Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Why grade separations exist...


...to protect trains from moronic drivers, like this one.

On my bicycle ride home tonight, I arrived to find this situation around 6 p.m. at the rail crossing at County Road 32 (CR32) and County Road 105 in rural Yolo County, between Davis and Sacramento.

According to the Amtrak investigator I talked to briefly, the woman was heading east on CR 32, missed the turn, started down the bike path, realized her error, turned right, went up the embankment and basically flew to this position well down the tracks. Yes, she must have been flying, and may have been DUI. She was taking the breathalyzer as I took these images; that's her with the CHP officer in far background (click on image to enlarge.)



All Capitol Corridor trains were held in both directions, unfortunate for hundreds of passengers. Fortunately, I was on my bike and missed this delay...and missed this driver who is a real hazard!

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Thursday, June 26, 2008

XTC: Dear God


Great song by an underrated 80s pop group XTC. My sentiments, exactly.

More on Downer cows from HSUS


Meat production consumes more energy and creates more pollution than transportation. This video left me wondering about the mental health of the workers at these auction lots or packing plants. Do they leave the brutality at the workplace when they go home? Or do they share it with their wives and children?

Sunday, May 20, 2007

"Sex with your car"





Sex with Your Car - commercial - kewego
Sex with Your Car - commercial - kewego

Sex with Your Car - commercial - kewego
Mercury Mistress, a new model of car which you can actually have sex with.
Video from ryosann

Saturday, February 24, 2007

Big Papi, little puppy

Image of David Big Papi Ortiz kissing his dog Mikey during spring training 2007 in Ft. Myers FloridaI'm a dog-loving Red Sox fan. How could I not post an image like this, of Boston slugger David "Big Papi" Ortiz, kissing his dog Mikey during conditioning exercises at the Sox' spring training facility in Ft. Myers, Florida.

Friday, January 12, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle, still a Bush toady


January 12, 2007

Letters to the Editor
San Francisco Chronicle
901 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

RE: Photo of teary Bush on front page.

Editor:

On Thursday, millions of people across the U.S. participated in protests against President Bush's proposed escalation of the war in Iraq, including several protest events in the Bay Area.

Yet on the Chronicle's front page today, above the fold no less: An image of George W. Bush crying at an event honoring a dead Marine. Your "coverage" of the anti-war protests--an image with brief caption--was buried on page A7.

The U.S. is stuck in the deadly Iraqi quagmire in part because a supine media has failed to challenge Bush administration arguments. Your decision to "humanize" Bush by featuring this image so prominently--while diminishing coverage of the opposition to his pointless war--shows the Chronicle continues to be a biased administration toady.

If Bush really cared about troops dying in Iraq, he would order their immediate withdrawal, not award them posthumous medals. And some wonder why fewer of us are reading newspapers.

Sincerely,

Paul Dorn

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Only a few weeks 'til spring training

I'm cursed by ancestry to be a Boston Red Sox fan. Much to the regret of my non-sports enthusiast wife. She saved this "Pardon My Planet" cartoon for me.

Marketing cartoon with puppies

Image of Non-sequitor cartoon
Hey, I work as a marketing professional. So why not. I've had this on my file cabinet for some time, yellowing. Put it on my blog instead! Image is a man selling puppies ("chick magnets").

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Vehicle size and genitalia insecurity

Tom the Dancing Bug cartoon showing a small penis Hummer driver
Tip of the cap to Bangers and Mishmash blog.

As my intelligent brother Jeff in Maine says: "The bigger the truck the smaller the penis. Which is of course a metaphor for small self image. You don't see red necks driving around in a VW Bug with a gun rack and a confederate flag do you? Big trucks feed that part of an individual that needs to be bigger than life because reality bites."
Image: Tom The Dancing Bug by Ruben Bolling.
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