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  1. 2009 Roadster base price: $109,000 From Tesla's website under "reserve": I know someone who works in engineering at Tesla. In his opinion, management was severely misguided in pumping resources into developing the transmission for the car, which was essentially built solely to increase the 0-60 statistic. He said the earlier version of the car was more fun to drive and cheaper to make.
  2. pretty much my thoughts exactly. How does this square with the above? if it's repetitive and insulting, how is it entertaining?
  3. I just read Made to Stick and I thought it was quite good. Great for anyone interested in sales, public speaking, writing, and/or storytelling.
  4. I think the best measurement was a poll on legalization of drugs. The board was overwhelmingly in favor of legalization, which to me, signifies a very liberal bias amongst the users. You can't look at it that way. The board is very libertarian. On issues of economics, it tends to lean right. On social issues, it tends to lean left. The board is less religious than the rest of the country. The board liked Ron Paul much more than the rest of the country. The board supports the Fair Tax much more than the rest of the country. Don't forget doing drugs and gambling on sports. :rolleyes: How could I forget? Right at this moment I... :whistle:
  5. That would be interesting but people would wildly disagree. I'm basically perceived as the second coming of Karl Marx by some around here, but to my college friends, I'm a bit on the conservative side. Objectively, I would rate myself a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 was ultra-lberal and 10 was ultra-conservative. most of the people I know think I'm a crazy, liberal whackjob...but on here I'm considered a crazy, conservative whackjob...;) at least we all agree you're a crazy whackjob. ;)
  6. More registered Dems than Republicans I think.Then there's the fact that although people vote about a 50/50 split GOP/Dem, when asked about issues one by one, people tend to favor the "liberal" stance on most issues.
  7. I think the best measurement was a poll on legalization of drugs. The board was overwhelmingly in favor of legalization, which to me, signifies a very liberal bias amongst the users. You can't look at it that way. The board is very libertarian. On issues of economics, it tends to lean right. On social issues, it tends to lean left. The board is less religious than the rest of the country. The board liked Ron Paul much more than the rest of the country. The board supports the Fair Tax much more than the rest of the country.
  8. That would be interesting but people would wildly disagree. I'm basically perceived as the second coming of Karl Marx by some around here, but to my college friends, I'm a bit on the conservative side. Objectively, I would rate myself a 3 or 4 on a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 was ultra-lberal and 10 was ultra-conservative.
  9. It's early, but so far "I lean left" has a 12-7 advantage over "I lean right." 1) sample size 2) selection bias (those in this thread knew from the title what the poll was) 3) The question doesn't address how liberal/conservative the board is, but rather how liberal/conservative the board perceives itself. If you wanted to know how good looking the board was, surely you wouldn't put up a poll asking "how good looking are you on a scale of 1 to 10?" and trust the results. But I think we have covered this before and the board is conservative. Ask Joe B. BTW, I forgot to mention before that we're all dudes.
  10. to those of you that think this collection of thirtysomething, white, married, upper-middle class, computer professionals leans left, I don't think you have a good bead on what the country as a whole feels.
  11. For any electrical/computer engineers or people who work with them, I just read The Soul of a New Machine, and I must say it was fantastic. It's nonfiction about how a few industry veterans at a minicomputer company try to outdo DEC by hiring a bunch of guys straight out of college, and the challenges encountered, the work atmosphere, and the motivations of all the employees.
  12. 1) If you love whiskey so much, why don't you marry it? 2) you know you've spent too much money in the karaoke bar, when they give your party a free bottle of Patron. 3) I have unexplainable fondness for Old Grand Dad, Old Grand Dad Bonded, and the elusive Old Grand Dad 114 4) Jack and soda has been my drink of choice for years now. delicious.
  13. I just gave you a five star rating.

  14. That was on purpose. She didn't write realistic characters. She explains why in her non-fiction book, The Romantic Manifesto. They're pretty similar. The movie is well done; I'd suggest watching that instead of reading the book.I always heard that if you had to explain what you wrote than you didn't write it that well. FWIW, I haven't read any Ayn Rand.Rand's best book is Anthem because it's the shortest and therefore least preachy.
  15. Couldn't disagree more.While I really like the movie, the music and pop-culture geekery comes off much more effectively as written word. Also, Barry is a bit different, the London setting adds something, and there's another girl on the list, whose omission in the film, although not that big of a loss, makes a few things less understandable. Essentially he steals a girl away froma friend when he's young and the social repurcussion are big. As he's older, this kind of thing can't happen because adults' worlds are larger, and they can just find new circles of friends. It makes a lot of the comments he makes more understandable, e.g. "If you really wanted to mess me up, you should have got to me earlier."