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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
Julian Bond
Re: Why Aren’t More Americans Atheists? - http://www.politico.com/magazin...
"Why Aren’t More Americans, completely uninterested in religion?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: After a long fight, Charlie's Hobbit House in Wales faces demolition - http://www.treehugger.com/green-a...
"It's a wonderful house and a real personal shame, but it's also really, really important that we protect our green belt. The problem is not this house but the precedent it sets. In 10 years time when somebody wants to knock it down and build 3 more "normal" houses on the same plot, they'll be able to point at how "there's always been a house here"." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The UK cracks down on copyright-infringing sites by replacing ads with warning banners - http://thenextweb.com/uk...
"adblock, noscript, etc etc. Um. What ads?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Pattern Recognition Vol. 9: Cold Forecast - http://www.electronicbeats.net/en...
"Wonderfully expressive first two paras. However, in July 2014, I immediately thought of Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and Palestine. And the problematic area of anti-war music in an age of drones controlled from air-conditioned cubicle farms on the opposite side of the world with office hours, water coolers, donuts and powerpoint presentations." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: How to Go Green: Public Transportation - http://www.treehugger.com/htgg...
"A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transport. And bicycles. Except that it leads to multiple vehicles, I'm in favour of using the smallest vehicle required for the current job. And preferably avoiding needing to use a vehicle at all by working from home so - Walk - Bicycle - E-Assist cargo Bicycle - Scooter - Small car - Van Somewhere between scooter and small car, you can probably get away with occasional renting rather than owning." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why music festivals are an environmental disaster - http://www.treehugger.com/culture...
"Leave no trace. Respect the farm. Use the loos. Don't pee on the ground. Take all your stuff home. Re-use and re-fill your water bottles. But mostly, leave no trace. I think I'm maybe up to 3 rules for life now. 1) Be excellent to each other 2) Don't be a dick 3) Leave no trace" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: This Mechanic Is Making the Ultimate Commuter Bike for Everyone - http://makezine.com/2014...
"Nope. If you're commuting in city traffic, you need proper V or disk brakes. If only for when the pedestrian walks out in front of you, or the car cust you up by overtaking and then immediately turning. A single coaster brake doesn't cut it." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: This Mechanic Is Making the Ultimate Commuter Bike for Everyone - http://makezine.com/2014...
"Needs proper brakes, mudguards, a rack and a basket. And an integrated lock. Because it's guaranteed somebody will try and steal it." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Just Like Facebook, Few See What Brands Share On Twitter, As Its New “Impressions” Stats Show - http://marketingland.com/faceboo...
"Twitter = WOM; Write-Only-Media" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: BBC 1xtra publishes controversial UK Power List – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2014...
"So where are the Anglo-Asians?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What NOT to do with your hyper-efficient car (the 260 MPG XL1) - http://www.treehugger.com/cars...
""take what has been learned with the XL1 and apply it to existing mass-market vehicles." This. What if VW took the styling cues and aero tricks and applied it to something like the Scirocco? Now the XL1 has softened us up, let's have covered rear wheels and a narrower rear track for instance. And let's have a hybrid plug in drive train with a small efficient motor that is more like a battery charger than a main engine. The XL1 points a development direction. Now can VW (and others) please pursue it." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Bontrager Race Lite Hard-Case Tires and Specialized Airlock tubes - http://kk.org/cooltoo...
"On a hybrid rather than a road bike, I'll swear by Schwalbe Marathon Plus and some Slime in the tubes. In several 1000 miles I've had two punctures. The first was a bit of broken glass that got all the way through the tyre, but the Slime plugged the hole in 10 seconds. I did later do a more permanent repair but it didn't stop the ride. The second was a flint that actually ruined the tyre when it was already well past it's due date. It's one of the very, very few times I've had to call for help. The Plus Tour is a bit heavy for no great off road benefit from the bigger tread and it's a bit squirmy. The plain Plus is still heavier than road tyres but a good compromise that feels fine. If you're not actually racing, go up a size or two on tyre width. They'll be more comfortable and less prone to punctures." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The Case for Banning Cigarettes Entirely, Forever, This Time I Mean It - http://www.businessweek.com/article...
"Presumably this suggested prohibition will include rolling tobacco, cigars, pipe tobacco. Along with the prohibition of cross border sales. And next, since it's the nicotine that's the addictive part, ban E-Cigs, patches, gum." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Tesla Model S wins wind-tunnel faceoff against Volt, LEAF, Prius, and Mercedes - http://www.treehugger.com/cars...
"So where's the BMW i3? And note that the 2001 Insight and 1996 GM are better than anything here. And we need to aim for the VW XL1." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: 250 watt hub motor E-bike; Is it Enough? - http://www.electricbike.com/250-wat...
"Yes, increasing the voltage increases the no-load speed. But winding and gearing are typically arranged so the no-load speed at the rated voltage is 25KPH +10% So a hub sold as a 24V hub is typically just as fast as one sold as a 36V hub. And also depending on the rim fitted, obviously! As others have said, the various laws in various countries, (usually 250w or 750w) don't come with standards for how that power is measured. They're not even very precise about how the max speed (15mph, 25kph, 20mph) is measured. IMHO, 20mph, 500w feels about right for an unlicensed, unregistered, untrained, uncontrolled vehicle on today's roads and cycle paths. And in many cases an actual speed of 10-15 is more appropriate. For instance, I really don't want to see people doing 20mph on the towpaths around London when it's mixed in with pedestrians." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Bialetti Stovetop Percolator - http://kk.org/cooltoo...
"I think this really should be called a "Moka Pot" rather than a Percolator. The Perc process is somewhat different. I used a Berletti Venus stainless for a while as it works on an induction hob. But once I discovered the Aeropress I've never gone back. The difficult part is cleaning the pot and disposing of the grains. I also find you tend to get quite a lot of finings in the finished drink." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
"Mention of the NYTimes OPML file reminds me. It's time to revisit the idea of subscribing to other people's OPML in the style of Twitter Lists." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Why is wave power so far behind wind and solar? - http://www.treehugger.com/renewab...
"And tidal?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: How to get killed on a bike: Your chances are best on an urban arterial road, getting hit from behind. - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"It's mostly UK, but still, please, http://stopkillingcyclists.org... It's as much about road design as anything else." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The most efficient car in the United States is now the BMW i3 electric car - http://www.treehugger.com/cars...
"It seems a same that the i3 isn't a bit more aerodynamic in terms of CdA." - Julian Bond
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