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World’s biggest egotrip

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Me standing next to a Bugatti 16:4 Veyron at Gold Coast Bentley, a few blocks from my house (Rush and Pearson, Chicago). Top speed: 253 mph. Cost: originally about a million, I heard. It’s probably around $2 million now. (Photo by my mom, I think)

This article is about the fastest production car in the world, the Bugatti Veyron. The Times reviewed it because they’re releasing a topless version soon to compliment the coupe (next to which I’m standing, above).

I’m sharing not only because I followed the Veyron’s development in middle school, but because of the writing. This writer, Lawrence Ulrich, knew his audience: people who aren’t gonna buy this car. He makes them feel good inside, like, it’s OK you don’t buy this car… or even any other supercar with one-eighth this $2.1 million price tag.

He didn’t diss capitalism, or engineering, but he didn’t hawk consumerism either, which is what most car writers do. In fact he checked it. Good job, Mr. Ulrich.

(And thanks for putting in the green-car plugs. You know where the world’s going.)

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Best of Twitter 6: Links to others’ green stuff part II

Flickr CC photo from bestfor / richard.

Flickr CC photo from bestfor / richard.

RT @Greenmoms In bad economies businesses need work and people need services, but both are short. Enter bartering. http://tinyurl.com/cd6hl0 12:36 PM Apr 14th

If we could suffice with 1948 levels of consumerism, 40hr workweeks could be 13.5hrs. Fascinating. @Orion_Magazine http://tinyurl.com/dnl28y 1:21 PM Apr 14th

And is your college ranked on http://greenreportcard.org/? A thoroughly researched project, it would seem our school would fail, like most. 8:53 PM Apr 29th

RT @greenbiztweets Tricks of the Trade for Landing Green Jobs http://bit.ly/TLgBq 5:04 PM Apr 30th

It’s all but proven: antibiotics/factory farming is the direct cause of swine flu (and bird flu, really): http://tinyurl.com/cloyzv 1:06 AM May 2nd

RT @thegoodhuman EPA identified 44 “high hazard” coal-ash piles across the US but isn’t releasing where they are http://is.gd/136y9 2:12 AM Jun 16th

RT @thegoodhuman: New blog post: The Top 100 Corporate Polluters In The United States. http://bit.ly/F9WTc 10:11 AM Jun 16th

My anti-consumer mentality prompts me to shun the new iPhone, but http://tinyurl.com/n6qutx makes me want it. Heard of GoodGuide? 12:48 PM Jun 16th

Is your beloved hometown company really a dirty polluting scumbag? Find out with a ranking of companies: http://tinyurl.com/n33zcv 10:51 PM Jun 20th

RT @Orion_Magazine Wireless technology harmful to health http://tiny.cc/DQxuf I’m skeptical but open to the possibility .12:40 PM Jul 1st

This NYTimes article did a good job explaining electromag dangers. http://tinyurl.com/n6ztw2 I love Aptera so I sent it to ’em: “Solutions?” 12:46 PM Jul 1st

warmshowers.com- just signed up. It’s cyclists volunteerin to host each other @ home 4 free. Showers & beds/yards 4 camping go a long way. Jul 2nd

I hear sometimes beer and dinner are involved. If everyone were this hospitable, the world would be an entirely different place @warmshowers Jul 2nd