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Why all Tesla Model S owners should Dip their car

Photo 2015-07-02, 9 18 43 PM

 

 

I’ve had my Tesla Model S for a little over 2 months now. It’s the coolest thing on 4 wheels and with the TreadHunter rubber, it just melts everything. I’ve also Dipped (Plasti Dip) it. It made my car super unique and it get’s a lot of stares and garners a lot of conversation about the car. This is great for multiple reasons:

1. I get to meet interesting people.

2. I get to share the car with others.

3. I get to educate people about the car. (I don’t mean this in a derogatory manner)

4. Protects your paint.

5. Gives you a unique look.

The third reason is why I think everyone should Dip (or wrap if they fancy that) their Model S. Why, you ask? I’ve found that  most people think it’s just another nice fancy car like a Maserati, or an Aston Martin. I’ve also heard a lot of “Oh this is a Tesla? I’ve never seen one in person!”. My response is “You’ve probably see a lot, there’s many in Toronto, you just weren’t looking for one.”.

The majority of people don’t know the real value proposition of the Model S as most people I’ve talked to thought it was a hybrid, or just a normal car.The thing that gets them interested more in talking is when I pop the Frunk. Most people are in awe when I do that (and I admit I do it on purpose haha), others assume the engine is in the back like a Ferrari, or Lamborghini and that’s when I show them the practicality of two trunks. I’ve found that it’s been true before Tesla came a long that electric cars were a sacrifice, but no longer and I think it’s our job as owners to spread the word and Dipping my car has done that better than anything ever could as people come to you to start a conversation.

So if all Tesla owners dipped their cars, and made them stand out, this could lead to more interest and purchases. This might sound stupid, but that’s information I’ve gathered from my observations after I’ve dipped the car.

If you’re interested in buying a Tesla, please use my referral link:

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More Pictures and Video of my Dip (Abyss Midnight Flip – Changes from Blue to Purple):

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You get what you pay for

 

Palmolive Oxy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You might be wondering why there is a picture of Palmolive Oxy at the top of this post. A few months back I had recieved some free Dishwashing soap for free with my groceries. It’s always nice to get something free, but it really sucked. I had to squeeze a huge amount to get any lather. Then while at a friends house I noticed he was using Palmolive Oxy. I could smell it from a couple of meters away and it smelled fantastic, great, so exuberant. Haha I had to over do it. Anyways I bought it next time I was getting dishwashing soap and it was only a few more cents than the normal brands (and even cheaper than some cheap brands go figure). One drop is all it took to lather really well. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good is Good confusion?

A couple of months I was listening to Sheryl Crow’s Good is good. It’s a good song (pun not intended), however I noticed something that is scientifically wrong in the lyrics. Maybe it is suppose to be a metaphor, but if not, then it’s completely wrong. Anyways the lyrics go

“And everytime you hear the rolling thunder
You turn around before the lightening strikes
And does it ever make you stop and wonder
If all your good times pass you by”

However Lightning strikes first, and then you hear the Thunder. Light travels faster than sound. I thought it was funny, and stopped right there and thought did I really just hear that?

Edit: Maybe she is talking about just hearing thunder and then seeing the next lighting bolt that followed. Hmm, why do songs always have to be so elusive.

How do blind people manage?

On my way home tonight, I encountered a blind or legally blind man (not sure which) walking on the street. He asked me which street he was on. I answered Maisonneuve and he then asked how to get to Sherbrooke. I let him know the way, and had to tell him when the light turned green so he could manage. In Toronto they have bird chirping noises that help the blind find their way (if anyone knows how that works please comment), where as in Montreal they don’t (and most of the world). So it makes me think, how do they walk in the street and find their way everyday? I know that when you can’t use one of your senses the others are sharpened, however for navigation purposes sight is the most important part. It just made me thankful I have my sight. To top it off, when I got home and started watching CSI Miami (don’t ask) a witness to a murder was blind and just made me think, wow twice in one night? That is no coincidence, so appreciate your sight if you have it!

The scam that is the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Casino

On my way back home this summer, I passed through Amsterdam. As always if I had some extra money I would go to the Casino to play a couple of hands of blackjack. This time however I was really shocked at the scam they are now running. I entered and played with 70€. In my last hand I bet 40€ and pushed. I am not the fastest when it comes to math, however I added up and found that I pushed with the dealer with an 18. The dealer still took my chips. I exclaimed “What are you doing?  That is a push!” The dealer told me that a push is a lose here. I was so shocked and wanted to complain.

On my way back to Montreal, I visited and told the manager I wanted to complain. He gave me the whole “yes it’s your right schpeel”. I could tell he was not being genuine. He gave me a mailing address (not an email) to write my complaint to. First off I could not read it, so I just went on the Amsterdam Airport website (which does not even work properly) and emailed them until my complaint was forwarded to the right people. I received this as a reply:

Thanks for giving your information about your visit at our Casino.
We try to inform our customers about the rules in our casino by signs and from the dealers
themselves.

What a pity that your experience with our rules is not the kind we like to see. The specified
BJ rule in our airport casino is official approved by the Dutch gaming commission. All over the
world casinos deal BJ with various rules.
We as Holland Casino purpose to give our players a good feeling when they visit one of our
Casino’s. We are sorry that your experience is different.
We have to tell you that we’ll not remove this rule, but once again we will give instructions
to our dealers and tell them to give our customers the extra information about our rules by
personal information and refer to the signs at the tables.

At least we can’t refund your € 80,00 because gambling is still a persons own responsibility.

With kind regards,
Holland Casino Schiphol Airport

P. Braamzeel
Shiftleader

Now I know that gambling is everyone’s own fault, but what was written in the email is absolute bullshit (pardon my French). They are just trying to justify their ongoing scam, not once was it mentioned to me by the dealer that a push is a lose, and the sign that they claim to have, was on the other side of the table facing outward and was in size 16 font I’m guessing. As they claim different Casinos throughout the world have different rules, which is true, but never have I seen a push as a loose. They clearly want to take advantage of the high volume of people going through the Airport, which is vile in my opinion. It was made clear to me when they said it was the only Casino in Holland with this rule. So this is the reason I’m writing this post is to expose them to the world. Also I’m emailing the link of this post directly to them so they know that they are being exposed.

PS. Below is a blurry picture I got of their front desk with two gaming awards for 2008 and 2009. I really don’t believe those should be there.

Holland Casino Gaming Awards 2008 2009

Sun Life Financial Paperless Statements and Direct Deposits

Sun Life Financial Logo

Usually when companies claim they have setup a paperless statements to help save the environment I usually think it’s a great idea, however it somehow fails. Some companies still keep sending paper statements even after you’ve signed up to paperless statements, and others complicate the process when dealing with them as a result. However I do it anyways because I try my hardest to be green.

As an international student in Montreal, I must receive health insurance as it is not provided to me by the Canadian Government. My University’s provider is Sun Life Financial. Over the years Sun Life has been great to deal with. I’ve only had one problem with them over the last four years, and I’m pretty sure it was only circumstantial.

Now back to the paperless statements and direct deposits. Before I signed up I would have to waste money on stamps and envelopes, and time waiting for the claim to be processed. Now all I do is after I have been treated (I have been going to physiotherapy lately) is sign in to the portal online, type in some details, and that’s all. I usually get an email within a day or two (sometimes even within the hour) that my claim has been processed, and the money will be directly deposited within a few days. This considerably reduce the time it takes for the entire process, makes it easier, and less of a hassle. I could see how this could be a big problem for an insurance company as people might try to fraud them (which they can investigate), however they still did it anyways, which makes me truly believe that Sun Life is sincere. I would just like to congratulate Sun Life and its employees on offering such great services and being a company that cares. They should be a corporate role model for other companies!

My thoughts on WP Robot

Yesterday I saw an ad on my blog for Wp Robot. I had faintly remembered comming accross it before. So without clicking on the ad, I went to the official homepage. I  quickly read about it and figured out it is a plugin that auto blogs. I didn’t really know what it meant by that so I setup a test blog on my other domain. After installing it I realized that what WP Robot does is basically copy content (Yahoo answers, Clickbank, eBay, Flickr, Amazon, Youtube) from around the web and automagically (I think that word is funny) and post it on your blog. The point of it is to create a great amount of content on your page which will draw in users, earning you money, from advertising and affiliate linking. I only tried the demo and thought about buying the $140 full suite, however I think it is a terrible thing to do. The thought of the software is actually cool, however stealing content from the internet and posting it to make money is morraly wrong. I’ve seen sites that setup only to do this, and even found ones that steal my content. As a webmaster that makes me angry, so why should I do it to other people? I shouldn’t and no one else should for that matter. I would rather make less money from my blog with quality content than make lots of money with stolen content. However some people have different view points.

Ps. The reason I setup this blog was not to make money (that is only a perk), the reason was to share information and my love for the internet and seeing how websites work (frontend and backend).

Tesla Model S Vs. Chevrolet Volt (My Thoughts)

Tesla Volt

Since going green is one of my interests, when I read about a product or method that helps reduce the negative effects on our planet, I like to share that information with the rest of you. Most of the North American Media have been raving about the Chevrolet Volt and how it is a revelation in the automotive industry. While every effort to help the environment is great, it is clear that these reports are heavily biased. There are cars that are much greener than the Chevrolet Volt. The car that interests me is the Tesla Model S. You might have not even heard of Tesla, so let me introduce you to the brand.
Tesla Motors was created in 2oo3 in California to provide consumers electric cars. Their name is based on the great electrical genius Nikola Tesla. The cars they produce run entirely on batteries (yup that’s right no petrol tanks). There are several models, even a sports model (Tesla Roadster) that created a quite a buzz. The reason I like the Model S is because it makes everyday life greener since most people won’t go out of their way to be green. It achieves this by being more than twice as efficient as current hybrids. For those who don’t know petrol engines use more fuel when braking and accelerating, these inefficiencies are eliminated with the use of an Electric Motor. This is the main reason hybrids and electric cars offer better gas mileage. Especially in city mileage since stops and starts are frequent.
The estimated price of the Model S is currently starting at $50,000 (after a $7,500 tax rebate). The Model S can seat up to 7 passengers (5 adults, 2 Children). How’s that for practicality? The model S does not only help become more green, it also helps you keep the green in your pocket (depending on the color of the currency you use).  And if that is not enough, Technology enthusiasts will love the 17-inch screen with 3g connectivity.  The only trade off is the top speed of 120mph, however there’s not many places that you can legally drive at that speed. The 0-60mph time is a reasonable 5.6 seconds. However since it is electric torque is instant.
Last month, I was watching the news in California and saw a report on how the Chevrolet Volt was a breakthrough and how they” leapfrogged Toyota”. It was clear to me who was paying the news stations bills (Take a wild guess). The main selling point the news was portraying is that you can drive 40 miles before using petrol and that most Americans don’t drive more than 40 miles a day.  The figure seems low but even if you assume it is correct, the car will still end up using petrol.  With the Tesla you get 300 miles on one battery charge (using the highest range battery).
Another thing to consider is the charging time; the Volt takes 6 to 6.5 hours to charge while the Tesla charges in 3 to 5 hours (depending on the battery you use). The Tesla also has a 5 minute battery swap feature which is not available with the Volt (To my knowledge).
In performance the Tesla also is faster to 60mph where it takes 5.6 seconds and the Volt takes 8 to 8.5 seconds. Finally the Tesla has an AWD (All wheel Drive option) which the Volt does not. This is great for Canada and other places with varied terrain (snow or simple offroading).
To be fair in this comparison we should look at the overall costs. The Chevy Volt is estimated to cost in the high 30’s before the $7,500 rebate, which drive the price down to low 30’s. The Tesla is estimated to cost $50,000 including the same $7,500 tax rebate. However one must also take into consideration the costs of running the vehicle, not only the price tag. It costs $4 to fully charge the Model S according to Tesla (depending on your electricity costs). The Volt needs to charge a 16KWh battery on top of a 12 gallon fuel tank. You can do the math there based on how much you pay for electricity and petrol. So basically, while the Volt may seem less costly at first glance, if all factors are considered the Tesla is much less costly. (You can see a comparison of the costs of driving the Tesla roadster, Chevy Volt, and two different models of the Toyota Prius here)
The news was explaining how the bailout could lower the price of the Volt. With a car like the Model S underway, I feel the Volt is obsolete. The bailout money could go to companies like Tesla who are innovative and hard working. Imagine what the bailout money could do to reduce the costs for Tesla since they are still a startup company. However that won’t happen since it’s all about politics.