I Didn’t See it Coming!

Almost hit a Tesla X yesterday, just before Mother’s Day. My family in tow, I was trying to make a left turn into middlefield from Watkins in Menlo Park. I stopped for something else and saw a red flash from the far lane across. If I hadn’t stopped, we’d have been in an accident in which the tesla hit us from the right.

I clearly did not see the tesla x. It’s apparently very visible to my passengers who admired its brand new glistening red paint job. But seriously, I did not see the car. I looked. There is a small smear on my right lens. But I have two eyes, why didn’t the other one see it. I stopped and looked and looked twice with the left-right-left. The minivan has given me the habit of extra caution.

I didn’t see it!! I can’t stand he fact that this has happened! How do I avoid it next time?

I drove back to check out the scene of non-accident. The one possible scenario is that the tesla turned right onto Middlefield from James ave. Which is one tenth of mile away. This stretch of Middlefield road has speed limit of 35 mph.

Say I am retarded and looked away for 3 seconds.

2 * (.1 miles)/(3 second * 3 seconds) = 35.76 m/s/s = 3.65g

Google result shows tesla x getting to 60mph in about 2.28 seconds or an acceleration of 11.8m/s/s.

So root-cause analysis, this non-accident wasn’t caused by excessively fast cars even if I misjudged the time by another second to a total of four seconds that I looked to my left, that’s still 20 m/s/s acceleration, more than twice what today’s tesla is capable of.

This leaves me with a dreadfully chilling conclusion:

I didn’t see it coming!

I took my non-tesla-x minivan for the acelletation test and achieved 12 second time from idle between James and Watkins. At speed limit of 35 mph, the distance takes 10.28s.

Personally, I’d guess at fastest the tesla x was driving 50mph when it flashed in front of my eyes. 3 seconds would take it 67 meters away–0.042 miles.

Hrmn!! Actually, that’s getting closer. So if the tesla x had been driving 50mph and I didn’t see it at half way from James to Watkins, looked away for 3 seconds, then I would have saw that red flash and almost hit it.

There are vines and walls to my right. Btw this makes my passengers story dubious as that seat has even more obstructed view of my right side than my driver seat. So I guess I’m more leaning towards believing that I just didn’t see it because it was still hidden behind the vine when I looked right. Because I didn’t advance far enough onto Middlefield street to see it coming. Then I inched forward to look to my left (also obstructed by vegetation), that took 3 seconds. I decided I can make it across wrt cars coming from the left, accelerated, and almost hit the Tesla X which is now in front of me.

I didn’t see it coming.

As believable as that story is. I really do remember looking left-right-left twice, each time after advancing more into Middlefield. Most likely failure was probably after the second right peek, I reacted too slowly to the approaching tesla, looked left, saw it was clear and decide to cross.

I didn’t see it coming…

I don’t even remember why I even stopped?

I just don’t remember seeing the front of that tesla x! It even had day time running lights on! How could I not see it???!!

The masonry wall lining the other side of the street is also red, but much faded. It could not have hidden the red tesla x.

I just didn’t see it coming!!

I hope this blog entry isn’t written unknowingly from limbo. I had four other souls on my car… and the Tesla had at least the driver, the auto-pilot and perhaps passengers. That collision, t-bone, broadside, side-impact, is least fun for me, exposing two mothers and three daughters to the direct hit. My car is 4600 lbs at most and tesla X is up to 5400lbs. 17% mass advantage. It is a seriously losing situation for me in all possible scenarios as he has right of way, I would be more at fault even if he’s speeding.

Sigh, and I really didn’t see it coming. 😦

P.s. rereading I guess it sums to that either myself or the other driver made driving mistakes and it wasn’t because of tesla X’s volume, color, acceleration or auto-pilot.

We are Due to Malice

Still reading Homo Deus… So many new things in history to absorb.

So it may be the case that our evolutionary success is due to Malice towards other spieces. We incorporated hatred into our society. When we hate something we stir up same hatred in other humans. In such a fashion we unite and destroy others somewhat irrationally. Even when in a time when resources and spaces are plentiful, we found a will to organize and fight. Deus author may say it is a shared fiction, but to me it feels more like a baser sentiment. 

What we share, even more rudimentary than fictional stories about our kind, about ourselves, and about our world, is the sentiment of hating (or loving). We hate our enemies, and we love ourselves. We hate the devil and love God. We hate tornados and love balmy sundays.

Hatred! That is what makes us us.

Imagine a competitive situation: at the end of Titanic, Jack’s self hate made the fateful selection of letting rose survive. I wonder how often such a scene occur in evolution? Mommies throwing their babies out of fire or water while devastating the object of her despise-her own body. Can we bring our imagination to a scene in which huan success in evolution is in part due to united hatred, in addition to all of our other bonadaptations? Could it be that hating sentiment is the real key to our prosperity?

We carry out an experiment. Let us take a group of people and ask them to never hate, and while we’re at it, let’s also never have ill intentions. Such an experiment would scientifically test our hypothesis that people without hatred will be severely disadvantaged to an extent that they would not propagate successfully. Hypothesis can be proven false and can be replicated. It can be a very informative experiment.

Affirm us!

Oh dear God please affirm us!

I am having a slight bit of an imagined mental crisis reviewing Homo Deus. At the part where research regarding jobs that will be replaced in the next 10 to 20 years, it occurs to me that a job like tour guide is actually kind of fun. One wonders if jobs will become entertainment, that you may choose what you want to do for the sheer pleasure of doing it? (Like, a more utilitarian world, maximizing pleasure irrespective of abstract utility)

The world would run an Affirmative Action for Humans. What ever people think is best for themselves they can do that just for self improvement. And the rest of the AI enabled world moves on with the most optimal enjoyment of life…

An agency has moved in next door

Think my new neighbors are secret agents. This family of half a dozen adults and a few kids lives in a 1100 sqft house with 5 cars parked outside. My own family of half that population lives in a larger space and 3 cars averaging smaller displacement than their 5.

When we made an emergency visit to the ER just now, an SUV skillfully pulled up to block our exit for noticeable amount of time. AT 11:30pm! The driving is too abrupt and too effective too precise… the only thing it resembles is secret police pulling up to block terrorist attacker in a movie. The car stops just right, frame shifting in a way very unnatural for a car. It happens in a movie because the cars might be fake and being moved by mechanical arms. I don’t know why that real SUV was manuverable to that same way.

Anyways… they pretend to be rowdy normal neighbors, blasting loud music, kids wondering around… but there are signs… their SUV and cars gets moved just when I leave.

Lmk if I’m right about this.