Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Announcing J to Steakers

Hello friends of Motel:

I'm pleased to announce that my company, Minnick Web Services, is organizing a "race" down Sacramento's J Street to compete with San Francisco's famous Bay to Breakers race. Our race has many benefits over San Francisco's, including:

1. J to Steakers is MUCH shorter. I expect it to be under a mile.
2. J to Steakers is in Sacramento. Need I say more?
3. and, best of all, J to Steakers ends somewhere where you can get a steak and a beer. I don't know where yet, but it will happen (we're looking for a restaurant sponsor...contact me if you happen to have a restaurant within a mile of 26th and J Street where we can get steak and beer).

For more information, visit the official web site!

Monday, April 10, 2006

Wow...look at all those new stories! I just noticed that the RSS feed wasn't updating....so, for any of you who only read our feed, enjoy!

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Robot, you can drive my car

One of the soon-to-come technologies that I find most exciting is the autonomous car. A recent article in InformationWeek covers the current state of the technology. It even looks like Highway 5 might be one of the first places automatic cars are put into service. Cool.

Think of the potential benefits for humanity:

  • People won't be able to complain about others' driving anymore
  • Other people's bad driving will not put us in danger anymore
  • If you're drunk, you can still get in your car and drive home
  • Oh, yeah, and there will be reduced fuel emissions and fewer traffic fatalities

    Some concerns I have are:

  • Will the cars be programmed to brake for wildlife and little kitties running across the street?
  • What about malfunctions? Will the car just stop, or plunge us over the edge of a cliff?
  • What if the autonomous cars rise up and start taking us places we didn't tell them to go -- like they all at once decide to take everyone to a concentration camp and hold us as slaves? Or maybe they'll decide we all need a vacation and take us to the beach instead of work. (Nice cars!)

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