Here’s Greta’s longer TED talk.

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16 Replies to “Sunday Open Thread: You Are Not Mature Enough”

  1. I took a ride on the new Kitsap County Seattle-Kingston fast foot ferry this week, on the 9:35AM departure from Seattle.

    Perhaps my expectations were too low, but I saw more people than I thought I would. As the incoming (8:45AM) run from Kingston deboarded, I made a stab at counting passengers. I soon lost track, but there were clearly well over a hundred who made the trip. I was expecting to be almost the only passenger on the return sailing, but there were actually about 30 of us.

    I would have expected the period between Christmas and New Years to be relatively quiet, and I would not have expected the 8:45AM/9:35AM trip-plus-return to be the busiest. Perhaps this indicates that a reasonable number of people are happy to use a free ferry on this run. We’ll soon learn how many of them are willing to pay $12 round trip ($6 for senior/disabled/low income with ORCA) for it.

    1. Same, though with a 3 pm run westbound from Seattle. I was one of the last to board and was handed card 155, so it seems to have corresponded with the passenger count.

    1. It didn’t even stop to let the pigs board. What bad service. Pigs have places to go, things to do, pigs to see.

      1. Mike, I’d consider it a compliment to my driving if pigs were comfortable alongside my trains. They react a great deal like humans, with a narrow comfort zone that can be valuable to a designer. I wonder if the pig contacted a burr, or a hot spot, or exposed wire on the undercarriage as the train went past him.

        But There’s a reason why that car-line doesn’t need any signal pre-empt or a very large legal department. Worldwide, many transit drivers answer to a branch of the law mercifully absent from both of our existence.

        From transit’s e-world at its worst, I don’t think the bus/rail divide has ever cost any blood. Also believe that since comfortable authority kills by deferred maintenance, needling politicians is our professional duty.

        But from the Caucasus to California, I know that world-wide we’ve each got at least one admirer whose desk is a dashboard. And for whom trackside animals are a neighbor’s property. And who’ll cut our country a great deal of slack on our account. We count, Mike.


  2. les, thanks for the link.

    And for showing us the DEFINITION of Positive Train Control. And also of the operating world for which all of our acquisitions, operations, maintenance, and training should be specified to handle.

    The first few frames prove conclusively that rail streetcars are easiest on station furnishings, minimizing need for benches. Also best “fit” for close contact with people and their animals, whether service, pet, or dinner. Video clearly verifies driver’s accident report that the piggy is faking, because the last house he huffedandpuffed obviously snipped it off on its way down.

    And notice how for an educated public, lane and signal preemption really take care of themselves. Fact that any streetcars shown are still bolted together points us our ideal fleet maintenance-wise. For upcoming purchase, Some polite requests to Robert Mueller might expedite negotiations.

    But above all:

    Since Tbilisi’s tramway has fallen on some hard times, Seattle has an opportunity for the transit world’s most valuable Sister City relationship at a time when KCM and ST need all the siblings who’ll dare claim kin to us. We gain access to what is visibly the world’s best operator training environment for handling sudden massive communications failures and policy ambiguities. And we and Groo-ziya can agree that the wrong Georgia got Forward Thrust.

    Mark Dublin

    1. Probably age-related, but found something I think is a perfectly harmless Sunday School lesson. Not really about Evolution, since there’s no argument here about Who created the animals. Though her actions are Immeasurably Blessed.

      So best reference is Genesis 2:18. “And the Lord God said It is not good that the man should be alone.”
      Because not only did Adam spend his average day laying around scratching and eating fermented bananas and not even going online for college admission coaching but…..well LOOK!

      But now it’s obvious that the Lord has also seen how hard Jeff’s mate already has to work to care for him. And has been forced to enlist another female creature to protect Jeff and the rest of Creation from each other. Really wish the Lesson would start to sink in though.

      Because among our species earliest population control…….though she doesn’t work alone-a leopard usually two apprentices with her- the female we have to worry about isn’t a chimpanzee.


  3. Brent, in the nine or ten years I’ve been around Seattle Transit Blog, this posting’s title video gets whatever Planet Blog is for both Nobels: “Peace” and ” (click!) Hands Up You’re Going to The Hague!”
    Leftists, pay attention, this one’s your first plank for 2000.

    I’m looking at the President of the European Confederation- EU was just a minor financial arrangement that outlived its usefulness. And also the Commander in Chief of her very large country’s highly advanced armed forces. Order depending on the woman’s own career plans.

    The United States of America? That’s up to her, based on a domestic outcome that’s up to us. Because based on what I saw on a several visits to both Sweden and East Africa over the last few years, the rest of the world no longer has to give a leaky Bonneville what the United States of America does or thinks about anything.

    Two professional women of Maasai extraction along the Kenya-Tanzania border. Unearned respect to the NRA, but a Sheffield steel spear-blade won’t risk killing your cow if you miss the lioness. One heading the gift shop in a respected old game-lodge, in career transition between investment banking and the marketing firm she intends to start. The other, CEO and lead driver of her own van transit firm.

    Urban roadsides in Africa are crowded gravel sidewalks about three lanes wide each side of bumper to bumper traffic. Pedestrians include farmers, workers, and businesswomen whose style and demeanor would abash our most corporate elegant clean out of the lobby. Business talent, same ballpark.

    Watched Mary miss five hundred coat-sleeves by six inches at 40 mph. without a pardon-me. While she told my sister-in-law how many cows my brother still owed her father. School, office or jogging, never saw my bro sweat that hard. All this being nothing but good news for the people of the United States, precisely because our present domestic evils are so alien to us and the World knows it.

    We’re not the world’s only country under a government we voted against. Five years ago, granted, but every early-twenties Swede I spoke with last trip picked our country as place they’d most like to go live. Why? The Finnish chief architect on Ballard’s new Nordic Heritage Museum nailed it: “In the United States of America, there is no “RIGHT” way to do something. In the Old World the farther to both fringes, the frostier the sniffs.

    Though since emphasis requires contrast, we’ve got plenty of evidence that world-wide and across generations, we’ve got first-hand evidence that there is certainly a WRONG way to do everything.

    Mark Dublin


        Close as I can come, Brent, is that Vladimir’s behind on his delivery schedule. Sent him my gift card for a tailored EMP burst over the server system responsible for YouTube world-wide.

        But also feeling some real pity for Bob Zimmerman now that he looks at least an Ice Age older than me, which is some serious radiocarbon. The punk got the dubbing perfect, too. Well, one piece of Divine Justice.

        No matter how hard he tries to be what every woman his age desires most, which is to enrage her father, he’s so adorable that the girl’s parents keep demanding she invite him home to dinner and then marry him and have quintuplets in both of their spit and image.

        Uh. The Electroliner didn’t exist, did it.


  4. Okay, Brent, you’ve brought 2018 to its over-welcome end. With the promise that I will live to watch today’s ferocious young Topic announce that Scotland has agreed to sponsor our country into the Trans-European Confederation.

    After seeing whole generations of young people realize they can run for the Legislature at age 18 whether they graduate or not, until all their opponents die of seniority. Immediately resetting voting age at 16 where it’s belonged since 1776.

    And as legalization renders marijuana as boring as it really is, putting Evergreen College in the forefront of an industrial revolution that’ll employ more residents of Abedeen and Hoquiam and similar places to design products than were ever needed to mill them by hand. Which mill work put at risk by the minute.

    Enabling us to tell Air Marshal Thunberg she can get the Saab Gripens off the highways and back in their barns under the giant white turbines. Because now that Amazon has relocated to its tenth Headquarters in Borneo, the Greater Puget Sound’s new Regional Industry will insure that neither SF Muni, Sound Transit, Gothenburg, nor Oslo need ever again be tempted to deliver their low bid to their last supplier in an air strike.


  5. I’m flying back from the midwest this evening, and might be delayed due to snow/ice. I thought I would check to see where the 124 night-owl stops at the airport. I couldn’t find anything on the airport website, or Metro’s timetable for the 124 more specific than “Seatac Airport”. I ended up digging on the OBA map and discovered that it stops at bay 1 on the arrivals drive, and I’m glad I did because my first assumption was that it would stop on Int’l Blvd and 176th with the A and 180, adjacent to the light rail station.

    If Metro is going to offer this as a replacement for Link, why doesn’t it publicize where it stops?

    1. Or where to catch it when you’re leaving the airport. I think I saw it mentioned somewhere, but not in most of the marketing.

      1. I submitted a suggestion via Metro’s web form asking that they update the timetable and add signage in the airport. Hopefully it’s simple enough that Metro can address it – after all, wasn’t confusion one of the reasons Metro was convinced to retire the old night owl service?

      2. It was Seattle that restructured the night owls. Metro withdrew funding for them in the recession cuts, and the city replaced the funding with councilmanic funds. Several years later the city restructured them with Prop 1 money and added 24-hour service to the C, D, E, 120, and 124, and other routes. Metro agreed to the change and Metro planners may have been involved, but it was a city-led decision because Metro had already washed its hands of night owls except the A and 180, which serve early-morning airport workers.

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