Make Yourself Visible

Human eyes respond best to two things: contrast and movement.

So if you want to be seen, wear contrasting colors or move a lot. For best results, do both.

When I go for a jog, I wear a bright shirt and dark shorts. By “bright” I mean neon yellow or a bright blue or bright red. I run on the side of the road because there are no sidewalks. So I want cars to see me, because I don’t want to be hit.

I want to be seen.

Really though, I don’t care about being seen. I want cars not to hit me. That’s my goal. But the only way I know to avoid that if I am on the road is to do my best to be seen by the drivers.

So I wear bright colors. Colors that contrast not only with the other part of my clothes, but that also contrast with the surroundings.

For example, I was driving along my running route a while back and just missed a jogger. He was wearing a dark green shirt and dark shorts. His outfit did not contrast with itself. Plus it did not contrast with the surroundings. This was in Michigan. The side of the road was grass and trees. Things that are mainly green. And the trees provide shade, which means shadows. So it’s a dark green. The guy might as well have been wearing camouflage. At least he was moving so he caught our attention.

Please, dress to be seen if you’re jogging along the road.

The other example had to do with two women who were on a different section of my jogging route, but they were walking. So there was not much movement. And they were wearing white and tan clothes. That did not provide much contrast with their white skin and dirt road. You can wear a white shirt to provide contrast if your skin is like Manute Bol’s, but in general a bright color is more visible than white is.

I was driving to work, going about 50 mph like I usually do, when suddenly I see arms waving at me from the road. So I swerved and braked, and ended up going past these women closer and faster than I would have liked to. I would have been annoyed if a car went by me like that while I was jogging.

At least they were walking facing traffic so they could see that the drivers couldn’t see them. And that’s how they knew I might hit them. So the lady closer to my approaching vehicle raised her arms at me in annoyance. I didn’t see her face because I was concentrating on trying not to injure them, but her body language seemed to be conveying the idea of “what are you doing? why are you barreling down the road so close to us? give us some room, crazy driver!”

And her act of extending her arms (more out to the side) provided the movement that the human eye needed. Since there was no contrast in their coloring and little movement, I didn’t see them until then.

Runners/joggers/walkers : please do yourself a favor and wear bright colors. If your outfit consists only of white, black, gray, or brown, you are headed for trouble with traffic. Make sure you can see the cars because they might not see you.

And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Hebrews 4:13

Pronoun

Quick question to ponder, inspired by a comic strip of my youth:

What is the opposite of “pronoun”?

Is it

  • A. Con-noun
  • B. Anti-noun
  • C. Amateur-noun

?

I don’t have the answer, so I’m hoping one of you does.

Now their words seemed reasonable to Hamor and Shechem, Hamor’s son.

Genesis 34:18

Upside What

Why is it that something opposite is called “upside-down” but something that is normal is “upside-right”?

Shouldn’t the phrase for something normal be “upside-up”?

Either that or the phrase for something opposite should be “upside-wrong”.

We need the terms to match. Either up/down or right/wrong.

I’m going with “upside-up”.

Just like “heels over head”.

I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria and the plummet of the house of Ahab, and I will wipe Jerusalem as one wipes a dish, wiping it and turning it upside down.

2 Kings 21:13

Not So Easy

image of Uncle Sam talking about Brexit

Kids these days have it so easy.

Their enemies also oppressed them,
And they were subdued under their power.

Psalm 106:42

Join the European Union

image of Uncle Sam talking about Brexit

That’s the spirit, Britain!

Come, let us deal wisely with them, or else they will multiply and in the event of war, they will also join themselves to those who hate us, and fight against us and depart from the land.

Exodus 1:10

For Independence

image of Uncle Sam talking about Brexit

Before it was cool.

Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer.

Ezekiel 39:28

Burger Direction

My kids were remarking that my wife had her burger upside down. I was doing the same thing (assembling my burger opposite of what the restaurants do), so I asked the kids what made more sense. Now I will do the same to the internet.

Say you need to carry something of not insignificant weight. Could be a book, or a cat, or whatever. And you have a sheet of paper and a sheet of corrugated cardboard. Which will do the job better? What about with more weight?

It never made sense to me why the half of the bun that is least suited for bearing weight is the one that people assign that task.

image of a hamburger with the bun the normal way

image of a hamburger with the bun upside down

And if I get a restaurant burger, I don’t rearrange it. I just flip the whole thing over and eat it that way.

When Gideon came, behold, a man was relating a dream to his friend. And he said, “Behold, I had a dream; a loaf of barley bread was tumbling into the camp of Midian, and it came to the tent and struck it so that it fell, and turned it upside down so that the tent lay flat.”

Judges 7:13