Posts Tagged ‘Car’

Readjusting mirrors: removing the blind spots

Monday, May 2nd, 2005

I happened to be on, the website associated with the NPR radio show of the similar name (which, by the way, is based out of Cambridge) and found something quite interesting: A Great New Way to Set Your Car’s Side-View Mirrors

It turns out that you don’t need to see the back of your car after all — and this method almost eliminates a driver’s blind spots (it reduces them to be so small that if a car is in one, you’ll still see it, as the blind spot would only cover a tiny fraction of the car).

Simulation of parking in Boston, Cambridge, etc.

Saturday, August 21st, 2004

There’s a little flash game that is a pretty good simulation of what it’s like to park around here.

At the parents’ place

Monday, December 29th, 2003

I’m at my parents’ house after a long car trip half way around the country and back.

Photos: Botanical Garden

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2003

I travelled the "forty-five minutes" (or so) to Chapel Hill with my friend Allea to take pictures of the semi-local botanical garden (after sitting in some horrible hour-or-two-long traffic). We spent most of our time there talking to an old gentleman about photography. All three of us were decked out with camera gear. We were photo-geeks.

After we were done chatting with the guy, we noticed that it was not only starting to get late, but a storm was quickly approaching. Allea and I dashed to my car and I drove away from the foreboding clouds.

On the way away, we saw some silly one way signage as well as a anti-war demonstrating stop sign. I knew I had to stop my car to take pictures. Allea laughed at me, but she did admit that it was both "funny" and "cool".

View the entire botanical garden set.

Picture taking, rain or shine

Friday, June 20th, 2003

This morning, I woke up before the sun rose. I managed to get out of the house a little later, around six in the morning. I had my trusty camera at my side. It was overcast, but I did not let that stop me; I was on a mission to snap a few photographs.

As I drove towards Jordan Lake to catch the morning light, the clouds in the sky burst. The weather went from dull and dreary to a torrential downpour. I was driving in a sudden North Carolina monsoon.

When the rain mostly let up a couple hours later, I ventured to park and take a couple pictures. "No parking" signs littered the roadsides. I decided to drive to a recreational facility on the lake and rest my car in a parking space within its vicinity.

"Four bucks?!" The guy had to be kidding. All I could do was repeat myself, "You want four bucks for me to park? Four bucks to park out here in the middle of nowhere? Just for a couple minutes?" It was pretty crazy. I could justify the money if I was going to stay there all day and if I was hauling my very own boat to go speed racing on the lake, but to stop and play the part of a shutterbug for a few minutes — well, the price definately was not worth it. "Well, if you want four bucks, I’m going to drive a bit forward and turn around." I did precisely that. I left feeling somewhat cheated out of an opportunity for a photo-taking experience. Nowhere near that area was there a place to legally park. I know I missed a few decent shots this morning.

If it is any consolation, I managed to have my camera with me when I spotted a truck with a very unusual sticker on its rear window. I’ve seen many like it in the past, but with either the letters "LNX" or "OBX", short for "Linux" and "Outer Banks", respectively. One has to wonder if those three letters are referring to the same three in recent news… Anyway, I thought it was quite odd.

Hopefully this upcoming Saturday morning will lend a bit more hospitible weather for photography. *smile*

Cardinal, hawk, and a snapping turtle

Sunday, June 8th, 2003

This morning, I woke up and saw a bright red cardinal in a green, leafy tree. I didn’t have my camera ready to take a picture.

After getting ready, I went out to my car to drive to church. As I got in my car, a hawk came swooping down and landed in the planter in front of my place so I watched it for a while as it sat there in front of my townhome. I left my camera in my bedroom, so I did not have it with me in the car.

Church was great today. There was a guest pastor and he covered the topic of holiness. I ordered a CD. I also got to see Aaron and Jessica again after the service! (They are my friends who are moving back to Vancouver, so it was great to see them again.) Anyway, after talking to Theresa (and getting invited to her birthday party today), I walked to the far end of the parking lot to jump in my car and drive away.

I made my way to the main road outside the building and noticed something in the street. I slowed down and saw that it was a big turtle crossing the road. Like a chicken, I guess it was trying to get to the other side. Anyway, I pulled over to the side of the road (when there was enough shoulder), parked, turned on my flashers, and ran back to try to help out the reptile. I was waving all the oncoming traffic to move around the turtle, and began to try to move it. Every time I made the attempt to pick it up, it would jump and snap its big turtle jaw. Someone named Nina (I think that’s how you spell her name) came to the rescue. She appeared and picked up the fierce turtle with an adept skill of a zoologist (she was even wearing an outfit like one) and we movied the large creature to the nearby field. When we got there, someone with a truck offered to take the turtle (as they already had another) to a safe place.

I did invite Nina to a Thursday night Bible study (as she seems around my age, and there aren’t too many people there in my agre group), but I wasn’t able to take a picture of the turtle. I left my camera at home.

I think the moral of the story is to have my camera ready to take pictures at all times.

Back home, safely

Saturday, June 7th, 2003

I made it home from Georgia. This time, I did it all safe and sound, without someone slamming into the back of my car (like that time nearly 1/2 a year ago).

My sister’s graduation went well and it was great to see relatives and friends while I was down in the Savannah area over the past week.

I have lots of varying pictures to upload (and post), so stay tuned!