FOUR ASTOUNDING THINGS THAT BOING BOING READERS ARE DOING RIGHT NOW!

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20 Responses to “FOUR ASTOUNDING THINGS THAT BOING BOING READERS ARE DOING RIGHT NOW!”

  1. G3 says:

    This is a damn interesting community. I’m the smartest one of course, but all the rest of you are very cool too.

  2. Ken Wheaton says:

    Christ. I thought I was special because I wrote a book. These are pretty damn awesome.

  3. nixiebunny says:

    Retro-reflective spheres are put on painted road stripes already. I wonder what’s patentable about them?

    • dioptase says:

       There could be many ways to get a patent in the same area.  New way of making the spheres, new material, new way to bond them to a substrate, new way to apply them, new way to prevent degradation, new way to use them.  And so on. 

      That’s not to say that alone is enough to make them patentable.  For instance, taking a standard reflective paint and applying to a bike might not be enough (or could be, if it can be demonstrated to be non-obvious*).  But if something has to be tweaked to make it viable (or superior), then that could be a justification.

      *It’s easy to think something is obvious once you see it.  Non-obvious means not obvious before it was done.  Slightly different, but important distinction.

  4. Mordicai says:

    Boing Boing readers love….blurry photos!  I tease!

  5. mindysan33 says:

    Bravo, one and all! 

    One of the main reasons I come here is for the community….  Full of smart, thoughtful people with good ideas and a willingness to listen and discuss rather than rant and ignore. Gives me hope for humanity when the bastards get me down… which lately, is quite often. :-( These projects quite cheer me up.

    • Nat Kramer says:

      YES. Just wanted to chime in to Cory and the other Over-Boingers that this was a brilliant, enlightening, encouraging, and entertaining idea to have a kind of sharing circle with the happy mutants. The community of people here is just amazing. I think this type of sound-off and round-up should be a semi-regular thing.

  6. ChickieD says:

    Chiming in here with a vote of support on the bike. I live near a train station and there are a lot of people who bike to and fro on the residential streets. So many times I suddenly discover almost too late a biker or pedestrian wearing dark clothes on a dark night. It scares me when I am driving around my neighborhood. I’d love to see even a stripe of this paint on lots of bikes, not just a single bike using it for the whole paint job. Just a little splash of bright white would help with visibility.

  7. Hex says:

    I must obtain a huge drum of that reflective paint immediately.

    Why? Because of reasons.

  8. LydiRae says:

    Josh Zisson needs to stop testing his product on his eyes.

  9. TheOven says:

    You know what bugs me the most about this bike thing? I had that exact same idea back in 1997. I had a friend that worked at EA Games MoCap department and they would use the reflective tape on balls to capture athletes movements for the video games. I just couldn’t convince him to steal any of the tape though. Apparently it’s expensive and I dunno, I guess he liked the job.

    The paint was even more expensive.

    • Justin_BB says:

      I suspect a lot of people have had the same idea. 

      I remember looking into it when was having a frame painted a few years ago. Turns out Rustoleum makes a reflective paint you can get in a spray-can now, but the reviews are pretty dismal.

  10. David Erwin says:

    Well, dang. I missed the original post. Gives me joy to see so many people taking action on their ideas. I would love to go to a party with the 200 or so people who responded. 

  11. I like how reflective bike dude has somehow applied the same treatment to his eyeballs.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Gotta kill a few people… Then you got to get sent to a slam, where they tell you you’ll never see daylight again. You dig up a doctor, and you pay him 20 menthol Kools to do a surgical shine job on your eyeballs.

  12. Linley Lee says:

    Damn, how did I miss that original post?  I would have put in what I was doing.  Not that it is anywhere near the awesomeness going on.

  13. Al_Packer says:

    Cory,
    Is there a way to get Tim Burton to look at Alfred Bester’s “The Stars My Destination”?   I think the technology is at the point where a good film version is possible, and Burton seems to be the most qualified to do the job correctly.

  14. traalfaz says:

    That bike still isn’t THAT safe if it has no lights. There are numerous situations in which reflectors are useless; they only work if a car’s headlights are shining on it.  The most obvious problem is pullouts – where a car pulls out of a cross street in front of a bike that’s running at speed.  Reflectance is completely useless in this situation, you need active lights.
    I would say that it’s no more safe than a bike with normal reflectors, and ANSI safety vest on the operator, and a good set of lights (which, these days, means a few hundred lumens headlight and 30+ lumens on the tail, ideally with redundant taillights.

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