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A simple projector discretely hidden in a faux garbage receptacle or
some other camouflage paired with a smartphone and a proprietary
app to scan (using the smartphone's camera) vehicles parked at a
taxicab stand, verify that they are, in fact, rival taxis, and project the
words 'Out of Service,
Call xxx-xxx-xxxx for Prompt Pickup' right
below the window on the sidewalk-facing door. Not fair, you say? Sure
it is... just not *your* fare.
||Sounds like you're having fun. Glad to see you're enjoying
your new job!
||Wait! Someone gave [21Q] a job??
||Innocent people put their lives in his hands every day as a
cabbie. I'm in school now, but I had a driving job one
summer picking up and delivering truck parts. Driving as a
job is pretty good compared to all other possible jobs in
my experience. Driving was more enjoyable than working
as a mechanic, which is a bloody job. 21_Quest has often
made his work
experiences part of his content, so it's nice to see he's
found something that stimulates his imagination.
||I've been driving a cab for a year now. Started off part time, then
switched to full time (60-72 hours per week) pulling triple duty as IT
guy, dispatcher and a driver (multitasking at its very finest). This is the
most thoroughly enjoyable job I've ever held. All 4 of my great
passions, driving, talking, smartphones, and getting belligerent with
rival Cabbies all in one... doesn't get any
better than that. I'll be truly saddened to leave when I start a new job in
January wearing a white lab coat and goggles. The letter of
commendation I was given by the Health Center director at Gonzaga
University for my work with their students was extremely touching.
||You'll be working for this university health centre?
||Oh no, not that. My company has a contract with the university health
center. The university pays the cab fare to get students to and from
any medical appointments they might have (going to urgent care, ER,
psychiatrists, dieticians, x-rays, podiatrist, you name it). My company
has an exclusive contract with the health center so we shuttle all
students to and from any medical appointments they have. I'll be
working at an aerospace manufacturing plant for one of Boeing's
||There's a classic American job. Working in high tech heavy
industry should give you a halfbaked idea or two.
||I think this will work very well until someone gets
wise - at which point they have your number.
After that - well, 21 Quest is the one who keeps
getting called out to ferry chicken faecal slurry to the
||Oh the bogus calls come in more frequently than you might realize.
I've got the numbers of most of the problem cabbies in town, and I've
learned to call a business to make sure they really have a customer
waiting for a cab before I go. If it turns out to be a shit run, I forward it
to the prankster's dispatcher as a run that I can't get to because,
wouldn't ya know it, I'm just too busy. Then they send one of their own
drivers on the bogus run.
||Your firm is a known entity at that point, they're
not going to hit a rival for you. They might even
be working together by then.
|| I would imagine that the aggrieved party would
just say to something a passer-by like "my phone's
out of credit; would you call the number on that
broken-down cab over there and request a taxi -
for five bucks?".
|| You're not getting that smell out of your seats - I
think you'll have to replace 'em.
||Heh... I don't do package delivery. I'm a cabbie not a courier.
||Sounds like a better set up than my school. I walked
to the hospital on what turned out to be a broken
ankle (we had a student ambulance, but they
reserved for emergencies, and since I could walk on
it, it obviously wasn't broken).
||I'm 100% certain the students are paying for the cab rides in the form
of the ridiculous tuition the school charges.
||I'm thinking as an alternative to having your company's phone number
on the projection, it could simply say 'Out of Service, Use the Next Cab
Down >>>' with the arrow pointing in whatever direction your cab
happens to be.
||Or just project "Paedophile doing community service - please take this taxi help this man reintegrate with the community " onto the rival taxi.