On Friday, the mailbox (and a reflector on the far side of the satellite dish) got obliterated by an erratic driver. He or she missed the receiver on the satellite dish by inches or less. The car missed the far neighbor’s mailbox by a similarly minuscule distance as well.
It happened at 6:15 am, so I think it was unlikely to have been caused by drunk driving or falling asleep at the wheel. I think the most likely cause was texting.
A ten inch piece of red bumper was left behind. I hope there’s a nice big dent in the hood and a spider-web break in the windshield, too.
There’s a relatively long tradition, in the field of data visualization, of tracking the way we swear. This makes sense. Not only is it fun to track, but cursing is also conveniently specific as a data set; you’ve got your f-bombs and your double hockey sticks and your bodily functions, and, factoring in their permutations, you’re good to go. Plus, you don’t need much sophisticated sentiment analysis to ensure that your data are accurate: An f-bomb is pretty much an f-bomb, regardless of the contextual subtleties. As a result of all this, we, the public, get treated to sweary heat maps. And more sweary heat maps. And sweary interactive maps. There’s just something about big data and sailor-cursing that complement each other—like peanut butter and mothereffing jelly.
Traditionally, those maps are based on text—on swears that are typed into Facebook or, even more publicly, Twitter. Making a map of the sweariest states requires simply gathering geocoded posts, isolating the swears, and going from there.
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The fuck is going on with Massachusetts there? That doesn’t seem right.
New Hampshire’s numbers come almost exclusively from yelling at Masshole drivers.
Source: The Atlantic
My neighbor married an Asian mail-order bride. As much as it pains me to admit, she reinforces the stereotype of terrible Asian drivers. People drive very fast on my street (which has a blind curve just off-camera in this video), and she backs out
She has already been in one accident that I know of while backing out of her driveway. I’ve also seen her drive on the wrong side of the road for 50 feet because she was going to take a left turn.
I happened to catch her on video today, so I made this video.