It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it.

Mobility as a Service

In Automobiles on August 14, 2014 at 8:14 pm

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In the future, cars will be less product and more process

This year has seen an upsurge in mobile connectivity, but not just in handsets and laptops. It’s cars too that are getting plugged in.

Joining Ford’s grandfatherly SYNC system (which first debuted in its original iteration way back in, oh, aught-seven I reckon), and Tesla, which offers free 3G on its Model S series cars, are Audi and Buick.

Audi’s A3 model will feature 4G connectivity beginning this summer, bumped up from 3G+, which was offered in their Audi 47 model under the brand “Audi Connect,” still offered throughout the Audi catalogue.

“Several years ago, Audi viewed that the future of connected cars hinged on the ability to deliver a broadband pipeline into the car’s infotainment systems so that massive amounts of data could be delivered to equip motorists with the best information on navigation routes and destinations,” Audi America’s corporate communications manager, Brad Stertz said.

My Life on the Holy Mountain: Introduction

In Granada, Sacromonte, Spain on July 20, 2014 at 7:24 pm

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I’ve decided to write my memoir of life among the Gypsies, instead of writing another horrible book proposal or trying to publish another magazine article about it. Not that this will result in the book getting published, but I’ve been thinking about it for years and it feels like something I need to write. I’ll be publishing parts of the draft here.

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¡Oh ciudad de los gitanos! 
¿Quién te vió y no te recuerda? 

The sleeper car on the night train to Granada was stifling. The window catch was broken and there was no airconditioning. At first, I tried to prop it open by wedging my arm between the sill and the sliding panel, but invariably I would doze off, my arm would slip out, and the window would bang shut, waking us up in the most alarming way imaginable. I tried this half a dozen times before finally giving up and slipping into a fitful and excessively lubricated sleep.

Comic: An oral history of failure, and (partial) redemption

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2014 at 5:36 pm

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I have published my profile of comedian Dave Anthony on Medium.

Check yourself, before you wreck yourself.

What?

“We had a practice run at Largo,” he said, referring to the LA comedy and music club. “A couple of his jokes didn’t fly and he he just kind of started attacking the crowd. His portion was kind of deadly, you know?”

Oswalt pulled Anthony aside afterward and said, ‘You going to not do that on the road, are you?’ I didn’t want him attacking every crowd. He exploded at me. ‘You’re a tiny dictator! You get a little bit of power and you turn into an asshole!’

Photo by Angelo

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