In this episode of Judebert's EV Conversion Diary, we explain how to ship a broken 110-pound motor to Oregon for the tender loving care of Jim Husted at Hi-Torque Electric. It's no small challenge. And it's nice to have a wife whose father was a boxmaker.
Okay, they're not so bad. Of course, their exercise cage has taken over my living room. And they leave pellets all over the place. And they use up all the towels. And there's Timothy hay all over my dining room table.
But really, they are very cute. And that noise they make when they're happy is very endearing.
I may have to give these things their own category, soon.
First, they had us shop this big structure with bamboo sticking out in all directions. As I haven't shopped in a while, I went for the quick and easy video game 'shop. From one of my favorite childhood video games: Yie-Ar Kung Fu.
Then, I saw this shack. And nobody had done the Love Shack yet! Tin roof! Rusted.
All this talk of secrecy and abuse of power reminds me: early voting in my precinct was done with electronic voting machines.
When I heard about this, I wrote to Mike Ertl, the Supervisor of Elections through his website. I explained that I'm a programmer, and that without a voter-verifiable paper trail I considered electronic voting to be equivalent to disenfranchisement. (Luddite, I know.) I asked him to indicate which electronic voting machines we'd be using, and to explain why we changed when the current scantron sheets have been working so well.
Predictably, I received no response whatsoever. Gee, my government officials are SO accountable.
Now I find Diebold reduced to name-calling when their machines are demonstrated to be insecure yet again. In my opinion, this is another example of an abuse of power made possible by secrecy: the source code is a secret, so Diebold doesn't have to make it secure. They can just make claims.
At some point, I expect that marketing and propaganda will not sway the opinions of legislators. However, legislators will never look any farther than the majority of the constituents that elect them. So this will all become simple as soon as the American public gets smart enough to ignore marketing and propaganda.