October 24th, 2008


When does a car stop being a car?

One for you motor heads and geeks out there.

Today's SMH has an article about the announced Land Speed Record attempt by the folks who currently hold the record.  They've announced that their planned 'car' will consist of two rockets and a jet engine and that they hope to reach speeds of 1600km/h+.

I read the article and wondered to myself when does a car actually stop being a car?  I mean, the way I classify a car is a vehicle with 4 wheels and has an engine driving those wheels to carry someone from point a to point b.  This thing, in my mind, isn't a car anymore.  It's an object on wheels, that has a couple of rockets attached to it to push it along.  The rockets or engine aren't driving the wheels.  How is it different to an aeroplane with no wings or even a rocket on it's side?


Stubbornness is a virtue... NOT!

Sally has decided that she is choosing Number #2's name and she's automatically discarding any option I put forward.  Her reasoning is that I chose Caitlin's name and that it's her 'turn' - which is incorrect (at least in my memory of things).

To begin with, it's pretty humiliating to have her turn her nose up at every single suggestion I make when she asks me for suggestions, but to me, the biggest thing is that it's not 'us' that is deciding when it should be.  I think my problem is not with the name she's chosen, but the way she's going about this - the whole defiant toddler-like stubbornness kind of attitude towards any suggestion I make.

I've tried talking with her about it, but I don't get anywhere with it.  I don't want to just 'give in' because it gives her the signal that she can just do this sort of thing anytime she wants.