Hahahaaa...A post of pure wondering. My answer to all questions will now be “fuck the billboards!”

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I think there's a problem with the phrase "their own land". I think it's weird to have a system where a private citizen can just "own" all possible uses of a section of the planet forever. I understand that libertarians are really into this, and I understand that our government often emits this situation as a supported outcome, but I still think it's wrong.

What is the fair price for "all possible uses of this section of the planet forever"? I don't know what someone originally paid for it but there's no way it was enough.

Anyway I think it's entirely ideologically consistent to allow people to use "their" land for some purposes and not others. And we already do quite a lot of this, and some of the existing land-use regulations are pretty bad, but that doesn't mean we should throw out the whole concept.

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As someone who used to work in a neighborhood with a haphazard mix of two-way and four-way stops, I can confirm that drivers will often just assume that the next intersection works the same way as the previous one. "Whoops" and/or "ha ha", depending on your perspective. Eventually the city figured out that this was bad and just made every intersection into a four-way stop.

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Dec 1, 2022·edited Dec 1, 2022

After getting T boned by a truck due to mistaking a 2 way stop as a 4 way, I thought of a potential improvement to stop signs:

If another direction has a stop sign, add a second white line to the corresponding position on the sign in front of you.

The sign at an intersection where the street across from you and the street to the left have a stop sign would look like this:


This design would be able to handle roads intersecting at odd angles and 5+ way intersections by using diagonal lines.

It's easy to retrofit, and a gradual roll-in would be safe since the lack of lines on unmodified signs would make people more cautious.

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2. Words sometimes have several different meanings. The word "berry" has one meaning in botany and another in culinary. There's nothing wrong with that.

5. That's why stop signs are 8-sided and not round. You can see that it's a stop sign even from the back.

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Yes, I will have a T-shirt made, "Fuck the BillBoards". Was just in a work meeting and thought Fuck the Billboards was the correct answer to every issue discussed. :)

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Banksy on advertising:

People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are The Advertisers and they are laughing at you.

You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.

Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.

You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs.

– Banksy

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