Attention greater Phoenix area motorists: You know that little stick that protrudes from the left side of your steering column? Turns out that if you push it down or up, it makes a kind of clicking noise. Interesting, huh? But the purpose of the stick actually isn’t to make that clicking noise.
Have you ever noticed that on some cars you’ll sometimes see blinking yellow lights? Those are called “turn signals” and are controlled by that little stick. The idea is that if you want to, say, turn to the left, you would push the little stick down, and that will make the yellow lights on your car blink yellow.
This will then indicate to other drivers that you are intending to turn left, and they can then give you the room necessary for this maneuver and not have to fucking almost kill themselves when you throw your car across the lane without so much as a glance in the rearview mirror.
Now that you know why you sometimes see those mysterious blinking lights on other cars, you can use this knowledge to everybody’s advantage and do things like give other people room to perform the maneuver they are indicating, so that everybody can get to and from work without resorting to kamikaze acrobatics.
See how good it is to know things?
Music: “Emerge [Junkie XL remix]” by Fischerspooner [Opens in iTunes]
Posted Friday, 23 April, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.