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Archive for May 29th, 2022

Interview of the writer of “You eat a credit card’s worth of plastic every week”

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I blogged the article earlier, and now the interview:

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29 May 2022 at 3:53 pm

How The French New Wave Changed Filmmaking Forever

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When innovations are broadly accepted into our daily experience, we tend to forget their innovative nature because now they just are the way things are. This brief video explains where some of the filmmaking techniques now in common use first arose.

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29 May 2022 at 1:23 pm

Bad design costs lives

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Road design is a critical factor in preventing accidents. Consider paper-cutting machines. One approach to ensure that they are operated safely and to pevent accidents is to post signs warning operators to keep their hands away from the blade, trusting that operators will always be attentive, alert, and aware.

Another approach is to recognize that operators will sometimes be distracted, tired, under the weather, and upset about something, and design the machine so that two widely spaced switches must be simultaneously kept pressed for the blade to operate, thus ensuring that the operator’s hands are out of the danger zone regardless of the operator’s mood and attentiveness.

The same principle applies to road design. While indeed it’s true that drivers should always be alert, attentive, aware, in good health, not in emotional distress or under the influence of alcohol or drugs, experience has (repeatedly) proven that occasionally a driver will fail to measure up to optimum standards.

Roads should be designed to ensure public safety even when sub-optimal drivers are at the wheel. “Don’t fail” is obviously good advice, but it doesn’t prevent all failure. Signs and rules and exhortations are not by themselves enough. Good design is also required.

That’s by way of introduction to this brief video:

Written by Leisureguy

29 May 2022 at 12:31 pm

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