Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Automobiles etc.

My wife and I were talking the other day about hybrid cars and the advantages and disadvatages of such a vehicle. The primary two advantages are, naturally, lower pollutive emissions and the ability to drive in what East Coasters call HOV lanes (we just call them Car Pool Lanes or Diamond Lanes out West). The chief disadvantage seems to be that a stiff wind can blow them off the road and cause an accident. Anecdotally, this happened to a coworker of my wife's not to long ago. Though to be honest it was a mild bump from another car. I am certain that this disadvantage will be dealt with by better handling systems and internal safety devices and maybe more powerful hybrid engines that are able to move heavier vehicles more efficiently.

Anyway, combining this discussion with this discovery, I can now see that we may have to bring in discussions of Frankenfood as well. After all, we might be able to "breed" a Spinach plant which transforms solar energy into electrical energy even more efficiently.

Needless to say, instead of a Prius my wife and I may end up buying a "Popeye" some day.
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