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daily 02/18/2015

    • Tesla is actually working closely with utilities on the home battery product. “There’s a lot of interest, and a lot of utilities working in this space, and we’re talking to almost all of them,” chief technology officer JB Straubel said on the conference call.  More likely, the batteries will help people sell excess energy back into the grid, and save money on their electric bills.
    • But at the heart of all competition, however reasonable, lies the great mystery of how winners come to lose and losers come to take their place.
    • “It’s a little embarrassing, but I’m no stranger to rules,” he said) and got a booth. I ordered gin; he took his stout warm and from a soup bowl.
    • You’re the dominant species: We connect however you say we do. What I’m personally wary of is trying to find so much common ground that we erase our differences. Universal narratives insult everyone eventually.
    • They could just release him, but would still be on the hook for over $3 million in guaranteed money. But, as the Indy Star notes, Richardson has certain language in his contract that would allow the team to void his deal, and they’re probably going to try and do it:
    • If the Colts release Richardson, who was the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, and withhold his 2015 salary, things will almost certainly get contentious. Such action would likely prompt his agent to file a grievance on Richardson’s behalf, with an arbitrator ultimately deciding whether the team’s position is justified.
    • It was conspicuous that all the referee couples who have a reputation for being particularly capable of standing up to pressure were kept away from the games of Qatar in the ‘round of 16,’ the quarterfinal, and the semifinal,
    • Always loved this Sparky story:

                 

      Callahan sat with Anderson when the manager’s father was near death. Anderson said, “My father never played catch with me. He wasn’t gentle with me. I’d play catch with my grandfather. My father, a good man, but never a gentle man, never at all gentle.”

                 

      Then the phone rang and Callahan heard Anderson’s end of the conversation. Sparky comforted his mother, who had delivered news of his father’s death. “

                 

      Oh, mama, mama, I’m so sorry,” Anderson said. “Mama, he was such a gentle man.”

                 

      Only later did Callahan know what to make of Anderson’s contradictions delivered within minutes of each other. He says, “I realized that Sparky was telling the truth both times. To his mother, a good son told the greater truth.”

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