Alt-Wheels Notes #25

VOI: Yet another eScooter company that doesn’t know how to market!

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Alt-Wheels Notes #24


Electric scooter, electric skateboard, electric unicycle. Will people pay attention only if Apple makes one?

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Deadline Approaches For Book About Steve Ditko On Kickstarter

Regards, Ditko – An Exploration Into the Mind of Steve Ditko

143 backers is an inexplicably low number for this project.

Steve Ditko was one of the elemental artists of Marvel Comics in the 1960s. He was a primary force in the creation of Spider-Man. His influence in the comic books industry was large. He became a legend in his own lifetime.

The lack of enthusiasm here is puzzling.

At post time, there are nine days left to the campaign.

Previously here:

Kickstarter: A Book About Artist Steve Ditko
Who Took This Photo Of Artist Steve Ditko?
R.I.P. Artist/Writer Steve Ditko

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Again: “If You Can’t Make A Living In America, You’re Not Paying Attention”

How These Teen Sisters Make $20 Million a Year on Bath Bombs

Caroline and Isabel Bercaw were once obsessed with bath bombs. This was back in their middle school days, when their peers were equally obsessed with the bombs — powdery, fist-size balls that, when dropped in a tub, release an eruption of fragrance and color and fizz. And because the Bercaw sisters were student athletes, they’d spend a lot of time soaking after practice to soothe their sore muscles. Which meant even more time with bath bombs.

And that led to a giant mess.

“A lot of times the bath bombs would stain our tub, or even our skin, which was kind of scary for us,” says Caroline, now 17. So she and her older sister started experimenting at home, creating their own bath bomb recipes and adding a surprise in the center, like a small toy or piece of jewelry. They took a batch to a local art fair in Minneapolis to see if people would buy them. “We were definitely aggressive salespeople for 11- and 12-year-olds,” says Isabel, now 18. “We sold out that first day and went home to make more until 1 a.m.”

The girls spent the next year perfecting their recipe. They returned to the annual art fair the following year, this time armed with twice as much product. They sold out again. When a local salon owner asked if they did wholesale, the sisters started to see their bath bombs as much more than a hobby. “We realized it could become a real business,” Isabel says.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

I had never heard of a “bath bomb” until this article!

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Alt-Wheels Notes #23

The Invasion of the Folding Mini eScooters begins!

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Alt-Wheels Notes #22

Better than furry dice hanging from a rearview mirror.

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I Should Sue The Wall Street Journal For Character Assassination

Paywall bypass via Twitter.

Read it.

“New Left Urbanists”?!!!? Me? There is nothing Left or New Left or even Old Left about me, goddammit.

And I don’t ask people advocating for cycling about their politics. We have a mutual interest in getting street parity and that’s all that matters. How anyone votes is their business.

That entire screed is off-the-wall. Wanting our metropolitan environments to accommodate people instead of cars is somehow New Left? Who is he trying to kid? What paranoid kind of Fox News type of propaganda is this? Listen, even drivers have to get out of their cars sometimes and do things like cross the street. Do they think crossing is safe? Would they let their young kids cross alone? And can any driver be happy that their commutes are usually at speeds less than that of an eScooter? Who greased this guy’s palms to write something so pro-car and anti-human?

What this guy can’t stand is anyone questioning the way things are. Things haven’t always been this way. It’s only an absolute idiot who looks around and never questions how things got to be what they see. The era of metastatic auto dominance is coming to an end. There are new ways to get around in 2019 — electric skateboards, electric scooters, electric unicycles, the Onehweel — and, dammit, owners and renters and riders of those shouldn’t have to beg for space in the street.

There is nothing either Left or Right about that. It just is.

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Mr. Inbetween: Season 2 Promo

Ray Shoesmith, a man whose trade is professional violence, is coming back September 12 on FX.

Mr Inbetween | Season 2: Official Trailer [HD] | FX

There are very few TV/video series that tempt me to watch — even anticipate — a second season. This is one of those very few.

Previously here:

TV: Mr. Inbetween

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Germany Succumbs To Financial Fragility

Economic twilight zone: Bonds that charge you for lending

Imagine lending money to someone and having to pay for the privilege of doing so. Or being asked to invest and informed of how much money you’ll lose.

Sounds absurd, but increasingly that’s the global bond market these days. A rising share of government and corporate bonds are trading at negative interest yields — a financial twilight zone that took hold after the financial crisis and has accelerated on fear that a fragile global economy will be further damaged by the U.S.-China trade war.

On Wednesday, for the first time ever, the German government sold 30-year bonds at a negative interest rate. The bonds pay no coupon interest at all. Yet bidders at the auction were willing to pay more than the face value they would receive back when the bonds mature.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.


The sale added to the mountain of negative-yielding bonds around the world that investors have gobbled up, suggesting that they expect global growth and inflation to remain subpar for years to come. After all, accepting a negative yield on a bond — agreeing, in effect, to lose money in exchange for parking money in a safe place — could reflect expectations that yields will sink even further into negative territory.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Previously here:

Fragility Increases
Two Very Strange Financial Stories

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Alt-Wheels Notes #21

Japan’s bike parking is amazing. Until you see what a company in Spain has.

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