The EV ‘Fad’ Marches Forward

Depending on who you ask, electric cars are either inevitable or a just passing fad. In Europe it appears they’re taking this fad very seriously. This latest news could make charging stations more abundant than gas pumps.

Automakers are laying the groundwork for a a future in which electric cars are omnipresent – and at least as common a sight on roadways as traditional gas-powered vehicles. Last month, a group of car OEMs including Ford, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen Group created a new joint-venture called ‘Ionity’ to build out a charing network,…

via Carmaker venture for EV fast-charging teams with gas stations in Europe — TechCrunch

Alfa Returns to F1

Well… at least in name.

The backmarkers known as Sauber will wear the serpenti beginning in 2018, but at least to start with, that’s about all. Ferrari powerplants will be supplied to the team along with technical know-how from Maranello.

Sauber Formula One Team have announced a multi-year technical and commercial partnership agreement with Alfa Romeo. The Italian car manufacturer, which is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), will be joining the Sauber F1 Team as Title Sponsor from 2018 onwards. By doing so, Alfa Romeo is returning to Formula One after more than 30 […]

via Sauber F1 Team enters a multi-year partnership agreement with Alfa Romeo — F1 Paddock Pass

More Net Neutrality Nonsense

So it appears the fox-guarding-the-henhouse approach to regulation continues.

For someone who claims to be working for the American people, Ajit Pai sure doesn’t seem to care what they have to say. In his announcement today that the FCC would vote whether to roll back net neutrality rules on December 15, he made no mention of the inconvenient fact that his proposal had attracted…

via The FCC’s craven net neutrality vote announcement makes no mention of the 22 million comments filed — TechCrunch

About 24 Hours in Milan

Had to share this blogger’s visit to Milano. Their photo of the Galleria Vitorio Manuelle II (the world’s first shopping mall?) brought back memories of my visit there over 30 years ago.

How we got there We took the Frecciarossa 1000 from Roma Termini to Milan. We traveled in economy plus/premium economy and it was so worth it! This was by far our best train experience. The service is similar to flying in international premium economy or perhaps domestic business? Aside from some graffiti, Milano Centrale is […]

via About 24 Hours in Milan — Travel is Rewarding

Trailhead

Like to walk or bike on a trail less traveled?

Here’s a site that offers a nationwide map of hiking, walking and cycling trails. The link I’m posting is the map view of trails near my hometown and will prompt you for a login. Before you curse hear me out.

traillink-map-view

I typically don’t post such links but…

  • this view is sort of difficult to find.
  • it’s run by a non-profit.
  • it’s really, really cool!

TrailLink.com

TrailLink.com is part of the Rails to Trails Conservancy, the folks that work to convert old railroad alignments into hiking/biking trails. If you’re not familiar visit www.railstotrails.org.