I’m off to Maine for a week, so you’ll have to carry on the discussion mostly without me until my return.
Before I go, two quick reviews:
1. I enjoyed “Jobs,” the new bio of Steven Jobs, but it was not a revelation. The hardest part of telling the Jobs story is merging the contradictory parts of his personality – intuitive genius, charismatic leader and self-centered jerk – into the same body. Ashton Kutcher does it pretty well. The movie ends with Jobs’ triumphant return as Apple CEO, which leaves out half his story. I would have preferred less boardroom drama, more focus on the products, a better exposition of Jobs’ famous “reality distortion field,” and the trimming of some indulgent scenes the first-time director apparently fell in love with. This is just the first Jobs film: Aaron Sorkin is working on one that promises to be much different.
2. I’m working on a column on the Tesla, which is a great story: Brand new company, brand new car, dynamic founder, barriers thrown up by the auto establishment, all-electric, car of the future, etc. Then I drove one, and that was a revelation. The steering and cornering is great, and boy, does it have pop. The model I drove goes from zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds, but even going from 30 to 40 makes you feel like you’re in a roller coaster going downhill. I’m no car critic, and this is probably the first $80,000 car I’ve ever driven, but the difference here is there’s no internal combustion engine, giving it a feel like nothing you’ve ever driven. Definitely worth a test drive.
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