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Feb 232018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 23 February, 2018

Good morning First of all, a word about our touring schedule for the year.  We are starting to get down to the wire for the Triple K tour to Kiev, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan this May, so if you’re thinking of coming, please let me know. Also, strangely, this year there’s not yet a lot of […]

Feb 152018
 
Tough Love for Tesla

A friend and reader asked me last week why I seem to hate Elon Musk and Tesla so much.  I don’t. I respect Musk as a far-sighted visionary with an abundance of excellent ideas that have the potential to transform significant elements of our society.  Sure, when it comes to implementing those ideas, he has […]

Feb 092018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 9 February, 2018

Good morning It has been another ‘interesting’ week; more of that below, of course.  And after writing a very lengthy piece about a nice program to improve headphone sound last week, I’m now offering you a lengthy piece about a subject that seemed even harder to grow into a 3,000+ word article – USB connecting […]

Jan 192018
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 19 January, 2018

Good morning First, a touring update, if I may. Grand Expedition of Great Britain I’m going to make this the ‘last call’ for our Grand Expedition of Great Britain tour.  If you’re thinking of coming, please let me know in the next very few days.  Any later and I literally will not be able to […]

Jan 042018
 
US Electric Car Sales for December, 2017, and 2018

December results are out (for example, see this excellent tabulation), and unsurprisingly, the car with the most sales in the US for 2017 was the Tesla Model S, with a total of 27,060 cars sold.  But, Tesla’s typical self-congratulatory attitude needs to be slightly tempered.  The 27,060 vehicles sold in 2017 compares to 28,896 units […]

Dec 212017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 22 December, 2017

Good morning I returned back from this year’s Christmas Markets cruise Thursday afternoon, and the attendant jetlag has reduced my creativity close to zero for a day or two (perhaps I should try the Queen’s reputed jetlag remedy).  But with this being the last opportunity to pass the compliments of the season to you, it […]

Dec 072017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 8 December, 2017

Good morning As is always the case, a typical rush to get ready for the 2017 Travel Insider Christmas Cruise saw some projects failed to complete.  But I don’t feel too abjectly guilty at not completing the external battery pack project though, because I have been nonstop continuing to test batteries all the last week. […]

Nov 232017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 November, 2017

Good morning <Insert traditional comment of your choice about Thanksgiving eating excesses here!> I hope you too enjoyed Thanksgiving, which felt very much like a holiday for me this year.  Having Anna at home on Wednesday (her school came up with a coincidental reason why there should be no school on Wednesday either) broke up […]

Nov 172017
 
Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 November, 2017

Good morning It has been an interesting week, with a major development in terms of the future of the A380, but not the development generally anticipated last week. I’ve been quietly busy this week, and have three feature articles to offer, in addition to the roundup.  One of these arose out of last week’s article […]

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