(The following is another combination post -all in one- to minimize how many
posts I fill your intray with).
First, the status of evdl's messed up nabble archive:
-our evdl sysop says he has sent a message to the nabble people and hopes
for an answer back (we will have to wait before the issues get resolved).
Meanwhile, I am prepped to step on a plane on 9/9 morning and landing
Austin, TX for my week+ relocation reconnoiter trip. Besides rearranging my
sleep clock, you will notice my posts have been delayed too. I figure, I
have a window of time after my airport check-in, security frisking to mooch
some wi-fi while I wait for my flight when I can post the EVLN items. If not
it will have to wait until I get to my motel. BTW, EV news items have been
sparse (not much is happening.
(A personal experience you might find interesting/amusing)
At the beginning of the labor-day weekend we had some really freaky-deaky
weather: 107F, 105F, + While it is Sept. (a hotter time of the year here),
SF never gets beyond 80F. Mark Twain once asserted “The coldest winter I
ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” It because SF is surrounded by
the cold Pacific currents that come south from Canada, which in the past
acted like natural air-conditioning for the SF area:
Why are San Francisco summers so cold?
San Francisco has the coldest mean temperatures for June, July, and August
among the top 50 U.S. cities. To oversimplify, it's because the city is
right at the mouth of the Golden Gate near cold ocean waters.
It does get hotter as you go farther away from SF, but not 107F!
So, to try to beat the heat (my place was like a sauna), I thought I would
go do some inside mall walking, and kill time in an air conditioned
environment with lots of places to sit with free wi-fi ... How could I go
I incorrectly chose Stanford Shopping Center which does not have inside mall
walking. Other nearby malls do (Vallco, San Mateo, etc.). So, I was crazy
sweating, but getting no where to get cool.
While I was there, I did get to experience a few things before I retreated
to a nearby air-conditioned library.
As I hobbled up to the mall sidewalk using my walker/rollator, I asked for
directions to the indoor part of the mall. The man of the couple told me
that mall did not have an indoor part like other malls (which when the
weather pattern was normal, an indoor part was not needed).
Before we parted we had a nice chat. He was a software engineer (nothing new
there, since it was Silicon Valley) and she was a medical professional.
After I have mentioned my support for plugins, and as I aged my interest in
develop voice recognition apps/programs at Google (possibly for their auto
Since most Silicon Valley techies do not stay at one job for more than a
couple of years (it looks better on the resume), he mentioned he would be
starting in a new job that was a branch/spin-off at Google where his skills
would be needed.
He pulled out his tablet phone and showed me his under development app,
which was a voice recognition tic-tac-toe game
I thought it was very interesting, but could read her body language that it
was time for me to end our techie-chat and cut-them free (after all we were
standing outside in the blazing 107F shade).
I told him I could see me in the future as an even older codger in a Google
auton EV taking me and some other seniors to the hospital for our regular
appointments. To while away the idle time, I envisioned me tell them that I
once met a Google engineer that was developing all this voice control code
He smiled and then they laughed at the thought. We parted each seeking some
I knew there should be a Tesla showroom at this upscale mall (this is where
the affluent blow some money on things they do not need). The internet
showed a Tesla show room where I was, but everyone kept saying it had moved
(so much for the internet being up-to-date).
I found a high-tech store directory kiosk to use, that was like a giant
tablet (looking something like):
The internet shows these hi-tech kiosks are now common out in the public,
but I had not seen one before (shows you how little I get out). I remembered
a long while ago I had seen a TV episode of NCIS where the east coast
tech-geek was enjoying using the touch big-screen computers at the LA NCIS
So, just like that show's tech-geek, this old walker/rollator man was using
both hands to manipulate the screen to find where the Tesla showroom was,
and then rotate the display's orientation to get my bearings. It showed I
needed to drive to the other side of the huge mall to get close enough to
the Tesla store.
My body size always attracts attention, especially when it looks like a
old-broken down senior is geeking out using the directory better than most
people would know how to do (nice to know my tech skills are still working).
An early 40's gal came up to me smiling (enjoying what she was seeing), and
we chatted about this new-high-tech kiosk (it was new to her too). I showed
her how to use it before I left to head back to my car. It turns out she
worked for my former employer hp, she was happy to meet a former hp
customer-engineer (our job carried prestige within the company as you had to
be worth your salt to be an hp CE back then).
I finally got to the Tesla showroom, and found out if I could fit in a Tesla
EV. They had an X and two S EVs on display. I chose a S because the X was
more EV than I would ever need. After working to get the driver's seat all
the way back and down, and the steering column up as high as it would go, I
was able to lug my big body into the driver's seat.
I had less than an inch of head room.
My left leg was resting comfortably on the door, so on long drives, it would
not be a sore point. But my right leg at the knee, was hitting the large
rectangular infotainment screen. It was a good thing the Tesla-S would have
cruise control so I would be able to move my right leg away from hitting the
display when on long trips. What I saw looking out through the windshield
from the driver's seat looked something like:
After I got out, I was greeted by a Tesla energy advisor (?):
Tesla Energy Advisor Job at SolarCity in Portland, OR, US
May 10, 2017 - Description Energy Advisors play a pivotal role in allowing
Tesla to achieve our mission. Energy Advisors are an innovative, hybrid
retail sales ...
He was there for one day out of the Monterey-CA Tesla showroom, and wasn't a
Tesla EV rep, but handled the SolarCity part of their operation.
So for me, I could make do driving a Telsa-S, but a Soul EV would have a lot
more room for my sized body (disclaimer, everyone's body is different, go
sit in a Tesla EV yourself and makeup your own mind as to what fits your
Days later, after the heat wave cooled down, I was cruising on SF peninsula
city streets, when I saw people (handlers) walking their food delivery
auton-robot (it looked something like):
Stopped at a turn, I saw one handler and his robot on the corner. As I
turned, and got eye contact with him, I quickly asked, "Are you out walking
He said, "Yes, I am".
It turns out, there are a couple of companies in the SF area that have paid
robot walkers to not only deliver food, but also advertise the robot's
abilities. Anyone interested in this type of EV-related job as a robot
Starship Technologies ... building autonomous robots designed to deliver
parcels, groceries, and food in 15-30 minutes within a 2-3 mile radius ...
Robot Handler ... qualifications:
Accompany the robot on the street to monitor and record its performance
Answer questions / introduce the technology to the general public ...
Ensure robots safety as it learns to navigate autonomously ...
Responsible, reliable and an overall fun person to be around
Articulate and comfortable talking to strangers on the street
Comfortable appearing in pictures and the media...
Able to walk and move around in any weather ...
Full-time or part-time, work in flexible shifts
Work area: SF Peninsula
Robby Technologies ... building a fleet of autonomous mobile robots that
deliver things to your doorstep, at low cost and high efficiency.
Self-driving cars are almost here. While they are going to shuttle you
around town, we believe the next big thing is to shuttle stuff around
autonomously as well, from packages to food to everything else you need
Experience in overseeing and monitoring deliveries
Possess good hand-eye coordination skills
Ability to work flexible hours during on-demand shifts
Ability to troubleshoot in real time
Robots delivering groceries, take-out ...
Starship delivery robot makes debut ...
April 25, 2017
I am robot, here's your pizza
Mar 5, 2017
This makes me wonder if the same method could be used to advertise EVs?
You control your auton EV via your phone app (the robot handlers I saw had a
hand-held device for instructing their robots), and walk down a street with
your auton-EV along side.
With the EV painted to advertise itself, it should attract a lot of
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