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kwbarnes wrote:
Steve, there are many 4 door cars available for less than 35,000 dollars. When Tesla produces on that sells for half of that, they might have something.

The electric verses gasoline powered auto situation today, is similar to the automobile verses horse situation around the year 1900. Cars were expensive, there were no roads, you bought fuel at the drug store in bottles, and they were unreliable.

We all know who finally won that contest, the jury is still out on electric verses gas. May we both live long enough to find out the answer.


That's interesting, I hadn't realised that gasoline (petrol) was sold in bottles originally. Even in the 1950s I remember my dad's car had to be serviced every 1,000 miles and "de-coked" every 10,000 Nowadays I fill it up with gas twice every 1,000 miles (approx.) and get it serviced every 10,000+ (and I'm not sure it needs that except for the warranty).
However, a work colleague had an EV (he probably still has but I retired/was made redundant in April) and drove 50 miles to work each day. The NHS arranged for him to run a cable through a window from a disabled parking bay to re charge - free of charge - there must be a pun there somewhere! Great for him but not so good if the other 150 cars in the car-park were EVs.
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Jun 12, 2015 at 08:18 AM
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BTW - had my LRPS (Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society) yesterday and got it (10 images showing a variety of techniques. Officially I have been "recommended" for the award and it needs to be ratified by the committee, which takes about two weeks, but that's just a formality. Next comes my Associate - 15 themed prints with an accompanying statement - time to start thinking what I might do.
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Jun 12, 2015 at 08:22 AM
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nrferguson wrote: That's interesting, I hadn't realised that gasoline (petrol) was sold in bottles originally. (deleted)Niall

I have seen photographs showing it being sold in bottles, I believe it was also available in cans. Remember that in the year 1900 cars were a rarity, you probably could count all of the cars in the United States, and not reach triple digits. People traveled on foot, or by horse, train or ship. There were no real roads, and gas stations didn't exist.

Gasoline, (and Kerosene) was used for lighting, heating, cooking, running stationary engines, etc.

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Jun 12, 2015 at 10:44 AM
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Congratulations Niall!


Jun 12, 2015 at 12:46 PM
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nrferguson wrote:
BTW - had my LRPS (Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society) yesterday ...


There will always be an England...

Congratulations, Niall!



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kwbarnes wrote:
I have seen photographs showing it being sold in bottles, I believe it was also available in cans. Remember that in the year 1900 cars were a rarity, you probably could count all of the cars in the United States, and not reach triple digits. People traveled on foot, or by horse, train or ship. There were no real roads, and gas stations didn't exist.

Gasoline, (and Kerosene) was used for lighting, heating, cooking, running stationary engines, etc.

Ken


There is an irony in all this. In the late 1800's and the early 1900's, the majority of what few cars were available were actually electric. There is a collection of early electric cars from the Larz Anderson estate at the Museum of Transportation here in Brookline, MA. I'll get some photos when I'm there later this month for an auto show.

Early petroleum refining was designed to mostly produce kerosene for lighting and cooking. Gasoline was viewed as a by-product that had no market - it was too dangerous to use in lamps and stoves. Most of it was discarded (i.e. discharged to the nearby river.....). I don't have a handy reference, but it's in the book The Prize by Daniel Yergin.

It was improvements to the internal combustion engine that finally replaced batteries and increased demand for gasoline, along with subsequent refining improvements to make more of it.

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Zane Adams wrote:
I see Tesla Model S cars almost everyday...they are here...but

Musk could sell cars in Texas right now if he wanted to...just like every other car manufacturer....through a dealership.

Tesla wants to sell factory direct and for some reason our state doesn't like that idea....Just one of several things that our great freedom loving state does that is not so freedom loving.

Drives me nuts....but that is the libertarian in me.



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Wrei wrote:
I just bought some go-karts. I priced them in local stores and each one added a title fee. I bought them on-line from a Dallas area on-line only dealer and they did not require the title fee. I even had to pay a title fee for my farm utility vehicle I imagine they want that 6% tax from the sale of those $75K autos.


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msalvetti wrote:
I think it is an ancient law put in place when car dealers had a lot more pull. We have the same laws in MA. But I believe just this week a court in NY found their similar law unconstitutional.

Here MA gets their automotive sales tax upon registration. I could by a car in NH and pay no tax, but MA would get me when I walk into the DMV.

Mark


Tesla sells plenty of cars to Texans (it's one of their largest markets), despite the dealer association's lobbying efforts in the state legislature to make it difficult. And Texas gets the sales tax on the purchase when the car is registered.

It's ironic that in a state that prides itself on rugged individualism the dealers feel the need to go hide behind the skirts of the legislature to protect them from this existential threat. The dealership system was created a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away: the internet did not exist and car manufacturers needed the dealer networks to buy and distribute their products. State legislatures recognized that dealers could face unfair competition if a manufacturer were to set up a store down the street from one of its own dealers, so they created dealer laws to protect the dealers from the manufacturers they represented.

Roll the clock forward 100 years: tiny Tesla decides it can't succeed if it goes the dealership route, so it elects to sell direct to customers over the Internet. It's de modern times, mon. Tesla argues that since it has no dealers, the laws protecting dealers from the manufacturers they represent don't apply. Customers love the experience of purchasing a car online (despite exceptions there are few experiences in modern life that create more fear and loathing than buying a car from a dealer: every consumer poll confirms it); dealers see the handwriting on the wall and panic, and instead of reacting to competition by improving their 'product', dealer lobbies set out to get their legislatures to ban Tesla from selling cars in their states. The legislatures can't prevent people from _buying_ cars over the Internet and registering them in the state, but dealers sure as hell don't want to let Tesla set a precedent that weakens the public's unthinking acceptance of the existing dealership arrangements.

Somebody mentioned cheap cars. Sure, there are a lot of perfectly good automobiles sold under $35K, but there are also a lot of perfectly mainstream automobiles sold in that $35K range: it represents a huge market expansion for Tesla, one more step down the path to general acceptance of EVs. Tesla, BTW, now owns the luxury sedan market in the U.S., outselling all of their direct competitors in that price range.




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msalvetti wrote:
There is an irony in all this. In the late 1800's and the early 1900's, the majority of what few cars were available were actually electric. There is a collection of early electric cars from the Larz Anderson estate at the Museum of Transportation here in Brookline, MA. I'll get some photos when I'm there later this month for an auto show.

Early petroleum refining was designed to mostly produce kerosene for lighting and cooking. Gasoline was viewed as a by-product that had no market - it was too dangerous to use in lamps and stoves. Most of it was discarded
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I thought "steam" was the primary power source for pre 1913 vehicles.




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I didn't think there were that many, so I just looked it up. Turns out in 1902, 485 out of 902 new car registrations in the US were steam. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steam_car).

But the same reference says that from 1899-1905, the Stanley Steamer outsold all gasoline powered cars, but was second to electric cars made by Columbia.

So good call, I didn't realize there were that many steamers. Still, electrics had a big piece of the market.

Mark



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And I had to pay Ohio tax/fee for opening the grave... on federal land (National Cemetery is on VA Property). Not much choice in whether or not to pay it either.

msalvetti wrote:
I think it is an ancient law put in place when car dealers had a lot more pull. We have the same laws in MA. But I believe just this week a court in NY found their similar law unconstitutional.

Here MA gets their automotive sales tax upon registration. I could by a car in NH and pay no tax, but MA would get me when I walk into the DMV.

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Speaking of taxes, anyone else find it curious that The New York Times is all over Rubio for buying a "Luxury Speedboat" at a tab of 80K, but there hasn't been a peep in the press about Kerry's 7.2 million dollar boat , built in New Zealand, and registered in Rhode Island to save a half million in annual Mass. taxes. Naaaah, there's no bias in the press


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That's the kind of coverage I filter out. When I saw the title of that article, I didn't even bother to read it.

Everybody has an agenda, I don't know where to go to find truly balanced news reporting. My definition of balanced is likely different from the next guy as well.

Maybe BBC News, but that's limited coverage.

BTW, Kerry caught flack for keeping the yacht in RI even here in MA, and he reportedly relented and paid the tax.

On a smaller scale, you should see all the NH license plates on cars that obviously spend most of their lives here in MA. Every now and then the DMV goes after people using NH summer cottages to register their cars up there. Not just tax savings, but insurance is a lot cheaper too.

Mark



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I hear you Mark, I guess Nicholson was right, we can't handle the truth, in fact, how would you even recognize it anymore?


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Aircraft registrations follow a similar path in the Northeast (from what I've heard)


Jun 12, 2015 at 08:15 PM
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In other tax-related news...

Apparently, because they've been preaching about minimizing water use, Kalifornia has seen a marked reduction in revenues related to water. Therefore, people's rates are going up...

You can't make this stuff up...



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It appears the go karts are a hit. After two training laps the grandkids got the hang of it pretty well!







She really should drive with her eyes open!







Daughter had a blast!















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What fun Ray! And, you have all kinds of opportunities to practice your slow shutter panning techniques!! Let's see some dusk shots with the lights on out on your open range.


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We are going to have one to all five of the grands here off and on until July 5 beginning a week from now. Look forward to the practice!


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Hey, I want one of those go-karts too! They look seriously fun.

My apologies for a prolonged disappearance -- and I'm not really going to be fully "back" yet, probably -- but I'm sure glad to be at least seeing these pages once again. I've missed y'all. More commentary in a little while...



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As I am typically late to the party, let me offer a few personal observations.

1. I've wanted a Ford F-250 Super Duty 4WD crew cab diesel pick-up for many years. Unfortunately, the price tag for the "Platinum" edition is always slightly out of my reach. And while I could try to make the argument that diesel is a bio-fuel and therefore I'm helping the environment, I'd just be kidding myself and would need to keep my fingers crossed behind my back when I said such a thing. I believe that we should be stewards over the earth and gratefully use what God has given, avoid wasting resources and use the bounty of the earth to care for the poor and the needy. I don't think I should act as an "owner" or having "dominion" over this earth. I believe I will be accountable before God for what I do with His creations. I guess this belief and viewpoint makes me some kind of conservative tree-hugger - I can live with that.

2. From what studying I've done on the subject of EV's causes me to marvel at what Tesla has accomplished. IMO, battery technology has always been the key and they've got a serious edge in that department. Even if I could afford my big American diesel pick-up, I'd rarely use it for its intended purpose. For the type of driving I do in metro Phoenix, an EV would save me a ton of money. One charge would take care of 99% of my daily driving needs and then I'd recharge each night as Steve described. It's only a matter of time and I think we will all be the better for it.

3. Charging stations for EV's do not take more room that current gas stations. The first Tesla's charging set-up I ever saw was in Yuma on the backside of an Exxon station (interesting relationship). It took up very little room. One of my clients is QuikTrip. I help them develop their gas stations in the greater Phoenix area. One of the reasons gas stations need the room they have is related to underground fuel tank locations, fire safety margins and accommodating the large tractor/trailer rigs that come to fill the underground tanks. Take away the need to accommodate these things and you'd need much less property to charge the same number of EV's.

Gratefully we live in a country where the choice of vehicle and the type of energy used to propel it down the road rests with each individual. I believe EV's like Tesla will continue to propagate, especially in metropolitan areas. I'd love to go a month without having to pay for gas. I'd save a ton of money and maybe breath a little easier.

Last item; Jim's conundrum regarding the new Canon 5DSR. Certainly the Nikon 800/810 offerings have been nothing short of amazing and would make transitioning to the Canon product the subject of much hand-wringing. Now Sony had entered the fray with their A7r II offering announced this week. Since they designed Nikon's sensor and their A7 sensor has been well regarded, I suspect this new 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor is going to be a dandy. I'm much more interested in the Sony than I am the Canon.

Bottom line, we live in a wonderful time of photography. I'm looking at the Sony with serious intentions while ordering more HC-110 developer and Ilford Delta 100 medium format film. I can't think of a time when we've had more choices, options, resolution and megapixels. While there are plenty of things to furrow my brow each day, life is good

I guess after all the palavering, I should post a photograph...






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