Brent Rose, The Verge: "DJI Osmo Action vs GoPro Hero7 Black vs Sony RX0ii"

I’m not in the market for an action camera right now, but if I were, you’d have a tough time convincing me that GoPro is the camera to pick over DJI.

I’ll say that again, I would strongly consider DJI’s offering based on the review above over the competing offering from GoPro.

This is unbelievable due to the fact that this is a first generation offering from DJI; their first action camera rivals GoPro. GoPro, of course, is the Kleenex or Q-Tip of action cameras and has been iterating on their offering for 15 years. DJI, on the other hand, is better known as a drone manufacturer than a camera manufacturer. This release certainly has me more excited about the future of their offshoot cameras than their drones. Their drones, while impressive in their own right, don’t have the broad market appeal of extremely high quality, affordable video camera.

Laura Hancock, “Ohio owners of electric, hybrid cars say new taxes, fees are punitive”

Owners of plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles now have to pay $200 a year in registration fees. Owners of standard hybrids must pay $100.

The gas tax will increase by 10.5 cents a gallon to 38.5 cents.

I’m happy to see that Ohio’s increasing their gas tax. 10.5 cents was leaving a lot at the pump, not to mention the environmental benefit of dissuading fossil fuel use.

That said, I’m disheartened that electric vehicle (EV) owners are having a fee levied on them as well. Consider this: The more efficient your car is, the more this universal flat fee disproportionately affects you.

The Environmental Protection Agency determines his model of the Tesla [Model] 3 gets an equivalent of 126 miles a gallon.

“We would have to drive it 65,111 miles per year to earn the $200 a year tax,” [Spofforth] said.

If anyone’s curious how Mr. Spofforth came up with that number, it’s $200 annual EV fee / $0.385 per gallon gas tax = 526.3 annual gallons * 126 MPGe = 66,313.8 annual miles per year. Strictly from a CO2 standpoint, EV owners are getting majorly ripped off. Electrek reader DegreeThis points out that the $200 was calculated based on what the average gasoline car would pay annually. The math works out to something like 15,000 annual miles / 28.5 MPG = 526.3 annual gallons * $0.385 = $202.62. From a road-use standpoint, which is undoubtedly why this regulation exists, it appears to be quite fair.

However, EVs are an incredible commitment for new owners, especially those that have never driven anything but a purely gasoline powered vehicle. Adding a barrier to entry like an immediate $200 fee upon registration is the exact opposite of what needs to happen. Since research tends to agree that EVs are a benefit to public health and to the greater climate, one would think that they would be granted an exemption from paying the same fees levied on a gas-powered SUV driven alone on a 60-mile daily commute.

Obviously, letting EVs drive for free forever is not a sustainable way to run a state, but at least let them get a foothold in the market before you start to tax them out of existence. EVs eligible for this new fee (including plug-in hybrid vehicles) accounted for only 0.74% of total automobile sales in Ohio last year.

My new Squarespace site

A personal website has always been something I’ve wanted but has never been something I could stay consistent with. Over the years I’ve had a number of websites, portfolios, homepages, blogs, all of which eventually fell by the wayside after no more than a few months.

There are a number of reasons this happened, but the most common is that I’ll create a site out of boredom and proceed to enter into a less bored phase of life. I’ll create a site out of loneliness and enter into a less lonely phase of life. Etc.

Enter Squarespace, a platform that removes all of the friction between me and my vision. A platform that doesn’t demand time or effort in order to host my content. A platform so intentionally focused on enabling you to do what you want to do that they’re willing to go to any length to help you do it (Squarespace’s tagline is simply, “Make it”).

So with all of that said, the only thing ever holding me back from creating a Squarespace site was the cost, and when I took the time to evaluate all of the tools that came with a subscription, the decision was clear.

Welcome to my website, I hope you enjoy it for many years to come.