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You say 'affordable', but then require Bluetooth,a backup camera and power liftgate? Those are luxury features that push you into upper level trims and add $5,000-$6,000 to the price. That's not prioritizing affordable. Instead, compare base models and then do a feature comparison telling folks what you miss from one to another and what it'd cost to equip similarly, if those features are desireable.
RV owners fight with this all the time. A stored RV presents shelter int eh winter with all kinds of stuff to chew on. I've had mice in my pop up camper 2 of the 3 winters we've owned it. Bounce sheets don't work. Mothballs don't work. The only sure fire way is to seal every opening and keep 'em out. With a car, that's going to be real hard to keep them away from all the tasty wiring.
Toggle Commented Feb 8, 2011 on A Rat Ate My Chevy Volt at KickingTires
When I was valet parking ~20 years ago, it was common Benzes, even the older ones. Didn't know about the BMW trick, that's neat. Oh, and thanks Mike, now I won't be able to look at a headlight switch without seeing that. :-(
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2010 on What Does This Button Do? at KickingTires
OSU-14 Gators-34 Halftime. Uh, did OSU get lost on the way to the stadium? Is this the same team that only allowed 10 points per game in the regular season? Tessel goes for 4th and 1 at your own 29? Smith fumbles in the backfield? Come on Tressel, work you magic with these guys in the locker room. UPDATE: Was it my imagination, or did the OSU band just do the Titanic theme complete with a sinking ship formation on the field? Tell me they didn't. Please. Who chose that theme for the championship game?!? UPDATE 2: It's over. OSU-14,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
Watching the OSU/Florida game yesterday, I paid attention to the band at halftime. Me and 4 other people watched the 30 seconds each that Fox showed of the Gator and OSU bands. I was in marching band in High School and college and loved it, so I try to watch but they usually don't show much. 30 seconds apiece was a treat, actually. As I commented on in my last post, it seemed like the OSU band was playing the theme from Titanic and actually had formed a sinking ship on the field. Actually, there was no doubt about the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
Well, here I am again, back to my QT journal after another 3 month absence. I am always surprised and disappointed by these lapses in my reading, but I don't know why. It's a pattern i fall into repeatedly, besides, look at the roller coaster that was Israel in the OT. Thankfully, even that harsh God of the OT didn't' abandon them, so there's hope for me too. :-) Hebrews 11:32 - If I could travel back and ask the writer of Hebrews (assuming I knew who it was) some questions, one of them would be "Why is Samson listed... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
Rod Dreher, author of Crunchy Cons and blogger over at beliefnet, had an editorial on NPR's All Things Considered this afternoon that was excellent. He and I are the same age (he's got me by 6 months actually) and he relates his experience growing up as a Conservative, his first awareness of politics being Carter and the Iranian hostage crisis, Reagan as his political hero of sorts, his lack of understanding the hippies of the 60's and more. I can totally relate to his experience, from being a full blown conservative believer all the way up to Bush's election (well,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us … Hebrews 12:1, ESV Back in college and for a short time after, I worked as a hotel doorman. A big part of the job, especially weeknights, was standing on the sidewalk in the dark and in the cold. Not much happens at a downtown hotel on a late weeknight in the winter. Part of the uniform was a long, thick wool... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2010 at salguod's blog
[shameless plug alert] I have a degree in Industrial Design and work for a design firm [1] that has done quite a bit of work in the area of emotional connection to products and what that means for design, brands, products, etc. It's not simply about 'pretty' or not 'pretty'. Aesthetics, perceived quality and customer satisfaction are all interrelated. While good designed products don't inherently have to cost more, the thinking behind them does take time and effort and it's not uncommon for design to add complexity and cost. However, if the perceived value is greater than the added cost and is backed up with a superior user experience, the customer will pay more and feel as though they have gotten a better deal. This produces a positive emotional connection between the user and the product and by extension the brand and a very loyal customer base. Apple knows this very well, as does Honda and others. [1]-
Good design is about more than good looks. The aesthetic of a product connects to our emotions & impact what we feel about the quality of a product and our emotions effect what we buy and desire. Research has shown that emotions affect the decisions of even the most rational people. So, a well designed and attractive charging station conveys that this is a simple and safe technology. It can be trusted, it's reliable, it was well thought out. With no thought to design, it may appear scary or complicated. It may seem that you need special knowledge to use it. It may appear fragile, or of low quality. A good, attractive design can help speed the adoption of a new technology or a poorly executed design may inhibit acceptance.