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March 9th, 2006 - Open Knowledge — LiveJournal

Mar. 9th, 2006

11:31 am - Personal auto repair documentaries

Most people know very little about how their car works. Therefore, they can't readily judge what repairs are needed, how much those repairs should cost, nor how well a repair was done. They have to trust that their mechanic will "do the right thing". Some mechanics take advantage of that trust to make unnecessary repairs, make repairs incompetently, or pad the time it takes to make the repair.

I would love to be able to take my car to a mechanic who offered, for a fee, to film the repair and give me a DVD afterward. They could use "helmet cams", like those used by adventure sportsmen. Then I could see what was done, what parts were used, etc. They could also explain why they were doing what they were doing as they did the repair. Making the DVD would be good for the mechanic too, because they could demonstrate that the repair was justified, and that they did it correctly.

Of course, it might increase their risk of lawsuit if they did it incorrectly. But hopefully, the number of lawsuits prevented would be greater than the number of lawsuits instigated.

08:43 pm - Spore: gaming evolution

I don't play video games. Not because I don't like video games, mind you. I like them too much, in fact. When I was a kid, I pestered my mom for quarters so I could play Defender or Star Castle at the local arcade. In college, I sometimes stayed up all night playing Tetris and Doom. Since I had trouble moderating my gameplay, I decided it was easier just to avoid them altogether. So I haven't played any new games since about 1994.

However, I may have to make an exception for Will Wright's new game, Spore. If the video presentation is any indication, that game looks totally awesome.

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