Saturday, February 8, 2014

USA has the world's best traffic signs

Referee hockey ahl 2004
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 USA stands out as it comes to many traffic signs. They are often clear and easy to understand - many signs even include some text to explain - what the sign means. At many other places in the world - you must study hard to learn and remember what some rather cryptic signs means. Do we need to mention the Swedish sign for date restricted parking? Headache yet baby?

In the team sport world many sports have their own set of odd reffing signs or gestures performed by the ref, the umpire or a line man. Some toss a flag, others wave a hand in the air others knee bend and act like they are cutting of their own legs below the knees.
If you are a sport connoisseur you know all these gestures. But if you just fell onto a new game or if you take grandma to the big game... well its not so easy.

Why not make em easier?

Here is our recipe:
Toss in one part of Siri or Google Now - both works decently - add a little mic, shake and do not stir.
Place hardware like a well seasoned phone at a safe place on the ref and add a few ounces of a fresh cell phone battery.
The one part of a Mic may be placed close to the refs mouth.
Connect one piece of well seen hardware like a big flat screen TV via a wireless signal and add carefully a spoonful of loud speakers. Spice the serving up with some nice on screen graphics.
This arrangement taste best during any game. And instead of funky gestures that only half the audience understands anyways - the ref just speaks out his verdict and POFF in clear text it jumps up as OFF-SIDE call on the screen with some flickering graphics. Yes speech-to-text is a cool thing.
Oh golly - they do not have off-side in Floorball, well then give a 2 minute penalty instead...

This is about basic communications - all ingredients exists - and we do not know why modern sports not yet have developed this?

Do you know why?
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Research suggest that eye-injuries are more common in Floorball as compared to Tennis, but less common as compared to Squash (similar to Racquetball).
To minimize this risk of injury Floorballcentral recommend: Use certified protective eye-wear (mandated in many European areas for the youth). Do not lay down on the court. Follow the rules strict on stick height.

Also if you get addicted to this sport - do not blame us!