Sunday, June 26, 2011

Why America Doesn't Need High-Speed Rail

Their has been a lot of talk about why America doesn't catch up with the rest of the world and build high-speed trains. I am in favor of a high-speed train but their are some very basic reasons why it just doesn't make sense for the United States.

Americans love convenience,

this is stating the obvious, what I mean by this is very few American's are going to ditch their cars for a train ride, where they'll find themselves on the other end car-less, and having to shell out more money to rent another car on the other end.
Also Americans love to take everything with them when they travel and having to limit their luggage to a few items isn't going to go over too well, think of all the anger about baggage fees (I lived out of a backpack for two months, it's was still small enough to be a carry-on, most American's wouldn't dream of doing this.)
    • American is a very unfriendly country to try and navigate by foot, most cities are built around the assumption you will be exploring them via 2 tons of steel, this makes walking pretty much impossible and defiantly undesirable. 
But people don't take their cars when they fly?

Saturday, June 25, 2011


I was having major difficulty coming up with a topic to write about, but after working with my muse I came to this topic. It's about the worlds (stupidest?) new obsession, Planking. Now if you have never heard of this new trend I suggest you leave now before you heart mind and sole (on your left shoe) are forever scared with the irremovable stain of mass human stupidity.

Like anything truly moronic planking appears to have been invented by some bored British gentleman, and then borught to full scale fame in Australia.

I would assume in a country where mutant-duck-beavers with poisonous spurs are the least of your worries, you wouldn't have so much free time. I apparently assumed incorrectly.
Planking is one of the greatest feats of combining drunken stupidity with internet meme's, (at least one of the greatest feats that won't result in informing all your future neighbors that you moved in down the street).
Because I am a lazy writer I have copy/pasted this entry for wikipedia to explain what planking is, incase you ignored my warning and ventured this far into the article.
The lying down game (also known as planking,[1] or face downs) is an activity, popular in various parts of the world, consisting of lying face down in an unusual or incongruous location. The hands must touch the sides of the body, and having a photograph of the participant taken and posted on the Internet is an integral part of the game.[2] Players compete to find the most unusual and original location in which to play.[2] The location should also be as public as possible, and as many people as possible should be involved.[3]