Wednesday, July 27, 2011

My Bike Tires Are Stuffed with Cocaine for Performance Reasons Only

Some people here may remember that last year a police officer pulled me over and told me that my use of blue lights on my bike rims was illegal. Apparently though he actually pulled me over because there was a heroin sting in progress and I'd ridden right through the area, making them wonder if I was involved.
So some of us wondered if his blue light comment wasn't a farce, just an excuse to pull me over.
I had a spare moment today so I ended up looking it up.
I quickly found ORS 816.350 (4): “Vehicles operated by a police officer and used for law enforcement may be equipped with any type of police lights, but only these vehicles may be equipped with blue lights,” (emphasis mine).
A few people had actually already told me this much. Though honestly, I'd originally remembered it as something like, “... only police vehicles may have blue and red lights in combination.” Ah well. So it goes.
So we know that only police vehicles may have blue lights. But does that apply to bikes? Do they count as “vehicles”?
I'll keep you off the edge of your seats and tell you: yep.
ORS 314.400: “(1) Every person riding a bicycle upon a public way is subject to the provisions applicable to and has the same rights and duties as the driver of any other vehicle concerning operating on highways, vehicle equipment and abandoned vehicles...” (emphasis mine).
“(2)(a) A bicycle is a vehicle for purposes of the vehicle code; and
(b) When the term ‘vehicle’ is used the term shall be deemed to be applicable to bicycles.”

Guess I'll see if I can find some other color lights for my rims. Amber perhaps.

I kept looking and found a few other nice points to add.
Oregon law says that if there is a bike lane, you must use it (obviously you can swing out to turn, etc). Also that bikes can legally go on the side walk so long as they yield right of way to pedestrians and slow down when crossing streets.
And I actually remember seeing a young lady with a large print on her bag saying that the law allows a full lane to bikes. But ORS 814.430 seems to say the exact opposite: that unless you're moving the same speed as traffic, you are required by law to scooch over.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Great accidental bilingual pun? or GREATEST accidental bilingual pun? Y/y

Hey. I figured something out which I think roughly 90% of the people reading this don't care about. I'm writing about it anyways.
You may or may not have seen this music video from Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt, a really... fascinating... animated series from Gainax. I actually really recommend it, especially if you're leery of anime because of the style. It still kinda plays up those tropes though, so I don't quite put it in the category of anime that one enjoys completely regardless of their opinions on anime in general (eg, Cowboy Bebop, Miyazaki anything.)

It's a lot of fun matching up the references in the video to the bands that inspired them. But that's not why I'm here.
There's a line that confused me a bit, and google searches offered no relief.
Stocking sings "I got no mercy/ for chiralism."
I thought this might be a reference to the chemical property of chirality. It's not pronounced correctly, but chiralism would roughly mean "handism", so I thought it might be a strangely strained and poetic way to say she's impatient with masturbat[ion|ers].
Turns out it's actually a bizarrely (but entirely in keeping with the way Panty & Stocking roll) Anglified Japanese word: chirarizumu (チラリズム), which is a noun meaning "a titillating voyeuristic incident". It's apparently onomatopoeic, because of the weird Japanese synesthesia that says that events make noises. "Chirari" is the noise of a quick and unexpected glimpse.
So she's actually saying she's not gonna go easy on voyeurs and peepers.

So I figured it out. I actually didn't check Google to see if anyone else had discovered this in the interim. Huh. Curiously, it seems some people have, but they don't have the whole story.
Do I win a prize anyways?