Friday, August 4, 2017

Should Tesla build a Supercar?

OK, we need to lighten the load on Elon Musk; the Tesla is already (In my humble opinion) a Supercar. Before he got into the business, most electric cars were based on Golf Carts. Does he need to build a car in permanent insanity/super-ludicrous mode?
I, for one, would love to see it - BUT - It would be even more exciting if some sharp race car drivers (see Why Bill Nye thinks NASCAR should go electric) start putting really hot Tesla-based supercars on the track.
Just in case you are not sure the Tesla is in supercar territory, read 10 Supercars the Tesla P100D Could Embarrass at the Track from Cheatsheet.
Even a few well funded car enthusiasts could start taking a basic Tesla frame and start pumping out high-performance cars with features, software, and more that can give the Maybachs and their ilk a serious electric competitor. Or maybe one of the supercar companies can put their ego’s on pause and use a Tesla as their chassis. Now that would be hot, and Tesla would most likely embrace a partner making the foray into really high end cars.
Here is an article from Business Insider: Why Tesla's newest release isn’t really a hypercar - and they call out Tesla to build a “Proper” supercar.
Let me call it what it is - These talking heads and critics are armchair wimps that don’t have the proper vision to build the supercar they are asking for. They want Elon Musk and the Tesla team to do all the heavy lifting, so they can compare it to Bugattis and Maseratis.
So there is my opinion - If I had some serious petty cash laying around, I would be funding the Tesla/Chenkin supercar , and laugh all the way to the bank as the competitors and talking heads rant about how it can’t be done, watching my tail-lights fade as I calmly leave them in the dust.
GO TEAM TESLA!

Footnotes
[1] If NASCAR embraced electric cars it could change the world – Bill Nye | Aeon Ideas

Disclosure:  I own some Tesla Stock.
Originally published on Quora: https://www.quora.com/How-likely-is-it-for-Tesla-to-expand-into-the-supercars-market/answer/Alan-Chenkin 

Friday, January 13, 2017

Flannel? Really?

Ok, I did it again.
Flannel.  There, I said it - posted for the world to see!
From Google searchAs you can see, Flannel is not the meek, keeping you warm at night material that it used to be.  The cat is now out of the bag!  Flannel Sheets are a must have for winter If you are a hipster, Lumberjack flannel "makes" the look.  And nothing builds out a ladies wardrobe like some flannel:



This winter already has had some really cold days.  It's time to beat back the cold, not with comfort foods like chicken soup, But with a classy comtemporary Flannel!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

A brief rant on the Wells Fargo Scandal

5,000 people lost their jobs because they had scruples. The shareholders were bilked, and it is very likely the woman behind this (with a $100MM retirement package) and Mr. Stumpf will not get anything more than U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren 's indignation. These people should be stripped of their ill-gotten gains, and the money redistributed among the people who lost their jobs or got bilked. Did I mention Jail time and community service? We should help them get back to their stated values with enforced personal contribution.

Sadly I don't believe they will get anything more than the admiration of "(envious) Wanna be CEO'S" and will get bonuses for coming up with a coupon for a free bank account to "compensate" those wronged.... (Sigh)....My money will not be in any WF accounts, and I am checking my investments to distance my funds from these crooks. The Board at WF should be doing a management purge, although the exec's would all get big compensation packages if let go.

Monday, February 1, 2016

A quick Update..

Romance is never out of Season!

You can see the new Romance page I added to CMKING.com.  Content Management is not without Passion!


Quora Update:
For those of you who follow me, I now have over 200,000 viewers on Quora  and have been actively engaging the Quora community with my expertise. I am now a most viewed writer (on Quora) on

Woodworking
Home Improvement
Slot Machines
Decorations
Home Depot

And more to follow!


Taskrabbit:
I am also active on the Taskrabbit Platform, as an "Elite Tasker".  Take a look at my reviews.

International Cyber Accelerator:
For those of you who know me through my work in the tech community, I am an active Technical Advisor to the International Cyber Accelerator.  The Accelerator is moving to Rockville, and  I am working to advance their work.  If you have a startup seeking B or C round funding, please feel free to contact me.

Best,

Alan






Saturday, September 5, 2015

A word on Disc Brakes

About a year ago I had some issues with my front brakes.  They were not doing an adequate job stopping my car, causing me to compensate by leaving a longer  following distance - and driving very defensively.  After an inspection by my mechanic, he determined that a brake job might be a good idea, even thought the brakes were not that worn.  (For my mechanic friends, the calipers were not "frozen" or sticking).

After some research on the internet, I realized that the factory brakes were the lowest acceptable stopping power for my vehicle, and that I had alternatives instead of just putting new Original Equipment Manufaturers (OEM) brakes in the car.

Racing technology has given us Drilled and slotted rotors, and ceramic brake pads.  This is superior stopping power!  Ceramic pads don't give off dust and last longer than regular brake pads.  Drilled and slotted rotors dissipate heat faster than inexpensive steel rotors, so there is no "fade" or reduction in stopping power.

If you carry precious cargo, like children and pets, consider High Performance Braking sets of ceramic disks and rotors for your car.  I used Power Stop: High performance Brakes.  Make sure you get the right set for your make and model vehicle!

Even if you just want better stopping, and your rotors are still in good shape, consider Performance Ceramic Brake pads.

Drive Safe and Make sure you can stop on a dime!

Update:  Now with 95,000 miles, I just installed a powerstop disc brake and rotor set for all 4 wheels on my minivan.  Stops on a dime!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Days are getting shorter - Keep the darkness at bay!

Now that we are losing about a minute of daylight every day (until December 21st, the shortest day of the year), it is important to check our flashlights and stock up on spare batteries!  Think of where you keep a flashlight - In the car (heat kills batteries), in a drawer in the kitchen, and in a hall closet.  
Take a moment to check the light - Does it have a strong, bright beam?  Check the batteries for leakage, and make sure you have spares handy.
Now if you don’t have a flashlight, it is time to consider buying one (or several).  Here is a list of basic lights on Amazon: LED Flashlightshttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=cmkingcom-20&l=ur2&o=1
My preference are the rechargeable ones, so fewer dead batteries end up in landfills:  Rechargable LED Flashlights https://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=cmkingcom-20&l=ur2&o=1


My favorite Light is the MAGLITE Flashlight, kind of heavy and “old school”, but usually reliable, bright, and sturdy enough to club somebody if you needed to defend yourself. 

If you buy a Maglite, consider NOT using standard D cell batteries; They can leak and jam in the flashlight, making an expensive light very useless and difficult to fix.  Consider using Rechargable Batterieshttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=cmkingcom-20&l=ur2&o=1 , or Lithium Batteries Lithium Batterieshttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=cmkingcom-20&l=ur2&o=1. Lithium batteries are lighter and longer lasting than the standard alkaline batteries, and they do not expand or leak – so your batteries will never make your flashlight unusable!

If you need a flashlight for work, I like the Tactical Ballistic Flashlights: Tactical Flashlightshttps://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=cmkingcom-20&l=ur2&o=1
These are lightweight, powerful, and come in many different configurations and styles.  Flashlights make great gifts for the holidays (hint) and will brighten the day of anyone who gets a new light as a gift!

Hoping you see the light,

Alan



                    Spare Batteries  

Monday, August 17, 2015

Basic woodworking is fun and generates a sense of accomplishment and achievement; Having owned a cabinet shop for ten years, I enjoy both building furniture and gifts, making useful items for friends and around the house.

In addition to great resources on the internet, acquire a "reading library" of woodworking books.  My favorite read is the John L. Feirer "Cabinetmaking and Millwork"  (Here is the Link at Amazon: Cabinetmaking and Millwork: John L Feirer: 9780684132778: Amazon.com: Books ).
While the Feirer book may seem dated to some, the basic principles are the same, and you will get a piece of usable information every time you skim it.
Beyond educating yourself, you will need a basic toolbox, patience, a good tape measure, pencils, and a working plan of what you want to build.  
Most items can be built out of basic 3/4" pine and plywood for cases, 1/2" plywood for drawers, and 1/4" plywood for backs of cabinets and boxes. I like Pine as it is affordable, readily available, easy to cut and sand, and takes a painted finish well.   Stick to these materials to start, while you learn the basics.
In addition to basic hand tools, I suggest getting a cordless screw-gun/drill, skilsaw, palm sander, power miter saw (10"), sawhorses, and a small table saw.  (This list is just basic, buy things as you need them - and don't forget glue, clamps, screws, etc. etc.).
While there are many joining systems for wood, basic furniture can be glued, nailed, and screwed together.  I have biscuit fasteners, Krieg drills, air powered nail-guns, and more in my work shop. this depends on whether you will be "blind fastening" (no exposed fasteners) or using exposed fasteners (nails, screws) and filling or covering the holes. 
Woodworking is a challenge, as you are the mechanic, building functional pieces using your methods and tools.  Don't worry if you have some pieces that are "less than perfect" - as your skills improve, you will be able to build some really good pieces.
Take your time, "Measure twice - cut once", and enjoy building your own cabinets and furniture!

The attached pictures are an oak desk for my 8 year old grandson, University of Tennessee six pack carrier,  Tulane and VT Cornhole Boards, and a great Tiki Bar on wheels with Umbrella!








NOTE: This post originally appeared on QUORA: http://www.quora.com/What-are-the-best-books-or-resources-to-learn-woodworking - Alan