Just like not-so-good folks in corporate America manipulated the California tax code to give rich people a boost, the good folks at Portal A manipulated technology help us understand just how bad things are for us and how great things are for the 1 percent. Riffing off all things current -- the Olym ... More >>
People who don't closely follow the online media/advertising business might wonder: How can Facebook be such a great business, commanding a $100 billion valuation when it went public, when it's filled with cheesy, lowbrow ads that are just this side of spam?
Those people will be glad to know that s ... More >>
‚ÄčFor the last year or so, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has been behaving like the hero of Brewster's Millions or some other sad 80s comedy (probably available for streaming!) where the hero has to piss away a fortune or a corporation or something while pretending to be a reasonable person. (This was ... More >>
They didn't have to worry about car manufacturersCalifornia has been called a place where dreams come true. Perhaps it's more accurate to say that our state is a land where grotesque fantasies become reality without causing anyone to blink. The elected leader of California's 37 million residents is ... More >>
Streetcars that are too wide, long, and heavy (136 @ $3.5 million per). Bus engines that don't fit and are scrapped (20 @ $116,000 a pop). Manhole covers that take 10 engineers and three months to design (cost: $243,000). Muni's management has produced su
There are reasons for building and owning extremely expensive, not especially speedy one-of-a-kind bicycles. The appreciation of craftsmanship. The satisfaction of owning something absolutely unique. The comfort of a perfect fit. The joy of true obsession