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Welcome to the inaugural Public Transport Schedule Interpretation Fun Challenge (PTSIFC), in which I invite you to pit your wits against the vagaries of riding public transport in an unknown land.

The task is simple, and I will not subject you to the horrors of finding out which bus you have to take and where the bus stop is. No, for now, you merely have to devise an algorithm to determine how long you will have to wait until your bus or tram arrives. At your disposal is a schedule (example here) and your own wristwatch.

Solution under the fold.



The correct solution is as follows:

1. Stare at wristwatch. Try to remember what you learnt about the big and small hands at primary school.

2. Jab finger at random number on schedule.

3. Forget what current time is (determined at step 1). Check watch again.

4. Allow concept to slowly form in your benighted fucking mind that current time is nowhere near selected schedule entry.

5. Move finger along line, repeating step 4 at each entry.

6. Allow fact to dawn upon you that you are moving finger in wrong direction. Reverse.

7. After several tries, forget what current time is. Check watch.

8. Move finger past boundary between weekday and weekend schedules. Fail to notice anything amiss.

9. Furrow brow throughout.

10. Notice bus arriving, rendering endeavour moot. Embark, taking care to obstruct as many people as possible.

There, that was easy, wasn't it? If you got all the steps right, you can probably apply for Zurich citizenship.

Morons.

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Poor thing. by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #1 Thu May 25, 2006 at 10:45:16 AM EST
If only you had a proper public transport system, with a proper integrated online travel planner.

Obviously, the mobile version is unusably poor, but never mind.

I rent cars when I go to furrin lands by cam (4.00 / 1) #2 Thu May 25, 2006 at 11:17:15 AM EST
it is like public transport, but more personalised, and goes where you want, when you want.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

You rent cars by komet (4.00 / 8) #3 Thu May 25, 2006 at 11:19:59 AM EST
that go into Alyson Hannigan's bedroom when she's masturbating?

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<ni> komet: You are functionally illiterate as regards trashy erotica.
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It doesn't tend to work well by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri May 26, 2006 at 07:36:51 AM EST
if you're spending a lot of time in crowded urban cores with narrow windy streets.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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I drove through Munich by cam (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri May 26, 2006 at 08:02:05 AM EST
Koblenz, Aachen, Heidelberg, Brugge, Ulm and a bunch of others.

cam
Freedom, liberty, equity and an Australian Republic

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Re: which bus you have to take and where it stops by Greener (2.00 / 0) #4 Thu May 25, 2006 at 11:23:24 AM EST
But that's the part I'm good at. I successfully managed to decipher public transit in 5 different European cities in the last 2 weeks. Plus the eastern European train network.

I think I'll be tackling Switzerland next year.

Have they fixed the prague metro yet? by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #7 Fri May 26, 2006 at 07:38:32 AM EST
When I was there ('98), the machines that sold you metro tickets were only in Czech, and the pattern of questions it asked was unintuitive. This caused tourists to be highly confused, and many would end up not getting tickets at all, whereupon they were fodder for the prague metro police (who only checked the tickets of obvious foreigners and then would issue them tickets/bribe demands).
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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I think they were still in Czech only by Greener (2.00 / 0) #9 Fri May 26, 2006 at 07:54:41 AM EST
but they were literally 'push the button for the ticket you want and insert money' and there were only three options. You couldn't buy a half fare luggage ticket from them though so the 'target the tourist' option was still available if you can't find a newsagent that sells them.

The only place I actually got checked was in Budapest and they were checking everyone coming out that exit.

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you need the ... by BlueOregon (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu May 25, 2006 at 03:08:23 PM EST
... BVG.

Usually, though, I walk (stumble) home.

"ES LEBE BERLIN!"



They really need by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri May 26, 2006 at 07:39:49 AM EST
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