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AOL says 25% is the new 33%

July 19th, 2012


While feeding my car addiction with multiple daily check ins to my favorite car sites I picked up on a mistake from a news article posted on Autoblog.com that really annoyed me.  I can look past the horrendous & frequent grammatically mistakes made by the “writers” at Autoblog.com, owned by AOL Inc, since I’m no saint.  However this one really irked me.  Why you (may not) be wondering? I’m a numbers person.

The article points informs the reader that Land Rover is ramping up production of their Evoque from 750 to 1,000 units per month.  The author, George Kenndy’s (btw – the sudo name is not working) incorrectly calculated percentage increase by dividing the difference by the new production number (1,000) instead of the original (750).  In case you’re curious the  correct calculation is (1000-750)/750 = 33.33%.

I and should look past this since we’ve all done this.  However if you take this simple mistake and compound it over an over again perhaps it helps explain how AOL lost $99 billion dollars.  You may not know this but AOL and TimeWarner had a little history together and  it was a rough break up.  I wonder…could George calculate the % loss between AOL’s market value peak and present value.  Just in case he’s reading here is a fee webtool to double check your work.

One last note, I saved a PDF of the article in case George fixes mistakes.

Rule you like a King

June 8th, 2010

Sideshow Bob

It’s midterm elections here in California, and as the early results show, the Republican party is back in force. I can’t help but think of the line by SideShow Bob from The Simpsons, episode 2F02, “SideShow Bob Roberts“:

…you need me, Springfield.  Your guilty conscience may force you to vote Democratic, but deep down inside you secretly long for a cold-hearted Republican to lower taxes, brutalize criminals, and rule you like a king.  That’s why I did this: to protect you from yourselves.

That says it all and then some.

Camo Car Unveiled (finally)

March 24th, 2010

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” errr nope that”s not it. Let me try again.

Way back on Dec 21, 2008 , I published a blog called Camo Car Test Fleet Spotted which describes my short but memorable encounter with a test car covered with a crazy sticker pattern and some fabric sheets intended to camouflage the interesting bits.  Fast forward to 2010 with a new president handing out universal health care,  its about time I follow up on my predictions to please my demanding yet loyal fan base.

Item #1 – The tip I submitted to my favorite car porn site, Autoblog, was never pick up.  Boo!!! No matter, as their parent company AOL, Inc just dropped a load of cash in 2009 and the outlook is not so hot for 2010.  Face.

Part B – The spied car is not a BMW or even from that little industrious country called South Korean; turns out  its actually a Buick Lacross. Yeah I know, how can I call myself a car guy and confuse an American car with a German?  Apparently it happens.

Number C – That LaCross (shudders) does not have any cutting edge technology like vertical take off or a hybrid engine.  Under the bonnet lies a lazy American V6 or a pathetic Inline 4. Weak.

Looking back on the experience like an old man on his death bed, I completely blew my one chance in going rogue to be a professional car spy photographer dude.  Bummer.


8 years later

September 11th, 2009

We must never forget the victims especially those brave souls on Flight 93

We must always thank the men and women of the armed services.

September 11th 2009, 911

We must never let these evil doers be free

YouTube – April Fools

March 31st, 2009


Last year they Rick Rolled everyone and now they flipped / inverted the layout. Pretty clever geeks. Just think of all those internal meetings they had regarding ‘what should we do for April Fools 2009’

They even left some funny instructions on how to solve the problem…http://www.youtube.com/t/new_viewing_experience