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Julian Bond
Re: Photo: Gazing up at giant redwoods - http://www.treehugger.com/slidesh...
"They're not giant yet, but we've got some Giant Redwoods in an arboretum in NE London, UK. http://www.redwoodworld.co.uk/... Worth a visit." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Americans Throw Away 31% of All Tomatoes They Buy - http://www.theatlantic.com/health...
"But the US recycles and composts food waste rather than putting it in land-fill, right?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Fun facts about hydrogen and fuel cell vehicles - http://www.treehugger.com/clean-t...
"Did I miss the bit about efficiency? That's both energy required to build the vehicle as well as the ongoing energy required to produce and use the fuel. I certainly understood that overall efficiency of the the hydrogen cycle is considerably lower than electric. And of course right now the only economic source of hydrogen is from natural gas. It may be relatively clean at the tailpipe but it's definitely not renewable. Then there's the engineering problems of containing it and not having it just leak away. Sorry, but Hydrogen as a vehicle fuel is bullshit. So why do certain vehicle companies persist in producing these prototypes?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Watch Channel 4′s Music Nation documentary on Northern bassline - FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2014...
"Somebody please give this to Simon Reynolds, immediately!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What kind of bike is right for you? - http://www.treehugger.com/corpora...
"Yes it's getting there, Or one of these, as described in the comment, http://www.pashley.co.uk/bikes... http://donkybike.com/ But they need some upgrades. And E-Assist of course." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What kind of bike is right for you? - http://www.treehugger.com/corpora...
"Like the process that produced the Hybrid, I want to mix and match. So that's a steel framed Tourer but with CX style mechanical disk brakes and some wider Marathon plus tyres. It probably doesn't need a front mech but should have 8-9 gear rear derailleur. And since it will get used for shopping and general utilities, it needs racks, baskets and mudguards. The other alternative is the kind used by Postmen and old school delivery people in the UK. So that's a Pashley mailstar or a Donky. Big racks and baskets front and back but a conventional step through frame. The Pashley is a bit heavy and over built so it needs updating with better components. It's possible to build up these things, but nobody really makes them complete out of the box. And since I ride an electric-assist as well, I'd quite happily add that in as an option, but it should be stealth and assist, not a moped. So that's the smallest lightest hub with just enough hidden battery, or the Bafang mid drive." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Magni Filo Rosso: A race replica for the road - http://www.bikeexif.com/magni#c...
"Would it miss the point if I wanted one with modern suspension, 17" wheels, brakes and rubber? The only really tricky bit would be making a single shock rear end look right." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The route of trash : TreeHugger - http://www.treehugger.com/slidesh...
"So how do similar cities (like say London) deal with the problem? (rhetorical)" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Tesla's super-secret battery roadmap and other goodies - http://www.treehugger.com/clean-t...
"I was thinking CdA which is much more important than Cd. See here. http://www.caranddriver.com/fe... CdA figures VOLKSWAGEN XL1 3.1 ft^2 1996 GM EV1 4.2 ft^2 2001 HONDA INSIGHT 6.0 ft^2 Tesla S 6.2 ft^2 The Tesla S has a good Cd, but it's still a big car. That's appropriate for it's market. But my point is that I'd really like to see them have a model where they go all out for aero efficiency. That doesn't mean going as far as the XL1 because that's an impractical prototype. But to go in that direction." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Tesla's super-secret battery roadmap and other goodies - http://www.treehugger.com/clean-t...
"Shame the battery graph stops at 2007. And it's not clear where the next doubling in LiOn energy density is going to come from. What's to say it won't plateau the way that NiMh has? Maybe it's not good market/profit engineering, but I'd really like to see Tesla push for efficiency in at least one of their models. They're still not as aerodynamic as a 1st gen Honda Insight and we can do better than that." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: iPod Classic was killed because Apple couldn’t get the parts ‘anywhere on Earth’ - http://thenextweb.com/apple...
"True, but expensive. And that might be at the bottom of Tim Cook's comments. The part were unavailable *at the right price* And sadly the firmware can't really cope with the extra capacity though maybe that could have been fixed." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: iPod Classic was killed because Apple couldn’t get the parts ‘anywhere on Earth’ - http://thenextweb.com/apple...
"Re the iPod Classic, I wonder which parts were unavailable. Is this really about the decline of the 1.8" hard disk? And what are the alternatives?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: How food waste differs around the world - http://www.treehugger.com/green-f...
"How much of the lost/wasted food is recycled inn each region?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Fake Aphex Twin Leak Is A Hyperreal Conundrum - http://www.electronicbeats.net/en...
"well played!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: VW says electric car range to be between 310-370 miles by 2020 - http://www.treehugger.com/cars...
"Smaller more aerodynamic cars would go some way towards getting that range. 50% more efficiency, and 50% greater battery density would probably do it. Note here that the late 90s Honda Insight is still more aerodynamic than the Teslas. So I really hope VW take the lessons being learned in the XL1 and apply it to real world cars like the Golf and Scirocco." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Custom Build Gallery, Hannes’ crossbreak-style mid-drive Kona - https://www.electricbike.com/hannes-...
"Awesome build. I've long wondered if one of the small rear hub motors could be mounted using this chain line. One of the problems would be mounting the fixed and freewheel sprockets on the freewheel mount on the side of the case without it all just unwinding." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Custom Build Gallery, Hannes’ crossbreak-style mid-drive Kona - http://www.electricbike.com/hannes-...
"Awesome build. I've long wondered if one of the small rear hub motors could be mounted using this chain line. One of the problems would be mounting the fixed and freewheel sprockets on the freewheel mount on the side of the case without it all just unwinding." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Can we stop killing cyclists and pedestrians? - http://www.treehugger.com/corpora...
"This started in the UK in London in reaction to the death toll. http://stopkillingcyclists.org... It's now widened to include other vulnerable road users like pedestrians and beyond London." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: U.S. and China pledge their commitments to fighting climate change at UN Summit in New York - http://www.treehugger.com/climate...
"Meanwhile global CO2 emissions continues to grow at ~2%pa compound exponential growth[1]. We're not actually reducing emissions at all except as a slight side effect of the global economy slowing after the last crash. So forgive me if I'm a little cynical about announcements of "drastic emissions reductions" at some time in the future. Just another exponential growth: GDP, energy usage, CO2 generation. [1] http://co2now.org/Current-CO2/..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Ideas why 0 bikers have been killed on bike-sharing bikes - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"KSIs don't happen often on London's Boris Bikes, but sadly they do happen. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-e..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Farewell, old friend: Apple discontinue the iPod Classic – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2014...
"If Apple won't make the 1TB iPod Classic I want, maybe somebody else will?There's a small but persistent market of people who want something like this with a high quality output stage, but nobody will build it. Meanwhile, what to do?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Apple offers U2’s new album Songs of Innocence for free, exclusively until mid-October on iTunes - http://thenextweb.com/apple...
"They couldn't even give it away ..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Farmer handbuilds hobbit house for $250 (Video) - http://www.treehugger.com/green-a...
""didn't require any special permits as it was considered a summer home" I'm extremely dubious about this. In Oxfordshire? You just can't build stuff like this in the UK without planning permission." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Ultimate urban utility bike winner is packed full of commuting features - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"We need more designs that start from these ideas. http://donkybike.com/ http://www.pashley.co.uk/bikes..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Will the next war with Canada be a fight over water? - http://www.treehugger.com/clean-w...
""Acre-Feet" Seriously? That is one of the most ridiculous imperial measures I've seen. Back in the 30s dust bowl era, farmers migrated west when their land became untenable. So where will the millions in the South West move when California, et al become untenable?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Despite polar vortex, 2014 on track to be 3rd hottest year on record - http://www.treehugger.com/climate...
"So much for the Warming Hiatus, eh?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Compton school police authorized to carry AR-15 Rifles - http://www.scpr.org/news...
"AK-47 is the tool Don't make me act the motherfuckin fool" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Bicycle Cargo: Chapter Three - Extended Frame Bikes - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"I think the Pashley Mailstar/Pronto should get a mention. Very conventional shape but able to carry a lot of stuff in the oversized front carrier and on the heavy duty rear rack. http://www.pashley.co.uk/produ... Also the Donky. http://donkybike.com/ Both of these are crying out for E-Assist. But mainly they show that you don't necessarily need an extended frame or 3 wheels for big loads in the city. Christiana style bikes don't work great with UK cycle infrastructure. Lots of our cycle only and shared use lanes have barriers you couldn't get through with this style of trike." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: ATP cancels Jabberwocky Festival – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2014...
"Shades of Bloc" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: New Footbridge For Leamouth Peninsula - http://londonist.com/2014...
"1) Have they opened the walkway from Canning town to the Eco Park? 2) Have they opened the Fat Walk breaks at Three Mills and Cody Dock? 3) When will the Fat Walk actually be a public path from Cody Dock to Canning Town? 4) When will The Line be open and actually have some sculpture? And how about that City Island Bridge. When will the bridge be open even if they haven't finished the City Island building site?" - Julian Bond
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