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Peeve Farm
Breeding peeves for show, not just to keep as pets
Brian Tiemann
Silicon ValleyNew York-based purveyor of a confusing mixture of Apple punditry, political bile, and sports car rentals.

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Friday, May 14, 2010
05:06 - MAP FIGHT II (or 0.5, or something)

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Hey, remember that anthropomorphic map comic of World War II from a while back?

Turns out the guy later did World War I, and it's even better.



Tuesday, May 11, 2010
07:10 - What a deal
http://jalopnik.com/5534842/why-the-bugatti-veyron-costs-17-million-feature-rte

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This Jalopnik article (via JMH) purports to explain, in pictures, why it is that the Bugatti Veyron costs $1.7 million (and is famously alleged to lose money on the deal).



Great photos, to be sure; and I'm glad to see there are some genuinely innovative features like an iPaq to interface with the onboard data logger and ODBII and nav system. (An iPaq? really?)

But the further you dig into the parts list, the harder it is to escape the conclusion that if there were no such thing as brand markup or conspicuous-consumption dynamics, it's pretty much physically impossible to put $1.7 million of actual parts into a car. Not unless you build it out of solid platinum or something.

I mean, yeah those wheels are nice. But not $120K nice. They're wheels.

Plus this isn't the fastest you can make a street-legal car go, not by a long shot. I've seen things, I've seen them with my eyes...

I'm not saying they should charge less for it or anything. That's dumb, as dumb as pricing all goods and services based on the labor it takes to make them. I just find it fascinating how luxury items can take on an economic life of their own, independent of any of the rules that govern the rest of the world.

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