Saturday, March 3, 2007

Cellphones and driving and why I hate them

So, here. Is this the ultimate in stupidity? from Al-UPI (that revered news source almost like Al-AP but not to be confused with Al Jazeera). If anything, this guy deserves a Darwin award.

February 27, 2007
Police: Using laptop caused deadly head-on
The California Highway Patrol says a deadly head-on crash north of Sacramento was likely caused by a man at the wheel working on his laptop computer.
The crash occurred Monday morning on Highway 99 and involved a 28-year-old man in a Toyota Corolla who apparently lost control of his car and swerved into oncoming traffic, The Sacramento Bee reported Tuesday.
One driver told CHP investigators he swerved and avoided the Toyota, which then struck an oncoming Hummer. The couple in the Hummer was treated and released for minor injuries but the Toyota driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
"We have reason to believe he was operating his laptop because it was still on and plugged into the cigarette lighter," said CHP Cmdr. Scott Silsbee.
The highway was closed for more than two hours for debris removal

Bet he voted for John F'n. Kerry in the '04 election...(did you know he was in Vietnam?)

Now, the human body is a wonderful thing. When God made man, yes I said WHEN GOD MADE MAN, he designed us in a wonderful way. It's amazing how well the human body functions and I have a hard time trying to think that our bodies are the result of some haphazard occurrence, like the liberal notion of climbing out of the primordial ooze as a fish and then metamorphing into a homosapien. Nah, There is a grand design, of that I am sure. Now, it might be that we evolved from an earlier model, much like the evolution of say, a '57 chevy to a '63 chevy, but we were created as humans from the get go.

Anyway, there is one thing about the human body that many people don't understand. I, being your humble blogger, will explain what I mean. When you think of all the functions that the body performs, breathing, blood pumping, toxin removal, standing, walking, eyes blinking, etc., you understand that it's all involuntary. We don't have to think about these things in order for them to occur. God designed us in such a way that those functions happen so we could have more time to worry about more important things; talking on cellphones, waxing on endlessly about global warming (a hoax), buying more stuff so we can look cooler to our friends, chasing the opposite sex so we can make fools of ourselves, surfing the internet for porn, etc. Yes, God had a reason for doing what he did.

But, for all it's greatness, the human body does have some drawbacks. We have to think. Now, some of you out there are not troubled by this fact since you can't think to begin with. You must be the early model with no capacity to entertain rational thought, that's why you surf the internet for porn and buy more stuff and chase the opposite sex. You don't have the mental capabilities to think. No judgement call here, just an observation. Most of you share a few common traits; you are a mid-level manager at a corporation, you are an actor or musician or you are just a pin head anyway. Anyway, on to the lesson.

Ever watch someone when you are talking to them and they are trying to recall something? a person's name, a number, a memory? well, ever seen how some people have to reach back into their minds to find said data and they experience what we in TV refer to as "head clog". Talking and thinking are 2 of the most intensive functions the human brain has to perform. Talking takes up a lot of CPU power as people have to sometimes think about what they are saying. And for some, I can see the bruises appear as they struggle with the simplest of thoughts.

Now, as an experiment, watch someone try and talk on the phone, any phone, while trying to do something else. It could even be you, but you are biased and won't really see what's going on. But say, you are watching a friend of your's chasing the opposite sex, surfing for porn or buying stuff, all the while on a cellphone. You will notice that they have a hard time trying to properly multi-task as they are trying to divide their brain power between 2 voluntary tasks and thus, they try to go back and forth between the 2. In simple terms, when someone is driving and talking on the cellphone (or using their laptop) they are not paying attention to the task at hand; namely, driving. They are more focused on talking on the phone and not on their 2000 lbs+ missile that is careening down the road. Trust me, all you have to do to validate that experiment is to be a passenger in the car with someone who is driving and talking on their cellphone all the while trying to talk to you and notice how they are driving. I bet it's not as good as they would be if they were just concentrating on the driving. Then we have the people who say, "well, what about smoking? or eating? or drinking something?". That is a little different. When you are smoking, you are not thinking about how to raise the cigarette, inhale the smoke and blow it out. Many people leave the cigarette in their mouth and inhale that way. As for eating, well, that is more the fact that it's really hard to try and hold food and eat it without getting it all over yourself, in which case, that person invaribly always looks down and tries to clean themelves up and ends up running into someone who is busy oogling the opposite sex while talking on the cellphone with a friend describing the latest porn they downloaded. People.

Don't believe me? try an experiment. See if you can drive and notice all the other things going on around you while driving and talking on your phone, or using your laptop. There is a reason why we don't have automation on cars as we do on aircraft. There are just too many motorcars. Chances are, if you are really objective, you will notice that your driving is not as good while on your cellphone or laptop. Better yet, next time you have to go to the DMV to take a driving test, be honest and whip out the cellphone while taking the test and tell the examiner that you can do both but you need to call a friend to tell them about the new stuff you bought to impress your friends while you were searching the net for porn after you saw a really hot member of the opposite sex and was oogling them. Bet he doesn't have a sense of humor.


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