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RAV4 · I’m not a car guy par­tic­u­lar­ly, but when one saves your life you have to take no­tice. Wel­l, and dumb luck; but the car didn’t get in the way ...
Nissan Altima Hybrid · Avis gave me one, and I liked it ...
Prius · I was go­ing to be driv­ing up and down the Val­ley for the best part of four days and Avis bol­lixed up my re­so some­how so the usu­al mostly-harmless mid-size wasn’t avail­able. “Wanna Blazer?” the red­coat said and I said “Whatever”; F2F with the Blaz­er I was re­mind­ed it’s an SUV the size of one of new high-density Van­cou­ver town­hous­es. I couldn’t face the thought of haul­ing this ill-formed mass of steel up and down the Cal­i­for­nia tar­ma­c, and as I was walk­ing back to say “No” passed a row of Prii so I said “Prius” in­stead and the guy said “You sure? They’re weird, no key, can’t fig­ure ’em out myself.” And you know, it’s not bad at al­l ...
Cars and User Interfaces · I can re­mem­ber, back in the day, when we were ar­gu­ing about us­er in­ter­faces we said “It should be as in­tu­itive as a car is. Any ex­pe­ri­enced driv­er can get in a new, strange, car and fig­ure it out in minutes.” Wel­l, I’ve been us­ing a bunch of dif­fer­ent com­put­ers and driv­ing a bunch of dif­fer­ent cars late­ly, and I think we’re there. With a sad pic­ture and some au­to­mo­tive micro-reviews ...
Cars and Publishing · While our car was in the shop, we rent­ed a van and it dawned on us that for a 2-child fam­i­ly that’s on the road quite a bit, a van might be a bet­ter choice than ei­ther of the cur­rent char­i­ot­s, a tiny lov­able Golf diesel or a slick but space-challenged Au­di wag­on. So we’re kind of car shop­ping. As a side-effect of this pro­cess, I be­gin to think that Con­sumer Re­ports is maybe ahead of the world in ef­fec­tive in­te­grat­ed pub­lish­ing ...
Van Distortion · We’re look­ing for a mini-van or equiv­a­len­t, and it seems like the in­dus­try re­al­ly wants to sell us some­thing less use­ful for more mon­ey ...
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