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Analyze This, Part 6B-2: On the Road Again

by Vol-E

                                                        Ain't I gorgeous??

A couple of years ago I read a book called The Numerati, which described how corporations "mine" data in the form of innocent, unsuspecting mentions by Facebook users and bloggers, of the things they happen to buy. This is perhaps a cost-saving measure by the corporations: They don't have to spend money on surveys, in which people will lie anyway (well, some people). I set out to describe everything I own with a generous disclosure of all the brand names.

Oh, but then I ran out of steam. Here's where I left off, and once this post is up, I'll retrace my steps and throw a few dozen more brand names out there. Quite a lot has changed since my last such post.

I drive a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt coupe. It's teal blue, at least for now. A few more years, it will be a faded, sun-bleached memory of teal blue. The Clear Coat started coming off shortly after I bought this vehicle in 2…