Feb 12, 2011

A Belated "Happy Birthday" to Edison...

Google's "Edison" Doodle

Ahh, I missed out on the fact that yesterday Feb 11, was Thomas Alva Edison's Birthday.  So, I'm posting this here, on the bog to be abandoned,  As a fond Farewell.  Google reminded me of the fact with their fancy little doodle, something that I like.  

 If you happen to find yourself here, on Randomized Radio's Randomized Ramblings... Please,  Go to http://www/lakewoodloon.com and check out my More Ohio, Local centered blog.  It's still me posting over there... Just trying something slightly new.  I've got the same voices in my head, so if you liked hearing from them here, you'll still here them over there.. 

Feb 9, 2011

Daily Random Shot, 040-11, A Chilly re-View

Welp, here's the shot of the same spot of the previous shot.  Not really impressive, but what the heck. It's certainly cooler looking.  Nothing exciting really.

And here's some really long icicles.  There's a lot of them building up. One of the neater looking, and dangerous things, that winter has to offer.. 

“Whether the eave-drops fall 
Heard only in the trances of the blast, 
Or if the secret ministry of frost 
Shall hang them up in silent icicles, 
Quietly shining to the quiet moon.”
 -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

FYI, I'll be pulling the plug, or rather, not updating, this blog come this weekend, Feb 12th, 2011 and updating things over on my new blog, Lakewood Loon... http://www.lakewoodloon.com/

Thanks, and I will be adding more interesting things to it, and trying to build it's "Karma" vs this one.


Daily Random Shot 039 11, A Warmer View

This is the place I'm headed to for Wed. I'll shoot one from there Thur with the current weather status. - I was just thinking that I was missing spring and fall. And why is it that we seem to only get a little of those two seasons and almost 6 months of summer and 6 months out of winter? 

A change in the weather is sufficient to recreate the world and ourselves.
Marcel Proust

I'm still trying to decide if I want to keep the Randomized site up, or just move to the site LakewoodLoon.com that I picked up.  I guess the "daily" posts could be:

Loon Views?
Loon with a View?
Loony Views?
Looner Shot?
Daily Loony?


Feb 7, 2011

Daily Random Shot 038-11, Hash Brown Casserole - Vegetarian Version.

This recipe ought to meet or beat your expectations of what Cracker Barrel serves.  :)  There are other variations of this on line, that call for two pounds of Hash Browns, and they call for Cream of Chicken Soup. - I was raised a few years of my life as a Vegetarian, and have no problems with a meal that it meatless. But in my humble opinion, a nice ham steak with some biscuits and veggies would round this meal out nicely.

1 lbs Frozen Hash Browns
1/4 cup Butter, melted  maybe  a little less.
1 (10 1/4 ounce) can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 pint French Onion Dip.
1 Medium Onion, peeled and chopped
2 cups Grated Cheese, Colby Jack Mix Mostly for mixing into the dish. I like to top it with some Cheddar.  The Grated 8 oz packages of cheese are two cups, FWIW.
A few good Dash's of Salt and Pepper

1.Preheat oven to 350°F and use your favorite treatment to grease an 11 x 14 baking dish with something to make it easier to get crusty stuff off of the pan. I like Butter, myself.

2. I like to melt the butter in the dish on the stove, that covers the greasing of the pan job.  Then add the chopped onion,  Can of Soup, and French Onion Dip. Then mix in the Hash Browns, and cheese. Save some of the cheese to top the dish the last 10 or 15 mins prior to being done. OR, use some extra Cheddar Cheese. I  think that the more cheese there is the better.

3. Mix the above ingredients together, place in prepared pan and bake
for 45 minutes or until brown on top.


You can't put to much cheese on anything

Daily Random Shot 038-11, Hash Brown Casserole The Vegetarian Version.

This recipe ought to meet or beat your expectations of what Cracker Barrel serves.  :)  There are other variations of this on line, that call for two pounds of Hash Browns, and they call for Cream of Chicken Soup. - I was raised a few years of my life as a Vegetarian, and have no problems with a meal that it meatless. But in my humble opinion, a nice ham steak with some biscuits and veggies would round this meal out nicely.

1 lbs Frozen Hash Browns
1/4 cup Butter, melted  maybe  a little less.
1 (10 1/4 ounce) can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1/2 pint French Onion Dip.
1 Medium Onion, peeled and chopped
2 cups Grated Cheese, Colby Jack Mix Mostly for mixing into the dish. I like to top it with some Cheddar.  The Grated 8 oz packages of cheese are two cups, FWIW.
A few good Dash's of Salt and Pepper

1.Preheat oven to 350°F and use your favorite treatment to grease an 11 x 14 baking dish with something to make it easier to get crusty stuff off of the pan. I like Butter, myself.
2. I like to melt the butter in the dish on the stove, that covers the greasing of the pan job.  Then add the chopped onion,  Can of Soup, and French Onion Dip. Then mix in the Hash Browns, and cheese. Save some of the cheese to top the dish the last 10 or 15 mins prior to being done. OR, use some extra Cheddar Cheese. I  think that the more cheese there is the better.

3. Mix the above ingredients together, place in prepared pan and bake
for 45 minutes or until brown on top.


Feb 6, 2011

I love Google Maps, and it's little extras.

I don't know about you. But I remember MapQuest, and Yahoo Maps, and how badly they sucked.  They really did. Then came Google Maps. Simple and to the point. And they just keep getting better.  If you're looking for something in your area, or planning a trip, Google Maps is the way to go.  They behave a little different, then some of the other online mapping sites, but being able to move the route around, and find reviews for places you're likely to stop at is most helpful.
You can also pick Walking, Bus, or Car as a mode for getting somewhere, and the travel time to expect.

Feb 5, 2011

Daily Random Shot 036-11, Two Dads Diner makes it Yummy!

One of my favorite places to go grab a quick bite to eat with my wife is Two Dads Diner. - The food is good, the price is right, and the help is friendly.  I've never had an issue with their food or service.  But then, I might be having to much fun to notice any issues. - That should say something, eh?  They've got a breakfast special from 7-9 am where you can grab a meal for $2.99. Sorta makes the Fast Food places pale when you get right down to it.

Life expectancy would grow by leaps and bounds if green vegetables smelled as good as bacon. ~Doug Larson

Where's some of the favorite places You like to eat?

Hey you!

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Feb 4, 2011

Daily Random Shot 035-11, Old Shed - Maple Heights, OH.

While I was unloading this morning in Maple Heights, OH.I saw a shot that I wanted to take.  I don't always get a chance to get them. Today I did. :)   I really like these old buildings. To be more exact, I like the old brick structures around the Cleveland, Ohio area. I grew up out west.  Very few 100 year old brick buildings out there... 

People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
-Francois de La Rochefoucauld

Feb 3, 2011

Daily Random Shot 034-11 - Crunchy! Wh-OOPS

Way to many cars out there in the ditches these past few days. - Didn't look recent.  But still, it has to suck.

Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
- Margaret Lee Runbeck

Feb 2, 2011

Daily Random Shot, via Twitter 033-11

From: @TheNose100
Sent: Feb 2, 2011 7:22a
[Sung to the tune of Hotel California]

On a dark deserted thuway, ice building up in my hair... Snowing everywhere http://plixi.com/p/74220816

sent via ÜberTwitter

On Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheNose100/status/32775758866808834

Well it Seems that uploading it the way that I did from a Tweet, and from the phone didn't have quite the results that I had hoped. -  That's alright. I now know what not to do. - Also... What a cruddy shot. LOL...  Oh well.

"My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and
yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?"
~Charles Schulz~

Feb 1, 2011

Daily Random Shot 032-11, Emerald Necklace Marina

This is simply another picture that I took this past weekend at the Emerald Neck Marina.  I've not been in the building... maybe we'll have to remedy that one day soon. :)

As I've mentioned in the previous post,  another blogger already has a good local photo niche blog going on.  I had thought that I could do something similar to theirs. But besides lacking their talent, and eye. I don't think that that I can. Also for me to consider,  I might not be in town when it's light outside. So, I'm going to try and get one done each day while I'm on the road,  if I don't have a local shot handy. Granted, I'm still going to be a Lakewood-iean (?) but I'll be doing what I can do, with what I have. :)

Besides, I need to try and exercise some of the philosophic wisdom that I've heard that says we need to be happy with what we DO HAVE. Rather then un-happy with what we don't.

Happiness is not having what you want. It is wanting what you have.
- Rabbi Hyman Schachtel

Oh Snap! - lakewood daily snap: tag tuesday

Looks like someone has got a really GOOD Daily Picture blog for Lakewood. - AND they're taking  GREAT pictures.  -  While I don't want to compete with them, and I doubt that I could at their level,  I'll keep trying to do my Daily Random Picture, as the pic that I post might not be from Lakewood, but wherever I am out and about.  Like the next one that I'll post. :)

You'll have to check out the link below to view their blog and pictures.  :)

lakewood daily snap: tag tuesday: "Would you guess a happy person drives this car? In addition to the license plate there's a sticker stating that 'life is good!'"

Jan 30, 2011

Driving to find an Online Business. What Is a Scam or Legit?

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Photo Credit: DarkStaff on Flickr  [Photo Link

I was on Twitter this past Saturday Morning, messaging a fellow trucker (@darkstaff)  back and forth about online business's.  He says that IF I find one that's legit, he's "in".  :)   With this post,  I'm going to try and go over what little I know about online business. This is mainly what I've learned over the past year since I got re-serious about how to create one, and try to get out of the truck.

Is it alright if I re-wind my thoughts a little to when I first bought a computer? - I thought, WOW, if I only had a computer, I could work at home.  That was back in the 80's.

Guess what?  From what I've seen, it's going to take some work and initiative to make something worthwhile happen online.

I'm not sure if I'm the best person to talk to about an online business. Well, at least I'm not one to tout that I'm making loads of money.  I'm not. Not yet. But I'd like to. I think that I'm starting to find my grove a little, and not let the false starts get me down as much. I'm  Picking through some of what's here online that I think is worthy for me to work on, vs what is not.

A person is going to have to figure some of that out for themselves.  You're going to HAVE to provide some kind of service, or product that people want. And you're going to have to find where these people are, and what it is that you can offer them, if you're going to provide it. IF you're providing it, they're your customer or client.  Depending on how you see yourself or business.

Now, let's assume that you're an Over The Road Trucker. You've got a good internet connection that covers 90% of the U.S. due to the fact that you've spent some money on a Sprint Mobile Broadband Network, and own one of their devices. Forget AT&T and Verizion they pale in comparison on a national level, but that's another story. And you've also ponied up for a Smart Phone.

But that's all that you've got. You've got an Internet connection and you've got time to fiddle around online from time to time.  Some weeks are going to be better then others, it's Trucking. And if freight is slow, you're not making any dough.  Ok, so let's see what you do have.

A Computer with an Internet connection
A Desire to do something legal online to make a buck.
You're have a basic understanding on how to "copy and paste" code on a web site or a blog.
And lastly, You're going to need a desire to help those that come to you, and be available.

What don't you have?

A product or a service.

How about a Product?   I guess you could try to make jewelry or something else in your down time and sell it on eBay.  But then you're going to have to be able to take each item that you make and post it there, then you're going to have to be able to send them off.

Hmm...  So, Maybe that's not such a good one.

How about a service?  There's plenty of options there. Plenty of them.  I'm sorting through some of them myself.  But the terms that you'll run across that will prove valuable to you is Internet Marketing, and Affiliate Marketing.

Affiliate Marketing Or Internet Marketing is typically a revenue sharing venture between a website owner and an online merchant. The website owner (an over the road trucker,  in this case)  will place advertisements on his website or blog  to either help sell the merchant's products or to send potential customers to the merchant's website,  all in exchange for a share of the profits.

In short, you're promoting someone else's product or service. That's the Service that you provide.  A Good practice is to have some knowledge about what it is that you're promoting. First hand experience about something you've used, or done.

Part of the problem that I've seen, and other decent Internet Marketers have seen and have to contend with, is that some individuals have abused Affiliate marketing. They've taken a lazy approach by promoting sites and products via Spam, or other unsavory methods (Twitter, Facebook, etc).  There IS no Automatic Button to push to create  a "long term, proud to tell your momma about it" method.  It's going to take some effort.  And some cash.  

Now what do you do? 

One of the more popular Affiliate sites is Clickbank.com - You can join their site for free, and pick a product for free that you want to promote.  As far as I know, all of their products are digital products, such as a PDF files, or even a Subliminal MP3 site. 

You can create your own blog in a niche helping those in that niche, and have something there to promote that makes you some money.  Let's say Legos are something that you like. - Find some way to promote the use of them, that makes a profit for you. Create some models, and make some PDF's of the unigue  models or creations that you've made.

Promote services such as:

AWebber.com   (Yes, I AM an Affiliate)
socialoomph.com.  (Not an affiliate Yet)

The above are easy to join and put a link on your site.  You can chat them up, or possibly put one link a day in a tweet. But I wouldn't promote anything via twitter with more then one or two tweets a day.  Remember, if you've got a small audience on twitter, they're going to see it over and over. And it's going to get old if you're saying the same thing over and over.

And of course, I've got to talk about Chris Farrell, and his site, as it is something that I like to promote. His 1 page Web Business will take some time to view and understand. Like AWebber, it's a subscription, so if other's join via your link, you'll see a re-occurring monthly income.  Maybe you want to check it out  and see his videos with this link, he explains how he created a one page web business. And yes, it takes a little time, effort, and a couple of bucks.  But you'll be duplicating what you've seen and joined. Chris offers unlimited web hosting with his site and services, so you can create and host a multitude of sites if you so desire.

I'd also like to mention Jason Fladlien and his 32 Free Reports.  You can join his site, and offer others' the same reports that they might find useful or interesting. If others do purchase a product from Jason, you'll receive a small commission.

You can also build a mailing list with AWebber advertising Clickbank products on Facebook. - You'll hear "The Money Is in the List". - This mailing list, is your customer list. This is where you build your trust, and provide offers.

And lastly, maybe you might just want to build a blog that is interesting.  Check out ProBlogger, and BlogTyrant for blogging tips, that are well worth your time.

Let me leave you with a link to a blog post and video that Darren Rowse made concerning "Secrets to Making Money Online".

Jan 29, 2011

Daily Random Shot 029-11, Emerald Necklace Marina Area

I was playing around with my software effects  with this one, cropped it, and gave it a little extra color.  It sorta reminds me of the old over colored photo's from the 50's.   The sun was setting, and I didn't have much light. But that brings out the street lamps and such.  The shots that I took were more of an after thought, then planned.  Wish I had a camera that could truly zoom, etc.... One day one day.. 

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Jan 28, 2011

Daily Random Shot 028-11, Lakewood Park, OH

Just in case you were wondering, The Daily Random Shot's 5 numbers indicate the Julian Day and year. Not the photo number, or the number of Random Daily shot's taken. I guess that I'm fairly safe in just using the last two digits for the end of the year, as I don't expect that I'll be around in 2111 posting these things. If I am. I'll certainly be surprised.  I forgot to add the year to the previous posts, so I'll start with this one. :)

This is sort of near our apartment, but it's a winter view of Lakewood Park. (Lakewood, Ohio)  I guess that I need to start taking pictures when I'm out and about, if I'm going to get serious about posting on a daily basis. :)  Granted, they're only going to be from my phone,  as I'm not a professional photographer.  But WOULD find that line of work rather interesting. :) 

Jan 27, 2011

Daily Random Shot 027, A Cleveland Postcard

Lagoon and Chute the Chutes, Luna Park at Night, Approx from 1910 or so. If you like vintage Postcards, CardCow.Com has a large catalogue of them for sale.

Lagoon and Chute the Chutes, Luna Park at Night Antique Postcard

Jan 26, 2011

Daily Random Shot 026 and VFTC

I'm going to try and post a daily random shot from the road, or from around my town. As I'm not always in my truck.  And there are other pictures from my local area that you might like to see. This is the first. :)  This picture will also be shared or on @TachoBlog's VFTC or weekly Views From The Cab. The Cabs are the Cab's of trucks from around the world. He compiles a weekly summary of the views usually on Fridays.

Randy's photos - #vftc @Tachoblog I wonder if he got stopped 'cuz he was lumbering along? I-77 X101 Canton, OH | Plixi

This little tidbit led to more punning on twitter... from

@Heydriver to: @TheNose100 @Tachoblog Maybe he stopped him because of what he saw? ahem....sorry....lol

Led to: 
@Tachoblog to: @Heydriver @TheNose100 Woodn't you know it! I thought it was planely obvious! I Think I'll leaf now :-)


Jan 24, 2011

Free Audio books, and where to get them.

To much of a good thing, can lead to disaster.


Well, it looks like one of my MOST favorite Authors Nathan Lowell and his book, "Owner's Share" helped melt down Podiobooks.com's server last week.  If ever there was a bittersweet sentence, that one is it.  But it pointed out a problem with their server.  I'm really hoping that like a Phoenix, from the ashes of the old server and business that a new business and server will rise and shine.  Only time will tell.

If you're a fan of their site, you can go to http://community.podiobooks.com/ and use their paypal link to donate to their cause.  Also, don't forget to donate to the Author's, as they'll benefit from it too.

You can follow them on twitter @podiobooks for updates and other tweets of news.

Jan 21, 2011

Podcasting with Blogger, and Archive.org

 I Posted earlier on Pimping The Penguin,  on how I use the Internet Archive.org site for the Randomized Radio podcast. 

 I wanted to go over a couple other points here, as to why to use Internet Archive.org. I Started Randomized Radio during some of the podcast craze a couple years ago.  I and a few other truckers would post a podcast every couple of weeks our ideas, opinions and replies to the other podcasts etc... GoDaddy and PodShow were on the bandwagon to get everyone's podcast on their sites, and were offering hosting deals etc..  

But the Bandwidth issue was killing these sites. GoDaddy's BlogCasting sorta petered out, they've changed the way they do things, and I had issues trying to use their proprietary web building software with a Linux Based Browser.  I was irked.  I had heard other's being Irked at Podshow (Keith and The Girl).  Some of use went to SnapVine, and tried to do things via their method. It was fairly simple, you could call SnapVine's number, and record a podcast with your phone. There was an RSS feed, a Flash Player and a link to the MP3.  And then they died,  my trucking friends lost interest in doing their podcasts,  I too lost some interest. Not everyone was going to be a success like Keith and The Girl.  The rest of us just had what I'd call Vanity Casts.  We were a bunch of nobody's with really nobody listening to us.  There's a ton of that going on.  :)  Talk is cheap. Bandwidth isn't. 

 But to make a short little list of what someone needs to do to host a podcast on Blogger and Internet Archive it's fairly simple. 

You need a Blogger Blog
You need a Internet Archive account.

If you're not sure how to add an enclosure link, read this
I'm thinking that there ought to be a separate blog post as to how to post to Blogger from Internet Archive.  So look for one of those coming soon. :) 

Posted on Pimping The Penguin

Today on Facebook, one of my geeky cool friends Linc (of TLLTS.ORG fame) asked a simple question.. 

"Can someone please point me to a hosting provider that is not a dick?"

I too, had some hosting issues. GoDaddy, 1and1, etc...  These hosting companies make an offer that seems reasonable, and good, etc... and then... WHAM! You've got a podcast that's not getting out, people try to download it, and Phhttziled bandwidth happens.  Back before I gave The JuicedPenguin.com oggcast over to Terryf,  I had issues with 1and1.com I had also had issues with GoDaddy  prior to that with my RandomizedRadio.com Podcast. 

MY solution? Post your audio files on The Internet Archive. http://www.archive.org  It's not hard, and from what I can tell, they kinda want your content. They'll host your show for you. I've yet to hear a bandwidth problem to be complained about by them, I've yet to see them shut someone off for "honest" content.  And when I say "honest" I'm talking about content that doesn't infringe on some copy write issue.  But then again,  the Juiced Penguin didn't have a TON of traffic... and neither does my little Vanity Podcast... 

 As for the Blog, I'm going to stick with Blogger for most of my blog stuff. Yea, its' not as powerfully configurable as WordPress, but then it's also not as cut down to the nubs as Posterous, and Posterous is nice and simple,  but the lack of a side panel you can easily add stuff to,  sorta thwarts a few things on my agenda.  So, if you're just a casual blogger or podcaster I'd go with Blogger for your blog,  setup your blog for enclosures, use the Flash Widget that Internet Archive gives you, edit in the HTML code the the width of the Flash Widget to something less then the 640 pixels that is in the code, really not that hard to do, I set my to 440, you just replace the "6" twice in the code.  You can then just switch back to the standard WYSIWYG editor for blogger and finish off or start your post. 

Got Questions? Ask them here in the comments! :) 

Jan 20, 2011

@clauidio72 - To Blogger

I thought this was kind of funny. An ad for Win 7 with a post from Claudio.


Jan 17, 2011

1 Reason Why California is Broke and Texas isn't

The Governors of the two states jogging with their dogs along a trail. 
Coyote jumps out and starts to attack dog:

#1. Governor starts to intervene and then realizes he should stop; the coyote is doing what is natural. 
#2. Call animal control. Animal control captures coyote and spends $200 testing it for diseases and $500 relocating it. 
#3. Call Vet. Veterinarian collects dead dog and spends $200 testing it for diseases. 
#4. Governor goes to hospital and spends $3500 getting checked for diseases from the coyote and getting bite wound bandaged. 
#5. Running trail gets shut down for 6 months while wildlife services conduct a $100,000 survey to make sure the area is clear of dangerous animals. 
#6. Governor spends $50,000 and starts a coyote awareness program for people who live in the area. 
#7. State legislature spends $2 million investigating how to better handle rabies and how to possibly eradicate it. 
#8. Governor's security agent fired for not stopping the attack and letting the Governor try to intervene. 
#9. Cost $75,000 to train new security agent. 
#10. PETA protests the relocation of the coyote. 

#1. Governor spends $1.23 on a .380 ACP Gold Dot Hollow Point and he and the dog keep jogging. 
And we wonder why California is BROKE…

"Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master." – Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Jan 12, 2011

Hash brown Casserole

Hey There! I was playing around with a Hash brown Casserole recipe last winter, and it wasn't quite right, it was the addition of sour cream that I needed to nail the flavor. - But I'm thinking that if one wanted a vegetarian version of this, Cream of Celery or Cream of Mushroom soup would do too, but I don't think that they're as salty as cream of chicken.  So, maybe a bit more salt.  And if one wasn't really into the vegetarian thing, use this recipe with some diced up Ham.

I only had a 1 lbs bag of Hash browns, so the only think that I didn't cut in half was the soup, I think that in the large pan with about a 1 inch layer of potatoes made for a bit more crispy of a dish, the way I like it. :)

1 lbs frozen hash browns
1/4 cup margarine or butter, melted
1 (10 1/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup
1/2 pint sour cream
1/2 cup onion, peeled and chopped
2 cups cheddar cheese, grated
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray an 11 x 14 baking dish with
cooking spray.
2. Mix the above ingredients together, place in prepared pan and bake
for 45 minutes or until brown on top.

original recipe 

Let me know if you've got some recipe's that you really like, or some recipe that a restaurant does that you really would like to duplicate.  The above link might help. :) 

Jan 9, 2011

Has anyone tried the Mobile Version of Blogger?

Has anyone tried the Mobile Version of Blogger with their phone?  Here's my site's Mobile link..


The Basic Platform Car idea...

I think that this is the first document that I’m going to put the idea of a open source, open idea car down. I’m sure that this will morph over time, but if I don’t write it down, it might not ever happen.

Let me tell you a little about who I am, and where I think these ideas came from. :)
I’m a kid who’s parents left their Michigan roots to find their fame and fortune out on the California Coast. As such, I never knew how much damage that rust did to cars where the roads were salted regularly in the winter over the course of a few years. To me, an old car that was a rust bucket had an entirely different meaning then to my counterparts in the northern part of the US. I never knew that rust could so completely destroy a 12 year old car. - Out west, a 12 year old pickup might have a lot more life left in it, so long as the engine and interior were still ok.

“A rough draft idea for a community created Copyleft Ten Year car. Most likely most updates and improvements would be done in people's garage's or small shops. But not limited to only them. People could create a better seat for the car, or dashboard. They could also resell their seats and or dashboards knowing that they'd fit on the "new" cars for 10 years. The VW Bug was a great example of a car that was simple and easy to work on. But in 2011 we need something new in today's marketplace to replace it. But only better.

Better Then a VW Bug?

Yes. I think that it can be done. I don’t have the plans or a CAD drawing to offer on this, as I’m hoping to find someone with CAD skills or drawing skills, to get a prototype on paper.

Lets me try to get my points of importance out here and I do hope it will invoke some discussions.

Design points:

It must be easy to work on. - IT MUST BE EASY TO WORK ON!

If we can standardize most of the nuts, bolts and screws down to 5 or six sizes.

Salt resistant products. Use of Aluminum and Stainless Steel. Plain iron and salty roads are a sure fire way to make sure that your gorgeous car is a rust bucket in 5 years. This practice and mind set that we NEED a new car every 3 years isn’t helping the working poor mans bottom line in the least. It does help out the automakers and the bankers a lot. The idea behind the 10k car is that it will be a basic platform to build off of. A platform that I would like to see last for at least 20 to 30 years. Maybe longer.

Imagine this: A 19 or 20 year old young man or woman purchases the Basic Platform car while in collage, it doesn’t have a lot of frills or bells and whistles but it’s a basic car that will safely get her from here to there. It has basic safety features, it’s a two seater with a small pickup type bed in the back, or a mini-van style passenger compartment.

I imagine the frame and body style to be a scaled down and modified frame akin to that of a Class 8 truck. Like the Class 8 truck, the engine compartments and transmission area’s are easy to get to. And like a Class 8 truck, the engine’s can be of varying size and displacement as well as accept a power plants that are easily modified or swapped out. An owner might purchase his Basic Platform Car with a diesel engine, and decide that maybe he’d rather convert the engine to natural gas or a hybrid. He or she might want to go from a Mini-Van style body to a Pickup truck style, and get a larger engine and newer transmission.

I guess what’s needed now is some kind of a picture or CAD drawing to sort these things out. I’ve not used any CAD before, so... Anyone else have some input on this?

How to get some basic plans drawn up?
Cost to actually try to DO something like this?

Jan 2, 2011

Randomzied Radio 2011-002 - Metric Clocks and Calendars

Hey Hey Hey!
After about a year of not doing one, I've got a Randomized Radio out. :) After all the RadomizedRadio.com URL points to this blog, so why not?  :)

I'm going to try to do a Shorter Podcast.  I think some call it Narrow Casting, but that's so that the article or media is pointed towards a specific niche, and I just don't have one of those.  I'm all over the board.

Back to the Content on hand.  I did a  blog post and had a phone conversation with @HeyDriver (look him up on twitter!) about Metric Clocks, and Calenders.  The Previous blog post points out that the idea of a Metric Clock and Calendar was thought up some time ago, by a Frenchmen, back during the French Revolution.

In any case, I just wanted get this posted...  I've got a few other things to do today. :)
Enjoy! Post Questions, Comments etc give me some listener feedback... etc.. Please This is MEANT to be a conversation... :)


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