Posts Tagged ‘micro’

Presenting “adverCar” – A Way to Make $100 a Month with Your Ride – Plus,Leasing an Electric Car for $139/Mo

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

Sort of.

First up is adverCar - all the stickers north of the bumpers earn the owner of the Smart Car $100 a month or so.

Do I object to the sticker covering part of the back window?

Yes. Yes I do.Moving on…

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Second up is the chance to pay $2000 to get started on a lease for an electric Smart Car, sort of. You pay $80 a month to lease the battery and also $59 to lease everything else – the car itself without the battery.  Why do they do it this way? IDK.

Anyway, all this is news to me…

Well That’s an Odd-Looking San Francisco Taxi Cab: From Turkey (or Romania!) With Love, It’s Your “Transit Connect”

Friday, May 25th, 2012

Well I guess this weird taxicab is a Ford, sort of.

Anyway, it has lots of windows so you won’t feel too much like cargo on your way to SFO in the back of a cargo van:

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Learn all about the vagaries of international bidness, including the world-famous, anti-consumer 1963 Chicken Tax and how it affects us today, right here.

Excellence in San Francisco Local Blogging: The Richmond District Blog, Haighteration, Tenderblog, and The Tens

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Just wanted to note the excellence of these relatively new San Francisco-area local blogs. AFAIK, they weren’t around a couple of years ago, yet they’ve all matured into awesome sites* already.

From West to East:

The Richmond District Blog

Haighteration (Lower Haight)

Tenderblog (The Tenderloin)

The Tens  (The Tenderloin)

From Tenderblog, with news from this AM:

Most of the people behind these websites have full-time jobs and/or school schedules, right? (And, AFAIK, they’re far more click-ish, than clique-ish so that’s A Good Thing.)

So, what’s stopping YOU from doing the same in YOUR AREA?

Why is there no “Sunset District Blog” that’s of the caliber of the Richmond District Blog? Where’s a BayView / Hunters Point Blog? Where’s my Marina / Cow Hollow Blog with frequent postings?* (Of course the Mission has Mission Mission, the doyenne of area local blogs, but there’s still lots of unscrutinized territory out there.)

It’s not too late to get going – less than $1 a month for your URL and $3.88 a month for unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage on a server that’s RAIDed-up six ways to Sunday. Or get started at WordPress.com for just nothing per month. Or even the Tumblr (“the easiest way to blog’) – it’s free as well, right?

You have been informed – it’s still totally wide open.

Carpe Diem

Get going.

*I’m sure I’m missing some good efforts from people. Tell me, send me a URL and I’ll take a look at your joint.

How Recycling Can Be Bad – Those New Ford Transit Connect Vans and the Chicken Tax

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

All right, work with me here. This is a very small (by ‘Merican standards) panel van called a Ford Transit Connect. (Yes that sounds like a MUNI-related initiative created by Alex Tourk, but it’s just the name that Ford chose.) Microvans like this one are all over town these days, as you might expect considering that they’re marketed to small bidnesses in urban areas.

The thing is that these work vans are made in Turkey, but Ford can’t just have them shipped over here as work vans because then it would have to pay a 25% tariff on each vehicle sold. Why? Cause of the 1963 Chicken Tax. So, Ford has unneeded windows, rear seats, and seatbelts installed over in Turkey and then pulls all that stuff out as soon as the vehicles get here. Shipping these things as “wagons” and then selling them as “commercial vehicles” reduces the tariff down to 2.5%.

See that panel with the logo for BioCair? That used to be a window:  

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This is all ably explained by Matthew Dolan here.

What happens to the stuff that buyers don’t want? All that gets shredded and “recycled,” which means some of it goes to a landfill.

Does this make sense? I don’t know.