is a true revolution.

I have written about this before – here, here, and here:

  • A new grill design does not make a car “all new” or “revolutionary”.
  • LED lights do not make a car “all new” or “revolutionary”.
  • More buttons and distractions inside do not make a car “all new” or “revolutionary”.

I would argue that the opposite is true.

In case you don’t believe me, here are some other people who might know what they’re talking about:

  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci
  • “We ascribe beauty to that which is simple.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • “Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.” – George Sand
  • “Complexity grows incrementally. Regaining simplicity requires a revolution.” – Conal Elliott
  • Simplicity and elegance are unpopular because they require hard work and discipline to achieve and education to be appreciated.” – Edsger Dijkstra
  • “I strive for two things in design: simplicity and clarity. Great design is born of those two things. I think that’s what we all want from design, and from business, from our work, even from our friendships.” – Lindon Leader
  • “The goal of design is greater simplicity.” – (anon. John Gruber?)

Car makers, please stop playing a marketing game. Or you will be left behind.

Like you already have been by Tesla.

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