Godless buses

From the Guardian, “Comment is Free” Ariane Sherine: All aboard the atheist bus campaign
“The atheist bus campaign launches today thanks to Comment is free readers. Because of your enthusiastic response to the idea of a reassuring God-free advert being used to counter religious advertising, the slogan “There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life” could now become an ad campaign on London buses – and leading secularists have jumped on board to help us raise the money.
The British Humanist Association will be administering all donations to the campaign, and Professor Richard Dawkins, bestselling author of The God Delusion, has generously agreed to match all contributions up to a maximum of £5,500, giving us a total of £11,000 if we raise the full amount. This will be enough to fund two sets of atheist adverts on 30 London buses for four weeks”
Note, unlike the buses in the UK, the trains of Sodor celebrate Christmas. I don’t know if Jesus died for their sins too.

Can the speed-dial reduce speeding

By Tom Vanderbilt: I.D. – Please Touch That Dial
A nice article on the history of the design of the speedometer display in American cars, and why it might lead to speeding. There is an empirical test to be done here: Were cars with a speed dial that only went 90 mph less likely to speed (or otherwise safer) than cars with a speed dial that goes to 160, ceteris paribus?

Roads, Rails and Urban Change

I am a bit tardy on this, but people tell me I look fabulous.
Twin Cities Public Television will air on its Minnesota Channel:
Roads, Rails and Urban Change
Journey through the history of transportation and examine the key transportation topics facing Minnesota planners and policy makers in the near future. Co-produced with the University of Minnesota Metro Consortium.
According to the program guide it will appear:
Sunday 10/19 6 pm,
Sunday 11/9 at 9 pm
Comcast St. Paul Channel 243
Comcast Minneapolis Channel 202
Mediacom Channel 102
Over the Air Digital, Channel 17-2.
I am sure it will be repeated long through history, and eventually will find its way to the Internet, but in the interim, set your Tivos if you are a Minnesota local.

The Culture of Queueing

From Ask MeFi: Standing In Line about the differences in queueing behaviors in different cultures.