News

I’m an expert!

From time to time I see a reporter from some newspaper or other news source asking around on Twitter for people who wouldn’t mind sharing their opinions about this or that or the other. Being the complete attention whore that I am (when I’m not experiencing fits of self-loathing over my attention-seeking behavior), I’m not above raising my hand and going “me me me”.

This week an AP reporter asked for thoughts from Uber riders and drivers over the latest Uber scandal and, having the day mostly off with not much to do, I promptly volunteered to talk. I talked via phone to the reporter and said that I was tired of dealing with a firm with such a toxic culture and way of doing business and was happy that Lyft had come to Vermont. The official AP edition of the article is here, or if that link stops working at some point, you can look here.

I seem to have also given an interview to a Wall Street Journal reporter about our Tesla Powerwall home battery back in May and forgotten to share it. You can read that one here.

Privately, I’m amused by the endless appetite for comments from men-on-the-street and “experts” by news websites, blogs, podcasts, and, of course, Fox News. (Fox will put any relatively normal looking white male over the age of 40 who calls himself an expert on the air without doing much of anything to vet them.) If I wanted to get a lot of attention, I imagine it wouldn’t really be too hard.

Playing Footsie?

So there I was, dozing on a late flight from Chicago to Vermont, my arm dangling down next to my seat. Next thing you know, I’ve sleepily grabbed the shoe of the guy behind me and am trying (in my not-quite-half-awake stupor) to figure out what it is. Thank God he pulled it back abruptly and said nothing.

Go Dawgs, Buddhist Style

Strangest thing I’ve seen all week: a few dozen Buddhist monks doing the University of Georgia “Calling the Dawgs” cheer. Given that previously undefeated Georgia promptly got curb-stomped by Auburn today, I think it’s safe to say Buddha was not amused.