Sep 15 gcm commented on Dow Constantine and Dennis Hayes: Self-Driving Cars Are a Distraction.
For what it's worth, I do support ST3. The reality is that self driving vehicles are already on the road and will be more widespread soon. It would be foolish for us to write that off as a red herring instead of planning for their existence. Trotting out power usage data in a misleading way doesn't help much.

How about a fleet of self driving buses or vanpools? As the technology matures, we will see it showing up more in the public sphere.
Sep 15 gcm commented on Dow Constantine and Dennis Hayes: Self-Driving Cars Are a Distraction.
Each car does not require one Watson computer. If a Watson-class computer can control 60,000 cars, then the energy expenditure is the same. That may seem like a lot, but if it were designed specifically for the purpose of controlling cars then maybe it is not unreasonable.

Cars take their form from their function. If we have self driving, electrically powered single occupancy vehicles that were at least as safe as today's cars (and hopefully orders of magnitude better), they could be designed to be much smaller.
Jan 27 gcm commented on You're New to Town? We're Glad You're Here! We Can Finally Do Something About....
Blazin bagels in sodo is also pretty decent. The bagels from their own storefront are better than what you can buy in the store, IMO.

also, rain jackets are handy if you want to stay dry and be able to use both your hands. Since you are in Seattle one of your hands is likely occupied by a cup of coffee.
Aug 18, 2015 gcm commented on The GOP Wants to End Birthright Citizenship.
If we're on the topic of repealing amendments, how about getting rid of the second amendment?
Apr 30, 2015 gcm commented on NYT Style Section Profiles Newly Married Couple.
Let's hope one of the supreme court justices asks the pertinent question: which disgusts you more, young gay sex or elderly PIV sex?
Sep 23, 2013 gcm commented on Some Assholes Always Have to Go and Ruin It for Everybody Else.
I ran a little bathroom experiment and found that flushable wipes seemed to break down at about the same rate as regular toilet paper when left in about a cup of water. Until the Seattle Public Utilities specifically say otherwise, I don't see a problem with flushing the wipes.
Aug 22, 2013 gcm commented on The Richer the Driver the Bigger the Asshole.
If I had a nickel for every time I saw a person driving a Volvo with their heads down looking at their cell phone, I could probably buy my own pedestrian assault vehicle.

And don't get me started on that Mercedes commercial where the luxury car's ability to stop short of a girl running across the street to chase a ball saves her life. Why is this shithead driver speeding down a residential street in the first place? Because of his car's superior handling and stopping abilities?
Aug 14, 2013 gcm commented on American Athlete in Moscow Dedicates His Silver Medal to His Gay Friends.
Just 7 days ago, Nick Symmonds wrote "Just as I would not accept a dinner invite to a friend's house and then lecture them on how to raise their kids, neither will I lecture the Russian government on how to govern their people."…

At least this is a step in the right direction. I hope he does more.
Jul 3, 2013 gcm commented on Nic Till You're Sick.
Sounds fun. Technical web-comment: With an article containing footnotes, considering that it is now the 1990s, er, 2000s, er, 2010s, maybe there is some sort of internet wizardry that could have the footnote be hyper-linked to the text so that I don't have to scroll down to the note and back up?
Jul 2, 2013 gcm commented on Blackbird Is Closing.…

a shmata marked down to $200 better make me fucking fly. won't miss this place at all.