Skyfall

I am going to see the shit out of this movie.

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Yes. Absolutely. It is exactly the same.

I don’t really have much to add here. It’s tempting to rant about how clueless these people (these horrible, horrible people) are; these people who are so incensed that Penn State is being punished for its failure to take any meaningful action to stop child rapist Jerry Sandusky- but they clearly just don’t get it and never will. They don’t understand that the punishment is for the institutional flaws in the school’s athletic program and thus Penn State is being punished institutionally.

But yes, this. Definitely this. Some guy making a completely valid analogy about Penn State’s punishment:

I just can’t put my arms around it, it’s, to me, it was our 9/11 today. I just saw planes crashing into towers.

I couldn’t embed the video of this character, so you can watch it here.

Tom Price, Penn State Alumnus & Douchebag

PREACH

I love a good rant – and I love Fran Lebowitz.

The worst thing about being around these people,  these students, is overhearing their conversations.

YES, THIS IS A TRUE FACT.

from The Awl

“But of course you are.”

Oh James.

And this is the very first time we lay eyes on 007 in the first Bond Film, Dr. No. Perfection.

The Idaho Stop

Probably one of the most challenging parts of being a bicyclist in SF (besides dodging potholes, jaywalking peds and inattentive drivers) is that we are typically portrayed as a singular entity. That is, people rely on their own anecdotal evidence of a-hole cyclists to reach the conclusion that all cyclists are a-holes. In fact, most cyclists ride in a safe and generally law-abiding manner.

Of course, to some degree, “law-abiding” can be in the eye of the beholder. Check out this crackdown by the SFPD on cyclists on the Wiggle, all being sited for failure to come to a complete stop at stop sign. N.B.: Pay close attention to traffic behind the irate dogwalker.

Why are bikes being singled out for enforcement here? Those cars coming to a rolling stop should be getting ticketed as well.

Of course, the larger issue is that it simply doesn’t make sense for bikes to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. In the report above, the guys who didn’t slow down or check the intersection? They deserved to be cited.  But it is actually completely possible for a cyclist to obey the premise of a stop sign, yielding to peds and cars, without coming to a two-wheel stop. Here’s a great piece on the Idaho Stop, something the state of Oregon is attempting to introduce.

Of course, I hold out little hope of such a logical and appropriate law to ever be implemented (or even considered) in Cali. The cultures of “zero-tolerance” and self-entitlement (and this applies to everybody – drivers, bikers, peds… especially in SF. Well, everybody except me of course, since I am a paragon of virtue in all that I do. But I digress…) pretty much guarantee that any change in traffic laws that required people to be reasonable, attentive and patient would never be tolerated.