Bowling!

I went bowling for the first time in a long, long time last night with some friends. I expected to see the typical scoring screen.

photo of a bowling screen with 10 frames
Tired old bowling courtesy of sunnythomas

On the screens above each lane, I could see a similarly detailed scoring outline for each player. But what I saw on a smaller screen next to the lane, very much in the eye line of players, was a simple bar chart showing player progress.

photo of a bowling scoring screen that shows a bar chart of who is winning
Updated bowling screen with bar chart

What a great idea because most folks probably don’t care if they cleared a 7/10 split or how many spares versus strikes they’ve thrown. They just want to know who’s winning and what their score right now is. Super impressed by this.

Lights Out!

Just a quick post today, folks.

The city power company mailed us a fridge magnet with the phone number to call in the event of a power outage. If the lights have been on for awhile, and then go out—presumably because of a power outage—the magnet glows in the dark. Whoever thought of that is awesome.

side by side picture of a fridge magnet that glows in the dark
Glow-in-the-dark fridge magnet

The only room for improvement I could see is having just the power outage number glow, and not the customer service number. Since both numbers are the same size and the text explaining what each is for is very small, this could be confusing in the dark. Otherwise, good job.

Driving in Mexico

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula. We flew into Cancun and were driving south to Tulum. I enjoyed driving there after I learned some key rules of the road.

Stop signs aren’t

Mexican roads have what look like stop signs, the same red octagon as in the United States, with the word “Alto.”

a city street with cars and a stop sign with the word "Alto"
City street intersection with “Alto” sign

Drivers here do not stop at these signs. We almost got rear-ended leaving the airport for stopping. While they look the same as our stop signs, the “Alto” translates more to “halt” which people seem to treat like a yield. Keep going if there are no obvious obstructions.

Topes!

Topes are speed bumps and they are all over the place. I was truly impressed how well they control traffic in three ways:

  1. As a highway enters the town and speed limit drops from 100 km/h to 40 km/h, there is a severe set of speed bumps that force traffic to slow down.
  2. Once in town, there are speed humps just large enough to allow traffic to travel at the speed limit without having to slow down much to go over them.
  3. They are spaced out before intersections and crosswalks, helping maintain cross traffic flow like left turns.
street with a speed hump across it and two signs reading "Tope"
Street with a speed hump and “Tope” signs

Go with the flow

Mexican drivers seemed much more calm, aware, and patient than many drivers in the States. The roads were chaotic with people crossing, motorbikes on the shoulders, bicycles, and dogs. Yet I didn’t see any accidents or hear angry horn honking. People just made driving work. If you’re in the left lane and someone wants to pass, get over.

One other interesting feature is at light controlled intersections, there is no bi-directional traffic. Each of the four directions get the green light in turn which means you always have a protected left.