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Let me begin by saying that I do not believe in psychics or any of
However, Mrs. Maxwell Buchanan has, over the years, developed
skills that could easily be mistaken for psychicism.
In particular, as we approach a motorway exit, about 0.5 seconds
before I am about to flip
the indicator, she will say "don't forget to
come off here."
This is not at all unreasonable (I have been known to miss exits)
on the 92%* of times when I am about to take the relevant exit, it
rankles. So, I have taken to indicating rather earlier than is
necessary. However, this does not solve the problem - I still get a
reminder just as my motor cortex is beginning to stir into action.
I cannot believe I am alone in suffering from this problem. In
have been known to do the same to Mrs. M.B. when she drives.
In the interests of marital harmony (or, more generally,
otherital harmony) MaxCo. is developing its new range of Car
Models are available for most popular breeds of car, and can be
installed in less time than it would take to install something that
takes longer to install.
The indicator lever is replaced with one which has an intermediate
position for both the left and the right turn indicators. Moving the
indicator to the first position activates the internal blinking light
cunningly, does not actually do anything to the indicator lights
themselves. (A distinctive cadence will remind the negligible
driver that the
indicators are only operating internally.)
Only when the lever is clicked to the next position do
the external indicators start indicating externally.
So, you can now indicate to your co-pilot that you are aware of
upcoming exit, without causing offence within or outwith the
Work on the "Yes I'm going to brake" light is ongoing.
(*actual results may vary)
Back-seat driver auto-patronising device
You need one of these [hippo, Apr 06 2011]
marine flag signals
[not_morrison_rm, Apr 06 2011]
Libet, Do we have free will?
[pocmloc, Apr 06 2011]
Brian Blessed does Tom Tom recording
[mitxela, Apr 06 2011]
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||"Don't forget to put your indicator indicator on, dear...."
||Infinite regress, leading to infinite regrets.
||How about an indicator lever extension that the passenger can use that has two prods forking off of it, so that whenever it is pushed upward or downwards the driver gets at least some prodding. As I have never ever driven a car except for go-karts, a forklift, and a car a handful of times, I'm not sure what side the signalling lever is on, or if in fact it always occurs as a lever.
||A stupidly early "per-horn, horn" that blares really loudly (but only inside the car) would be useful too. (to avoid those "do you see that child chasing a ball/cat/cyclist/straying cow?") moments. [flicks croissant crumb in air +]
||Good idea, although... what [Ling] said
||either get one of them things that can (allegedly) read your mind and show that you've already made the decision, but you don't know that yet. Put one on passenger and connect to indicator, at the point just before your significant other consciously decides to remind you to signal, it would do the signal.
||Signal flags. Used by naval types since time immoral. Equip passenger with aforementioned flags and she can do the flag indicating on her side and you can do the signal bit your side, so both can be happy. Implausibly huge number of possible signals including one flag for " I am on fire and have dangerous cargo on board: keep well clear of me"...just how often does that happen it gets its own flag..the public have a right to know dammit!
||//one of them things that can (allegedly) read your mind// - are you referring to those tiny fish made of a sort of red plastic film, which you put on the palm of your hand and see how they curl up?
||I need to know if there will be one for each seat in the vehicle, including back seat drivers?
||Chauffeur on strike, [MB]?
||//Chauffeur on strike, [MB]?//
||No, but due to an administational oversight, they're both on
holiday at the same time.
||So, fire the administators.
||Alternatively you could get your own Brian Blessed to shout at you from the sat nav. This would unify the family by making everyone on the same side, against him.
||//Once the distinctive cadence has finished, you might forget again//
||Why not have the signal turn on automatically after say 5 seconds in the halfway state? You could still cancel the signal if the traffic stopped moving.
||// One thing to consider here is reaction times through neural pathways. It is quite possible that the brain has become accustomed to some auditory commands and routes them straight through to the motor centre. The higher brain perceiving both events happening simultaneously naturally assumes it initiated one, but that might not be the case.//
||This brings up the worry that after too much back seat driving, the driver is responds to his copilot instead of the road. For this reason, any reasonable way of making habitual back seat drivers shut their cakeholes is worth a bun.