I Quit the Newspaper

2015 Jaguar XJ Animated

No big fight happened, there’s no dramatic tale I’m not telling… last Wednesday afternoon I’d been plotting the upcoming Monday, had an overwhelming feeling of “I don’t want to do that routine another week” and that was it.

I wrote for the next 20 hours, now all deadlines are done, called my editor on Friday at 11 am, we had a good laugh and it couldn’t have been a nicer ending really. My last column just published, read it here.

Auto for life, to be clear, just not auto at this outlet.

I mark big events in my calendar and set them to repeat annually, so went to document this, opened the app and woah… that’s 3 years to the day.

And a new moon at that. You know I feel strongly about the planets.

What I’m walking away from

A reasonable amount:

1 – search Google for the paper -theautonet – and there’s me 2nd result. Search with a space, and that’s my column
2 – that’s my reach, 2nd in the country
3 – been a Featured Author for years

Last times to upload to Fatwire, or name 35 car photos – 2016 Nissan Maxima – Exterior 3/4 Rear 2.jpg. Built the last Fact File (won’t miss those for one second.)

Friday night celebration pizza party.

What about the paycheque I just gave up?

I’m great at bootstrapping, so my company’s account is ready for such an eventuatlity, and can carry me for a few months while I piece it together.

What will I do going forward?

It’s a rare moment in my very organized life that I have no master plan.

Daydream, drift around in my imagination

Drive more cars

– become more specialized in auto security 

Renovate this blog (I know it’s 2009 around here guys I’m sorry)

– my ‘Keri on Driving’ column continues. Find it a great new home, and until then look for it here every Friday

– Execute my 2 big ideas that’ve been percolating. Put into action the beta test that’s been running here the last 3 months

Get fit. PRIORITY. Too old now to get away with not. There’s a provincial-level gymnast in here somewhere, just have to find her

– Learn to cook. Okay more realism. Learn to feed myself not powerbars for dinner

– Okay fiiine, I’ll make a proper LinkedIn, clean up my social media accounts, and make an About page

– do more sewing, make a quilt for my main room

– learn Metasploit. I don’t want to hack the planet, just try some social experiments I dreamed up, like leave USB keys around downtown, that when inserted, phone home to me – message pops up ARE you kidding me, terrible idea, please never no, instead try help protect the company’s network you almost just tanked

As of writing it’s been 4 days, and I’m a bit dazed from the missing routine of the last 3 years. I didn’t write the news yesterday, it was weird. But overall I feel lighter, good sign.

No risk, no reward.

xo Keri

Let’s work.

 

 

The ‘Goodbye to the Newspaper’ Column

Tough to write, but think it came out pretty good. It was column #164.

And haha editor Dan, nice edit in the 3rd paragraph there :)

Read it online at Autonet

Favourite line:

All of it. Writing ‘Keri on Driving’ was the best part of my week.

Here’s the link to my Dream Fleet, send me yours and let’s debate!

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The column will continue here, each Friday.

 

 

Infrastructure is the Enemy of the Autonomous Car

It’s not that the technology isn’t here, we already drive semi-autonomous cars.

Why?

– laws and regulations must be established, a precedent set
roads must be modified
– which means a city will need to establish a new division within their transportation department
– new maps created
– ensure the cell network can handle a massive increase in capacity, since autonomous cars hoover data
– new training courses and licensing, since the psychology of piloting an autonomous car is quite different than a regular vehicle

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

Who is going to pay for the the above list?

Automakers? Not likely. Our already-stretched tax dollars? Same answer. Does our Ministry of Transportation have a dedicated department to deal with this yet?

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HUDs are Good

The tech debuted in fighter jets and has made its way down to our passenger vehicles. It’s a holographic technology called HUD – Heads-Up Display.

Thought I’d dislike it – a busy cluster of information positioned directly in my field of vision? – but it’s fast to adopt and very helpful.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

Usually I condemn these new bleeding-edge technology features and discourage adoption, but Head-Up Displays are an exception with how they allow you to register information without removing your eyes from the road.

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Review of the all-new 2015 Hyundai Genesis here.

 

 

Use my Tricks to Conquer Road Rage

I rarely get worked up while behind the wheel, here’s how and why.

Try my 6 tricks for overcoming road rage, from applying logic to car dancing, talking on the phone, people watching, and my last trick is the best one.

Read it online at Autonet.

Favourite line:

The last trick is my most devious one – I pretend I’m a puppet master.

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