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[#] Wed May 30 2012 10:09:30 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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BOOM! (Intentional.)

[#] Wed May 30 2012 12:24:16 EDT from LoanShark

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you mean triL's pun didn't bring down the server?

[#] Wed May 30 2012 14:49:24 EDT from triLcat

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come on, LS, it wasn't THAT bad.

Well, maybe it was...



[#] Fri Jun 01 2012 09:08:59 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Wow, been busy around here with all those things you've seen and the places you've gone!

 

IG, Sorry to hear about Boo-Boo's surgery - hope she's back to chasing picnics!



[#] Mon Jun 04 2012 23:51:42 EDT from maraakate

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RE from earlier: I still use the telnet client. I actually enjoyed the older HTML interface a few years ago. The new one has more of a forum-like look to me. Either way, I'm all about the telnet anyways. If you had a dial up line I'd call ya 2400 baud. Sometimes I run a line inducer and use SEXPOTS and call this 2400 baud just for the fun of it.

[#] Tue Jun 05 2012 12:11:28 EDT from wizard of aahz

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There's nothing like march mode with the telnet client to run through the board and see what's new.

[#] Wed Jun 06 2012 00:33:48 EDT from Sig

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Actually, SSH is suspiciously like that. And kind of preferred, for me.

[#] Wed Jun 13 2012 07:32:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I don't know whether this is ironic or pathetic: my sister seems to think that it's perfectly reasonable to drive on the interstate with a smartphone in her hand, tweeting about how bad the *other* drivers are.

[#] Wed Jun 13 2012 09:06:37 EDT from dothebart

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to say it with the bible; thee who sees the splint in the eye of the others...



[#] Wed Jun 13 2012 10:24:31 EDT from triLcat

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So many levels of oy! Before they made laws against it, my sister used to sms while driving. I HATED it. It scared me out of my mind.

Wed Jun 13 2012 07:32:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
I don't know whether this is ironic or pathetic: my sister seems to think that it's perfectly reasonable to drive on the interstate with a smartphone in her hand, tweeting about how bad the *other* drivers are.

 



[#] Sun Jun 17 2012 05:58:26 EDT from arabella

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Wed Jun 13 2012 10:24:31 AM EDT from triLcat

So many levels of oy! Before they made laws against it, my sister used to sms while driving. I HATED it. It scared me out of my mind.

Wed Jun 13 2012 07:32:19 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar
I don't know whether this is ironic or pathetic: my sister seems to think that it's perfectly reasonable to drive on the interstate with a smartphone in her hand, tweeting about how bad the *other* drivers are.

 



Frankly using any device that removes attention from the road, while driving is madness. I have seen first hand the results. Please don't let the people you care about do it.


I know that no one here wants to go to the morgue to review the results for their self.



[#] Sun Jun 17 2012 20:30:22 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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In this case it was my sister, not someone I care about.

[#] Sun Jun 17 2012 20:45:30 EDT from maraakate

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i see what you did there.

[#] Mon Jun 18 2012 04:33:23 EDT from triLcat

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But she could have killed someone else.



[#] Mon Jun 18 2012 09:20:52 EDT from wizard of aahz

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Tril has a good point there.

[#] Mon Jun 18 2012 10:00:13 EDT from kc5tja

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You mean like that one guy?

[#] Mon Jun 18 2012 11:37:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Exactly. That one guy was crossing the street when my sister ran a red light and mowed him down while tweeting.

[#] Tue Jun 19 2012 13:37:44 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Hmm, was that that one time in that town there?

On the serious side, I admit to sometimes being guilty of the periodic short text while driving.  That said, as Aahz and Bella pointed out, there's a bigger picture to consider.  Personally, while I generally lean against legislating people's personal choices; in this case, the ability to eat, drink large (non-alch) drinks, use phones, listen to radios, etc. in the car - I do think that there should be stiffer penalties for those who harm others (or their property) while distracted or impaired.  Especially when the impact has the potential to be life/death/vegetable-producing.  It's that pesky right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness thing...cause it can really get in the way of doing stuff, you know?

 



[#] Tue Jun 19 2012 13:53:27 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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That's the sinister part about texting while driving -- for pretty much all of us, we feel like we *can* manage it. Hopefully most of us stop after having a near miss and realize how *deceptively* distracting the screen is.

[#] Tue Jun 19 2012 14:48:43 EDT from Ladyhawke

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Sadly, that's the sinister part about driving, period.  Meaning, it's not just texting.  It's flipping through radio stations or ipods, dialing the phone, eating/drinking, fighting with the kid in the backseat/person in the side seat, etc.  Unfortunately, vehicles just move so much more quickly than humans can switch focus.

Also, suspect that many do not stop after a near miss (judging from people I know), since the near miss just reinforces that nothing actually will happen.



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