February 4th, 2008


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Notable events from the superbowl:

Some guy caught a football on his head, that was amusing :)

About "one minute" before the end of the game i realized that the people in the red white and blue uniforms weren't the Patriots, they were the Giants. (Okay, i think the Patriot uniforms also had all three colors on them, but just glancing at the screen from time to time the overall impression was just "blue".)

I heard the Giants ended up winning it (i was actually walking Lady_Shelleycat out to her car when it ended.) Apparently this was some kind of historic upset. But don't they always find some excuse for saying the game is historic after the fact?

Um, and did i mention that the FedEx Pigeon commercial was cool? :) I liked the Bridgestone commercial in the second half too, though i think i would have enjoyed it more if i'd caught the one in the first quarter or so. (We spent the first ten minutes after the superbowl started watching Puppy Bowl, and then the next 50 minutes watching an episode of Mythbuster, so we didn't get around to the superbowl till about an hour in, and then we missed some of the commercials after that anyways cause we'd turn the volume down while the game was going or get distracted reading or looking at stuff on the computer and not notice when the commercials came on.)

Some of the... Budwiser? commercials were cool, the one with the flame breath and the cave men one. The Panda restaurant one was... just wrong. And as usual the GoDaddy one was stupid. Oh, the Justin Timberlake one was fun too, regardless of whether you like him or hate him :) Uh, there were some other ones i liked, but i can't think of them offhand right now.

Speaking of which, i found two sites where you can actually go watch all the superbowl commercials, and if you have the right add-ons installed in Firefox you can save them too :)

There's a myspace page (thanks stormfeather!!!) and an ad ranking page on the USA Today site

But before you go watch them, they're even more amusing if you've seen this old superbowl FedEx commercial, which explains all the key components to a "successful" superbowl ad. It's amusing to check the elements off as you see them in the other commercials :) (Though i think "groin kick" really ought to be replaced with the more generic Schadenfreude.)
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Random thought after using public transportation for the day. I just finished "reading" Vernor Vinge's "Rainbows End" (have i mentioned before that that is a very awesome book?) Anyways, the robotic cars in there are very cool. However when the subject came up awhile ago due to some actual advances in the field some other people suggested that A: getting such cars to interact safely with human-driven cars would be difficult and B: humans wouldn't feel comfortable with such cars. (I forget if the argument was riding in them or driving on the road with them, or both.) Personally i think that the first one is true, but not so difficult compared to getting the things driving safely with each other as some people think, and the second is definitely true.

So wouldn't it be a good middle step to initially introduce them as an addition to public transportation, specifically on rail lines? You could add a bit of sidetrack at each station where the cars would pull over to drop off and pick up passengers. Theoretically you'd be able to grab a car as soon as you got to the station, if things were well organized that is, and it would then move back onto the main tracks and accelerate until it was trailing the next train down the line. (Or any other cars that were already trailing it of course.) Assuming it was successful enough you could then start eliminating trains over time until it was just the cars, which would let you speed things up since you wouldn't ever have to slow down or stop except at your destination. Obviously running them on tracks at first would make the programming a lot simpler and it would be a good way to get people used to them before they were more widely introduced.

Anyways, enough about that, i should go read up some more on the Propositions for tomorrow =P