Thoughts, Philosophy, Life and Love

Month: May 2008

The California Cell Phone Law (VC 23123)

In July 2008, California will roll out VC 23123. This is a law that will make it illegal to use a cell phone without a hands free kit, while driving.

Now… First off I would like to say GREAT!!! I am happy that they did this.

Personally I have no problem with this law, I think it is fine. If there is one thing that gets my ire up the most, it is driving behind, or anywhere near, someone who has mistaken their car or truck as a mobile phone booth. Trust me, I always seem to find the ones that feel that talking on the phone means that they need to drive stupid, slow or both.

I cannot tell you how many times I have almost been hit by some idiot with a cell phone planted in the side of their heads. To top it off, they get mad at you, when they almost hit you or if you honk at them.

My thoughts on this, though, is do we really think that this is going to change anything? I mean, there have been “Distracted Driver” laws on the books for some time now, and even local ordinances against cell phone use without a hands free device, for some time as well. But how often to you really ever hear of a person getting pulled over or ticketed for using their phone? I am not saying that it does not happen, I am just saying that I think it is the exception more than the rule.

Then the other question that I think of is directed towards the police themselves. Granted, no one, including cops, are busy all the time. I am sure that there are down times in their days. But how likely are police to really, seriously go after a person using a cell phone? Maybe if they are driving, and see a person that is going the same direction as they are, and they notice that they are on the phone, then maybe. But as far as going out of their way to go after people, or respond to calls reporting a person violating the law… I am not so sure.

The only way that I see that this law will have a bing impact, is in the fact that if there IS an accident that is as the direct result of a person using a cell phone without a headset or speakerphone, then the insurance companies and the authorities will then have more ammo to use against the driver of the vehicle.

I am not really that concerned with how the law will affect me or my wife directly. I will only answer my cell phone, if it rings while driving, if I have my headset on or my speakerphone kit turned on. Otherwise, if the call is important, they will leave a message. If they do not, then I guess it was not that important to begin with.

One item in this law that I do like, a lot, is the rule banning people under the age of 18 from using a phone AT ALL while driving a vehicle. Not even with a headset or a speakerphone. But once again, the idea that cops are really going to go out of their way to pursue these people, unless there is some other infraction being committed, is a little hard to ponder.

Excuse the Dust…

I am working on the Gallery and making a few other cosmetic changes.  Nothing too radical.

So if you are bumming around, and something stops working…  it may be me, in the background, lurking in the shadows, pulling the strings and flipping the switches.

A Photographic thought

When you look through your albums, and look at all the pictures you have taken over the years, there is something that you see every time, but probably give little or no thought to. It is there, right in front of you, and even if you just went and grabbed a picture or album while you were reading this, you may not have figured out what I am referring to.

Look at any set of pictures you have taken. Chances are that many of them will have many people that you do not know in them. People that were on holiday just like yourself, who just happened to get caught in the blast zone of your camera at the time you shot the picture. If you look over the lifetime of pictures you have taken, then you will see many many people that you have no clue who they are… they are just there.

You really cannot help it. Even if you are careful, there are times you are going to get people in your shot who, in your mine, just do not belong there. The only way to really do anything about it is to, a.) Have members of your family stand at strategic places and threaten bodily harm to anyone that crosses the line and gets into your picture. b.) Announce that you and doing a photo shoot of famous people with extremely contagious diseases, and this will give you about thirty minutes before authorities arrive to remove you, to take your pictures, and get out. Or c.) Take the picture anyway, with all the people in it, then go home and photoshop all the strangers out, then try and convince all your friends that you really did have Disneyland all to yourself on Christmas Eve. “C” will probably be the best, since it will not involve causing a panic, certain jail time and the potential of having the CDC poking and prodding various bodily orifices.

Picking a winner

But that is not why I am writing this. I was thinking, the other day as I looked at the picture above, and thought. “How many people out there, strangers all, have a picture of me picking my nose or scratching my butt? When you consider it, there may be thousands of pictures out there of you, that you are not aware of, and that the people look at you and say… “Who the hell is that, and how did they get in the picture?”

Take this one step further, and think of how many people are out there that have pictures of you, where you might be doing something like our friend here, and looking for a little fun in his nose? Or the guy to the left that looks suspiciously like he is sniffing his finger?

Who knows how many strangers photo albums our faces grace the pages of, it could be hundreds, it could be thousands and if you are a particularly avid traveler, it could be tens of thousands. We will never know, but it is certain something to give you pause when you think about it.

You may have crossed paths with a serial killer, someone who became famous, someone who is missing and someone else is looking for… any one of many things.

As always… thanks for reading. This was just something that popped in my head and I wanted to share with you.

A question of responsibility

While surfing today, I ran across a question that intrigued me. It was one that I have not give much thought to, even though it actually has a lot to do with this hobby of mine… Being a Blogger.

Do bloggers have a responsibility to act as role models for the people who may be reading their work?

This question came from the following link, and if you are interested, I encourage you to read the article as well. I found it very interesting.

I run my Blog as a form of entertainment, but I do try and convey relevant news and information through it. I will also ad my opinion on anything that I think I have one on. As demonstrated a few months ago, there are those out there that do not agree with me, and I respect that. I have said from the beginning that even if I do not like what you have to say, as long as it is not an outright attack for the sake of attacking, I will not delete it. Part of running a successful Blog is, I think, allowing others to state their opinion openly, even if it is in contrast to that of the author.

I feel that it is the responsibility of the Blogger to present their opinion in the most open way possible, without attempting to intentionally distort the truth or the facts. If challenged, I think it is the responsibility of the Blogger to accept that there are many others that may share or disagree with their opinion and be willing to allow that to happen… as I try to do.

If a Blogger is confronted by someone who is disputing an article or story as being false, fabricated or an outright lie, it is the Blogger’s responsibility to research it, and if it is erroneous, retract or correct the story as soon as possible. Even to go so far as to issue an apology to anyone offended or harmed by the story.

If a Blogger is writing a piece that is based on their personal opinion, then they need to make that clear, and not try to state that the information that they are giving is the gospel truth.

Blogging is a form of journalism, regardless of what some may say. As a Blogger, you are writing something that could be seen by many millions of people. Not everyone will like what you have to say, some will. A Blogger should always assume that he or she is writing to an audience that respects them, and they must show that same respect in return.

I think that as a Blogger, I have the duty to not, intentionally, mislead. To tell my stories, to entertain, to vent, to explain and to do so with passion and some sign of intellect. Not to “tell tales out of school” or to post articles sheerly for the shock value.

Above all, Blogging should be a labor of love, and through it you should share that love with others through writing something that they too might enjoy reading as much as you enjoyed writing it.

If I might butcher Shakespeare for a moment: “If Blogging be the music of love, Blog on!”

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