Saturday, May 9, 2015

- Manhattan Transport (an Airwheel review)

The image you see here is something called an "Airwheel". It's an American designed, Chinese built electric powered unicycle, that works like a Segway. Lean forward it goes forward, lean back it goes back. Once you breach the learning curve, its about as easy to ride as a bicycle. And it has confirmed for me once again, something that has been mentioned on this blog many times:

All journalists are lying pansy scum.

I can already hear you. "OK Tom you're really stretching it now. How in the world can a relatively harmless looking little electronic toy prove that all journalists are lying pansy scum?"

My response to that is quite simple, but requires a little backstory.

I bought one of these things for my 15 year old daughter so she can tool around on it while I run in Central Park - thus giving us one more activity we can do together. But before I could give it to her, I figured I had better learn to ride it myself. So I and a few of my coworkers spent a couple of hours taking a whack at it in our office, the hallway of our building, and eventually Lexington avenue.

None of us is a professional athlete. We're businessmen. In my case a middle aged business man. We're in pretty good shape but aren't unusually coordinated or anything. But with a few hours of dedication we mastered it. The betting in the office now is that I'm going to end up buying another one for myself, and since it was only $300, I'd say the odds of that are pretty good.

So how does this prove that journalists are lying pansy scum who chose their profession mainly because they were incapable of honest work?

There is a review on Slate right now talking about how awful a toy it is because the doofus "journalist" on Slate couldn't figure out how to ride it in just a few tries. There is another on the telegraph, and a third on the daily mail. They all say the same thing, that it's a horrid device that no one can master.

But reading those reviews from the perspective of a man who has accomplished the very thing they say is impossible, they all sound like petulant children. Had they started with a bit more character or determination, I'm sure they could master it as well as I have. But... they are all journalists. So things like character, determination, and the ability to stick with a task until they complete it successfully is totally beyond them.

If you hang around New York City's Union Square or Madison Square park long enough, you'll surely see me go floating by, a mammoth grin on my mug. In New York City where the whole world is paved, it's literally impossible not to enjoy this thing. With a little practice you can easily get adept enough at driving it to manage both auto traffic in the street and pedestrian traffic on the sidewalks. And the only thing I've been unable to do on it in the few weeks I've owned it, is figure out how to hop it up a curb.

Segways, like all other harmless fun in New York City, are illegal. But this device is still new enough so that the totalitarian instincts of the local government haven't yet caught up with it. These days I often ride it to work, and take it out just for the fun of it on the weekends. It easily handles most potholes, cobble stones, and other surface terrain issues. The only really tricky thing about it is that the pedestrian traffic is sometimes so high that there is literally nowhere to go, but I honestly have that problem when walking too.

Top speed is about 10 miles per hour, which is a pretty brisk run. And even if something unexpected happens, like say... a group of tourists jump out in front of you while your traveling at top speed in order to try to make a light at the corner of 42nd and 6th... you simply step off of it and land on your feet. When you do, the device itself crashes about a little on the ground, but it's built pretty sturdily and will almost certainly be able to weather it. You'll be unharmed, the device will be more or less unharmed, and the only real shock will be to the tourists, which as a Manhattan resident I obviously think they deserve.

When you're on it, it feels like you're skiing and the whole world is a bunny hill. Stopping and starting is the hardest thing to learn but has gotten so easy for me that it's barely noticeable. You can't go fast enough for it to be really scary, and now that I'm good at it I find myself wishing it were just a tad faster. But considering the safety issue, it's probably fast enough.

And then there is all the attention it gets. In the 5 or 6 cumulative hours I've spent tooling around New York on it, I've gotten maybe 50 questions about what it is and where I got it. The "hey look at that!" comments and the "That thing is so cool!" shout outs from the crowd as I float by have been too numerous to count. I suppose that will die down as people get used to seeing them, but at the moment it's a massive giggle.

There's something else too. I live in the neighborhood called 'Flatiron', so named for the historic building on 23rd st. Carrying a 185 lb man, the Airwheel has a range of about 12 miles or so between charges. And from where I live, both Battery park and the reservoir in central park are both less than 6 miles away. That means I can travel virtually anywhere in the bottom half of manhattan and home again on a single charge. I can go against traffic on the sidewalks and bike paths and that means I can get around all the parts of New York that I can think of an excuse to go to, much faster than a cab or the subway. I wouldn't mix it with alcohol, but so long as I don't plan on drinking, this has had the unexpected effect of making Manhattan much smaller for me.

My office near Grand Central? 5 Minutes tops. My sister's apartment in Soho? Maybe 7 minutes. Central park? Less than 10 minutes and that's if I take the scenic route. All of a sudden the big apple is a little apple, and I can navigate the whole thing in a wink. The payoff on the few hours I invested in learning to ride this thing has been fantastic. But if you believe the professional journalists who have reviewed it, you'd think there was never going to be an upside.

On this topic (as all others) you should ignore them. As I've always said, journalists are the scum of the earth. They call this an unlearnable device that makes you look like a doofus. I and the hundreds of people in New York who have seen me all disagree with them. Google it and watch the videos. Then get one. Get two. It's very much worth the trouble.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

- Everything You Need To Know About Ferguson MO Baltimore...

...but were afraid to ask.

Suppose for a minute you were one of those people with an IQ of 85.  How do you think you'd react to that?  To being told that you are as a matter of quantitative fact, meaningfully less intelligent than the average person?  Do you imagine that you'd embrace your fate and work even harder at filling the gap with knowledge?  Or do you imagine you'd just call it all BS, invent some reason for none of it to be your fault, and then go get stoned with your other low IQ friends?  It's a safe bet that not-very-smart people will make not-very-smart choices.

How does the ego of a man with an IQ of 85 possibly endure that knowledge being thrown in his face like that?  How would yours deal with it?  It's a real quandary.  And in my opinion this is the reason we'll never really be able to have a genuine honest to god discussion about Race in America.  Because no matter how hard we try to explain things, the majority members of one of the races simply lacks the ability to understand it.

What's worse is that the inability of that man to understand the issue correctly, is manifest evidence of the existence of the issue in the first place.  As you move to the left on the scale of IQ's, the first skill that seems to fall away is the ability to assess the intelligence of others.  A man with an IQ of 85 thinks everyone else in the world is no more intelligent than he is.

At this point I discount all charges of racism against pretty much anyone, to zero.  For every legitimate complaint there are tens of thousands of others that are launched absent even the tiniest shred of evidence.  Though if the distirbution of white IQ's looked the same as the distribution of black IQ's above, I'll bet there would be more valid cause for complaint.

Monday, January 19, 2015

- MLK Day: Repent All Ye Evil White People!!!

I'm sorry, but any group of people who has Al Sharpton as their front man has lost all moral authority to tell me what I should and shouldn't feel guilty about. 

There really is nothing sadder than the 'up is down', 'black is white' world of an empire in decline.

Monday, January 12, 2015

- March of the Wooden Ideologues

David Burge @iowahawkblog Jan 11
If this is who you allow to lead a march to support free speech, you're doing it wrong.
Most of the world leaders that joined the Paris Unity March would probably cringe if the press in their country republished images disparaging Islam. In fact there is bogus media outrage that Obama decided to play golf and watch football instead of wasting more tax dollars to join in some sort of hollow gesture of solidarity with global bureaucrats. I don't blame him for not attending and I find it hilarious that he sent his wooden minion, our AG Holder.
Holder as you know is the last person to stand up for the right to be callous. He is also the last person that will ever identify that the Western World has a serious problem with Radical Islam.
But I don't blame him because he and his boss both believe that free expression is the root of all Islamic Terror Tantrums.
 Another joke is that you have Hamas threatening to break ties with Abbas because he attended the march with Netanyahu as a bookend.
If you don't follow Twitter, I would suggest following David Burge for some snappy observances of the march and the wannabes.
One of the best lines of the weekend - and I wish I could remember who said it:
"World Leaders Travel to Paris to work on Two-State Solution for France".
While it is reprehensible to suggest people deserve to get whacked for speech and expression through cartoon or lampoon, France put itself into a precarious position with what we recently heard as "No Go Zones".
France has no control over Muslim-populated neighborhoods
Which liberal moron came up with this plan? As if they grabbed it from an old "Hill Street Blues" script.
The West is in trouble because Western Leaders are retarded.
To close the post today I'll grab a Bloomberg headline:
So it appears Cencom's twitter account has been hacked by ISIS. Why on earth does Central Command have or even need a twitter account?
Could you imagine Eisenhower with a twitter account?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

- Al Qaeda is on the Run ?

After a well coordinated attack by French Nationals upon French Nationals Britain's MI5 I a warning of a new wave of attacks against the west.
I suggest you read the entire linked story. Al Qaeda was never on the run however I would have to say they were well contained when Bush was president.
A liberal lunatic reminded me the day before the Charlie Hebdo massacre that Obama killed Bin Laden therefore he is a great president. 
To drift a bit off topic, have you ever noticed the various "personalities" employed by our president?
There is the Will Smith Obama who is folksy and full of zingers that are gobbled up by his adoring followers. This is what I call the "false Dimitry" facet of our executive history.
Dimitry wasn't much of ruler, although he was a playboy and enjoyed his leisure activities.
His supporters quickly grew tired of this and I have a feeling that Obama's supporters are leery of the ability of "Fresh Prince Obama" to toughen up.
There is another personality of Obama that appears withdrawn and bewildered at times or appears bland and aloof when confronted by situations that don't follow the script. He says things that are awkward and you get the impression that thisp personality slice just wants to be on the golf course.
Finally, there is the "super smart statesman" that the liberal media keeps telling us is the guy in charge.

The Paris Attack may be a progressively developing series of terror rampages on the west.  We won't see a million jihadis suddenly jump out of cabs and kiosks revealing bomb vests and AK's... Nope.
What we will probably see are more frequent incidents with larger scope of collateral damage in mind. Not the dirty bomb of yore, but perhaps a car bomb here, a mass shooting there or an incident of "workplace violence" like we saw at Fort Hood.

My fear is that we will get the aloof Obama or the Jokie Will Smith Obama when we need Churchill.

Let's go to Cuba. Why did Obama seek to normalize relations with the Castro a Brothers? As much as I don't like Marco Rubio, he nailed it. The worst negotiator in our lifetime.
In exchange for normalization, the Castro's remain in power, immigration policies remain the same, and we reward Fidel and Raul with whatever the fruits of capitalism will yield. There is another reason for this lopsided negotiation: like Carter before him, Obama will give back a piece of property as a gesture of naïveté. I expect Gitmo to be closed by the end of 2015 and the real estate to be given back to the Castro Brothers. 

Stay safe.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

- Character Issues: the Company You Keep

Recently we've heard the Republican Leaders excoriate Rep. Steve Scalise for attending an event hosted by David Duke .... IN 2002!
Here, former. Clinton water carrier, Donna Brazile opines and lends her brow beating to the Scalise  imbroglio.
Stealing thunder from the Death of Mario Cuomo, we see Bill Clinton in the news...
Meeting David Duke or partying with a pedophile?
Of course the limbs will give Bubba a pass and will distort this into another reason why we need Hillary in 2016.