Sunday, October 28, 2012

Houston freeway blogging

In the Burma Shave tradition.

Watch for it again next week on US 59 N, between Greenway Plaza and the downtown exit. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, October 30, at 5 p.m. at the Montrose bridge.


Namorado_TX said...

. . . As is evident in the video, lettering must always be BOLD (thick) to be visible from a distance. The video shown and driveway-laid-out signs preview show signs used the first day, however (especially the Jill Stein sign) the letters were made thicker on later days. Although the larger signs were 4' x 8', the space between the vertical stanchions holding the chain-link fence were spaced 6'-7' apart, creating some degree of blocking interference. When designing signs, always anticipate the display environment's limitations. Bring wire and wire-cutters for corner hold-downs if it is windy!
. . . This particular freeway in Houston gets maybe ten-thousand vehicles per hour, but it is only one of about a dozen high-volume arterials radiating from central Houston, therefore 90% of Houston's daily commuters have never seen this or any other banners-demonstration. Because of its unique series of closely spaced bridges, almost all bridge demonstrations (not "blogs," a word related to journalism, not demonstrative protests) are done on this inner-city area of the US-59 Southwest Freeway just west of Montrose.
. . . As video-for-navigation radio-controlled model-plane "drones" become cheaper, the next stage in demonstration messaging (in calm-wind weather) will be low-flying banner-towing unmanned aircraft and LED-image-screen mini-blimps, piloted remotely by operators using the mounted cameras to steer clear of power-lines and obstacles.
. . . High-powered slide-show projectors have used the sides of high-rise buildings for "pirate" screens to image messages, but the equipment and power required is high-priced, and can be blindingly offensive to building residents if they look down from their windows.
— Apurim in Houston

PDiddie said...


"Freeway blogging" is no more than the vernacular coined for the activity since the earliest days of the Iraq war, ten years ago. Language, of course, simply follows usage... which is why Homer Simpson's classic "d'oh" is now in the dictionary. (There you go, Words With Friendsters.)