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Motorcycles are dangerous, for mixed reasons. They're
fast, fun and surprisingly expensive. Life in general takes
lot longer than it used to, is a bit dreary and surprisingly
expensive. One especially dreary and expensive way to
is to do so with a dysfunctional organ. Modern
happy to swap out your kaput kidney, listless lungs or
useless uterus, unfortunately they're subject to a supply-
demand mismatch. People are very attached to their
organs. Consequently, people in need of transplant often
suffer long and staggeringly expensive periods consuming
supportive care until, occasionally, a suitable organ is
The rarity of suitable donors is the main problem, people
with juicy, fresh and working organs tend to continue
living, wearing those same organs out. It is here that
motorcyclists represent the exception. By running out of
talent halfway around that cheeky off-camber tightening
radius corner found about 1/3rd of the way between
Macclesfield and Buxton, motorcyclists often meet their
demise, becoming excellent candidates for organ
donation.* Obviously that's sad, but they knew the risks
all that. What is really sad, it that often there is a gap
between the time of the accident and the time that
emergency services are alerted. This reduces the window
of opportunity to save a life, and in some cases, save any
Now, here's where the government steps in. A potential
motorcycle buyer is offered to have a crash detecting
GPS/accelerometer box fitted to their new ride. The box
simply detects any large crash-like accelerations,
synthesizes that with engine-running/speed info and can
then relay information via the mobile telephone network
or possibly satellite beacon regarding a potentially
dangerous motorcycle accident. Should they agree to the
box, a few blood tests will be requested and information
on likely tissue compatibility assigned to the box i.d.
Then, the rider gets a discount. A whacking great one. A
genuine incentive, call it $7k. enough to make a basic
motorcycle nearly free. Selling the motorcycle results in
pay-us-back kind of fee which tapers down with time.
Unless the buyer is also box registered.
The discount then gets modulated every now and again
based on organ supply-demand. The organ crisis is
significantly ameliorated by increasing the supply, and
reducing waste in that supply. Ethically we're OK because
the crash survival rate will improve due to cut response
times. The government saves a stack on healthcare by
potentially cutting years off the average length of
supportive care. Relatively young people have a super
cheap transport option that is space, traffic and fuel
* Also, the occasional young stylish person dying is
responsible for disrupting the utter dirge normally found
in the clothing sections of charity shops.
Bealach na Bà
The name is Scottish Gaelic for Pass of the Cattle. [8th of 7, May 10 2017]
Can we have your liver?
Required viewing. [Ling, May 10 2017]
Anti Mask Law Louisianna
[bs0u0155, May 11 2017]
Another road for organ donation
[farble, May 11 2017]
||To quote a customer terms and conditions document I read last week, this would be "operationally unfeasible and inefficient".
||You'd get crews scrambling to a surprising number of alerts where your rider was okay and the bike was trashed.
||//information on likely tissue compatibility assigned to the box i.d.// I foresee problems if people lend their bikes out. "Well, Mrs. Thurdstrop, the good news is that we've just recovered the fresh body of a near-perfect tissue match; the bad news is that we can't seem to find his uterus."
||// People are very attached to their organs. //
||Apart from those who manifest very rare and specialized forms of Body Dysmorphic Disorder ...
||// halfway around that cheeky off-camber tightening radius corner found about 1/3rd of the way between Macclesfield and Buxton //
||We commend to your attention Bealach-na-Bà, in Applecross ... a road to die for (and on). <link>
||//crews scrambling to a surprising number of alerts
where your rider was okay and the bike was trashed.//
||The data can be quite easily be tightened up with a little
logic. For a rider to be OK, and the bike in bad shape, the
rider is likely to have bailed out before the impact. That's
quite easy to determine. With no rider: The throttle will
spring closed. No brakes/clutch will be applied. So
exclude those. The simplest way to leave the bike is in a
lowside scenario, so the bike will be over on one side for
a significant period while the rider exits behind. Other
options include the killswitch tether, which is ubiquitous
on jetbikes, or a couple of simple pressure sensors.
||A more practical option might be to build a large transplant centre about 1/3rd of the way between Macclesfield and Buxton.
||[bs0u0155], I'm afraid I'm going to have to file an appeal for records regarding your motorcycle riding and crashing experiences.
||When you fill out the form, be sure to observe the boxes regarding whether you have a current license, and the total miles accumulated, and number of times you have been on the deck.
||//number of times you have been on the deck.//
||It's not the number of times, it's the severity. It's hard to
imagine a more damaging accident than my 3 mph wet
leaves slide-topple, it was in front of attractive women for
heaven's sake. The ego has not been the same since.
||A proper market-based approach would be a system
which responded to shortages of transplant organs by
temporarily raising the speed limit for motorcycles
in the vicinity of the local specialist organ
||That's brilliant, you should post that.
||In my state in the US helmets are not required. Also, on your driver's license application you can declare yourself an organ donor. You get a nice little valentine heart on your license. In the spirit of this idea, it should be the law, simple to enforce, that if you don't wear a helmet you must be an organ donor.
||//In my state in the US helmets are not required.//
||I wonder if the exemption will stop as soon as you're not on
a motorcycle? It would be extra annoying to become a law-
breaker as you're cartwheeling through the air on a
different trajectory to the once shiny motorcycle.
||// on your driver's license application you can declare yourself an organ donor. //
||... presumably by ticking the "motorcycle" box.
||If you fail to make a donation on this road <link> you can stop and get the t-shirt.
||// Ethically we're OK //
No, we are not