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Monthly Archive:: August 2008

Driving: Right or Privilege?

People get funny when they get into a car or even think about cars.  Common sense?  Mild manners?  Out the door.  In the USA at least, the moment they touch the wheel, people get irrational and some drivers even get a sense of entitlement, superiority and immortality.  Some even seem to think their anti-social car behavior is protected by a constitutional right.  Last I checked, it wasn’t even loosely guarded by a state law.

And Isn’t It Ironic . . . Don’t You Think?

As I was driving my children to the haircut place Wednesday morning on our city’s equivalent of the German Autobahn, I was pondering reaction times, thinking about how they diminish as we age (actually, I was smugly thinking about how quickly I was able to go from the brake to the gas as the light changed to green to get on the on-ramp to the freeway and we left the others in our wake).  When we’re young, our reaction times are quick and immediate.  As we age, they slowly diminish, but when do we start to notice that they’ve become slower?  When do we *admit* that they’ve become slower?

Acronyms Strike Again

Again we welcome Heather’s dh, Matt, for Guest Wednesday.

As a non-tech person, I am generally confused by the various terminology used on a regular basis by those who are tech people.  But I am trying to learn.  One of these terms is LATCH, which must be really important because it’s in all caps.  I understand the importance of words in all caps. Like me sitting on the couch on the weekend and watching the NFL or the NBA or why don’t the kids go play in the STREET but watch out for CARS and while you’re at it go get the MAIL.

The next best thing since sliced bread (or top tethers)?

What’s the next step in child restraints?  It’s been a while since we’ve seen true innovations.  Even then, some advancements like LATCH were mandated by the government.  Unfortunately, in the USA, we got a watered down version of the original rigid ISOFIX.  Maybe the next big thing will be mandated by the parents and caregivers who want the safest for their kids!