Wednesday, December 08, 2004

 

Hi again

Groucho: I'm sick of these conventional marriages. One woman and one man was good enough for your grandmother, but who wants to marry your grandmother? Nobody, not even your grandfather.

Glen over at Agorophilia has this interesting post on the wineries case going before the supreme court.

Thanks to Mahalanobis for this link about how making roads more "dangerous" may actually make them safer.

"Riding in his green Saab, we glide into Drachten, a 17th-century village that has grown into a bustling town of more than 40,000. We pass by the performing arts center, and suddenly, there it is: the Intersection. It's the confluence of two busy two-lane roads that handle 20,000 cars a day, plus thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians. Several years ago, Monderman ripped out all the traditional instruments used by traffic engineers to influence driver behavior - traffic lights, road markings, and some pedestrian crossings - and in their place created a roundabout, or traffic circle. The circle is remarkable for what it doesn't contain: signs or signals telling drivers how fast to go, who has the right-of-way, or how to behave. There are no lane markers or curbs separating street and sidewalk, so it's unclear exactly where the car zone ends and the pedestrian zone begins. To an approaching driver, the intersection is utterly ambiguous - and that's the point. "

It reminds me of Landsburg's (I think) suggestion that to make driving safer we put a spear in the steering column pointed at the driver's chest of all cars on the road so that if there is an accident the driver will be killed. The point? That driver will sure as hell drive more carefully.

Via geekpress, left handers flourish in violent society.

Finally, my own addition to the blogosphere for the day...Dr. Death's parole was denied here in my new state of residence. (Story here) I'm going to take a second to mourn the death of reason.

I obviously need to curl up with a few Marx Brothers movies and get lost in the absurd. Incidentally, Duck Soup is now available on DVD (finally).

Night.

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