EV Rider

Harley-Davidson is finally producing bikes that environmentally conscious younger riders could love. But is it too late for another comeback? Any list of prominent companies that have been around more than 100 years would probably include Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s and Harley-Davidson. Coca-Cola started as a temperance drink, cornflakes as an “anti-masturbatory” cure and Harley-Davidson as America’s … Continued

It’s Not Easy Going Green

Copious torque and a clear environmental conscience can’t compensate for Tesla’s painfully high price, mediocre interior appointments and that uneasy feeling called range anxiety “When this sucker hits 88 mph, you’re gonna see some serious shit.” While Emmett “Doc” Brown in the movie Back to the Future was talking about a souped-up DeLorean time machine, … Continued

The Cult of Peloton

Devotees made a stationary bike company rich—for a while Things about me: I’ve never read Harry Potter books, I haven’t watched one second of Succession and I’ve never had a milkshake with half of a chocolate cake sticking out of it. I’m not big on hype. Not to be a contrarian, but I hate being … Continued

Cartoon Clairvoyance

The Simpsons displays an uncanny ability to tap into the zeitgeist and a knack for predicting the future Methods of predicting the future include old-school toys like the mystifying Magic 8-Ball and the slightly haunted Ouija board. But a local psychic or astrologist on TikTok can provide a slightly more high-powered approach: “I see you … Continued

Fix the CPI or Bust

A new century dawned a long time ago. When will the Consumer Price Index catch up to the way we actually live? I have a framed print that I found at a local art fair. (No, it’s not Live, Laugh, Love. I’m not a psychopath.) It’s a picture of a Chihuahua with the caption, “I … Continued

Dealing With My Data Issues

Every action I took to protect my data took too long, cost money or wasn’t user-friendly to anyone born before 1981 My favorite tale of privacy involves a lot of unexpected players. I was camping in Michigan last summerand had a hankering for pizza. As I stood in line, the server asked a customer ahead … Continued

Crypto Riche

1.7 million new millionaires and 56 new billionaires emerged in America in 2020.Here’s a glimpse of the crypto class. Aparody Twitter account called @justsaysinmice flags clickbait health articles with headlines like, “Scientists Find Link Between Video Games and Sexual Prowess.” But researchers discovered that trend only in mice. The same nudge and wink apply to … Continued

Gambling to a 1,925% Return

A first-time gambler hits the road for one week of mobile wagering and a +37% return—annualized to 1,925% for this clickbait headline Working for a group of traders is sometimes like starring in your own version of a musical. Not that traders break out in choreographed dance moves or sing songs of yearning, but mostly … Continued

Black Mirror Bodega

Amazon Go stores combine the ambiance of the inside of a vending machine with mundane sandwiches  As consumers shift from conspicuous consumption to experiences, they’ll find a plethora of places to spend money. Want to be a ropin’, ridin’ cowboy? Go to a dude ranch. Want to throw a heater over home plate? Do a … Continued