Tesla’s Stone of Triumph

Tesla’s stock price rose sevenfold in 2020. It is now the fifth highest valued American company and by far the world’s highest valued car company.   Whether or not this market valuation is warranted, Tesla’s cars have a snag: their battery packs weigh ~1200 pounds. That’s a lot of weight that each Tesla Model SContinue reading “Tesla’s Stone of Triumph”

His Dark Adaptations

Like any YA-novel heroine worth the name, Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series has repeatedly been tasked with filling the shoes of bigger heroes in order to save the world – scratch that: worlds – from peril. First came the world of bookselling, as Pullman’s novels were used to fill the lulls between releases ofContinue reading “His Dark Adaptations”

The Whole Winter Rental Car

It seemed a few years ago that car-sharing services like Zipcar or Car2Go might catch on. But it turns out people don’t really like driving cars that strangers have used before them. Plus, it’s expensive for car-sharing companies to ensure that cars are kept clean and accessible. In cold, suburban areas especially – in otherContinue reading “The Whole Winter Rental Car”

On Big Z

Even in the most congenial divorce, the division of assets can hurt. When the Czechoslovakian men’s hockey team split after the country’s Velvet divorce in 1993, it was the Czech who ended up with most of the family fortune. With stars like Jaromir Jagr (second only to Gretzky in NHL career scoring) and Dominik Hasek (arguably the bestContinue reading “On Big Z”

Three NHL Overtime Ideas

If you can’t get rid of the shootout, at least add a 2nd OT with only players who didn’t play in the 1st OT. Third- and fourth-line players don’t usually get ice time during OT. Many top-line players on the other hand presumably tend to prefer a shootout to a 2nd OT period, because it’sContinue reading “Three NHL Overtime Ideas”