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(XKCD)   In case it wasn't clear that XKCD's creator lives in the Boston area, this ought to settle that matter   (xkcd.com) divider line 117
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2012-10-03 09:05:11 AM
it doesn't.
 
2012-10-03 09:08:08 AM
No photo of the sign?
 
2012-10-03 09:09:15 AM
Was there a thread for the epic "scrolling" comic? Never saw one.
 
2012-10-03 09:14:58 AM

star_topology: Was there a thread for the epic "scrolling" comic? Never saw one.


This XKCD is going to take me hours. See if you can find the X-wing
 
2012-10-03 09:18:42 AM

star_topology: Was there a thread for the epic "scrolling" comic? Never saw one.


Indeed there was: 7335254

/Bonus thread about JS stuff: 7335249
 
2012-10-03 09:18:57 AM
Um, hur?
 
2012-10-03 09:22:23 AM
I like the purple light.
 
2012-10-03 09:22:25 AM
This both makes me crack up and get extremely angry at the same time. And yes I share the sentiment that he is in new england because of this.
 
2012-10-03 09:25:20 AM
I hate driving in Boston but only a little bit more than I hate driving in Cambridge.

This city's roads are not planned roads. These roads are what happens when you follow the natural evolution of buggy trails.
 
2012-10-03 09:31:25 AM
If that is some sort of puzzle I got:
"Love resistance dreams dancing is part bird slicing"
 
2012-10-03 09:39:39 AM

madcan34: This city's roads are not planned roads. These roads are what happens when you follow the natural evolution of buggy trails.


farking circles and roundabouts. God forbid a horse and buggy bangs out a three point turn.

/Somervillian
 
2012-10-03 09:42:36 AM
Not to mention that they'll have 5 or 6 one-way streets--one right after the other--that all go North when you want to go south.

F*ck Boston's streets.
 
2012-10-03 09:46:44 AM

xanadian: Not to mention that they'll have 5 or 6 one-way streets--one right after the other--that all go North when you want to go south.

F*ck Boston's streets.


That is Mass Ave in Cambridge right near Porter Square. There is a giant neighborhood back there and no way to get in!
 
2012-10-03 09:46:52 AM
Reminds me of Shanghai.
 
2012-10-03 09:50:09 AM
I live in a competently designed city with a grid system and well timed lights, so I don't get the joke here.

Is there more to it than the idea that in NE the lights are screwed up?
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-03 09:51:53 AM
For out of towners: Some of what you see as a joke is real.

I have seen a red ball combined a green arrow pointing up (ahead). Red and green at the same time are being phased out, as are red and yellow at the same time. Signal faces going blank are another standard that will be dropped over the 50 year traffic signal replacement cycle. The hardware needs more frequent replacement, but they would replace the 1930s era signal box with a new controller built to the exact operational specs including the red+yellow phase.

You may see a green arrow pointing straight with no indication whether a right turn is legal. That's found at a jughandle to discourage, but not prohibit, the "straight on red" maneuver described in the Boston Driver's Handbook.

He missed blinking green, which means this light may turn yellow (then red) but probably won't. Blinking yellow means the same thing if it's in the top space. In the middle space blinking yellow means the light is even less likely to turn solid yellow (then red).
 
2012-10-03 09:51:58 AM

madcan34: This city's roads are not planned roads. These roads are what happens when you follow the natural evolution of buggy trails.


This. Driving in the Boston suburbs is the most surreal experience in the world, after driving in all of the planned developments down south.

When the NE relatives come down, they're all amazed that you can drive a hundred miles on major highways and never pass an actual residential building.
 
2012-10-03 09:56:49 AM

hetheeme: Is there more to it than the idea that in NE the lights are screwed up?


New England is stubbornly against the most minor changes to their roads. I say that meaning they have high density population and a complete lack of development to compensate other than rail road systems laid out in the middle of it all. I'm used to one of those grid systems with actual thought in their lights, then I moved up here. The highways (if you can call them that) are brutal enough. Sitting on 95 everyday not doing anything can drain your soul, and ecological societies preserving swamp land to protect mosquitoes hamper actual roads from being built.

/i miss driving through country
 
2012-10-03 09:58:19 AM
And here I thought he was driving high
 
2012-10-03 09:58:52 AM
Could be Winnipeg. They have the only intersection I have ever seen that has a red light and a "go forward" arrow light at the same time.
 
2012-10-03 09:59:30 AM

Gunny Highway: xanadian: Not to mention that they'll have 5 or 6 one-way streets--one right after the other--that all go North when you want to go south.

F*ck Boston's streets.

That is Mass Ave in Cambridge right near Porter Square. There is a giant neighborhood back there and no way to get in!


I know that all too well. I lived in the area for 25 years and always avoided that neighborhood because of how messed up the streets are. It's nice to walk through though.

/Don't even get me started on the bike lanes and bikers in Cambridge
//And now Somerville, ugh.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-03 10:06:02 AM
Not to mention that they'll have 5 or 6 one-way streets--one right after the other--that all go North when you want to go south.

Don't forget the "no right turn into our precious private neighborhood during rush hour" signs. The idea of roads being a shared public good doesn't win minds around here. It's MY road and I want signs making sure nobody drives past my house.

In many cases subdivisions are literally on private roads maintained at city expense. The legal fiction is plowing, paving, etc. are essential public safety functions whether the roads are public or private.
 
2012-10-03 10:06:39 AM
That f*cking bird crapped on my cahr!
 
2012-10-03 10:07:35 AM

ActionJoe: Gunny Highway: xanadian: Not to mention that they'll have 5 or 6 one-way streets--one right after the other--that all go North when you want to go south.

F*ck Boston's streets.

That is Mass Ave in Cambridge right near Porter Square. There is a giant neighborhood back there and no way to get in!

I know that all too well. I lived in the area for 25 years and always avoided that neighborhood because of how messed up the streets are. It's nice to walk through though.

/Don't even get me started on the bike lanes and bikers in Cambridge
//And now Somerville, ugh.


I used to live on Mass Ave (next to Marco's Pizza), and would see a biker either get hit by a swerving car, or run into an opening door at least once every couple of weeks.

Drove to and from work, and as little as possible, otherwise.
 
2012-10-03 10:12:56 AM
I'm trying to think of what animation he could do to properly depict the complete clusterfark where Alewife Brook Parkway and the Concord Turnpike intersect, but then I realize a static image of a mishmash of cars would probably work just fine.
 
2012-10-03 10:15:33 AM

thecpt: ecological societies preserving swamp land to protect mosquitoes hamper actual roads from being built.


Boo-hoo-hoo. Just what we need, more cement sprawl over wetlands protecting coastal fisheries. Sounds like you need to move to Dallas or Houston. Enjoy your dreary lebensraum.
 
2012-10-03 10:17:01 AM

Gunny Highway: madcan34: This city's roads are not planned roads. These roads are what happens when you follow the natural evolution of buggy trails.

farking circles and roundabouts. God forbid a horse and buggy bangs out a three point turn.

/Somervillian


Roundabouts are one of the safest and most efficient forms of intersection:

Unlike a four way stop that can handle one car at a time a roundabout can handle two or three (or more for large roundabouts) allowing a much larger capacity.

They are more fuel efficient as they don't require everyone to continually stop and start, which burns loads of fuel - particularly if you're queuing and have to stop and start several times to get to the junction.

Collisions tend to be lower speed due to the presence of the roundabout causing you to drive in a fairly tight circle.

Any collisions tend to be glancing blows due to the entry angle of cars coming onto the roundabout.

Any collision will also be on the passenger side of the person with the right of way.

Unlike stop signs you can't really miss a roundabout and blow through the intersection.

Unlike traffic lights they don't hold up traffic when there are no more cars coming from the direction that currently has a green light.
 
2012-10-03 10:18:06 AM
Okay I was trying to view this on my cellphone.

This is what I was seeing:

imgs.xkcd.com
"Love resistance dreams dancing is part bird slicing"
 
2012-10-03 10:21:10 AM

Gunny Highway: God forbid a horse and buggy bangs out a three point turn.


LOLWUT. I'd love to see you try and make a three-point turn in a horse and buggy. They really don't have a "reverse" transmission setting.
 
2012-10-03 10:21:39 AM

Gunny Highway: xanadian: Not to mention that they'll have 5 or 6 one-way streets--one right after the other--that all go North when you want to go south.

F*ck Boston's streets.

That is Mass Ave in Cambridge right near Porter Square. There is a giant neighborhood back there and no way to get in!


There's another place somewhere around the theater district, too. It's been a while since I've lived there.

/there's actually quite a few places like that...
 
2012-10-03 10:22:02 AM
media.tumblr.com

These guys understand it
 
2012-10-03 10:22:42 AM
We do it on purpose.

It's because we don't like visitors, and we REALLY don't like when they try to drive here.

web.mit.edu
 
2012-10-03 10:28:53 AM

The Evil That Lies In The Hearts Of Men: Roundabouts are one of the safest and most efficient forms of intersection:

Unlike a four way stop that can handle one car at a time a roundabout can handle two or three (or more for large roundabouts) allowing a much larger capacity.

They are more fuel efficient as they don't require everyone to continually stop and start, which burns loads of fuel - particularly if you're queuing and have to stop and start several times to get to the junction.

Collisions tend to be lower speed due to the presence of the roundabout causing you to drive in a fairly tight circle.

Any collisions tend to be glancing blows due to the entry angle of cars coming onto the roundabout.

Any collision will also be on the passenger side of the person with the right of way.

Unlike stop signs you can't really miss a roundabout and blow through the intersection.

Unlike traffic lights they don't hold up traffic when there are no more cars coming from the direction that currently has a green light.


I recognize this (just spent a week driving through Ireland). Just having some fun.

We dont have roundabouts. We are have confusing intersections with 7 different roads meeting in one square.
 
2012-10-03 10:30:07 AM

theorellior: Boo-hoo-hoo. Just what we need, more cement sprawl over wetlands protecting coastal fisheries. Sounds like you need to move to Dallas or Houston. Enjoy your dreary lebensraum.


You don't really know what I'm talking about, so don't jump to that conclusion (thanks for going godwin though).

From Wikipedia: "There is an exit to the Merritt Parkway, but only southbound towards New York City, as environmental activists have successfully blocked a full interchange between the two arteries. In northern Norwalk, Route 7 changes from a limited access, divided highway to an ordinary surface road. Originally, the intent was to build the "Super 7" highway (in a different place than the current Route 7), which would link Interstate 95 with Interstate 84 in Danbury, but environmental groups and slow-growth advocates succeeded in preventing this highway from being built (although the state of Connecticut continues to own the land to build the highway). Other state highways in Norwalk are Route 53, Route 123, and Route 136."

Essentially people wanted to block a highway from going through land by their land after the government bought the property. There is still tons of traffic that sits on that road going 20 miles an hour and inefficiently burning fuel and emitting fumes, but now there is no elevated road by their backyard so their land value doesn't go down. Meanwhile, the state tax payer is hurt because there is no benefit to the govt owning said land for 20+ years now.

If you want useless swamps that already have a road going through them holding up projects that are beneficial to the environment and tax payer, please don't do it under the guise of environmental concern. I want my environmental concerns to have merit and intelligence
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-03 10:31:56 AM
theorellior

Credit the "no outsiders in our neighborhood" signs for a bit of that traffic jam. When I commuted on Route 2 there was a cop on Alewife Brook Parkway keeping north/east-bound traffic from taking the obvious way around the Mass Ave intersection.

There are four agencies involved in that area: Cambridge owns the road to the east, and Cambridge hates cars. Arlington owns the road to the west, and Arlington is at best indifferent. The DCR (former MDC) owns the road to the north and south, and the DCR really hates cars. Finally, the state DOT could act like responsible adult if the parties disagreed or federal funds appeared, but the DOT doesn't care about that hellhole.  The DOT doesn't like urban streets in general and has been giving state-owned streets back to cities to avoid maintenance responsibility.
 
2012-10-03 10:34:10 AM
Live in Billerica, work in downtown Boston, been working here for 10 years.

Drove in for about 3 years and it was one of the worst experiences ever. I-93 turns into a parking lot, side streets are clogged. Yuck.

Started taking the T about 5 years ago (bus stop about a mile from my house) and between that and working from home one day a week things are a lot better. I almost never drive in past Cambridge if I have to, and even then I usually need my phone/GPS on the dash to get me places.

In short, assume everyone around you is an idiot and can't drive and you'll be fine.
 
2012-10-03 10:39:07 AM

ZAZ:
He missed blinking green, which means this light may turn yellow (then red) but probably won't. Blinking yellow means the same thing if it's in the top space. In the middle space blinking yellow means the light is even less likely to turn solid yellow (then red).


Driving around Boston i have come across this and had no F'ing clue what to do, so when i saw that you were providing an explination i was excited to finally know WTF this was, however after reading this i do not think i am in any better understanding what to really know to expect or what is going on. No offense to your explination.

\WTF
\\No really, WTF?
 
2012-10-03 10:40:35 AM

ZAZ: When I commuted on Route 2 there was a cop on Alewife Brook Parkway keeping north/east-bound traffic from taking the obvious way around the Mass Ave intersection.


Mrs Highway and the woman she car pools with blow by that cop every day.
 
2012-10-03 10:49:34 AM

Gunny Highway: ZAZ: When I commuted on Route 2 there was a cop on Alewife Brook Parkway keeping north/east-bound traffic from taking the obvious way around the Mass Ave intersection.

Mrs Highway and the woman she car pools with blows by that cop every day.

FTFY

 
2012-10-03 10:51:34 AM

Loki009: Gunny Highway: ZAZ: When I commuted on Route 2 there was a cop on Alewife Brook Parkway keeping north/east-bound traffic from taking the obvious way around the Mass Ave intersection.

Mrs Highway and the woman she car pools with blows by that cop every day.

FTFY


I was asking for that, wasnt I?
 
2012-10-03 10:52:40 AM

Gunny Highway: madcan34: This city's roads are not planned roads. These roads are what happens when you follow the natural evolution of buggy trails.

farking circles and roundabouts. God forbid a horse and buggy bangs out a three point turn.

/Somervillian


You don't seemlike a born-n-raised Somervilian if you're referring to rotaries as roundabouts or circles . . .

The cartoon reminds me of what the lights used to be like when heading west on Rt 16 where it crosses Rt 28 in Medford, right by Kappy's.

/ Born in Somerville when it was Slummerville . . .
// Miss the old 'BCN . . . Oh, Slummerville, oh Slummerville, how lovely are thou. From Davis Squaah, to Holland Squaaaa, to Teele Squaaa, to Union Squaaa, Oh Slummaville we think you're really pissa...
 
2012-10-03 10:53:01 AM

thecpt: You don't really know what I'm talking about, so don't jump to that conclusion (thanks for going godwin though).


How was I supposed to know you were talking about a specific interchange in Connecticut? We were talking about Boston traffic, and you started whining about swamps and mosquitoes. Thanks for clearing that up, it sounds like a farked up situation.
 
2012-10-03 10:55:24 AM

Gunny Highway: xanadian: Not to mention that they'll have 5 or 6 one-way streets--one right after the other--that all go North when you want to go south.

F*ck Boston's streets.

That is Mass Ave in Cambridge right near Porter Square. There is a giant neighborhood back there and no way to get in!


I live in that neighborhood. :( It's such a pain in the ass.
 
2012-10-03 10:56:05 AM

ZAZ: There are four agencies involved in that area: Cambridge owns the road to the east, and Cambridge hates cars. Arlington owns the road to the west, and Arlington is at best indifferent. The DCR (former MDC) owns the road to the north and south, and the DCR really hates cars. Finally, the state DOT could act like responsible adult if the parties disagreed or federal funds appeared, but the DOT doesn't care about that hellhole. The DOT doesn't like urban streets in general and has been giving state-owned streets back to cities to avoid maintenance responsibility.


Well, there you have it. A perfect storm of asshattery.
 
2012-10-03 10:56:15 AM

irishjihad: You don't seemlike a born-n-raised Somervilian if you're referring to rotaries as roundabouts or circles . . .


Nope. I live in

irishjihad: Davis Squaah


(As I mentioned earlier) I spent a week driving Ireland with a GPS.

"At the roundabout take 2nd exit"
"At the roundabout take 3rd exit"
etc.

The word rotary was drilled out of my hear.
 
2012-10-03 11:00:11 AM

theorellior: How was I supposed to know you were talking about a specific interchange in Connecticut? We were talking about Boston traffic, and you started whining about swamps and mosquitoes


My post was about New England in general as I'm temporarily a Connecticutter (what the hell do we call ourselves?) and am forced to drive through RI and Mass. You call it whining, but its full blown rage at this point as the majority of the population is fine with being forced to wait 2 hrs just to go 10 miles on "highway" on a weekly basis. Also cases of West Nile are occurring at a higher rate, and nothing has been done about it unlike last decade (I'm told). I don't want West Nile. Every planned civil project around me is on hold for spotty reasons, but somehow huge buildings are getting approved for jobs which will increase the population. Election years are weird.
 
2012-10-03 11:00:56 AM

irishjihad: / Born in Somerville when it was Slummerville . . .
// Miss the old 'BCN . . . Oh, Slummerville, oh Slummerville, how lovely are thou. From Davis Squaah, to Holland Squaaaa, to Teele Squaaa, to Union Squaaa, Oh Slummaville we think you're really pissa...


lived in slummerville 20 years ago and visited the area recently and got a kick out of how expensive and trendy somerville is now. high-ish-rise condos at davis square!

/assuming Medfuh's next, if it hasn't already succumbed.
 
2012-10-03 11:04:24 AM

Tax Boy: lived in slummerville 20 years ago and visited the area recently and got a kick out of how expensive and trendy somerville is now. high-ish-rise condos at davis square!


That went up about a year ago and I think they are having a lot of trouble finding people to move in.

It is very trendy though. I love living in Davis (summer is better, no Tufts kids). The comic shop, bars, and theater make for a really fun place to live.
 
2012-10-03 11:05:34 AM

thecpt: theorellior: How was I supposed to know you were talking about a specific interchange in Connecticut? We were talking about Boston traffic, and you started whining about swamps and mosquitoes

My post was about New England in general as I'm temporarily a Connecticutter (what the hell do we call ourselves?)


Nutmegger
 
2012-10-03 11:06:12 AM

Loki009: thecpt: theorellior: How was I supposed to know you were talking about a specific interchange in Connecticut? We were talking about Boston traffic, and you started whining about swamps and mosquitoes

My post was about New England in general as I'm temporarily a Connecticutter (what the hell do we call ourselves?)

Nutmegger


Swamp Yankee
 
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