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July 11, 2007

Fatal Vision Drunk Goggles


Alyson Courtney wrote about the new new thing in drunk driving simulation on June 18, 2007 in thv.com; her story follows.

    Teens Find Out What It's Like To Drive Drunk

    Some Pulaski County [Arkansas] teens on the verge of getting their driver's license get a hands-on lesson about the dangers of drinking and driving.

    Driving itself is hard enough for inexperienced teens, but imagine a young driver who's drunk.

    Driver's education instructor Steve Aday says, "There are so many accidents [that] happen just because they think they're invincible and they think they can go out and drink and drive and be totally fine."

    Aday says teaching his students about the real dangers of drinking and driving can be difficult unless you have “Fatal Vision.”

    "It’s much better than going out and drinking and trying it on their own," says Aday.

    The Fatal Vision goggles simulate what it's like to get behind the wheel after having a few drinks.

    Hayden Towne, 15, explains, "Everything’s blurred. I couldn't even tell when to put the car in park."

    With an instructor, the students try to make it around an obstacle course at 10 miles an hour. For Towne, just seven months shy of getting his license, it's an eye opening experience.

    "Yeah, it's kinda scary just hitting one cone," says Towne. "I mean, yeah, there are cones, but out in the real world there are cars and people that you'll be hitting out there."

    Aday says, "My best friend was killed by a drunk driver and I just want them to know it can happen to them. So many people think it happens to everybody else but drinking and driving and accidents and DWIs and being pulled over by police is not biased to anybody."

    Aday says the goal is to save lives and with blurred goggles give kids a clear view of the risk they're taking when they mix alcohol with driving.

    An estimated 2,000 people, ages 16 to 20, are killed in alcohol related accidents every year. The Fatal Vision goggles are provided by the Pulaski County District Court as part of the Youth Accident Prevention Program.

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Ice Cubettes


From the website:

    Cubette Ice Trays

    No need to fuss with crushing ice when you can enjoy the convenience of tiny cubettes, right from your freezer!

    Each plastic tray creates 90 mini ice cubes to cool beverages fast — simply twist for easy release.

    10"L x 3.5"W x 1.5"H.

    Dishwasher safe.


Two trays for $3.99.

July 11, 2007 at 03:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Did Willa Cather invent virtual reality?


Not the term, but the concept.

Consider the following, which she wrote long ago and far away: "Novelists, opera singers, even doctors, have in common the unique and marvelous experience of entering into the very skin of another human being. What can compare with it?"

Stephen Budiansky, author of "If A Lion Could Talk" among other books, wrote something to the effect that given the choice of entering into the mind of another human being or that of an animal, there wouldn't be a moment's hesitation on his part: to perceive the world through the senses of a dog or a cat would be an experience far more marvelous than another person's consciousness could possibly offer.

I agree.

The 1926 first edition of "My Antonia" pictured up top is $40.

[via Dr T's Notes of an Anesthesioboist]

July 11, 2007 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Loop Remote


Who cares if it works?

Just look at it.

It won an Editor's Choice Award from Popular Mechanics at this year's Consumer Electronic Show.

The magazine wrote, "The Loop remote from Hillcrest Labs uses motion-sensing to let you control your home theater with gestures, similar to the Nintendo Wii video game controller. It knows which way is up, regardless of orientation (i.e. you can use it while you are lying down.) The Loop will ship with select set-top boxes this year."

Put me down for one.

July 11, 2007 at 01:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

The best definition of 'moral hazard' I've ever seen


If you can do better send it to me and I will put it up as Episode 2.

July 11, 2007 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

Hanger Safe: Hide — but not in plain sight


From the website:

    Hanger Safe

    Not just a place to hang a dress, but a clever hiding place for your valuables.

    Our Hanger Safe hangs discreetly in your bedroom or hall closet.

    Zippered pocket is perfect for stashing jewelry, cash or other precious items.

    Made of imported fabric.

    10-1/2" x 13-1/4".


$10.95 (Pictured contents included? What do you think?)

July 11, 2007 at 11:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

RepeatAfterUs.com — 'Your online library and language lab'


A wonderful website:

    Welcome to Our Worldwide Family of Learning!

    Created by a high school student, RepeatAfterUs is an award-winning online library with the best collection of copyright-free English texts and scripted recordings.

    Our free audio clips provide an excellent resource for students and literature lovers of all ages.


3,493,614 visitors, 8,830 texts, 2,303 recordings, 935 authors, 194 readers, 3 difficulty levels — what's not to like?

July 11, 2007 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

What is it?


Answer here this time tomorrow.

And no — don't go there.

July 11, 2007 at 09:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

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