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Diane Beauchemin's e-mail address: beauchem@uhunix.uhcc.hawaii.edu

Diane's Lab Report File - Hawaii


Instructor's Home Page
Instructor's Weekly Comments
Home Page of Diane Beauchemin
Diane's Glossary File
Other Traffic Student's Lab Reports
Weekly Homework

..........TOPICAL INDEX..........

Lab report Week 4 " A heartfelt saga of a girl with no brain" Rave Siskel and Ebert. "I'd give it four Excedrin!" Heralds Beauchemin's overworked and underpaid Psychoanalyst.
......Tools at your figertips
......The spacebar
......Surfin' the syllabus and weekly comments
......How do I fight pessimism and depression?
......Getting lost
Lab report Week 5 A gripping tale that calls into question the very ideals of driving that no one wants to question.
Lab report Week 6
A harrowing search for documents. A search against time and space. Cyberspace, that is....
......Traffic documents
......Signs of our times
......Steve's file
......Real traffic document
......Critical mass
Lab report Week 7 Ms. Beauchemin comments insightfully on The Article that everyone's talking about.
Lab report Week 8 Name dropping at it's finest. Yes, Diane roves through other students' reports in search of "linkable jewels of wisdom" Can she find any? Has ANYONE done their homework? Find out when you link here.
Lab report Week 9 Driving Personality Makeover. Yeah, right. She's got to have a personality first...
Lab report Week 10 Find out Diane's darkest driving secrets, so some day you won't end up next to her on the road.
Lab Report Week 11 Diane scathingly reviews reports from former students printed on *gasp* paper. Yep, that ancient looseleaf stuff that was used prior to 1995. Wow. A real trek back in time.
Lab report Week 12- My observations on tailgating: legally, morally, and spiritually. Completely politically INcorrect--give me a break, it's my opinion!
Lab report Week 13
Another review of a GCR. This time, not as scathing.
Lab report Week 14
Come bounce around cyberspace through traffic realated documents. It's fun fo the whole family....
Lab report Week 15 The final report. Will Diane pass these classes and actually GRADUATE!!!!! If she doesn't, she will be lowered into the pit of Eternal Damnation (damn, damn, damn) by her parents.....

..........HOT LINKS AND FUN STUFF..........

Fun things to do in an elevator Humor from my 409 page. . . Also, you may encounter me in an elevator some day and you should be prepared!!!
Insurance humor Actual statements found in insurance forms where car drivers attempted to summarize the details of accidents in the fewest words.
Sick of your computer? Another study break brought to you by the maker of this page...me!
50 ways to disrupt an exam This is a fun little document that will show you many ways to annoy whole classes during finals! Now, aren't I helpful?
The final exam Pssst. Here it is, a copy of all of the final exams. By the way, you have some hard classes this semester. Study hard and good luck!

Top of document Lab report #1

Class discussion
In class this week we discussed pedestrian traffic flow. I thought this was interesting to label categories people fall into while they are traversing on foot. I personally am the type who attempts to walk everywhere as quickly as possible.

DSM categories
Another interesting and funny part of our discussion was the DSM IV categorization of drivers. I thought it was appropriate to put drivers in categories such as: Obsessive-Compulsive -- Those who always drive only the speed limit (usually in the ultra-fast lane). The Pasive-Aggressive driver may have a bad day (or even bad life) and fell justified to take out their aggressions on you by, for example, seeing how close they can tail you before contacting you bumper or undercarriage. Finally, my favorite, the Schizophrenic driver, yes, that's the one with the bumper sticker that reads, "If you don't like the way I drive, then stay off the sidewalk." Or, "As a matter of fact, I do own the whole damn road." This person feels that the rules of the road don't apply in their case. They feel comfortable using more than one lane (or more than one parking space for that matter) at a time. These people also never feel the need to signal.

Reformed driver
I believe we may all fall into these driving categories at some time. Dr. James' notion of a "reformed driver" is quite intriguing to me. I hope, following this course, I too may becme a reformed driver. By the way, if one happens to be pulled over by a member of HPD's finest road patrol, is there an official-looking certificate I can show the nice officer to prove just what a reformed driver I am? Just a bit of humor!
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Lab report #1 part B

Generational Curriculum Report Summary
This is a summary of a Generational Curriculum Report written by Melanie Azama dealing with driver sef-actualization. The state of driver self-actualization is reached when the driver can perceive reality, is accepting of sef and others in the world, shows respect to others, has good causal attributions thinks rationally,is virtuous, and delays gratification.

aggressive drivers
The lab report acertains that aggressive drivers react inversely to the above conditions. They are easilly irritated, and enjoy taking risks. They achieve gratification by overtaking others on the road, and when they are unable to overtake another vehicle, they become frustrated. This leads to dangerous or careless behavior.
To see what Ms. Lai has to say about this link here.

Ms. Azama explains that people who drive aggressively experience physiological arousal, are annoyed easily, and may experience more job stress. They are also more likely not to respect the lawSee Schizophrenic Driver.

The awareness that these dangerous drivers do exist is helpful by reminding us to be keenly aware of our own driving persona as well as others.

My reactions

I agree with the theory that aggressive drivers experience more stress, etc. I consider myself to be somewhat aggressive on the road, and it's very stressful when you can't get to where you're going because of some slow poke driver in front of you letting the whole world in!!!!!

I don't totally agree with her idea of a "self-actualized driver" it sounds like we're attempting to dump a bit too much theory onto driving.
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Generational Curriculum Report #2
My second report by Ms. Azama talks about Driving and Alzheimer's Disease.

She asserts that 6% of the over-sixty-five population suffer from Alzheimer's Disease, and that this figure escalates to 20-50% over the age of 85. This disease causes memory loss and may, in her opinion cause a higher incidence of traffic acciddents.

The stages of demetia which adversely affect driving are the late stages of forgetfulness, early confusional, and late confusional. The first stage invloves forgetting where things are, such as the brake or accelerator pedals.

The second stage is marked by a lack of concentration and an increased likelihood of getting lost, even when going to familiar places. This stage also results with feelings of panic. Imagine driving somewhere, and then all of the sudden, you don't know how to get where you're going!

The third stage involves a decreased knowledge of current events, such as the individual's name, address, personal history, and a decreased ability to travel.

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Week 4

Week 4 homework

Okay, enough of that pishposh, we're geeting down to the nitty gritty homework here. This is where all the action starts.....

The question at hand is: How do I find information in a hypertext enviornment?
Tools at your fingertips
The tools at your fingertips to which I am referring are the space bar, arrows, return key, and backslash key (for the Mac user). Take a minute to locate these keys on your keyboard so you may become familiar with them.

Once you get into a file, such as the Instructor's Home Page you can link to different areas his files by following links. However, before doing that, I suggest you take the global approach to information seeking, and just browse through the document (in this case, the instructor's home page).

The Spacebar
This browsing technique can be accomplished by reading the screen and advancing to the next by pressing the space bar. Doesn't that sound exotic? It should be the name of a cool dance club on the moon . . .Welcome to The Space Bar. Uh, excuse me, that happens every now and then. Now, where were we?

Oh, yes. The space bar. Another alternative to using the space bar are the arrow keys. These are rather self-explanitory, so I will not waste time expounding on the virtues of arrows.

Surfin' the syllabus and weekly comments
This is lots of fun, because to surf this info, you get to follow links which rocket you through cyberspace to where you want to go. To find something specific, I try to access something similar to what I want and then look for a link. For example, to find the instructor's weekly comments, I may go to the syllabus, and voila! There's the link I want! Also, other students make links to the instructor's home page, and weekly comments in their lab reports like this: To the Home Page, James!, or Calgon, take me away . . . to weekly comments. Of course, now that I have learned to make links and anchors, it's easy (sometimes) and routine. However, the first month of this course was like torture!!!!

How do I fight depression and pessimism?
(Great segue, huh?) To be totally honest, I really didn't fight my depression and pessimism. I believe that those are perfectly valid emotions and should be expressed. I mean, why should everybody be happy and optimistic all of the time? Although after reading Mr. Taketani's lab reports I felt better about being "irritated on the internet".

This question really should have been worded, "how did you keep from bawling your eyes out in the computer lab?" Now, to answer that, I did something that I was already comfortable with. To prove to myself that I didi have some knowledge of the internet, I created a lot of e-mail. Why e-mail? Well, that's the only thing I could do for a long time.

My login name and password were a complete mystery to myself and Dr. James for the first three and a half weeks of the semester. A little mix-up sure caused me a lot of frustration (and a lot of e-mail for Dr. James!). Getting lost

Do I get lost? Yes I get lost silly in a hypertext enviornment!!! The secret is to know how to get "unlost". You can do this by using the "u" key, which takes you back up to the place you came from before you got lost. Uh, does that make sense? For a possibly more coherent explanation of this phenomenon, see my 459 week 4 lab report


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Week 5 lab report

Week 5 homework

Week 5's lab report is contained in the area above lab report 4. You can link it here.

Some links to other reports are: Ms. Arashiro's report author felt stress made them a reckless criver. Watch out world during midterms!!!!

Ms. Isa's report authorrefered to the stress of loging on to Unix as . Yeah, I believe it!

Finally, Mr. Noguchi's student author reminiced how traffic has always be with us. Horses and buggies certainly created traffic, but think of all the other fun stuff they created...I guess pollution has always been with us too.

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Week 6 lab report

Week 6 homework

Well, my search for actual traffic documents left me rolling on the ground laughing in the CLIC lab. If you were there, the answer is, "No, I do not use drugs!"

As you may have already guessed, I tend to shy away from serious documents and reports because, frnakly, they bore me. Life is too short to be serious, because I belive laughter and humor are the best things on earth! (well, right up there with coffee, beer, and chocolate, not necessarily in that order.) So, to clue you in on the funnies, I used Dr. James' link to the Webcrawler and entered the search string "traffic*automobile". The server found 20 entries. Of those, one was titled, "Steve's Humor Archives". Of course, this was the first link I checked. The file is huge!!! He's got stuff in there like, "the Arkansas Residency Application" that asks questions like, "Do you own a gun rack? _yes _no (explain below)." I realize that this is not a traffic document, but there was one link to a document that talked about how your car would work if you computer program was driving. He calls it If Operating Systems Drove Your Car. For example: "MAC SYSTEM 7: You get in the car to go to the store and the car drives you to church." There's even a quote in there about UNIX but it's hard to explain, so why don't you go there now.

Signs of our times.

This was another document I found that had Foreign signs translated into English. For example: An add for donkey rides in Thailand said, "Would you like to ride on your own ass?" Link here to see Foreign signs.

The last link to Steve's file was Cool Quotes. I found one that said, "Do something unusual today. Accomplish work on a computer." Need I say anything else?

Since I don't think Dr. James is as amused by my findings as I am, an actual traffic document I found was called Critical Mass. It was about how dangerous and pollutive cars are. I found an interesting fact that 40% of urban land goes to parking. Wow! This person's dream was to eradicate cars, and only drive bicycles. S/he has formed a network of people who drive bicycles instead of cars to work. Below his short article about the project are quotes form people who participate in the network. John Labovitz wrote about getting arrested in Manhattan for biking on the street. To see this interesting document link here.

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Week 7 lab report

Week 7 homework

The Instructor's Article was extremely long, and due to the odd hours that I use the computer, it took me several days to read. I would like to comment on Balatico's comment. I agree with Ms. Balatico that it is extremely difficult to get into the computer lab and get stuff done especially during mid terms. The labs are full of people doing papers, and we all have other classes with midterms, papers, and projects. I suppose a plus is that now all the lab attendants know my face, but that really doesn't keep me going, you know?

Another area I wanted to comment on is the anchor atmosphere. I can surely relate to the level of frustration that goes alon with the first several weeks of class, when we first logged on. Just about everything that could go wring, DID for me. Yes, I am the walking, talking, keyboarding version of Murphy's Law!!! I was frustrated because I felt like I knew nothing. . .okay, I knew nothing!

Email! this was the only thing I could do at the start of the semester. Dr. James mentions how successful his students were at this. Thank goodnes I was one of them! When things got to be so bad that I thought about throwing this computer out the window, e-mail saved me. How? You wonder. In times of great strife, I found that it made me feel better to do something I knew how to do! Since this was the only operation I had success with, this was my fall-back. Fortunately for Dr. James, I have several addresses, so he was not the sole recipient of my mail born of depression, rage, hate, sadness, and/or desolation.

My last comment on the article is confusion at a student's comment about lynx. In the Back to the top

Insurance humor

(I received this from a friend in my American Studies class, but have no documentation for the author.) ANOTHER STUDY BREAK FOR YOU STUDENTS HARD AT WORK!
The following are actual statements found in insurance forms where car srivers attempted to sumarize the details of the accidents in the fewest of words. These instances of faulty writing serve to confirm that even incompetent writing may be highly entertaining.

Coming home, I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don't have.

The other car collided with mine without giving warning of it's intentions.

I thought my window was down, but found out it was up when I put my head through it.

I collided with a stationary truck coming the other way.

A truck backed through my windshield into my wife's face.

A pedestrian hit me and went under my car

The guy was all over the road. I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.

I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over the embankment.

In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.

I had been shopping for plants all day and was on my way home. As I reached a intersection, a hedge sprang up, obscuring my vision and I did not see the other car.

I had been driving for forty years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.

I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way, causing me to have an accident.

As I approached the intersection, a sign suddenly appeared in a place where no sign had ever appeared before. I was unable to stop in time to avoid the accicdent.

To avoid hitting the bumper of the car in front, I struck the pedestrian.

An invisible car came out of nowhere, struck my car and vanished.

I told the police that I was not injured, but on removing my hat, found that I had a fractured skull.

I was sure the old fellow would never make it to the other side of the road when I struck him.

The pedestrian had no idea which direction to run, so I ran over him.

I saw a slow-moving, sad faced old gentleman as he bounced off the hood of my car.

The indirect cause of the accident was a little guy in a small car with a big mouth.

I was thrown form my car as it left the road. I was later found in a ditch by some cows.

The telephone pole was approaching. I was attempting to swerve out of it's way when it struck my car.

My car was legally parked as it backed into the other vehicle.


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Week 8 lab report

Week 8 homework

Just for the record I would like to state THIS SUCKS!!! Somehow I managed to erase my study break, for all of you who were wondering where it's been, and everything that followed it. Thank you for letting me vent. Now i must get back to re-doing these #*^!#$%@@*&% reports.

I'm glad everyone enjoyed my little study break in my other lab report, fun things to do in an elevator. Ms. Diaz said it was great for relieving stress, and Ms. Kaneshiro liked it too. Thanks guys! It makes me feel good to know that someone's reading this stuff. I guess that makes me the opposite of a paraniod person, huh? I'm now an"INTERNET EXHIBITIONIST" whoah baby, look at these files!!! Come on, link to me, I know you want to. I'll make you laugh. Woah . . . what just happened????

Hey, by the way, while checkin' out everyone's files from the other class (409), which is actually my class because I'm in both, but this is homework for this class (459) so going into the other class which is also mine is just like going into the other class. What? See, now you're just as confused as I usually am, in BOTH classes. Now what was I trying to say. (This is school, Diane, not therapy!!) Oh yeah. I was checkin' out Mr. Fujii's files and he has a link to Dave's Top 10. Right on Kyle! The address has changed however, so if you were sad that you couldn't get to it, link here.

Advice from Ms. Moore in the < a href=../../psy409a/moore/labreport.html#suggestions">409 class is to,"Stay open and enjoy the ride." Well, Trudy, sometimes I feel as if I've missed the bus. By the way, here's a funny document from a previous lab report called If Operating Systems Drove Your Car. It's short and funny. I think we could all sort-of relate to it.


Okay, back to the homework.

Some advice from Ms. Runyan-Van Der Rhoer's (gee, I thought Beauchemin was a tough one) report was contrary to Trudy's advice. She said to herself, "Don't get too excited. You will screw up soon." Right on! I know people say they never have this attitude, but everyone does some time. Thanks for your honesty! Wanna see it? Go here.

Mr. Harada seemed to find himself in a position that I always encounter . . . lost in a more exciting subject than homework. See waht a Virtual Tourist link can do to you?

Cool, neat-o, yippie-skippie! I linked to Ms.Lai's report and went on a truly cool trip to Italy. This is a happy link so just go there already!. Thanks Jolene!! =) You just gotta love her!

Ms. Ramata (aka Renata) managed to do what I do in her week 5 reports. . .go somewhere fun when your brain gets full. In her case, she mailed herself some recipes from a gopher search. In my case I usually mail myself a gopher from a recipe search. Go figure. In any case, if this report has bored you too much, go to where I hang out. Yes, it's TRBB.

Finally, I was happy to see that Ms. Ross is "becoming emotionally attached to the letter 'u'". So am I, Rebecca. Isn't it nice to know it's there? To read her compeling article on the 'u' button link here.

Links to Dr. James' Weekly Comments

The section labeled home page architecture looks interesting. I haven't really had a chance to study it yet, but it sure sounds like fun.

The week 10 homework for the 409 class looks like a lot of fun. He talks about artisitc alternate home pages and there's even a link to 1500 home pages. Yippie-skippie! I went ther and found really cool stuff! You'll see it in my lab report #10 in the 409 class files coming soon to a terminal near you...

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Week 9 lab report

Week 9 homework

My concept of a driving personality makeover.
I guess a driving personality makeover is becoming aware of one's driving behaviors and attempting to change those behaviors for the better. Ms. Isa had a good definition of this concept, and so did Mr. Takitani.

How does this relate to traffic psychology?

Well, if all people were "good drivers" then we wouldn't need traffic psychology, now would we? The goals of traffic psych are to teach drivers awareness of themselves and other vehicles, courtesy on the road, empathy for others etc., etc.
Making over one's driving personality is like making over one's face...You accentuate the positive and "work on" the negative. Face it, a whole jar of foundation isn't gonna cover up the zit on your nose, but maybe if you bring out your eyes a bit, people won't look at the big Rudolph in the center of your face.
Okay, so I haven't exactly figured out how to relate a DPM to a face makeover yet, but I really believe in using examples.

Engineering a DPM for myself

I guess to do this, I need to brainstorm about what dirty little driving habits I have that need changing. Here are the first few that come to mind...SPEEDING...OBSCENE AMERICAN GESTURES...IMPATIENCE...okay, that's enough, this is homework, not therapy!
Let's start with #1. Speeding. A mini self-modification expt with re: speeding could be for me to be aware of my speed, and attempt (did I say attempt?) to obey the posted limit. (Do we really have to do this?) Sorry, this is giving me mental stress.
Okay, moving on to problem #2. Obscene American gestures. Well, that's easy...I can start using obscene European gestures, or Pakistani, or East Asian...Okay, maybe not. How about every time I feel like flippin' the birdy I give the "Aloha wave" or shaka. Better yet, why don't I START the wave. Hey, this could catch on. People doing the Wave in their caars. Wouldn't this be fun during bumper-to-bumper traffic? I'm not talking about getting up out of your seat or anything! All right, so I'm impractical....
Finally, problem #3. Impatience. What, have Mother Theresa in the car with me? Uh, perhaps I could listen to classical or New Age music or something. That would calm me down for sure. But don't worry, I won't listen to Michael Bolton, because Mr. Takitani warned me about that.

Results of my mini self-modification experiment.

Watching my speed turned out to be a good thing yesterday, because I ran into a few speed-trap situations where I was (luckily) going the posted speed. I did find this awareness of my speed to be sort-of annoying, though. I have a thing about lateness. I can't stand it. I'm usually chronicly early to things. This is usually compounded by my need to speed. Without the burning urgency to speed, I still found myself getting to work early, and feeling calmer when I got there. Strange, huh?
Moving on to the gesture thing, I found that giving the "Aloha wave" or a shaka sign to the person who cuts you off really confuses them, and possibly leaves them with guilt feelings. This satisfaction of confusing some malicious person really made me feel good, knowing I did this in such a non-confrontive way.
Oh, by the way, I did attempt to start the wave, but it didn't go over too well.

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For all you who can't get enough of my study breaks, here's one more: Sick of your computer?

-Smash forehead on keyboard to comtinue.
-Enter any 11-digit prime number to continue.
-Error: keyboard not attached, press F1 to continue.
-Every morning is the dawn of a new error.
-Ever stop to think, and then forget to start again?
-Computers make very fast, accurate mistakes.
-My software never has bugs. It just develops random features.
-<---------- The information went data way ---------
-Best file compression around:"DEL *.*" = 100% compression.
-Access denied - nah nah na nah nah!
-C:\> Bad command or file name! Go stand in the corner.
-Bad command. Bad, bad command! Sit! Stay! Staaaay!
-E Pluribis Modem
- >...File not found. Shall I fake it (Y/N).
-Windows: Just another pane in the glass.
-Who's General Failure and why is he reading my disk?
-DEFINITION: Computer - A device designed to speed and automate errors.
-Press any key to continue or any other key to quit.
-Press any key...no, no, no, NOT THAT ONE!

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Week 10 Lab Report

Week 10 homework

The Dynamics Of Traffic Convoys

This week's assignment was to self-witness my behavoir in traffic convoy situations.

What is a traffic convoy, you may ask yourself? This is a situation in traffic where people drive in packs at similar speeds, yet tend to exceed the speed limit. You could also look at Ms Allen's definition or my glossary definition.

To record my self-witnessing reports, I either wrote them down while I was driving,(which was quite dangerous, and mostly unreadable) or attempted to remember what happened, and write that down when I got to my destination. The result: a completely unscientific self report of friving, and a lot of little pieces of paper floating around my car.


I found that when driving in packs, I like to be at the front, or not in them at all. Not that I HAVE to be in front, but I prefer not to see cars around me.

I don't like driving closely to other vehicles,I would rather have my own space.

Another observation is when I am "going with the flow" or just mellowing out at 55, and I see some person driving really fast, darting from lane to lane trying to get around people, I have the tendency to get obnoxious. For example, I like to play the "Box-in" game. I know it is unhelpful, cruel, and anoying, but there's this dark side to my driving personality that gets satisfaction out of making hurried drivers flustered (Anoyed, ticked off, excessively angry, you can use your favorite adjective here).

Of course, when I'm in a hurry, and somebody plays these games with me, I get upset, but I never said life (or driving) was fair. In fact, if it was "fair" it would not be a challenge. We would not be taking this calss. Dr. James would never be able to write his book (ooh, free advertisement!). See, my little road games are IMPORTANT. Okay, so they're not, but the justification is interesting.

The implication of my self-witnessing report for Traffic Psychology is that I should care more about other drivers by being a better driver. My reluctance to drive in the midst of a pack shows that I would rather stay away from people than be tempted to anoy them.

This "revelation" may alter my driving style, if I chose, by making me aware that playing games on the road is not conducive to good driving. I already knew that, but that little devil on my shoulder doesn't.

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Week 11 lab report

Hopefully this link works, and will help to keep this huge document better contained. Sorry I didn't think to do this sooner. Thanks for your patience! Mahalo!

What's in this report....

How did I react?
What did I learn?
The content
Di's definition of Traffic Psych
How does this relate to traffic Psychology?

Link to week 12 here

Topical index for week 12
My observations
Legal implications
Spiritual implications
New glossary entries pertaining to this document

Link to week 13 here

Topical index for week 13
My reaction to the GCR
What did I learn?
What did the author learn?
Did the content fit Traffic Psychology?

Link to week 14 here

Link to week 15 here

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