Posts Tagged ‘vientology’

Our Five-Year Mission

August 3, 2009

Some people are ragging Carl Rogers about “Operation Emboss”, griping that the changes are occurring very slowly and with disproportionate fanfare.

My POV: although it’s well recognized that Carl is riding into the sunset (though vientology will live on), many are underestimating the sheer effort needed to accomplish the hand-crafted embossing of hundreds of vientological images.

On April 4, 2009, Carl announced that Operation Emboss was 1.71% complete. On August 3, it is now 7.63% complete. In a span of 121 days, that’s a 6.22 percentage point increase. Doing the math shows that Carl will finish up on…

June 29, 2014.

Do all of us have the persistence and vision to propose, and accomplish, a similar 5-year project? I doubt it. Hell, in 2014 we might all have rocket cars. Or, more likely, gas will be $100 a gallon, which is not as bad as it sounds, because with inflation, one dollar itself will be $12.50.

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More like CalWrong, am i rite?

July 29, 2009

The newest thing at wwtl.com

Construction of a flyover ramp, between eastbound California State Route 92 and northbound Interstate 880, has completed. Traffic in Hayward may now merge more smoothly w/ the mainline Interstate, as opposed to usage of a single-lane cloverleaf ramp that existed for decades prior…

I’ve never been there, but I found a CalTrans page with a good explanation of the 92/880 project, with aerial before and after shots.

So it looks like wwtl.com has a pretty good scoop here: a new milestone in this important project.

Leave it to Timothy J. Lee to throw cold water on it:

Only a portion of the flyover is open, as a bypass of the straight through eastbound 92 overpass that is apparently being removed. Eastbound 92 to northbound 880 traffic must still use a cloverleaf ramp. The part of the flyover that actually flys over the 92 overpass on the way to northbound 880 is not built yet.

So wait: everything Carl said was wrong?

I went to his page: http://wwtl.com/ca-92.html to see a picture of the construction, but there isn’t one. It’s just a blurry pic of Rt. 92.

This is not a shining day for vientology.

What’s new at wwtl.com

July 6, 2009

There’s always something new to report about the Internet’s premier vientology site, wwtl.com. (I’m a big homer for my own blog; but let’s be honest, it has not yet caught up with Carl Rogers’s pioneering site.)

* Updated FAQ. To be honest, most of the questions are rarely asked, but changing it to Frequently Unasked Questions would make it the FUQ. Noting that most questions are Administrative or Site-related would make it the AS-FUQ. And who wants to explain to their spouse that they’re checking on Carl Rogers’s latest AS-FUQ?

* [Present-day] video of the former Lincoln Highway. Writes Carl:

You will also learn in this video what nearby freeway absorbs traffic at the Altamont Pass region.

(Spoiler: I-580.)

Steve Firth asks:

Have you got a video of you sticking your head in a blender?

Steve, try this quick link.

In fact, one of the areas in which wwtl.com does not lead the world is videos of people’s heads in blenders. He is tied with most of MTR at zero. The closest you will get is Mr Yamamoto’s site, where a roadie for the Teutonic punk quartet GartenKill has a hot waffle iron close on his hand.

* IE8 support. Although IE8 has been out for only a little while (and you can get a Nickelback mp3, or if you’re in Australia, a chance to win $10,000), wwtl.com has been supporting this browser since March. Carl says:

While we support Firefox, Safari, and Opera, your visual experience at the WWTL is taken to a whole new level w/ the world’s leading standard — Internet Explorer.

If you don’t have IE8, take a look at this beautiful screenshot. Droool.

* Pictures from Dubai. Carl Rogers hasn’t actually been there, but he will have photos from a real live Dubaian – Pham Hung Son! Carl says:

You’ll be surprised to see how advanced the U.A.E. highway system is — in fact, it appears to be one of the leaders in high-speed travel and safety.

(Why? My guess: no women drivers.)

* A slideshow pause button.

Go ahead, press our new “Pause” and “Play” buttons! These buttons come in handy for people needing more time to view a certain road photograph … perfect for those who have just a few minutes to spare and want random access to roads in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Talk about vientology at its simplest.

This is yet another wwtl.com innovation which may find an even greater applicability in porn. The others are:

  • drag and resize photo (obvious)
  • virtual coordinates (just where was that VIP party?)
  • CarlCam(tm)

For those haters that say Carl has jumped the shark: not so fast. Come up with your own innovations, then you can talk.

Alabama Highway Resources

June 12, 2009

This one’s a simple post: a list of the best online resources for the highways of America’s #1 state (in the alphabet):

State Highways – Wikipedia

Dan’s Highway Pages – all routes

Alabama Highways – Chris Lawrence

Alabama Routes – Froggie (originally Dave Sturm)

Alabama State Highway Ends – also Froggie

Alabama State Highways – aaroads (lots of photos; very good)

Alabama US and Interstate Highways – aaroads (again, lots of good stuff)

Northwest AL Highways – Josh Spears

AL Road History – Joe Gillis

Alabama @ wwtl.com – 71 photos, 8 videos, and two WHL-360’s

Alabama Maps – U of A. Hundreds of historical maps, aerial photos, etc. Awesome.

AL state legislation lookup – for historical research

Thanks to everyone involved in the sites above. I hope this blog will someday be nearly as helpful.

Hello Vientologists

June 3, 2009

Hello Vientologists!

There’s been a ton of discussion and some acrimony about this new term for the study of roads and highways. As with any new idea, sometimes there is some pushback from people who have an ax to grind, or like the way an institution was in the past, just after they joined.

H. B. Elkins offers a pejorative definition of vientology. On the other side, Carl Rogers has been championing the term in constant newsgroup postings, and his website wwtl.com.

So what’s the state of vientology right now? My spellchecker still flags the term. A few people use it unironically (me, Carl Rogers, and a Louisiana blogger). Most other people group the term with other unwelcome neologisms such as webinar, digerati and staycation.

To me, vientology is deep, diligent study of roads and the science, politics and history surrounding them. A photo or video is nice, but not really enough. If you’ve actually been to the photo site, that’s better. If you can provide more information about the site, better still. If you provide information most people do not already know, and some insightful commentary, then you’re on your way to being a vientologist.

Many self-called “roadgeeks” practice vientology, even as they deny doing it. As we’ve seen, the term vientology won’t really take off until there is more than one open practitioner. Carl Rogers, of course, gets credit for being first out of the gate with wwtl.com.

I have no experience being a webmaster, so I won’t be able to put up a competing site, much less one that gets 60,000 hits a month like wwtl.com. But this blogging thing looks a lot easier, and I can certainly put in my experiences and research, and even a few photos.

My first topic will be something near and dear (I can see it from my house) but also of national importance: one of our longest and oldest interstate highways, I-59.

See you next post.