July 17th, 2004



Did you know that, statistically, that every 90th minute, there's a collision between a train and a car in USA..

4,000 collisions..

The main reason?

People in cars think they'll get across before the train comes..

People in cars doesn't think about them being on the tracks.. (If it's a line of cars, they drive up to the car ahead of them, even if it means they'll stop on the tracks, instead of waiting until the car ahead has moved away).

Not a single time, it's the fault of the train.. (well.. maybe 1 out of those 4,000 times).

Trains take forever to stop.. They can't exactly turn away.. and the mass of the train is about equal to a car hitting a bird or an insect..

Wouldn't it be wise to avoid being in front of one?

much fun

The most fun you're able to see on TV at the moment is..

Believe it or not..

Tour de France on Eurosport with the Swedish Commentators..

Except that they know about everything, which of course is great, they've got a perfect harmony between each other, and they often... once you've got a sense of them.. make me laugh with them.. sort of "running jokes"..

One of them is the fact that they never quarantee what they say.. as in.. sort of..
Commentator 1: "I think this break is gonna make it, but once the followers get going chasing them they're scaringly effective and even if I think they're gonna make it, it's possible the followers have calculated it perfectly.. "
Commentator 2: "So.. you're saying.. You're not sure?"

They've decided that the one with the Yellow Jersey is gonna lose it today, since he seemed to totally having run out of energy.. That way, they, finally, could decide that "Now we can say for sure that he's gonna lose it, right?". But just now they saw him seemingly having gotten a lot of energy back and working himself back.. "Oh no.. don't say we have to change our minds again!".

Favorite snappy comment today..

Commentator 1: "where they could get some new(fresh) water..."
Commentator 2: "Yes.. much better than getting old water" :-p

Love those snappy comments they have commenting something the other says..

Virtual reality

Looking at Tour de France at the moment, they have incredibly good graphics for showing the route..

A 3D map of the road etc..

Now, of course, they're created, especially for the broadcast.. Most likely using a helicopter to map out the area etc..

But, the other day I saw some programme about Valley of the Kings in Egypt, where they dug out long passageways and rooms in the mountains, and they told that obviously there's a lot of tourists there which takes it's toll on those graves. That way, they've borrowed the kind of equipment FBI uses to map out crime scenes..

It's a sort of rotating scanner you put up in the middle of the room, which maps out the entire room with all details in 3D. That way, you get an exact 3D model of the room, and they might put those models up on Internet sometime in the future, which makes it possible to walk around in those caves.. Sort of like you do as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider (Which I found out is more realistic than one might imagine). Technically speaking, it most likely would be possible for some game maker to buy the rights to those computer models and thus make an adventure in a completely realistic setting.

The main idea is to make people being able to experience Valley of the Kings without having to go there etc..

The thing is..

How often doesn't you hear about those kinds of stuff..

"They're creating complete Virtual maps of ??"

"They're creating computer models of the archeological site.. "

"They're making virtual galleries of Museum of... where you're able to look at all the works they've got in their collection"

How much of that have you seen?

If you go to a site of a museum, of a site etc.. you see simple drawings, a few selected images and some text.. but that's basically all.. nothing at all of what you've heard them talk about what they're doing..

I want to see "Time Team" on Discovery, then be able to go to the Time Team site and walk around on the site they've done.. walk around in those computer models they've started doing now, of what it looked like..

And.. why not? Sure.. it cost them a lot of money to create those for the programs etc.. But, as it is.. they still have that cost, but only use them in the program. It's not as if it would cost them tons of money to put those on the site etc, since they're already created.