All these changes make for awkward times when people happily driving decade-old cars butt up against the modern driving machine. You can see this in discussions on the Internet. The Internet commenter must be heavily underrepresented in car industry focus groups, since most posts about cars tell us that the author wouldn't be caught dead letting a car brake for them, steer for them, or shift their gears. And they certainly don't want large screens to take the place of the traditional buttons and double-DIN car stereos. Yet every OEM I speak to points at customer demand for the "smartphone experience in their cars" as the driving force behind it all. … [Read more...] about Does too much technology make a car artificial?
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I watched one of the first Rally comedy shows last month, which featured performers in Toronto, San Francisco, and London. The lag wasn’t too bad. I heard the toned-down laughter of other audience members, which didn’t overwhelm the performers’ voices. It wasn’t perfect—one performer’s feed froze and had to be booted mid-act—but there was something great about hearing a comedian ask the audience, “How many of you are single?” and hearing multiple audience members reply, “I am!” in a way that didn’t wrest mic control away from the comedian “on stage.” … [Read more...] about When COVID-19
This sounds bland when you spell it out like that, but some of the best television shows in recent memory have deployed this basic concept to an extent. Watchmen gave viewers multiple perspectives of the same events in consecutive episodes; Better Call Saul is entirely about the mechanics of how one bad guy lawyer grew into his sleeze. Homecoming is not of the same caliber, but this show knows the story it's telling and commits to exploring it from new angles. S2 has a confined plot and commits to revealing it stylishly, succinctly (with this and I Am Not Okay With This, half-hour drama remains my favorite bingeable format), and with new likable characters. (In addition to Jackie and Audrey, Geist himself makes an appearance, played by Chris Cooper of "rage-y neighbor in American Beauty" fame.) This season ain't cracking TV's Mount Rushmore or Alan Sepinwall's Top 20 of 2020, but it's thoroughly enjoyable (think more Stranger … [Read more...] about S2: The most fun you’ll have with an evil company this spring
Most likely to answer positively to the question "Bill Gates wants to use a mass vaccination campaign against COVID-19 to implant microchips in people that would be used to track people with a digital ID" were those that watched Fox News for their TV news at 50%, followed by Republicans and those who voted for Trump on 44%. … [Read more...] about US poll says only 1 in 4 Republican voters disbelieve Bill Gates coronavirus conspiracy