Tesla Users Are Penalised Left and Right

Tesla is really wringing its customers wallets dry, recently a change from a FREE Unlimited Supercharge to a Pay Per Use Model, and as some point soon they will charging a camping fee for blocking a supercharger port once your car is fully charged.

Tesla Supercharger Stations

Tesla Supercharger Stations

Tesla supercharging stations charge with up to 145 kW of power which is distributed between two adjacent cars. Each individual vehicle can take a maximum of 120 kW per hour. This is up to 16 times as fast as most public charging stations. Superchargers are able to take a near empty vehicle up to 50% in about 20 minutes, and up to nearly 80% in just 40 minutes, and just over 75 minutes to get to full charged (100%). 

Tesla will be introducing a idle charge of approx £0.30 pence per minute (£18 per hour) for overstaying their welcome at the supercharge stations. This is to stop people leaving their cars blocking the Supercharger Stations for hours beyond their charge time, as many appear to use them to park their car for free. 

A Growing UK Concern

This doesn’t appear to be a UK Problem at this point, certainly not for Tesla owners but I believe it is a growing concern as the number of electric cars on Britain’s streets grows. In Manchester are a few public access charging points, these usually come with a free parking while you charge.

On a recent visit to Manchester, the street near the drop off point charges approx £3 per hour to park. I arrived at 10am-ish and there was an advertising wrapped BMW i3 I think, parking the only Electric Charge point. When I left at approx 5pm this same BMW was still parked and still plugged in.

Manchester Council as far as I know are in the partnership which offers free parking to charging electric vehicles, so hogging already occurs, and I can only see it getting worse. 

Image from Wikipedia.

Carling Lager is Weaker Than Advertised

The Taxman (HMRC) have taken Carling Lager’s US based owners Molson Coors to a tribunal over it not paying its proper taxes. Apparently its about £50 million quid short, because its beer is actually 3.7% ABV not the advertised 4% which the can says. This has been happening since 2012, so not a recent thing. 

Ice Cold Lagar

Ice Cold Lagar

Lager of that strength is allowed a natural variance of -/+ 0.5%, which in the case of Carling Larger should be 0.02% ABV. Carling claim their variance is actually 0.23% across the board. However if you work out the difference between 4.0% and 3.7% it is actually closer to whopping 8% which is a massive amount. Its like paying for a 12 pack of beer and being given 11 and told “close enough” move along now. The reason for lowering he ABV percentage is the higher the alcohol content a drink has, the more tax it pays, and Molson Coors decided in its own world that lying to its customers about the strength is perfectly acceptable.

Even worse the TaxMan (HMRC) doesn’t even suggest this is illegal and makes clear there is no broken laws here. Exsqueeze me, the rules say 0.5%, not EIGHT PERCENT, where the hell are advertising standards when you need them. Furthermore the tribunal found in favour of Molson Coors and decided it was perfectly acceptable and didn’t owe £50,000,000 in taxes.

Its understood the primary “driver” behind lying to their customers is because they didn’t want to share the tax reduction with supermarket or pub chains, or more importantly pass the saving on to the mugs drinking their weakened lager. By mugs I mean you and me, I know what I won’t be drinking again now. 

You can read more at the BBC or all other news outlets.

Rich Piana Has Died

Its a sad day for body building fans and the fitness industry as a whole. Its been reported and confirmed that Rich Piana of 5% Nutrition has died after a recent medical emergency. There are rumours of drug overdose and taking his own life but all are rumours and nothing is confirmed. 

Rich Piana at Body Power 2017

Rich Piana at Body Power 2017

In my previous post about Rich in a Chemically Induced Coma, I detailed how the man was absolutely dedicated to his fans. I witnessed this all first hand. Rich shone a light on the fitness industry be it good or bad. If you are not familiar with Rich Piana from 5% Nutrition, he’s the man who basically “enhanced” his already well built physique using Synthol, PMMA and various other local enhancing oils which are injected to the muscles to inflate them like a water balloon and produce his massive size.

There has long been questions of safety surrounding the vast majority of these oils being injected into the body. Others have accused users of these enhancing oils as being cheats and not real body builders so Rich has always been somewhat controversial.

This is why I’m not a big fan of Rich Piana’s methods and process, but that aside its a sad day for the health industry and his millions or 5%’ers around the globe.

I will certainly miss him at future events and hope his legacy is a good one, rest well Rich. 

Reimagined Alt Disney Characters

Sometimes these cartoons are more a social commentary or contemporary reflection of the current state of affairs, I’m not sure what the correct term would be. While they are fun and laughter inducing they show the sorry state of the world today and how reality contrasts to the fantasy world children inhabit. I’m almost jealous!. 

Ariel Iradiated By Tom Ward

Ariel Iradiated By Tom Ward

It would seem British based graphic designer Tom Ward from Woking intended exactly that reaction from people. Tom Ward said he wanted “to bring to life the times we in and communicate topical issues in a relatable way.”, which is a far more elegant way of saying what I attempted. He continued to say “some have a darker message while others are more light-hearted”, which is pretty accurate I certainly smiled a few while others made me consider the stark reality they portrayed.  

I saw some of these a while ago, but I was unable to locate the source and felt the artist should be credited. They now popped up in my news feed via the BBC who have accredited the original author Tom Ward (Insta) / Tom Ward Studio (Website) so I figured I would now post them. 

Pinnochio Selfie or Selfiochio

I happen to detest selfie sticks, but I can’t deny the are effectively MySpace Angles for the current generation. This one made me giggle. Most people will have missed this, but rather than use Bluetooth technology to trigger the device, there is an old school cable plugged into what appears to be a Dell Streak Mobile phone. Pinnochio is clearly analogue and not joined the digital revolution yet. 

Alt Disney 12/12 #AltDisney

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Disney Pride

The recent Beauty and the Beast live action movie with Emma Watson introduced us to Disney’s first openly gay character Lefou and its about time too. Loving the symbolic message that the traditionally handsome prince charming is elevating gay rights, not sure about Lefao’s appearance and I haven’t seen the movie yet to comment. 

Alt Disney 11/12 #AltDisney

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Robocop Speed Enforcer

One of the ones I saw a while ago (Around Christmas) was this one of Robocop with a Gatso Speed Camera, busted from Detroits numero uno to menial traffic enforcement. I’m not 100% sure what the intended message is here, but I’m taking it to be the wastefulness of the government spending billions on tasks which cost thousands or maybe its the replacing of the human element which is at Robocops Core in both movies. 

Totally Fuoxed

This has to be my favourite of the images, from the look of surprise in horses faces, while the riders seem undeterred or even bothered by the fact the fox is fighting back. 

Alt Disney 3/12 #AltDisney

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If you look back over Tom’s work on his Instagram, he does these little series for fun, so its well worth following him and considering him for work. When I come to need a new graphic, I’ll certain consider speaking to Tom and of course I’ll report back with any info which may help. 


Its My Birthday… Again

In just a few hours its my birthday, I’m assured its time I lied about my age. I’m going with that I’m 3869 years old, and changing my name to Methstevelah, Methuselah’s cooler brother.

Spirytus 96% Polish Vodka

Spirytus 96% Polish Vodka

Last year I bought my self a new Synology NAS Unit, this year I bought myself an Amazon Echo which I mentioned wanting to learn to code in C#. I have found Javascript maybe a better option rather than C#, but I’m still exploring.

I have worked on many JavaScript applications, so I have a basic understanding, as for Node.JS I have no idea, so maybe order a book or two for my birthday. 

I have wrote my first Skill and won a Echo Dot, and working on my second skill which is domainer related and once its more complete I’ll post more about it.

My sister got me the bottle of Polish Rectified Spirytus at 96% Alcohol by Volume, which is my 4th Strongest Alcohol in my bar. 

1, Denatured Alcohol at 100%
2, Spirytus 96%
3, Knockeen Hills Poteen at 90%.
4, Hapsburg Premium Absinthe 89.9%.
5, Balkan Vodka at 88%.

The denatured alcohol was acquired for a science project, such a hassle, its not really drinking, but given its pure alcohol I listed it.

Diet Death

Amazon Echo

Amazon Echo

I have just ruined my work out today by polishing off a pack of Sainsburys sugar ring doughnuts, but as my friend Saskia says Birthday Cake or Doughnuts in my case have no calories, so my hour on the cross trainer today is still valid 😛

A year on I have actually had the first part of my shoulder surgery, the left shoulder is done and and I’m well into rehab. I’m just starting to warm up my shoulder in the gym with some light machine work. Irony is when I say I’m doing light work, everyone is like should you be lifting that much ? My light seems to be most peoples heavy.

New Skillset

Sadly my new skillset isn’t going off this year as the training courses in both near by colleges who offer the course are full. Upside I’m £6,000 a year better off, which is what the course would cost, plus books and whatever else I would need.

College is bloody expensive.

Rich Piana In Chemically Induced Coma

Body Builder and 5% Nutrition founder Rich Piana has been placed into a chemically induced coma following a medical emergency. The 46 year old star were found unresponsive by medical staff after being called out to a potential overdose at his Florida home on Monday afternoon. 

Rich Piana at Body Power 2017

Rich Piana at Body Power 2017

Its not clear what the current situation is, or how Rich is but I do sincerely hope he makes a full recovery. While I’m not a huge fan of Rich Piana’s whole synthol and whatever-the-hell he injects or his persona but the man is a sound guy.

You can’t put a guy down who values his fans so much. I have seen the guy at multiple different shows, and he  always takes his time with each and every fan, talks to them, advises them, guides them and inspires them to be more. I have never seen him rush a fan, cut one off and lose his patience. Well apart from the slapbox incident, which was massively overplayed imo. 

What I have observed is many other stars give fans 30 seconds before rushing them off, many spend a few hours with the fans then they go hide in the green room. Anyone not in the queue at the time time just misses out. With Rich Piana, I have consistently seen him take 5-10 minutes with just 1 fan laughing and joking, taking his time. Rich has spent 10 hour days for 2-3 days in a row on his stand with a never ending queue of fans, only popping off his stand for short periods. 

When I took the above picture, Rich actually asked the next fan in the queue if he minded waiting for a few minutes while he did a quick press picture, then apologised to fan, then apologised to me for the wait. You can’t fault the guy, so hopefully he’ll recover and it will turn out to be a mistake or accident. 

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