January 12, 2006

Pet Hates

I was thinking about all the pet hates that I have, and off the top of my head I got:

  • repetition in mathematics lectures – happens a lot at the moment.
  • Computer Science – need I explain?
  • Cyclists who have flashing red lights on their bike, this may save batteries, but its very annoying before I overtake you, moreover, its illegal.

Well that's all I can think of in the few minutes I've been thinking, if you're one of those odd people that actually reads my blog, I invite you to share yours too.


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  1. Rich

    1. Cheap bottles of wine WITHOUT screw caps. Im buying cheap wine, i'm poor, i dont have a corkscrew

    2. ITV, they're crap

    12 Jan 2006, 20:01

  2. Elaborating on 2: ITV broadcasting something good coz you'll miss it as you never watch ITV coz it's crap.

    3. Being stuck on fill in railway station [Birmingham New Street] because every train to Cov in the next hour is delayed or cancelled.

    12 Jan 2006, 21:00

  3. Computer Science

    12 Jan 2006, 21:15

  4. Big Brother, and all related observations [including this one]

    12 Jan 2006, 21:57

  5. Chris May

    Flashing LED on bikes have been legal since last october. I don't think people do it to save batteries, but because it makes them more noticeable.

    Why does it annoy you? and more interestingly, why doesn't it annoy you if it's on the rider's clothing?

    12 Jan 2006, 22:20

  6. legal since October? hmm, research is required…

    If its on the rider's clothing, usually it's a secondary light, thus allowed to be flashing by the law, and if it makes the cyclist more visible why don't cars have flashing rear lights too?

    My thought process goes thus,
    Flashing => Migraine => Annoying (union with painful)
    I don't know how people with flashing front lights manage.

    12 Jan 2006, 23:47

  7. Chris May

    Research-wise, you want link and link, though good luck trying to make sense of them :-)

    The reason the law was only changed for cyclists is so that they can look different to other road traffic. AIUI, the idea is that if you're driving along an see a small red light in the distance you might think 'motorbike at 200M' when in fact it's a bike at 20M; whereas if if you see a flashing red light you know straight away that it's a bike and therefore near by and slow moving. Whether it works or not I couldn't say.

    I don't much like the idea of a single flashing front light myself, but I guess if you were only riding through well-lit streets (so you only needed it to be seen, not to see) it might be OK.

    I can see how a migrane could be annoying, but surely bike light is too transient to have that effect unless you're following it for a long way. Do car indicators do the same thing? What about flashing lights on ambulances/police cars/gritters/RAC trucks ?

    13 Jan 2006, 08:04

  8. Chris May

    (actually on re-reading it the ammendment's not as obscure as I first thought. The second half is the relevant bit though; skip the first page or two.)

    13 Jan 2006, 08:20


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