Yeah, Season One of TNG is like swimming through sewage for as long as you can, and managing a few shallow breaths above water on the back end. Towards the end, you have a few episodes, like “Heart of Glory” or “The Arsenal of Freedom”, that aren’t necessarily smart or sophisticated, but at least they’re done… Read more
Yep, TNG’s early seasons were particularly bad. It’s not much of a consolation, but several of the not great early season episodes were reused scripts from either TOS itself or the planned Phase Two sequel that was cancelled when Paramount decided to do the original cast movies instead. The early seasons also had more… Read more
I think the TNG episode that caused me to cringe the worst was “The Outrageous Okona, ” solely for its “Data tries to learn comedy from Joe Piscopo” subplot. The rest of the episode might have been fantastic, for all I know, but that subplot just flat-out traumatized me, and I don’t remember the rest of the episode at… Read more
Look at WMATA for inspiration when feeling down about the MTA. WMATA has managed to take 5 years to install a bicycle rack at one of its stations. It replaces escalators that were out of service for years with new units that go out of service in months. But at least ridership is plummeting. They think if they spend… Read more
The main problem is total weight that the unit can carry after batteries and distance on a full charge. Having run a garbage company in New Jersey, this is extremely important. We pay per ton dumped, so we want the maximum load it can carry and some transfer stations and or land fills can be 30 miles (or more) one way… Read more
Garbage trucks, school buses, and postal trucks have always seemed to me to be the best candidates for electrification. Stop-and-go is great for regenerative braking, largely fixed routes mean range anxiety isn’t a thing, and the fact that they return to a depot where they’re parked overnight makes charging a much… Read more
Haters are always gonna hate because of what it isn't. You are right that it makes sense to go to BMW who have been building performance oriented straight 6s for years. The haters logic would be like going to a restaurant that specializes in sandwiches and expecting a steak dinner from them.
The haters always puzzled me on this aspect of it. BMW has been making performance-oriented straight 6 engines for longer (and more successfully) than Toyota. It makes sense Toyota would go to them for an engine intended to go into a low-volume sports car that will not bring in enough money to justify developing an… Read more