Roads of the future!

Oh fuck the hell yes.

Maybe I can convince Michaelyn to go to grad school in the Netherlands. German Dutch is a fun language…

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • Petter Häggholm

    German may be a fun language, but one less frequently spoken in the Netherlands, I suspect, than Dutch…

  • Petter Häggholm

    …More on topic, though: I don’t know the physics so I can’t comment very intelligently, but the induction coils certainly sound amazing. The simulated luminescent road markings…it seems kind of odd to me to use those cold colours (i.e. short wavelengths), as they are (to me subjectively) more eye-catching and distracting from other, dimmer objects in one’s field of view, and those wavelengths tend to do far more to ruin one’s night vision than, say, red or orange. (This being why halogen headlights are so bloody annoying.) But maybe they just won’t emit enough photons for that to be an issue; I guess luminosity plays a part.

  • Dave, ex-Kwisatz Haderach

    While is true that Dutch and German share the same roots and are very similar languages, it is my experience (from living in Europe for a year) that the Dutch get very very upset if you fail to acknowledge that theirs is a separate language.

    Also, cool ideas with the highway, but since we can’t even get basic maintenance done on our roads, I doubt its likely we’ll see any of that over here any time soon.

    • Brad1990

      I work with Dutch people and yes, yes they do. For example, my favourite comeback is just to referr to them as “quasi-Germans” and they get so annoyed I’ve automatically won :) so yeah… don’t do that.

  • Dustin Williams

    That is awesome! To be honest, right now I’d settle for just getting some reflectors installed on the roads in Idaho. It makes it so that when it’s dark and even a little rainy you can’t see the lanes.

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      Reflectors just interfere with our God-given right to drive randomly all over the pitch black surface at night wherever the hell we please (with our lights either completely off or on blinding full power – ALL OR NOTHING, IT’S THE AMERICAN WAY), we don’t hold with no “reflectors” or “lanes” or “road safety” hereabouts.

    • Reginald Selkirk

      Road surface reflectors are a great idea, but they’re not especially long-lasting in snowplow states. The same would apply to glowy paint and roadside pinwheels.

  • SecMilChap

    Congrats! You’ve probably insulted more people with fewer keystrokes than Pat Robertson in his last diatribe against all of us Unbelievers. Heck, you not only got to all the Dutch, but probably picked up a few million Flemish speakers in Belgium, too.

  • Thomas Grainger

    What’s next turning all of the Netherlands into an F-Zero track? =

  • Norm

    You were my hero but calling any dutchie German or even saying we speak German is like a declaration of war Not even they magic tricks you did for my son at reason rally can save you now As a transplanted dutchie I am horribly offended for myself an my country men woman

    • Reginald Selkirk

      That’s the way! Kick him in the ass with your wooden shoes.

      • Brad1990

        LOL! Oh… oh fuck I’m laughing so hard I can’t breathe. Have some win, have all the win!

  • TheFlying Atheist

    JT… I think you need to see this video….

  • H.H.

    It’s like something out of Tron. I tell you, those Dutch have it right. That’s what America could be like if we didn’t have Republicans.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    Inductive road surface to recharge electric cars: It sure sounds interesting, until you actually work the numbers. Not gonna happen.

    • Compuholic

      I’m not sure what you mean by “numbers”. Installation costs? Efficiency?

      Some factories already use it. They have a special floor that allows them to power mobile workstations.