Archive for November, 2004

Public Transportation Without the Freaks

November 19, 2004

I’m not a big fan of public transportation since it has limited endpoints and has plenty of incentives to be inefficient. Of course, it’s also an illegitimate function of government but that objection will only fly once we as a society get a notion of the proper functions of government. I voted against the recent Maricopa County proposition to expand light rail as well as the original proposition that started it.

What makes the light rail expenditures more egregious isn’t just that such systems have failed in nearly every municipality, it’s also that there exist alternatives that are so much more efficient and cost-effective. SkyWeb Express is one such alternative and it costs a quarter of typical light rail. What’s more, it’s almost completely automated, private, and able to bypass stations. Oh, and it looks like a cross between a monorail and Rocket Rods.

Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be much municipal interest in it.


November 18, 2004

Google Scholar: the Deep Web just got a little shallower. If they can broaden this, this could be the most useful thing since Google.

If Only He Practiced It

November 5, 2004

Quote from John Kerry’s concession speech: “But in an American election, there are no losers, because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans. And that—that is the greatest privilege and the most remarkable good fortune that can come to us on earth.”

If only we had a politician who really understood what it means to be an American instead of one just mouthing bromides while acting to undercut everything that’s great about America.

Vote or Don’t

November 2, 2004

Vote or don’t: I don’t really care since most people vote the opposite of me.

[UPDATE (11/3/04): Bush won. Hooray.]