Check out my new school ID. (Yep, it’s real. No photoshopping or taping of pics over other images involved.) I lost my old one recently, and the school had this pic on file from a “Better Know a Staff Member” feature several months ago, so I asked if they could use it. And they did! Woo!

I explained that I always have my nose buried in a book, so it just makes sense to use the pic. Some people don’t recognize me without a book blocking a bit of my face!

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When all this stuff with Toyota began, I remember thinking: “I’ll bet they knew about this and hid or covered up the problem.” Well, it looks like I was right. After they sifted through 75,000 pages of documents from Toyota, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee recently announced that the company conducted flawed tests of the faulty parts, dismissed evidence about their liability and misled consumers about what was being done.

In a letter to Toyota, Rep. Waxman and Stupak wrote:

Our preliminary assessment is that Toyota resisted the possibility that electronic defects could cause safety concerns, relied on a flawed engineering report, and made misleading public statements concerning the adequacy of recent recalls to address the risk of sudden unintended acceleration.

It should be interesting to see how the company responds to these charges, but I’m not holding my breath about whether Congress will take any action to punish Toyota for knowingly putting our lives at risk — or prevent it from happening again. Because as we all know, regulation hurts business and you’re punishing success and blah blah blah. So what because the family died in a fiery crash that should have been prevented? Get government off our backs!

I also thought of this beautifully succinct line from Fight Club:

A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don’t do one.


Speaking of Fight Club, here’s a video mashup I did with Ladytron’s “Destroy Everything You Touch”. Spoiler alert!

Today I’m listening to: Nine Inch Nails! (Ghosts is a really good project! And it’s only five bucks. I think it’s the only good thing he’s done since Downward Spiral.)