“The Dog That Didn’t Bark, Updated”; or, “Getting ‘Norfed” (Gronked? Borked? Grokked?)*

The Warning Detector That Didn’t Beep How do you know that a new technology is a “keeper?” When it’s conspicuous by its absence. Exhibit A:  the warning detector that beeps in my car — but not my wife’s — as the driver backs up. Which explains how, driving her car and backing into a parking...
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The “When I Was Your Age” Lecture . . . with a Twist

Right Message, Wrong Messenger “Pick you up from school?!?  When I was your age, nobody picked me up from school.  I had to take two city buses, wait in the cold for a transfer, and sit in traffic for an hour to get home from school.” –Overheard at the Kaplan kitchen table around 7:30 a.m....
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Cars Have Front Horns. Why Not Rear Horns??

New Way to Deal With Tailgaters If the driver in front of you does something they shouldn’t — or doesn’t do something they should (like move when the light turns green) — you honk. Eventually (it IS Minnesota).   🙂 But, what if the offending driver is behind you? Then, it often seems like Driver...
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Signs (Literally) of Fall: Turning Leaves, Going to Work (or School) in the Dark, Low Tire Pressure Warning Lights (Huh??)

Property Taxes, Too (At Least in Minnesota) In addition to the more recognizable hallmarks of Fall, Minnesotans — at least ones who have cars parked outside — will doubtless recognize that last sign (literally) as well. The explanation:  the cool overnight temps cause the air in the tires to contract, tripping the warning light. Higher...
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Four Reasons Why Apple Should Buy VW

Apple’s “Build or Buy” Decision on Autos Maybe the maker of the “people’s computer” should buy the maker of the “people’s car” (Volkswagen’s English translation). I can think of four reasons why that would be a brilliant move for Apple — and a public relations coup for VW — in the wake of the latter’s diesel...
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Directions to Home: ‘Take Mid-Town Greenway to Dean Parkway, Exit North Ramp to Home”

Directions By Car?  No, Bike It won’t work if you need your car to drive to another appointment immediately afterwards. And it’s hardly an option when it’s 10 below in January in Minnesota (in my case, make that, “anything below 50 degrees — above zero“). However, it’s only a matter of time until MLS includes the following,...
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