Signs of the times, a death in the US and lots births in China
It feels very odd for me to be posting these days. Yesterday was the surprise announcement from the US and China that China has built the fastest supercomputer in the world. Then today is the laconic and rueful announcement that Pontiac is dead at 84 years of age.
The heading of the article in NY Times says it all:
Pontiac, 84, Dies of Indifference
The picture at the top of the story that was snapped in Florida also speaks volumes since Florida has been so badly and sadly smashed by the current real estate crisis in the US:
Here are some of the specifics about Pontiac and its demise:
DETROIT — Pontiac, the brand that invented the muscle car under its flamboyant engineer John Z. DeLorean, helped Burt Reynolds elude Sheriff Justice in “Smokey and the Bandit” and taught baby boomers to salivate over horsepower, but produced mostly forgettable cars for their children, will endure a lonely death on Sunday after about 40 million in sales.
It was 84 years old. The cause of death was in dispute. Fans said Pontiac’s wounds were self-inflicted, while General Motors blamed a terminal illness contracted during last year’s bankruptcy. Pontiac built its last car nearly a year ago, but the official end was set for Oct. 31, when G.M.’s agreements with Pontiac dealers expire.
“They were C.P.R.-ing a corpse for a long time,” said Larry Kummer, a retired graphic artist who has owned more than two dozen Pontiacs and runs the Web site PontiacRegistry.com.
- China’s Supercomputer is 30% Faster Than the Previous Record-Holder in the US [Supercomputers] (gizmodo.com)
- You: Pontiac Falls From Muscle Car Glory to Graveyard (nytimes.com)
- China Unveils Powerful, 2.5-petaflop Supercomputer (pcworld.com)