Its very interesting the the whistle blower is a mid level IT manager. Even more so that he is a contractor. But the fact that he held these positions should be our wake up call to the real dangers of data collection by both the US Government and by private companies. Just the collection of “private” conversations, emails, and text into a digital database is extremely dangerous.
As many people who know me know, I am an avid fan of cars. A few years back I spent 3 years of my evening building my own electric powered Ford GT-40 replica which I have called the EVGT-40. This led eventually lead me into creating High Voltage Hot Rods to help others build their own electric cars. While taking my own car around to car shows in South Florida I was meeting a lot of interesting people and quickly discovered that there was a story behind every car that showed up at these shows. Weather it was a classic car that they wanted as a kid, or one that the family owned, there was a story. In many cases the classic and custom cars were the fruits of lots of love and labor just like my own EVGT-40. These stories needed to be told. Read more…
Part of the business plan for High Voltage Hot Rods was to acquire the needed resources to do both a television series and web sites that would both promote the company as well as educate people about the benefits of electric cars. The company now has access to professional video, audio, and lighting equipment as well as state of the art editing and graphics systems. There is also a small team of highly skilled programmers, social media experts, and artists in place that can develop and execute internet multimedia campaigns and web sites. This equipment and team is being spun off as High Voltage Creatives to bring the same level of work that is being done for High Voltage Hot Rods to others in the business community.
This move was done to allow the team to grow and move into other sectors while still doing the work required for High Voltage Hot Rods. This small team can be deployed to quickly produce web and multimedia resources from small brochure type web sites to full on web applications and video production.
Some of the services that will be offered include:
- Motion Graphics both for the web and broadcast video (After Effects and 3D Studio Max)
- Short Form video production (HD Video Rig, GoPro Action Cam, Steady Cam, Lighting)
- Viral Video scripting and production
- Video Editing (Final Cut)
My first commercial project for High Voltage Hot Rods was to create an all electric 1966 Corvair Monza Convertable. This project was done for Larry Mills, an electrical engineer from Tyco. He had had a Corvair as a kid, and always wanted a convertible. A big fan of electric cars, he also wanted one that was electric. Read more…
Thanks to the Susan Salisbury for a great article on High Voltage Hot Rods on the front page of the Sunday Business Section of the Palm Beach Post.
“Andrew McClary, Alex Berry and Brant Cohen, partners in Boca Raton-based High Voltage Hot Rods, which takes classic cars and converts them to performance-based electric cars, are out to educate people about today’s electric car.
The cars they are converting or plan to convert, such as the ‘66 Corvair, the ‘66 Mustang and the ‘57 Thunderbird, provide a nostalgic appeal to car buffs. They use either an old car, or a reproduction of the classic car. It’s also about speed. Many of the vehicles have the ability to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds.” Click here to read the whole article
Thanks also to Palm Beach Post staff Photographer Gary Coronado for taking a great photo.
Putting the finishing touches on a new website for Mark-It-Now, Inc. This really cool website allows you to upload your own artwork to the website and order your very own personalized iPhone case. It was a new twist on the traditional shopping cart but has come out looking really nice. Many of the stock iPhone designs on the site are also my artwork.
After being involved in the electric car community for the last 3 years, I have decided to take it to the next step. i have formed a new company with a number of great guys to create cutom high end electric hot rods as well as do a television show around the shop. The purpose of the show will be to demonstrate that the electric car has come of age and is ready for the world stage.
Built by hand in my garage, the EVGT-4 is a great example of what can be accomplished by one man if he puts his mind to it. You don’t have to know all the answers when you start out, but you need to know that you can learn them. You take each piece, one at a time till the whole problem is solved.
I have been making things all of my life. Adam’s speech hits very close to home to me. For me I got this bug to make things from my father who was always helping my brother and I make and fix things. Legos and Radio Shack electronic kits were always favorite toys in our house. As a kid we were never very wealthy but we had something that rich kids didn’t have. We had a dad that could make things. I learned as a kid that if I wanted something, I didn’t have to go out and buy one, I could make it. It never mattered if I had the skills or knowledge to actually do it. I could learn, and I did.
The front end for the battery monitoring system is really coming along. The key is creating meaningful real time graphs that allow the user to see what is going on in their battery pack. The most important two voltages are the highest cell and lowest cell because these determine how much juice can be put into your pack and how much can be drawn out.