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I am Perry Peterson, a retired auditor and tax accountant. My wife Valeta and I live along the front range of the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains.
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The Tucker Torpedo was the brainchild of visionary inventor Preston Tucker and was called the 1940s Car of the Future.
It was a rear-wheel drive car with a rear mounted Franklin 035 6-cylinder horizontally opposed engine. The engine was an air cooled aircraft engine which Tucker converted to liquid cooling.
The car had 4-wheel independent suspension.
It had a third "cyclops-eye" headlight that turned with the front wheels. The doors were cut into the roof for ease entry and exit.
Only 50 of these unusual cars were built -- all of them in 1948.
I overhead a man say he saw a Tucker out on the road in 1948 with a neon sign in the rear window that read, “You’ve just been passed by a Tucker” and would light up when passing other vehicles. I was never able to verify that story so, although interesting, may not have been factual.
Robots have been pretty well integrated into the supply chain and are starting to move out into store aisles for retailers.
What will they do as they roam the aisles? That may depend on the individual retailers, and how much they want to fold robots into daily store functions like moving inventory and providing customers with additional information on products or sales (Wal-Mart is even reportedly looking at robotic shopping carts).
Front and side view of a LoweBot
The LoweBot will add a layer of support to amplify the trusted advice of Lowe's employees as it helps customers with simple questions, enabling more time for employees to focus on delivering project expertise and personalized service. Having the ability to scan inventory and capture real-time data with LoweBot will also help detect patterns or gaps that will ultimately influence business decisions.
What will customers do when confronted by a LoweBot asking, “how may I help you?” Some may turn around and leave the store while others may simply tell the bot to step aside.
During the 10:00 PM news last night there were six consecutive commercial’s. Four were political ads and the other two were by ‘ambulance chasing’ lawyers reaching out to anyone injured in a motor vehicle crash.
A Denver lawyer (shown at right above) is the author of the most obnoxious personal injury ads in the Colorado TV market.
At least the equally obnoxious political ads will disappear in a few days.
In the meanwhile, we will continue to post reports on political activity we deem obnoxious.
Anyone disagreeing with this policy is invited to start their own blog and post their own point of view.
Incidently, this blog began October 2003 and we have posted to it 18,116 times and has had 1,715,692 page views.
Samsung and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are looking into potential safety issues related to top-loading Samsung washing machines.
The machines were manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016.
"Samsung is recommending that consumers with affected models use the lower-speed delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant materials. There have been no reported incidents when using this cycle.
Use delicate cycle for washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant materials?!
This is not a good time for Samsung. Exploding washing machines and exploding batteries in cell phones.
In what might be the biggest smartphone recall ever, Samsung has halted sales of some 2.5 million new Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, amid ongoing reports that a flaw in the device's batteries make them catch fire and explode.
Adding to the controversy, the FAA might also ban them on planes, meaning travelers will be prohibited from taking a potentially faulty Note 7 on board aircraft in the US.
This problem could ultimately end up costing the company several billion dollars to fix.
Through the first four weeks of the season, NFL viewership has declined 11%, and among the crucial adults 18-49 demographic that advertisers covet, ratings are down 12%.
As for a potential backlash by some viewers angered at players not standing for the national anthem to protest police brutality, the NFL said it sees no evidence to that being a factor in declining ratings.
The NFL blames 'confluence of events' for the 2016 ratings decline.
In addition to the election coverage and some fans angered at the protests, another factor NFL media chief Brian Rolapp cited i n a Wall Street Journal interview was the absence of some marquee players due to injury and retirement, as another possible cause of the lower ratings.
Interestingly, ratings for college football have been up this season.