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Monday, June 02, 2003
This is the kind of thing that could easily be posted at Metafilter, but I no longer have the guts. Are economical cars dangerous cars? The Competitive Enterprise Institute thinks so: 'So when I purchase this larger car, society is on average better off. Now there are many complicated questions about equity, but those issues are in a different arena. But in terms of just the total number of lives, when I purchase a larger car, there is a reduction of risk. Iím safer, and so is society overall.' So convinced is the organisation of their findings that they're now suing the US Transportation Department over the Corporate Average Fuel Economy legislation, first set in 1975, and currently unchanged since 1986.

Of course, many people are in favour of improving fuel economy, so are these safety concerns well-founded? Perhaps. Being in a big car is undoubtedly going to help you out when you hit a small car (bang) . But when your big car gets hit by an even bigger car, it all becomes rather academic. Wouldn't you rather be in a car that was designed from the ground up to be as safe as possible (like Volvo's Safety Concept Car), rather than rely on raw physics to save your skin? And surely a large part of auto accident statistics are the unfortunate pedestrians who are killed by drivers, and here one can reasonably expect the correlation between mass and fatalities to be completely reversed. Not knowing a huge amount about this, but does America have an equivalent to the Euro NCAP Pedestrian Impact test?

A couple more car things. We love this extraordinary home-made version of the forthcoming Mercedes Vision SLR / Newstoday links to the UK site for Volkwagen's unjustifiably expensive Phaeton, with an appropriately large-scaled navigational metaphor / inside automotive design studios.

Elsewhere. Categorising bumper fish / Fence magazine, poetry and more / 'Brilliant Pebbles is a space-based, kinetic-energy weapon concept under development in the United States by the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. Approximately 4,600 small interceptors would be deployed in orbit, each capable of homing in on and destroying incoming hostile warheads.í Whatever happened to these? Brilliant Pebbles is a great name for a band...

Ants (via muxway) / Ant Attack / Ant Attack source code / Ant Attack map maker / which takes us to source code of a different type, the digitized notebooks of one Albert Einstein. Beautiful objects in their own right, regardless of whether or not you have the faintest idea what they're on about / resources for steel-frame pioneer Pierre Koenig / archive of mp3s (especially good for Ride fans) / poignant spam header: 'Encounter Loving And Grateful Women' / get pictured with a) Jesus, b) Stevie Nicks.

Old ads at Paper doll / naval safety (via j-walk) / cooking with Google / cabinets of curiosities (in French) / Museum of Unnatural Mystery / dinosaur hunting for the clearly insane (a parody, but entertaining nonetheless) / German industrial archaeology / minerals for sale / more minerals: I, II, the North Pennine mines / Peter Davidson on Spar Boxes

Ad Usum Delphinorum, a French cultureblog / the sonic map of paris (at least the city didn't disappear) / the derelict shopping trolleys of Milton Keynes / weblog selection (all via travelers diagram, shamelessly): Catbirdseat, Maud Newton, Sugar-n-spicy, Susan Mernit, Chrome Waves / Artimage: a bit odd.

Photography things. Johanna's photolog / toy cameras (via harrumph) / Communist cameras / the Lubitel / the Smena / Camera oddities (via consumptive), especially dangerous cameras - whatever happened to these cruel devices? / the nocturnal photography of Todd Hido, reminiscent of Thomas Flechtner's Snow / a seat with a view / Simon Larbalestier's Dreamland series / images of the SS United States / photos of the Great War / nice piece on Lee Miller over at Giornale Nuovo.