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Fri, Jan 07 2005

Mapping A Drive

The idea of using MapQuest on mobile phones sounds great at first. But I'm a little concerned that drivers will be more distracted by their cell phones than they are now.

A couple of weeks ago we spied a driver who was trying to shave with one hand and hold his cell phone with the other. He was making an attempt to control the steering wheel with one elbow until he dropped the electric razor and bent down to retrieve it. His car slowed to 30 miles per hour in the fast lane as other drivers roared around him with a series of one-digit salutes. I can only imagine what might have happened if he'd been trying to look at a map on his cell phone while he removed facial hair and drove.

Right now freeways are posted with signs that forbid stopping and sitting on the side of the road. I'd like to propose a deliberate creation of safety turnouts on freeways, so that the lost drivers, or multi-tasking drivers, can pull over and get their act together without endangering other folks on the roads.

posted at: 07:52 | category: /Miscellaneous | link to this entry

Nicely Nerdy

According to one test, I'm not as nerdy as Jon over at San Diego Soliloquies, but I'm more nerdy than some might believe.
I am nerdier than 46% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

The most difficult part of taking the test was not correcting the spelling errors. That, and admitting how very little math I studied in school. I've always said that Einstein would have passed on as a much younger man if he'd tried to teach math to me. Math is only logical to some of you. The rest of us see it as something to be avoided through the use of teacher manipulation, sleight-of-hand, charm or downright mind-control of the one trying to force us to accept math as part of our destiny. It's the one thing that holds me back from being on a level with the truly nerdy people. The trick is to be like this and still mix with, and gain the respect of, the true nerds of this world. It's an art, and it's one we lightweights take very seriously.

posted at: 07:26 | category: /Playing | link to this entry

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