November 18th, 2015

Alfa MiTo

Today's important road safety

Today's important road safety lesson comes courtesy of a pair of chavs who don't understand the Green Cross Code.

If you're waiting to cross the road, the lane of traffic nearest you is stationary, and the light showing for traffic is still green (implying that the light for crossing is still a red man)... then do not assume that it is safe to cross. Because cars in the next lane cannot see you and will be approaching.

This was demonstrated by the chavs at the Quay Street Roundabout - this particular crossing has three lanes entering the roundabout, the right-most lane was waiting behind the stop line because their lane on the roundabout was full (not because they were giving way to pedestrians or because of the lights), the lights were green, and the other two lanes were empty. So the chavs decided to cross the road right in front of me as I was approaching in the middle lane. Fortunately we all stopped in time to avoid a collision.

Of course, the chavs then yelled at me because "the other cars stopped", despite the light still being on green for me and red for them. Congratulations, you fail at crossing the road.
Tall ships (porthole)

Firebug Lite

And now for something less rant-inducing...

Today's discovery is Firebug Lite, which is a cut-down version of the Firebug web developer tools that can be run within a browser... without a browser extension. I'm not entirely sure how they manage it - presumably some horrible abuse of Javascript - but the result is that I can get at the Javascript console inside Safari on iOS without having to hook it up to a Mac. Neat!

Actually running it in iOS Safari is a little tricky - they give a bookmarklet that loads the script, but you can't directly add that. Instead you have to take an existing bookmark and edit the URL to contain that of the bookmarklet (the easy way to do this is to use a desktop browser to copy the URL into Pastebin or whatever, then go to that page on iOS and copy'n'paste the URL from there).