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By TheophileEscargot (Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 03:08:36 PM EST) Reading, Theatre, MLP (all tags)
Reading: "On Roads". Theatre: "Sucker Punch". Web.

What I'm Reading
On roads: a Hidden History by Joe Moran. History of the UK motorway network. Has a few psychogeographic touches, but fortunately doesn't get too up itself.

Fairly good with some interesting points, but not unmissable.


  • There was a battle between serif and sans-serif typefaces on road signs. They were essentially equal in readability, but sans-serif won on aesthetic grounds, though it was thought to be too cold and too European for some.
  • The first satnav in 1989was dismissed by the Independent's technology consultant as "one of the silliest new products in years". It cost £1,250 in
  • Though there were no speed limits on the early motorways, drivers tended to be fairly slow. Average speeds on the M1 were 50mph a few days after it opened. Five years later the top speed in the left lane was about 40mph and 98% of cars were driving below 70. There were also no speed limits on normal rural roads at the time either.
  • There's an audio artwork called Linked broadcast in radio along the M11, where you can listen to voices of people dispossessed by the motorway.

Saw Sucker Punch at the downstairs part of the Royal Court Theatre. Excellent play about a couple of boxers and their relationship with each other and their trainer, set in the Eighties.

Just very good all round. Convincing performances: the actors have had to work very hard to get into shape for the roles, and play it well too. The set and staging are good, with all the action taking place in a boxing ring. And the script is well done: though you have to swallow a major coincidence for the plot to work, the writing is convincing.

Well worth seeing.

Review, review, review, review.

Video. Jane Austen's Fight Club. She's asking for it. (via) Milk drink ad has girls on spacehoppers. Keyboard cat impersonator. Expanded Dude Bro Party Massacre 3 (original).

Articles. How to write about Haiti. News contrast: Black and white seven-year-olds drive family car.

Pics. Carved records. Inception diagram, infographic (spoilers).

Politics. ConDems in India: immigration policy under strain (ideology starts to meet reality). ConDems change minds on rape anonymity.

Economics. US rail freight is efficient. Basel III bank regulations not too tough.

Random. Nomskulls: skull cake moulds.

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Ain't nobody get the better of you-know-who | 8 comments (8 topical, 0 hidden)
"Ansel" has his head up his arse. by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 04:34:40 PM EST
His observations about Haiti seem to be deeply flawed. He's not completely off-base, but what he wrote has me seriously questioning his judgment.

I was set to be annoyed about the rape anonymity story, then at the end it explains that they plan to keep anonymity for suspects from arrest through charging, and I guess I'm okay with that. Through conviction would be more just, but I'm averse to adding more Star Chamber bullshit to our court system. Too much potential for abuse.

BTW, what does "doesn't get to up itself" mean? I've never heard that phrase.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Another type by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 04:41:25 PM EST
Should have been "doesn't get too up itself", i.e. self-indulgent like the other books of "psychogeography" where they spew cod philosophy while writing about a place or journey.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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No limit, low speeds by brokkr (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 05:02:24 PM EST
When was this and what was the top speeds at which a normal car was generally still comfortable to drive?

I can go 209 km/h on the Autobahn round the corner, but it's too stressful and bumpy. I usually keep it around 170, where the ride is smooth.
Deyr fé, deyja frændr, deyr sjalfr it sama,
ek veit einn, at aldrei deyr: dómr um dau∂an hvern.

1959 by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 05:17:21 PM EST
The point is there's a kind of myth that when the motorways opened they were an idyll of fast motoring due to the absence of speed limits; but in fact the cars of that era weren't that fast, and the motorists not that confident.
It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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I think 90% by jump the ladder (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Jul 28, 2010 at 06:28:07 PM EST
Of cars on British roads in the early 60s couldn't reach 70 mph. Even 6 cylinder luxury cars were only able to reach 80-90 tops.

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On Sunday I was driving from Shropshire to Newport by ambrosen (4.00 / 1) #6 Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 05:05:32 AM EST
Which is the same route my dad used to go on to visit his grandparents in Cardiff. I recognised the name of a village I passed through, Dinmore. My dad describes how his dad would drive their Ford Popular up the hill there at 10 mph and then stop to cool the engine down at the top. I acknowledged the hill with a slight increase in throttle pressure.

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The midwestern US by lm (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Jul 29, 2010 at 08:22:59 AM EST
When my dad was learning to drive, the speed limit on most Ohio rural highways (pre-interstate) was 50mph but most people drove 70mph and up. One state over in Indiana, the speed limit was 70 mph and most people drove between 40mph and 50mph.

Kindness is an act of rebellion.
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Yeah, I never used to go above about 60 in my car by priestess (2.00 / 0) #8 Fri Jul 30, 2010 at 08:53:27 AM EST
It'd start to shake itself to bits if I tired.

Chat to the virtual me...

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