Friday Fives – inventions and cars


1. What’s in the trunk of your car?

First off, I not 100% in love with your tone.  I will continue, though, to prove how aggreeable I am.  Well, I have a truck.  So, I don’t have a trunk.  But, I do have a toolbox, which is where I keep trunk like things.  What’s in there?   Ooh, a lot.  I live in a very rural area, and also volunteer for Red Cross disaster services.  This means my truck is something you might see off of doomsday preppers.  Short list of supplies in the toolbox – red cross emergency first aid manual, army survival guide, bag of tools, several wool army blankets, road flares, folding shovel, slim jim, jumper cables, bag o’ rope, jar of bunjees, tow ropes, boat tie downs, tarps, multiple towing hitches, wiffle ball and bat, horse shoe set, battery jumper box, walkie talkies, solar radio and charger.  You get the idea.  Wanna go camping?  I am the guy to have a long.

want it, the stuff?  Don’t bother.  The toolbox is locked, and I am armed.

2. What is your favorite car?

favorite car is a truck.  I have had 5 or 6 different pick up trucks in the last 15 years.  They are indispensable.  Incredibly useful.  it is like a leatherman you can drive.  WOW – great analogy, self.  Right now, I think the Dodge Ram is the best looking truck.  I mean… just look at it.  That is truck porn, buster!  So, why don’t I have one?  Because it is a Dodge.  I fear anything made by American union workers.  Also, it doesn’t tow all that much.  While it tows considerably more than the Ford F150, it tops out around 7,000 pounds.  My Tundra tows 10,000 pounds.  What do I need all that for?  Horses, mostly. What’s worse is that Ford’s trucks are built in Mexico.  My Tundra was built in Indiana.  Does that make me some kind of patriot?  yeah, I think so.

3. What are some inventions that should exist, but don’t?

intentionally left blank.  I didn’t have a decent answer.  This is more proof that I don’t choose the questions.  i just answer ’em.  mostly, I get my question from my good buddy Roy.  He is the one who started me on blogging ten years ago.  Stop by his site and give him some love.

I mean, I invent stuff all the time.  That is why the site is called what it is.  Like this, and this.

4. Are there any old inventions from the past that have fallen to the wayside and need to come back?

inductive charging.  This needs to be EVERYWHERE… and it will be in a few years.  Inductive charging is when you can charge something without plugging it in.  The Palm Pre had this.  You laid your phone down on the charger (which was plugged in) and it charged your phone.  What are the implications of this, you ask?  Omg, you are so dumb sometimes.  This is the biggest break in electronics in the last 30 years.  If you could buy stock in this technology, I would sell my house and invest tomorrow.  Imagine a mat.  You have a mat just like a table cloth, but it matches your counter.  You plug that mat in.  Then, you rest your cell phone and laptop and mp3 player and tablet on there.  Just walk in from work and set the things on there.  The next morning, everything is charged.

They are also working on this technology with electric cars.  There is a mat you plug in to the wall in your garage.  Now, you drive your electric car over that mat when you get home.  In the morning, your car is all charged up.  Am I making sense here?  This is REALLY important stuff.  You need to be able to talk about this with people.

So, here is why I bring this up.  The technology exists now.  It existing 5 years ago with the Palm Pre.  So… why isn’t it EVERYWHERE?  Well, I imagine it will be soon.  And when it is, you can bet I will direct you back here with a big ole’s “I told you so” post that I am so fond of.

5. What’s the most honorable bad ass thing your dad did?

He was a marine in active duty on an aircraft carrier during the cuban missile crisis.  pretty fucking bad ass, eh?


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