Scary! Traffic Safety Message from New Zealand #SlowDown

Speed equals distance, and 60 MPH = 88 fps (feet per second) (where fps=1.467 * MPH). Stopping distance is dependent on the size of the vehicle in motion, among other factors like tire wear, brake system design, surface conditions, the age of the foot smashing the brake pedal, the time it takes to reach the pedal, etc.

Comes down to common sense, less urgency in getting to our destinations, and math:

No matter the velocity, that velocity is reduced 15 fps every second. If the initial velocity is 60 mph, 88 fps, after 1 second elapsed, the vehicle velocity would be 73 fps, after 2 seconds it would be 58 fps decreasing progressively thereafter. For the true mathematical perfectionist (one who carries PI to 1000 decimal places), it would have been technically correct to indicated the formula is ‘fpsps’ rather than ‘fps’, but far less understandable to most drivers. Since at speeds of 200 mph or less, the difference from one method to the other is in thousanths of seconds, our calculations in these examples are based on the simple fps calculations.

Given the previous set of conditions, it would mean that a driver could stop the described vehicle in a total of 6.87 seconds (including a 1 second delay for driver reaction) and your total stopping distance would be 302.28 feet, slightly more than a football field in length!

Virtually all current production vehicles’ published road braking performance tests indicate stopping distances from 60 mph that are typically 120 to 140 feet, slightly less than half of the projected safety distances. While the figures are probably achievable, they are not realistic and certainly not average; they tend to be misleading and to those that actually read them, they create a false sense of security.

 

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Real Leadership from Our President

President Reagan

h/t Rochelle

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Yes, he’s “more flexible”

Just like he said he’d be

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Via James Woods

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Still trying to get into this soccer…thing

USA – 0, Belgium – 0

Yay team!

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UPDATE

USA ended up losing 2-0, but it went into overtime (or whatever) and the team finally woke up and started playing and helping “Team Howard“.

C’mon REAL football!

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Friday night movie: See River Tam from Firefly as she goes from a hopeful young girl to psychotic killer

riverFor the uninitiated, Firefly was a show created by Joss Whedon which aired on the Fox Television network from September to December 2002.

In a nutshell, Fox network producers showed the series out of its intended order so nothing flowed or made sense. It suffered from low ratings, and was canceled after only 14 episodes.

I could go on, but Wikipedia has it pretty well covered for the uninitiated.

The 8 minute video below shows things a tad out of order as well. First scene is basically the last, then the rest show River Tam as a young 15-something girl going from a youthful, brilliant girl to a psychotic potential killer due to government behavior modification experimentation.

The video is called The R. Tam Sessions and was released as a webisode leading to the release of the movie Serenity.

Joss Whedon plays the counselor, and of course Summer Glau is River Tam.

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Friday Night Movie: Good Indie Sci Fi/Action short – “Drone” (30 minutes)

A nominee for the 2013 Streamy Award for Best Sci Fi or Action Series, and winner of Best Visual Effects -

The future of war has a few upgrades, as DRONE takes a look at a rogue humanoid drone who has been used for a mercenary organization under the control of  Nissen, played by Lance Reddick.  With some help from programmer Jay, played by Kenneth Choi, drone 237 is set to take down his former corrupt leader.

Produced by the weirdos at YOMYOMF (You Offend Me You Offend My Family [Hey, I didn't make that up]).

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Brian Williams raps “Baby Got Back”

Even snagged Kathy Lee in this one

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