Had copious time in the car driving to/fro Wisconsin this past week. Here are some personal favorites from phone surfing:
Darth Vadar caught in modern ennui
Pawel Kadysz is in the process of capturing 365 days of Vadar doing regular stuff. More from Kadyz here (he’s shooting one pic per day). Hopefully Darth can appreciate the everyday activities before the “Force Awakens” and his ensnarement in epic tractor beam hoopla arriving this Christmas.
Wonder if we will get to see Darth doing something “mundane” but with more sinister twist – eg jettisoning empty coke can from the his X-34 Landspeeder on I-70, while texting his dark apprentice a reminder to DVR the Oakland Raiders game. Gonna send a request to Kadysz.
Texting and Driving
Sarah and I were astounded a few times at some of the driving practices on the road. I’m not claiming to be a perfect driver by any means but it was almost comical to see the swerving and speed changes of those otherwise occupied with other activities than driving, while driving. Had heard, via hearsay, about dangers but had to look it up just for “fun.” Didn’t cite source below as the sources are prolific.
- The National Safety Council reports that cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year.
- Nearly 330,000 injuries occur each year from accidents caused by texting while driving.
- 1 out of every 4 car accidents in the United States is caused by texting and driving.
- Texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk.
- Answering a text takes away your attention for about five seconds. Traveling at 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the length of a football field.
- Texting while driving causes a 400% increase in time spent with eyes off the road.
Seems like more reason to support Google and others efforts to realize self-driving automobiles. Imagine if they get that right and speed limits could increase as a result of better cyber drivers…200 mph speed limit for automated vehicle drivers only…and 5 hours to Wisconsin or Chicago from Colorado? Game changing. Check out this fantastic article on the veritable “arms” race between Apple, Google, Tesla and other big car manufacturers to be the first to market self driving automobiles.
In the meantime, there are some different offerings for curbing cell phone use and more specifically texting while driving such as cellcontrol and last year Apple was talking about a new patent to do something similar (not sure where this is currently, maybe getting ready come come to market so news is quiet?).
Then again its all too easy to fall into an “everything causes cancer and/or leads to dismemberment and injury” mentality. Here’s the current list of current and known carcinogens in the name of collective mass hysteria,or not…although I defy you to figure out what half of the list consists of without looking them up with a dictionary or encyclopedia or cell phone (while driving of-course).
I wish there was a good word for the aforementioned figures on texting, “Gobsmacking” comes to mind but, um, that’s not really a word. Then again, neither are these words, officially yet anyways, but still righteous.
My personal favorites have got to be “cellfish” and “nerdjacking”…the latter could probably summarize 98% of content on 98braintumors.com
Finally, realize this was “so last week on Facebook” but wanted to re-post this masterpiece from my friend Paul G. Altogether a pretty good likeness I’d say…though the chin could be a few feet longer and now I’m going to have to eat his brains for revealing my identity.