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"white dashes passing under blip blip blip"
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tonbei
2019-01-19 02:08:31 UTC
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The following are sentences from a novel(The Silence of the Lambs).

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Starling had her old Pinto moving up the four-lane at a steady lope, one mile an hour below the speed where the shimmy sets in. The smells of hot oil and mildew,, the rattles underneath, the transmission's whine resonated faintly with memories of her father's pickup truck, her memories of riding beside him with her squirming brothers and sister.
She was doing the driving now, driving at night, the
white dashes passing under blip blip blip.
(The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)
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question: about the meaning of "white dashes passing under blip blip blip"
1) white dashes 2) blip blip blip

I guess "white dashes" are dashed lines painted white on the road.
She is seeing those dashes coming and passing beneath her car.
Then what's indicated by "blip blip blip"?
Tony Cooper
2019-01-19 02:49:45 UTC
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Post by tonbei
The following are sentences from a novel(The Silence of the Lambs).
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Starling had her old Pinto moving up the four-lane at a steady lope, one mile an hour below the speed where the shimmy sets in. The smells of hot oil and mildew,, the rattles underneath, the transmission's whine resonated faintly with memories of her father's pickup truck, her memories of riding beside him with her squirming brothers and sister.
She was doing the driving now, driving at night, the
white dashes passing under blip blip blip.
(The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)
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question: about the meaning of "white dashes passing under blip blip blip"
1) white dashes 2) blip blip blip
I guess "white dashes" are dashed lines painted white on the road.
She is seeing those dashes coming and passing beneath her car.
Then what's indicated by "blip blip blip"?
Well, that's the way short white line appear to the driver. The car
passes quickly over each segment and she just sees them momentarily.
Just a blip in her vision.
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Tony Cooper - Orlando, Florida
Mark Brader
2019-01-19 03:10:27 UTC
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Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
She was doing the driving now, driving at night, the
white dashes passing under blip blip blip.
(The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)
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Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
Then what's indicated by "blip blip blip"?
Well, that's the way short white line appear to the driver. The car
passes quickly over each segment and she just sees them momentarily.
Just a blip in her vision.
Or they pass by with the same sort of regularity as the beeping sound
that you might hear from an electronic device, "blip, blip, blip, blip..."
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Mark Brader, Toronto | "My ambition is to see a saying of mine attributed
***@vex.net | to Dorothy Parker or Mark Twain." -- Joe Fineman
Mack A. Damia
2019-01-19 03:19:08 UTC
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Post by Mark Brader
Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
She was doing the driving now, driving at night, the
white dashes passing under blip blip blip.
(The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)
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Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
Then what's indicated by "blip blip blip"?
Well, that's the way short white line appear to the driver. The car
passes quickly over each segment and she just sees them momentarily.
Just a blip in her vision.
Or they pass by with the same sort of regularity as the beeping sound
that you might hear from an electronic device, "blip, blip, blip, blip..."
Expansion joints in concrete pavement. Tires go "blip, blip, blip,
blip..."

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Mack A. Damia
2019-01-19 16:28:24 UTC
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On Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:19:08 -0800, Mack A. Damia
Post by Mack A. Damia
Post by Mark Brader
Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
She was doing the driving now, driving at night, the
white dashes passing under blip blip blip.
(The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)
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Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
Then what's indicated by "blip blip blip"?
Well, that's the way short white line appear to the driver. The car
passes quickly over each segment and she just sees them momentarily.
Just a blip in her vision.
Or they pass by with the same sort of regularity as the beeping sound
that you might hear from an electronic device, "blip, blip, blip, blip..."
Expansion joints in concrete pavement. Tires go "blip, blip, blip,
blip..."
http://www.pavementinteractive.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/Joint_seal.jpg
Former USMC Drill Sergeant, R. Lee Ermey, turned actor was buried at
Arlington National Cemetery yesterday with full military honors.

Report from the Stars and Stripes:

"A seven-mile stretch of road in Palmdale, California, the town Ermey
called home for 24 years, was renamed R. Lee Ermey Avenue in November.
Plans called for placing grooves on the road surface that play the
“The Marines’ Hymn” as tires pass over them."
J. J. Lodder
2019-01-20 11:32:03 UTC
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Post by Mack A. Damia
On Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:19:08 -0800, Mack A. Damia
Post by Mack A. Damia
Post by Mark Brader
Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
She was doing the driving now, driving at night, the
white dashes passing under blip blip blip.
(The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)
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...
Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
Then what's indicated by "blip blip blip"?
Well, that's the way short white line appear to the driver. The car
passes quickly over each segment and she just sees them momentarily.
Just a blip in her vision.
Or they pass by with the same sort of regularity as the beeping sound
that you might hear from an electronic device, "blip, blip, blip, blip..."
Expansion joints in concrete pavement. Tires go "blip, blip, blip,
blip..."
http://www.pavementinteractive.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/Joint_seal.jpg
Former USMC Drill Sergeant, R. Lee Ermey, turned actor was buried at
Arlington National Cemetery yesterday with full military honors.
"A seven-mile stretch of road in Palmdale, California, the town Ermey
called home for 24 years, was renamed R. Lee Ermey Avenue in November.
Plans called for placing grooves on the road surface that play the
The Marines Hymn as tires pass over them."
Not a first, and don''t do it, it is a thoroughly bad idea.
Some roads have undulated warning bands on the sides
that produce a tone when you drive over them.
Some brilliant soul in Frisia had the bright idea
to modulate the Frisian anthem into them.
(no idea what that would be like)

Apparently no one had foreseen (tech geeks are like that)
that people would start to drive over the sides deliberately.
After many complaints from people living nearby
they had to be removed.

I have mentioned it in an earlier thread in the context
of Hertz/diopter being a meaningful unit of velocity,

Jan

RHDraney
2019-01-19 06:06:31 UTC
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Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
The following are sentences from a novel(The Silence of the Lambs).
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Starling had her old Pinto moving up the four-lane at a steady lope, one mile an hour below the speed where the shimmy sets in. The smells of hot oil and mildew,, the rattles underneath, the transmission's whine resonated faintly with memories of her father's pickup truck, her memories of riding beside him with her squirming brothers and sister.
She was doing the driving now, driving at night, the
white dashes passing under blip blip blip.
(The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)
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question: about the meaning of "white dashes passing under blip blip blip"
1) white dashes 2) blip blip blip
I guess "white dashes" are dashed lines painted white on the road.
She is seeing those dashes coming and passing beneath her car.
Then what's indicated by "blip blip blip"?
Well, that's the way short white line appear to the driver. The car
passes quickly over each segment and she just sees them momentarily.
Just a blip in her vision.
A sort of nonrelativistic foreshortening familiar to those who recall
the song "Hot Rod Lincoln":

The telephone poles looked like a picket fence

and

She said, "slow down, I see spots,
The lines in the road just look like dots."

....r
Jack
2019-01-19 23:06:54 UTC
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On Fri, 18 Jan 2019 21:49:45 -0500, Tony Cooper
Post by Tony Cooper
Post by tonbei
The following are sentences from a novel(The Silence of the Lambs).
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Starling had her old Pinto moving up the four-lane at a steady lope, one mile an hour below the speed where the shimmy sets in. The smells of hot oil and mildew,, the rattles underneath, the transmission's whine resonated faintly with memories of her father's pickup truck, her memories of riding beside him with her squirming brothers and sister.
She was doing the driving now, driving at night, the
white dashes passing under blip blip blip.
(The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris)
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question: about the meaning of "white dashes passing under blip blip blip"
1) white dashes 2) blip blip blip
I guess "white dashes" are dashed lines painted white on the road.
She is seeing those dashes coming and passing beneath her car.
Then what's indicated by "blip blip blip"?
Well, that's the way short white line appear to the driver. The car
passes quickly over each segment and she just sees them momentarily.
Just a blip in her vision.
Right, the speed with which you can read 'blip blip blip' indicates
the tempo of the p
tonbei
2019-01-19 08:10:50 UTC
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By reading your comments, new questions have come to me.

1) Is "blip, blip, blip" a kind of sound, or a kind of dot to be caught by eyes?
2) "pass under blip, blip, blip" should be read as "pass under/ blip, blip,
blip" or "pass/ under blip, blip blip" /

If it's a sound, it could be read as "pass / under blip, blip, blip", I guess.
But from context, it seems more likely to take it as "those dashes passed
under her car", which makes "blip, blip, blip" independent of the previous sentence.
Peter T. Daniels
2019-01-19 15:02:09 UTC
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Post by tonbei
By reading your comments, new questions have come to me.
1) Is "blip, blip, blip" a kind of sound, or a kind of dot to be caught by eyes?
2) "pass under blip, blip, blip" should be read as "pass under/ blip, blip,
blip" or "pass/ under blip, blip blip" /
If it's a sound, it could be read as "pass / under blip, blip, blip", I guess.
But from context, it seems more likely to take it as "those dashes passed
under her car", which makes "blip, blip, blip" independent of the previous sentence.
The blips on a radar screen are sights, not sounds.
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