Sunday, August 24, 2008

Well, this is the first blog post while living at Purdue University. That's right, after all this time, I'm finally at college. Anyway, I'm writing this from my dorm room after taking a bus ride to the store to get some parts for my homemade air conditioner (yeah, it's plenty hot in my dorm room).

So- the upshot is, I've finally learned how much hate buses. Yes, the electric car guy hates a form of public transportation. Now, before you all pile into the family hybrid with baseball bats and come to Indiana, let me explain myself in what I like to call, "10 reasons why I hate buses."

1. You're tied down to their schedule, which is, of course, really eratic. If the bus is late, so are you.
2. You're packed in there like a bunch of overgrown sardines.
3. You get lots of dirty looks if you get on carrying two huge styrofoam coolers, copper pipe, bilge pumps, and other commonplace items.
4. The bus drivers definitely don't believe in brake preservation.
5. It's a terrible place to meet girls. I don't care what you've seen on TV, it just doesn't happen that way.
6. You've got to be some kind of freak of nature to understand the labyrinth of 1As, 3Bs, reds, greens, blues, and whatever that make up the system.
7. The bus routes are just as nuts as the maps that describe them.
8. If you're one of those "it's the journey, not the destination" people, you might as well just give up.
9. Bus drivers are jerks. (OK, not all of them- probably just the one or two that I've dealt with)
10. See rule #1.

That pretty much concludes this rant. Stay tuned for more on this and other fascinating topics!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

It can be a huge drawback to getting (or keeping) a job that doesn't fit their schedule. I used to be able to catch the bus to work at 5pm, but always had to get someone to drive me home at the end of my shift.

I remember having to walk a mile to get to the bus stop from my apartment. You got used to it after awhile.

PeterCHarrison said...

Hey, just wondering, do your electric vehicles make use of regenerative braking? I am interested in converting my own car and if you dont do regenerative braking i would like to implement it.

koulpa said...

we stay tuned.. what about you? no time? I'll pass again..
have a nice automne..:):)

Anonymous said...

EV-related news:

TN Man Converts Pickup To Run On Batteries
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/oct/11/tenn-man-converts-gas-pickup-run-batteries/

Anonymous said...

Hi, looks like someone in Montreal is kinda doing the same thing as you: http://voitureselectriques.ca/
Keep up the good work, and enjoy school, you will never see as many hot chicks everyday for the rest of your life !
LArry

Andrew said...

Hey, just wanted to tell everybody I really appreciate all the comments. Even if I don't have time to post, I do check it every few days and read the comments, so keep 'em comin!

So, regen braking- as it turns out, it's kind of hard to use regen braking with a series motor because, as I understand it, you have to find a way to seperately energize the field magnets before you can take power off the armature. Currently, I'm just using an off-the-shelf controller, so I'm not using regen right now.