First; let me say thank to all the Magic The Gathering Nerds at Brickhouse Games for being kind to me, offering me an appreciated gift of social acceptance, despite my weirdness: Good Games Y’all..!
This morning awakening from a bad dream; in the dream, not quite a nightmare, it felt as if my approach to discussing the idea of having green lights on the back of vehicles was begging / pleading.
Nobody would hear me out. It seems that almost everyone whom I have discussed the idea has outright rejected it. Seeing the numerous weak ideas for research that many people have had funded for various PhD dissertations which have been accepted in peer review for publication; it make me wonder why this MARSS idea is outright rejected by almost all? Being such a long-winded topic, it is within my purview to just shut-up about it, yet beyond my power to keep it bottled-up inside, therefore: ‘o-boy – here we go again…’
Now at 50 years old; this website was created on my birthday to allow me to express this idea in a way that will attempt to reach somebody that cares, that listens with and open mind, and will join with me in making this dream come true. However, it has served to bring back over 30 years of rejection which is difficult to explain, yet I must try.
My professors were polite in rejecting it as a Master’s Degree Thesis, explaining that it is: ‘too big.’ There explained that in the academic realm, a thesis must be provable by empirical scientific data, and must serve some sort of need for furthering and/or building on other established ideas, with this one having too many factors which were off topic for a specific academic discipline, such as behavioral, psychological, social, legal, technological, economic, or political, with this concept too ill-defined to fit into one genre, crossing-over into all of them.
Common fold rejected mainly in one idea, explaining there are so many people out there that are smarted that me who would have already thought of this, that it is simply a pipe dream. Many more have taken it in a very negative way, feeling insulted that someone like me would think to be smarter than those well-educated people capable of brilliant ideas. This is not wrong, as it has already been established with an official acronym, Multicolored Auxiliary Rears Signalling Systems (MARSS), and has already been make legal to use for protecting yourself from rear-end collisions in three states; Oregon, Idaho, and Washington State. Yet it has been extremely difficult to document this.
Many more rejected it explaining it will confuse people, and cause accidents because when they see a green light turn on to indicate someone is in the act of acceleration; drivers will just take off, running into the rear of other. Some rejected it because they felt it would give police the ability to see down the line ahead of them who is speeding. Other simply said it is a stupid idea because the world is already the way it is due to the best ideas having already competed, with the most practical having already been proven.
The fact is that I have found other people who have proposed the idea, and all of them have been rejected. There is even a patent for one person that designed on for this very use, with the patent accepted. There are already electric marquee devices readily available to mount in rear windows of vehicles which allow drivers to scroll messages in plain words like, “please don’t follow so closely?’ With so much negativity built-up over the years, it has been necessary to go-on paying the bills and go-on spending my time fulfilling responsibilities, so the idea just seems to keep getting pushed-back in my list of everyday priorities, until now, my last attempt in establishing it in a public forum, The Internet.
The idea has already been explored as a proposal to make driving safer by The Department of Transportation / National Highway Traffic Safety Administration types of workers that rejected it without research who simply funneled public money into giant electric marquee billboard-type signs that can warn of slow traffic ahead, remind people not to drink and drive, as well as give other useful messages to drivers when approaching certain critical locations on the highways. When my computer used in college was stolen during a house burglary while attending LSU for my Bachelor’s; the bulk or organized documentation was lost, but in a due time, can be replaced, some of the writing having been backed-up on a storage device…
Despite having this idea rejected, ridiculed, and dismissed, it will not go away as long as I am alive and am able to continue to espouse it, keeping alive the desire to explore it in a way that can meet the all standards my professors laid-out to me. Therefore, each of the ways of studying it scientifically may be explored, across each of the disciplines and genres they described.
*Each of the people having expressed the same ideas, or the people whom I am wrong about and actually do believe in the idea, waning to join with me in advocating for it’s implementation will be invited to join the project, or will be asked to allowed me to join their project. The other people sharing the idea will be asked for permission to use their writings, their artwork, their patents, and their stories of having it rejected to work together in continuing to promote it and to keep it alive, able to be passed down to the next generation of thinkers that my have less opposition to it in the future.
However, while still alive and capable of finding a way to obtain grant funding to complete a PhD study of my own to prove it’s worth; my attempts to fully establish this idea will continue. Even though the social consequences of maintaining this position has been harsh, with the majority of people that took time to listen calling me a dreamer and a fool; it is simply too important to let go of now, after having dreamed this lonely dream for over 30 years…
Barry Paul Vining, M.S., CRC, Member of the Texas Neurodevelopment Disorder Team, 3/3/2018
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*attempt to share: https://gnobal.net/2723/idea-green-tail-lights-for-accelerating-cars
This is an old idea of mine, but I’m writing about it now before self-driving cars take over and it won’t make any sense.
The idea is simple: add green lights to the array of tail lights in cars. When the car accelerates, the green lights will light up the same way red lights work when it decelerates.
“You must be crazy!” I hear you say. “This will just make everyone drive faster! Don’t we have enough accidents already?! ” But consider this: while the green lights signal to the driver behind you that you are accelerating, the lack of them signals that you are decelerating. And the advantages of having this information, I think, may outweigh the disadvantages of having the green lights on.
This is something we can experiment with, the same way they experimented in different countries with countdown timers for traffic lights. And this one is just about the Chinese traffic light experiment. In other countries the effect was different, so there really isn’t one answer whether this kind of an idea is good or bad – it depends on the driving culture per-country.
UPDATE: According to Wikipedia “Some jurisdictions, such as the US states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, permit vehicles to be equipped with auxiliary rear signal systems displaying green light when the accelerator is depressed, yellow light when the vehicle is coasting, and red light when the brake is depressed. Such systems have in the past been sold as aftermarket accessories, but are today seldom seen in traffic.”