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October 14, 2016 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Define a Fine Madness

It’s all in the interpretation.

Already here for some. Rapidly approaching destination for the rest.

Stop driving against the grain for a minute. Turn away from the stars (“Dancing” can wait). And, most definitely, cease clowning.

concept motorcycle. BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 (Bloomberg/BMW Group)

Designed to set your inner pace free. BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 (Bloomberg/BMW Group)

BMW is steering towards Super Hero wannabes with its’ Motorrad Vision Next 100 concept motorcycle.

The sleek flexframe looks Hollywood Sci Fi, but there’s more: Artificial Intelligence that creates such a safe ride that riders won’t need a helmet, those heavy motorcycle boots, or Kevlar protective gear.

A self balancing system ( Mom, skip the training wheels!). It won’t fall over when standing.

“The bike has a full range of connected data from its’ surroundings and a set of intelligent systems working in the background, so it knows exactly what lies ahead” (Wait? Does it have inside info from time travel, too? Could use some stock hints …)

Wind once more in your hair without a helmet, but eyes goggled with a “visor that each rider will wear help control and direct the bike. The commands from the visor are controlled by moving your eyes.”

Wait. That last part. Any one else seeing some weird potential here?

A pretty young thing off the side of the road is spotted by the driver who turns his head to ogle get a better look…

How does one tell the intuitive bike “Nooo, just gawking. Not ready to meet her yet”?

Oh, knowing human nature, no doubt there’s an app for that. Maybe a Motorrad Vision dating app with social media/smart phone connections. Dogs and motorcycles: chick magnets, right?

2 motorcycle cops. Erik Estrada (Ponch Poncherello) and Larry Wilcox in NBC series "Chips".pre-1978. USPD.pub.date, no cr./commons.wikimedia.org)

“Hey, Ponch, if we’d had that bike, we’d have been even cooler.” (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Not sure whether the next drive will be “fly me to the moon while it’s still there”, duck, or sea sickness on the horizon.

Space.com: “Impact! New Moon Craters Are Appearing Faster Than Thought”

The moon has always suffered a chilly life – always being overshadowed by a bigger, brighter sibling.

But it has devoted fans and champions in art, music, and literature.

Always does a great job of managing the sea’s tides.

Never really good at dodge the meteor, though.

Too obedient to step out of orbit even for self-preservation, the poor sphere is getting pounded more than ever.

Of course NASA agencies are concerned about flying debris chipped off and flying through space near rockets and space station. (Conveniently ignoring the manmade space junk hazards.)

More worrisome is this scenario: You know how if you drop some kitchen bowls just right, they just shatter into tiny pieces?

Werewolf frome "Dark Shadows" TV show-1969. Publicity photo (USPD. pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Does being moonstruck mandate a wardrobe change? (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

What if a space rock hit just the right spot on the moon and it shatters into space dust?

What will lovers and singers moon over?

Will those romantic, profitable, moonlight cruises be extinct?

Will nighttime hikers and dog walkers be able to find their footing?

How will cats see as they battle over wives and territory?

Will maritime traffic be rocked by confused tides?

How will bunches of babies know it’s time to be born? (Do they get invitations or something? How do they know it’s a full moon? A water, tide, and moon thing, too?)

What will wolves and werewolves howl at?

They talk about sea gates to protect against hurricanes, when maybe focus should turn to protecting the moon from scrapes.

Horror movie poster. 1959 "Curse of the Undead" Reynold Brown (USPD: pub.date, cr.not renewed /Commons.wikimedia.org)

Seriously, how can there be tales of horror without a spooky moon?(USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

The human circus has no horror of opening new acts with clownish antics.

The bizarre clown terror recently reminds me of the mass hysteria of the Salem Witch Trials.

You know when a bunch of little girls started shrieking about unseen danger and shortly everyone was shaking and afraid of the dark.

Illogical group hysteria like that.

crowd of hysterical people. Witchcraft Trial. Salem, Mass. 1898.Detroit Published postcard. (NYC pub.lib/USPD.pub.date/Commons.wikimedia.org)

No clowns in this one. Just a witchcraft trial, Salem, Mass. I know you thought it was a political town hall meeting, but I already told you: no clowns. Alike, but different. Really. (USPD/Commons.wikimedia.org)

Is the mob hysteria due to diet?

Maybe rye, wheat and cereal grass products should be closely examined.

Happened before.

Guess we’d better hope that moon continues to light things up.

Otherwise, there might be maddening problems as smart motorcycles run into not so smart clowns.

A refined madness.

Phil, the Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

 

 

14 Comments

  1. shoreacres / Oct 14 2016 6:41 am

    After a few days of enjoying myself on the road, I found myself wondering: what is it about humans these days that seems to tempt them toward giving up all control? From kickball to video games; from drama clubs to movies; from planning a vacation to letting Google do it for you — more and more people are seeming to choose passive over active.

    Like sheep, led to — where?

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  2. easyweimaraner / Oct 14 2016 6:54 am

    I love the bike…. and to need no helmet is the best… no more ruined hairstyles… it sadly comes too late, my biker days are gone, only the scars are still there :O)

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  3. Kate Crimmins / Oct 14 2016 7:09 am

    Mob hysteria? Humans? You’re kidding right….then again maybe with politics….

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  4. Ally Bean / Oct 14 2016 7:11 am

    What if a space rock hit just the right spot on the moon and it shatters into space dust?

    Better yet, what if a space rock hit just the right spot on a clown and the clown shattered into dust? That’d solve a problem, or two! 😉

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  5. The Good Greatsby / Oct 14 2016 7:58 am

    I’ve seen other technologies that claim to use eye movement or head nods but it’s hard to understand how they won’t accidentally respond to inadvertent, distracted movements.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2016 11:55 am

      Considering researchers already know computer use/scanning social media has shortened humans’ attention span, this sounds pretty risky. As this is a concept in development, what actually comes out may be quite different. But you’ve got to like the stand up potential if you’ve got short legs and there’s a lot of stop lights in your area. Thanks for steering a comment this way

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  6. cindy knoke / Oct 14 2016 11:49 am

    We live in a crazy world so this makes perfect sense to me.

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  7. heretherebespiders / Oct 14 2016 1:31 pm

    I think I’ll keep my helmet – I’m pretty sure most bikers aren’t let down by the bike, but by people in much larger vehicles! Of course I know sometimes it is the bike, or something in the road. It doesn’t look that comfy, though. I’ll keep my Harley!
    And the moon. I’d like to keep that, too. The clowns are on their own.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2016 11:45 am

      You are right about the biggest cause of motorcycle wrecks are distracted car drivers…along with soem locally very mean/angry car drivers recently who intentionally cause crashes and run. Serious concerns.
      Let’s head for the less crowded hills with a good bike, a nice moon, and an open highway. Real life. Thanks for driving by

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  8. Mike Fuller Author / Oct 14 2016 5:08 pm

    We weren’t supposed to notice. The producers and the directors tried to use shaky camera and distance shots to mask it. But the Sportster just wasn’t made to jump or scramble over rough ground and up dirt hills. As a “woodser”myself at that time in history, I could spot the ricky camera work and pick out the woods bike disguised to look like the Harley in those action shots. We forgave Bronson. We were proud of the dude for chucking the straight life and taking to the road. He could do no wrong.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2016 11:42 am

      Can’t add anything to your comment. The last two lines say it all to many. Thanks for parking a comment here

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  9. PiedType / Oct 15 2016 7:45 pm

    Riders may not need a helmet, but getting states to change their helmet laws is another story entirely.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Oct 17 2016 11:41 am

      Laws are having fits trying to keep up with emerging technology. This bike’s a bit down the road still ( I can see so many running into trees or off ledges as riders look at mountains or coastal cliff views…) Right now the big cause of fatal motorcycle incidents around here comes from distracted car drivers….not much of anything protects riders from hard landings on road. State laws vary about helmets. If someone wants to take the risk, well, I’m not in suicide prevention mode over that – but I do think motorcycle riders should have to carry extra health insurance in case of a terrible crash so their families aren’t stuck with a terrible financial/emotional burden in the ICU with marginal brain activity. Not fair for the general public to have to pay for their care either. It’s a choice, a known risk. Do what you want – on your dime. (Still sweltering 90’s here with your front moving down thurs – with luck…)
      Thanks for steering a comment in this direction! (headed your way shortly)

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