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Our friend Josh stopped by last night in a Tesla -- one of those newfangled electric cars that will retail for $100,000. He's a designer at their headquarters down in San Carlos and every now and then he gets to bring one home.

So he took me for a spin and wwhhhhoooooaaaaaaa, what a ride! I think we went from zero to XXX in about 5 seconds. Really feel those G's!! The car rides so low to the ground it could probably slide underneath a Yukon.

Wealthy folks are going to be eating these electric sportscars for breakfast. The mileage is equivalent to 170 miles/gallon, apparently. There is no trunk space because the rear is filled w/ engine and battery. It's a cool friggin' car... and this is coming from a guy (me) who generally does not care for cars. (After all, a car is only as good as the music playin' within.)

The SCARY think about this speedster is that it is so quiet. You will never hear it coming. Bad news for pedestrians or those who use their ears to back out onto the street (like I do.*) These might need something similar to what a dude had on his mountain bike yesterday at China Camp... some kind of whistling device to let us know he was coming.

Today we attended WonderCon at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Apparently we did the right thing skipping Saturday -- 20,000 attendees!! Stars from the X-Files and other famous shows were there. We thought it was cool to see Lou Ferigno -- he still looks awesome.

We spent quite a bit of time there watching short films and film trailers (bring on Iron Man) and watching artists draw. Simon has a very keen interest in this. We wound up getting a Batman graphic novel and some custom Star Wars lego pieces.

Our boys actually saw Star Wars for the first time last night. They saw it in proper widescreen glory and I know they liked it but... I don't think they were that amazed with it. And I don't mean that the f/x are underwhelming... because they aren't for them... but I think they were underwhelmed by the story and caught on to some of the dumbness.

I was an original Star Wars kid. I was 10 in 1977. And I think it's funny that my generation complains about the dumbness and wooden acting in the recent trilogy. Because that's what we have here. I don't think the franchise would have ever taken off if it wasn't for Han Solo. And btw, we saw the guy who played Chewbacca. No, we didn't pay him for his autograph.

Not trying to rag on Star Wars, but it just seems to dominate. There are so many artists out there with all of these different characters and stories... some of it is odd or bad but many truly inventive and worth our time. In the world of fantasy entertainment, why do we still have one franchise to rule us all?

"The Future and You" is an audio podcast that I download religiously. Created by Stephen Euin Cobb, the show discusses macro-humanity/real world trajectories with famous science fiction authors. Definitely something to geek out to in a useful way, now weekly.

Patsy and Dick bought us a Scooba, the floor-cleaning iRobot. Simon and Henry named it "Mecha-G" in honor of the giant robotic monster built to defend Japan from the real Godzilla.

Living in the fogbelt, we appreciate a good heat wave. We enjoyed a teaser 2 weeks ago and got the hint: 2 swamp coolers is better than one. Are you ready for a warm summer?

A swamp cooler is much like a fan that takes air through a "curtain of water." It uses far less electricity than air conditioning, which is overkill here in the Bay Area, especially when really hot days only occur in brief clusters a few times a year. But for those strings of swelter, a swamp cooler is perfect!You can buy a small, portable swamp cooler online for 100 bucks w/ free shipping. Our model (by Sunpentown, from Compact Appliance, legos not included) has 3 speeds and oscillates. If you keep it running on high you will need to refill the water every 20 hours or so. One thing I don't like is the loud beeping when changing settings/low water notification. These portable models won't cool your entire home but they cool everything in their oscillating paths... and you don't need to seal yourself in. We wheel it around to where we need it. The best part is: sleeping at night.

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Thanks to our pal Morst and the fine folks at Sonoma Wire Works, we had passes to the MacWorld PodWorld Expo in SF yesterday. We weren't there for micro-gadget-fetish, though... we just wanted to get on John Lennon's bus!

We hustled straight over to Lennon's bus and low and behold... the bus was off limits for the entire day because Bob Weir and his chums were inside the bus recording a new song. We could see them on closed circuit widescreen lcd right as we stood just outside the bus -- they were kinda hangin' out w/ their instruments, talking about what they were gonna play -- but we couldn't get on the bus. We couldn't hear the contents of the bus either, but they wound up playing their creation later that afternoon.

You could say Weir on the bus, and we're off the bus. Wonder if he still consumes mass quantities of grapefruit....