...Hand me that tambourine, willya? Or a bottle of Uncle Hiro's Ichiban Ibuprofen, whichever's handier. I would like to have some witty insight or pointy observation or at least the various changes I'd rung upon Tam's Roman-execution Burma Shave sign ("A Legion That Dares/To Disobey/Will Quickly Learn/The Price They'll Pay/S.P.Q.R" -- you know they'd've done it if they'd thunk of it). But I don't have much.
What I do have is one of my old notions made real. Those WAKE UP! rumble strips along the highway could be pulse-width modulated. To do what, you might ask, and the answer is, to do this:
Yes, the road plays the William Tell Overture as you drive over it. But you'd better get out there quickly if you'd like to hear it in your own car: the town has gotten plenty tired of havin' a road that plays the William Tell Overture every freakin' time it is driven on....
Once is a surprise; twice is a marvel. 200 times a day? Optimized for some speed above the limit?* I'll take "Repaving" for $100, Alex!
* Speed Traps Of The Future? "But officer-d00d, 'Stairway' don't play right unless you're doin' 85!"
CHICAGO RAILROAD FAIR, 1948
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