Thursday, July 28, 2011

I'm in the USAToday Today? Huh?

The wave of the future! ... Maybe ...

(WARNING: I will be tooting my own horn in this post, over something that doesn't actually merit much tooting. But hey, I grew up in the South, where getting your name in the paper was a big deal.)


Apparently my/our little paper I told you about yesterday has landed me/us in the USAToday today for the first time.

The summary they give isn't quite how I'd summarize the paper (they focus on the "OMG GAS HAS TO COST A LOT BEFORE ELECTRIC CARS WILL CATCH ON!!!!" side of things), but then again, it's the USAToday - I wasn't exactly expecting much depth of reporting or understanding.

The best are the comments, however - some praise/agreement, some skepticism, some "OMG GAS JUST CAAAAN'T GET SO EXPENSIVE," and some Harvard haters - though the best is the guy who said that he and his buddies could have figured this out at a bar over a beer. Personally, I don't think I could run a Monte Carlo simulation by hand at a bar in order to demonstrate the approximate probability distribution of likely future costs of electric cars, but perhaps he's more talented than I.

I hope that it's picked up by the NYTimes (or at least one of their blogs), so there'd be a bit more erudite commentary on the paper (or at least on a poor summary of the paper).

Anyway, if you haven't checked out the paper yet, apparently you should; after all, it's in the USAToday! (You know it ... that's newspaper that's super bland so as to offend as few people as possible and to maximize hotel purchases of the paper.)

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