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Old March 28 2013, 09:29 AM   #1
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The Dashcam Chronicles

I recently started using my cellphone as a dashcam in my car as a safeguard in case I'm in an accident and might need to prove who is at fault. The idea is to avoid any he said/she said issues and provide actual video evidence if something were to happen. It'd be especially helpful if anyone ever tries to pull one of those insurance scams where they reverse into you and claim you rear-ended them.

It has also proved to serve as a form of entertainment, as I've been able to share with my family and friends all of the terrible drivers I've come across. So I've put together a new YouTube channel to showcase them. There are a lot of similar channels on the Tube but instead of long compilation videos like I've seen, I like to present these motoring mishaps al a carte.

Anyway, subscribe if you like and give me some feedback either way. I know a lot of guys who post these can come off as aggressive, overreacting jerks but I hope I give people a chance to not screw up before I call them on it. I usually get a clip either once or every other day so stay tuned. Link to the channel is in my sig.
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Old March 28 2013, 09:37 AM   #2
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I have watched a bunch of them.

You can keep the popcorn.
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Old March 28 2013, 09:45 AM   #3
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Re: The Dashcam Chronicles

I'm going to take that to mean...you're not a fan?
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Old March 28 2013, 12:03 PM   #4
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^my two cents

Your primary reason sounds good though angles might be an issue in some cases.

As for entertainment, unless you drive by famous landmarks of San Francisco, it would appear so random to those not familiar with the neighborhoods of the Bay Area.
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Old March 28 2013, 12:47 PM   #5
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Using the cellphone as a dashcam for evidence in case of accidents is smart. Uploading what are mostly incredibly minor traffic violations, misunderstandings, or irritations to YouTube seems petty and vindictive. I'm sure if someone followed around you or any of us with a dashcam all day they would find minor violations and things to be annoyed about as well.

I can understand if it was serious incidents like a drunk driver or something, but congrats on nailing the homeless guy who took a bit too long to cross the street. I'm sure when he checks YouTube from his cardboard box under the overpass he'll be suitably chastened.
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Old March 28 2013, 12:57 PM   #6
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Re: The Dashcam Chronicles

I watched a couple episodes and expect Fox will be canceling this show any day now.
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Old March 28 2013, 01:53 PM   #7
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Weeeeelll, after watching 'The Daily Show' a few weeks ago, about the meteor strike in Russia, and the dashcam footage of that, which was amazing, and then they showed some 'ordinary' Russian dashcam footage



You never know, it could turn into a series...
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Old March 28 2013, 02:17 PM   #8
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Yeah, but in Russia you can literally be struck at any moment by meteors, falling cows, babushkas wielding your own bumper, guys with axes and bats, depressed horses, corrupt cops (okay, we have some of that here too, but the Russians take it up a notch), tanks, helicopters, ancient WWII era trucks, etc. Here, it's fairly boring by comparison.
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Old March 28 2013, 02:52 PM   #9
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You forgot bears. Russia has a lot of bears.
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Old March 28 2013, 04:08 PM   #10
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I think such a dash cam has a degree of "entertainment value" especially if you catch a particularly idiotic drive. It's not so much about these people seeing the video and learning from their mistake but, perhaps, more about venting.
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Old March 28 2013, 04:28 PM   #11
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Well, call me an old fart, but I kind of miss the days where "venting" consisted of coming home and saying "honey, you wouldn't believe what some idiot did on the freeway today" instead of rushing to upload the video to YouTube, visible license plates and all.
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Old March 28 2013, 04:32 PM   #12
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Everyone vents in their own way. As long as they're not doing it with a gun from the proverbial clock tower what difference does it make?
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Old March 28 2013, 04:36 PM   #13
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Makes it seem really petty, then. Especially if these are the examples of things he really needed to vent about. Not really anything over the top, and some of those you'd have to stretch to even figure out if a traffic violation even technically occured.

For most of them, had he not recorded them, he'd have forgotten them within a few moments; just not a big deal, and part of living in a society that's not entirely filled with clones of yourself.

Just comes across as somewhat pompus and full of yourself to post that kinda stuff (and go through the extra effort of putting in text so we KNOW what the 'idiot' driver is about to do) like you're a perfect driver yourself. For all you know the guy behind you is recording you going 67 in a 65 and putting up snarky videos to youtube. No one's perfect, and no harm, no foul usually.

If more of these things had something worth actually spending effort watching or commenting on, maybe. As is? Not worth it at all.

And what kinds of problems have you been having, Flux, where you feel you need a dashboard cam for all the accidents, scams, and illegal activity that's been going on around you? Or is the real motivator just heckling others for at BEST minor offenses?
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Old March 28 2013, 04:39 PM   #14
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If he thinks bad drivers trouble him now, I can't wait to see how he handles riding a motorbike
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Old March 28 2013, 04:42 PM   #15
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Everyone vents in their own way. As long as they're not doing it with a gun from the proverbial clock tower what difference does it make?
That's quite the low bar for behavior you've set there, Trekker. "Hey, as long as you're not some crazed sniper firing from a tower, anything goes." Jesus Christ, man.
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