Been out for a bit.
Getting geared up now for the spring planting and "agronomic application of nutrients" AKA shit spreading stuff at work.
Have been looking at some of the other companies building equipment, and it looks like they are focused on building bigger pumps, bigger tractors, more horsepower, and more fuel burned; all to move more gallons per minute. There are some things they do well, but there a tons of little things they are completely missing.
I think we can build equipment that shows a lot more simplicity and finesse in design, keep things mechanical and easy to repair. Match drive rates and efficiencies to needed outputs, and keep the high priced computer stuff to a minimum to keep things simple and moving along.
If we can cut fuel consumption by 20% (with a $40,000 per year fuel bill for a moderate pumping operation) our equipment will pay itself off faster than the competition and put more money back in our customers' pockets. Hopefully this will allow them to spend more of that money with us down the road too.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
There is no virtue in compulsory government charity, and there is no virtue in advocating it. A politician who portrays himself as "caring" and "sensitive" because he wants to expand the government's charitable programs is merely saying that he's willing to try to do good with other people's money. Well, who isn't? And a voter who takes pride in supporting such programs is telling us that he'll do good with his own money – if a gun is held to his head. — PJ O'Rourke
Posted by BC at 11:59 PM
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Makes you wonder how much of this is people consolidating into cash vs people knowing their companies are fucked.
Posted by BC at 11:28 PM
Sunday, December 05, 2010
Saturday, December 04, 2010
For the last few years, seems all the NRA has to offer me is junk mail and solicitations for cash. It seems much of their claims of work done are shared with others, or mostly the works of others.
The most recent one, and the most ridiculous was Chris Cox's recent American Rifleman article detailing how the McDonald case in Chicago showed how hard the NRA was working for the Second Amendment rights of all US Citizens. Not once in that article did Cox mention Otis McDonald, Alan Gura, or the SAF; the people who did the heavy lifting in that case.
I posted in the comments on Sebastian's blog a while back about some of the things I was unhappy about, and pretty much derailed a comment thread (sorry!); a Meg Guegan from the NRA posted a response there asking me (and anyone else with problems/concerns) about the junk mail we had received, to contact her so she could "check on our request to make the mailings stop."
Thanks Meg, thanks for never replying to my email.
A month or so back, I got an email from Wayne LaPierre. At least that is what the signature on it said. "Please renew your membership" it says,
If you have a problem with NRA that’s keeping you from renewing your membership, please let me know what it is, and I pledge to you that I’ll do whatever I can to fix it.it says...
So I reply:Guess what email bounced from the address provided to send my response to?
Guess the NRA really is committed to giving a shit about what it's members think!
No thanks, not for me.
Posted by BC at 11:51 PM