Changing Views on Fuel Economy

From a new study sponsored by Ford:

The survey shows fuel economy has jumped in importance in nearly all vehicle segments since 2001:

  • Fuel economy as a purchase reason for small B-sized cars like the Ford Fiesta became the top consideration in 2011, up from fourth place in 2001
  • Fuel economy as a purchase reason for small C-size cars like the Ford Focus nearly tripled in importance from 2001, going from fifth to first place this year
  • Fuel economy now ranks fifth for mid-size cars like the Ford Fusion, up from 12th place
  • Fuel economy is now among the top five most important purchase reasons for small utility vehicles like the Ford Escape, up from 16th in 2011
  • Fuel economy is now among the top 10 drivers for sports car buyers like the Ford Mustang for the first time ever

via MPG Matters: Study Confirms Growing Desire for Fuel Efficiency; Ford Products Give Customers… — MIAMI, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —.

Twitter Digest: 2011-11-01

  • Checked out @batch photo-sharing app that the cool kids are raving about. Happily, it requires Facebook, thus eliminating me immediately. #
  • Joe Nocera on what now law firm's Halloween costumes reveal about foreclose attitudes – #
  • "Science as organized skepticism", from new Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A on uncertainty in science – #
  • Looking at Q3 venture investing data, software vs Internet brackets seem meaningless, no? #
  • QotD: "Excessive risk is to be avoided primarily because we cannot go back in time." #
  • I'm not seeing this "too many good startups, too little cash" thing. Apex predator thing? /via @infoarbitrage #
  • Assuming you're not Steve Jobs-ed out, surgical oncologist Dave Gorski has one last excellent take on his illness. #
  • Given the cute stories, always wonder how widespread this is: Professor faked data in 30 publications – /via @mathewi #
  • NBER: The Trouble with Boys — Social Influences and the Gender Gap in Disruptive Behavior – #
  • The Mobile Phone Landscape /via @asymco #
  • Daunting: iPhone share of all phone units, revenues and profits /via @asymco #
  • What is fueling Rick Perry at 2m40s in this video? #
  • How music travels. Sort of terrifying, really. /via @sether #
  • Groupon sells share on SecondMarket. SecondMarket wants piece of Groupon IPO. These two should get a room. #
  • Everyone, all at once: What's the most interesting thing you learned today? I'll start. Nothing, so far. #
  • Okay, there is that. RT @alexismadrigal: @pkedrosky Herman Cain has a nice singing voice. #
  • Today in learnings. RT @harmongreg: @pkedrosky Sudafed expired 3 years ago still works #
  • More learnings! RT @sawickipedia: @pkedrosky i learned what makes the ultimate chick flick #
  • Accurate short-term weather prediction /via @kottke & arbesman #
  • Productivity tips! RT @om: @pkedrosky you can save a lot of money by not leaving your house, starting with not shaving #
  • Okay, I did learn that if you listen to Mountain Men's "Animal Tracks" too often you get irresistible urge to buy 1942 Ford 9N tractor. #
  • Speaking at Defrag in Denver next week, as well as hosting a movie night in Palm Desert. Going for max orthogonality points. #
  • Lucy Kellaway argues that best time & place ever to be alive was America, circa 15,000 BC – #
  • Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth – /cc @briannorgard #
  • Groupon QotD from WSJ: "Most of the negative comments from analysts focus on the company's financials." #AtLeastItsNotAboutDecor #
  • Just did longer than usual Bloomberg TV spot. Producer told me it was, and I quote, Kedroskapoloza. #
  • Red flag warning in good chunk of SoCal next 36-48 hours. Should be exciting. #
  • Such a great book title… Hung Like an Argentine Duck: A Journey Back in Time to the Origins of Sexual Intimacy #
  • Drives me absolutely mad how difficult it is to bring live stock quotes into Excel 2011 spreadsheets on Mac. Feels punitive. #
  • "Killing a person is the most you can do to him" – Source: The Great Big Book of Horrible Things #
  • "Wars kill more civilians than soldiers. In fact, the army is usually the safest place to be during a war." Source: The Great Big Book #

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Doing Austerian Math


Yes, you read that right…the Bank of Spain blamed missing deficit reduction targets on fiscal austerity and then suggests additional fiscal austerity as the solution. And as all nations in the Eurozone increasingly pursue fiscal austerity, we can only expect the nascent European recession to deepen. Eventually, the European public will have had enough of the downward spiral.

via Economist’s View: “Did The European Deal Just Collapse?”.

Ghost Wave: The Discovery of Cortes Bank and the Biggest Wave on Earth

Twitter Digest: 2011-10-31

  • Wave heights are a whopping 26 feet off Cape Cod at tail end of current snow/wind storm – #
  • Catastrophic Drought in Texas Causes Global Economic Ripples – #
  • The cultural inflation of morbidity – #FakeCoachellaBandNames #
  • Great title: Would you follow your own route description? Cognitive strategies in urban route planning #
  • Bangkok's current floods are likely the largest to swamp a city so large in world history – #
  • Words cannot express the nuttiness of this Richard Stallman email offering to speak. #
  • Today in new Halloween words: "freddy cougar" – #
  • Good news: Siri now works on an jailbroken iPhone 4. Bad news: It's absurdly complicated to do. #
  • Graphic of travel time from Berlin, in days, in 1909 – #
  • Superb Atlantic WWII photo series continues: After the War – #
  • If Alan Taylor's 20-part series in The Atlantic on WWII does not win a Pulitzer the award should be eliminated. #
  • Mona Simpson, Steve Jobs' novelist sister, on his death – /via @paulg #
  • That Mona Simpson remembrance of Steve Jobs is absolutely devastating. I thought I had lost the capacity to be touched on this. I hadn't. #
  • Aftershocks of real estate bubble: Ontario/LA International airport lost 1/3rd of its traffic from 2007-2010 – #
  • Water's for fighting: Massive California farm-to-city water deal snared in litigation – #
  • Bizarre twist: Hackers threaten to expose Zeta cartel's secrets – /via @nraford #

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Lessons from Steve Jobs Cancer: Biology is Still King

Excellent David Gorski wrap-up on what we now now about Steve Jobs’ cancer. It is highly worth reading reading in its entirety. As Gorski, a surgical oncologist says in the closing, the lessons are more about the limits of cancer treatment than anything else.

Isaacson contrasts the fragmented approach to care at Stanford to the far more integrated approach at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, where Jobs underwent his transplant and where Dr. James Eason was portrayed as having “managed Steve and forced him to do things…that were good for him.” Although it is certainly possible that the difference could be accounted for more by the lack of a person at Stanford with a strong enough personality to tell Jobs what to do and get him to do, compared to Dr. Eason, who clearly had a personality as strong as Jobs’, the description of fragmented care rings true to me, as I’ve seen this problem myself at various times during my career. One wonders if there is a way to infuse healthcare with some Apple-like integration of care, to build it into the DNA of the system itself as it is built into Apple’s DNA, without having to rely on personalities as strong as Dr. Eason’s apparently was.

Steve Jobs’ eight year battle with his illness is remarkable not so much because he had a rare tumor or because he flirted with alternative medicine for several months before undergoing surgery. Rather, I see Jobs’ case as providing multiple lessons in the complexity of cancer, the difficulty of the decisions that go into cancer care, and how being wealthy or famous can distort those choices. I’ve said it before, but now is as good a time as any to say it again: In cancer, biology is still king. Perhaps one day, when we know how to decode and interpret genomic information of the sort provided when Jobs’ had his tumors sequenced and use that information to target cancers more accurately, we will be able to dethrone that king more than just part of the time and only in certain tumors.

via Science-Based Medicine » “And one more thing” about Steve Jobs’ battle with cancer.

Risk and Time

From a new paper on the St Petersburg paradox and risk:

Excessive risk is to be avoided primarily because we cannot go back in time.

via The time resolution of the St Petersburg paradox.

The Atlantic’s WWII Photo Series

The Atlantic recently wrapped up Part 20 of its magnificent photo series on WWII. Here are links to them all, in order. Highly, highly recommended.

Mona Simpson on Her Brother Steve Jobs

Novelist Mona Simpson on her brother Steve Jobs, who she first met as as an adult. A tiny excerpt. The entirety is intense, sometimes amusing, and, in its knowing totality, emotionally devastating.

When I met Steve, he was a guy my age in jeans, Arab- or Jewish-looking and handsomer than Omar Sharif.

We took a long walk — something, it happened, that we both liked to do. I don’t remember much of what we said that first day, only that he felt like someone I’d pick to be a friend. He explained that he worked in computers.

I didn’t know much about computers. I still worked on a manual Olivetti typewriter.

I told Steve I’d recently considered my first purchase of a computer: something called the Cromemco.

Steve told me it was a good thing I’d waited. He said he was making something that was going to be insanely beautiful.

…He treasured happiness.

Then, Steve became ill and we watched his life compress into a smaller circle. Once, he’d loved walking through Paris. He’d discovered a small handmade soba shop in Kyoto. He downhill skied gracefully. He cross-country skied clumsily. No more.

via A Sister’s Eulogy for Steve Jobs –


Twitter Digest: 2011-10-30

  • If you want an excuse to operate on a healthy athlete, just get an MRI – /cc @jonahlehrer #
  • My review of the new Steve Job biography – #
  • As a Jobs book review aside, I was pleased to get a bit of caps lock in there: "OMG IT'S STEVE JOBS!!!". No review complete without it. #
  • Good post. RT @fredwilson: Protecting The Safe Harbors Of The DMCA And Protecting Jobs #
  • Weekend Barron's joins the bulls, talking up technology, etc one month into an epic rally. Nice pic tho. #
  • I'm digging Instacast app on iPhone for podcasts. Recommended. What a cloud iTunes should do, but doesn't. #
  • I think I'm only going to watch "making of" videos for First Round Holiday Videos from now on – #
  • Catching up with A.J. Jacobs, the “healthiest person alive”. Turns out it ain't easy. #
  • [post] tuart Kauffman on “The End of a Physics Worldview” #
  • Why shouldn't we be troubled by the reaction of the NYPD to this ticket-fixing scandal? #
  • I just had someone suggest I drop in next time I'm in Abu Dhabi. Does that happen? Feel I should counter with Mcmurdo Station. #
  • So Who Needs Wall Street? Today's entrepreneurs don't aspire to be public – #

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