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Julian Bond
Re: California wants all bicyclists to wear helmets and reflective gear - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"I don't think this goes nearly far enough. We should be encouraging cyclists to wear downhill full face helmets, eye protection, neck braces, kevlar gloves and full armour. All the gear, all the time. Anything less is just irresponsible. Cyclists need to be made to understand that their touching faith in a bit of plastic on the top of their head isn't going to do anything to help. Next stop, compulsory protective gear for pedestrians. They get hit by cars too and could mitigate many of their injuries if they'd just wear proper safety gear." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Paleo eaters need to start grappling with issues of sustainability - http://www.treehugger.com/green-f...
"Sings: "Stone age food is really good. You really should eat stone-age food" http://vimeo.com/32664911 A diet of mostly dairy, bread, pea soup, and some meat once a month will do me; grown from some good old fashioned crop rotation." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: 2015 Honda Forza Review - http://www.motorcycle.com/manufac...
"Better or worse than the Burger 400? I'd guess generally worse except possibly for gas mileage but overall, very similar." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: London police launch new program requiring breathalyser test to enter clubs – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2015...
"Will they also be providing vodka shots to help you get up to the target? When you said "where drinks are often more expensive", I think you missed out the word "much"." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: GenZe 2.0 could be the Vespa of electric scooters - http://www.treehugger.com/clean-t...
"In E-Bikes we need 20-20-20. 20 mins to charge, 20 miles at 20mph. For the bottom end of scooters we need 30-30-30. 30 min charge, 30 miles at 30mph. At least 30Litres of storage space would be good as well. There's no problem with building these as the equivalent of 50cc mopeds/scooters with all the insurance, tax, registration and so on. Providing they are at least as effective as a 50cc scooter. Same for the next layer up (50-50-50?) equivalent of a 125cc scooter." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Is the Orrb the answer to the problem of the open office? - http://www.treehugger.com/sustain...
"Everything old is new again. Roger Dean was doing this stuff in about 1970. http://www.angelfire.com/mac/d... I always wanted to be Talby in Dark Star. Relaxing in a dentist's chair, headphones, screen, keyboard, in a plexiglass cupola on the top of the spaceship." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Citizen picks three classic records for the pre-drinks, peak-time and after-party – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2015...
"A couple of years ago I came up with a set of music classifications that followed the typical curve of a Sat Night, Sun Morning. *Drama Llama Diva* 6pm Pre-loading before the night out. So much emotion, so little time. *Lounge Step* 8pm If only cocktail bars played decent music for the 1st martini. *Living in the Happy House* 10pm Getting in the groove, in the happy place, with the happy smile. *Snap, Crackle & Pop* 12pm Breakdown, Build, Drop, Repeat. Stabbing the eardrums with icicles of compressed mid-range attack. Are we having fun yet? *Fidget & Gurn* 2am [1] It's 2am. Molly and her friends keep treading on your toes as they push past you. *Blue Bass Shoes* 4am Arches blackness. Foot shuffle. Bass wind. T-shirt rattle. Lights. Cloakroom. iPod. Automatic. Home. *Sweet Dreamz* 6am Wrap me up in cotton wool. A few more hours and I'll be asleep. *Armchair Therapy* 8am Lonely headphones in a comfortable armchair. No rush, no fuss. [1]The Fidget & Gurn is also a pub in E London with a..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015 - http://www.theatlantic.com/interna...
"Not a whole lot of mention of China, climate change or LtoG in the report either. And what discussion of China there was looks pretty naive, 15 years later." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Sony resurrects the Walkman as a $1200 hi-res audio device – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2015...
"This is all very wonderful. But what I actually want is a 1TB iPod Classic." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: I need a drink after reading this article about drinking and walking - http://www.treehugger.com/urban-d...
"And then there's the drunk cyclists. And the drunks on electric scooters because they lost their license after a DUI. As an aside, how did jaywalking become an offense in the USA?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015 - http://www.theatlantic.com/interna...
"Already did a quick search. Not a whole lot in the report either." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Turn a Cheap Smart Phone into a Great MP3 Player - http://kk.org/cooltoo...
"Yes. But where's my 1Tb iPod Classic?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What U.S. Intelligence Predicted the World Would Look Like in 2015 - http://www.theatlantic.com/interna...
"Not much mention of China in this article. Or Climate change and Limits to Growth." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: A big discussion about whether you should wear a bike helmet gets it wrong from the first line. - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"There's a lot of interesting stats in there. But also a lot of bald statements that current helmets work without cites to back that up. And that's what I'm trying to get at. I have this suspicion that current bicycle helmet designs are fairly useless in that if you have a typical bicycle accident that results in major head trauma, then the helmet has little or no effect on the severity of that trauma. What I will concede though is that there are minor accidents where you bang your head on something solid (like the ground), especially on the back of the head, where you'll do less damage and draw less blood. But even here there's a whole load of common accident outcomes where the parts of your head that are vaguely protected by the helmet are not the parts that hit the ground. This is all focussing on approaches to helmet design and testing and the standards for sale of safety helmets rather than drawing conclusions from the stats. The current safety standards do things like a static..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: A big discussion about whether you should wear a bike helmet gets it wrong from the first line. - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"Agreed. So specifically with the design of typical bicycle helmets, in typical head injuries that bicycle riders get themselves into, do current helmets have any positive effect on brain injuries? "Of course the helmet works" is not good enough, I want more detail." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Farmer handbuilds hobbit house for $250 (Video) - http://www.treehugger.com/green-a...
"Regardless of the power and plumbing, you generally can't build garden sheds of that size in the UK without planning permission. And especially if you're living in them for substantial periods of time." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: A big discussion about whether you should wear a bike helmet gets it wrong from the first line. - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"Something I've looked for a few times is an answer to the question of "do bicycle helmets work?" That is, if you have an accident while riding a bicycle involving your head hitting something, does the bicycle helmet actually do anything useful? I've fallen off motorcycles and taken a chunk out of the chin guard but bicycle helmets generally don't have chin guards. I've known people who've fallen off bicycles and face planted but bicycle helmets don't protect your face, cheek, chin, nose, or even much of your forehead. Even the advocates of bicycle helmets admit that they're only going to help much at walking pace for skull injuries. Now it's true that you might avoid some road rash on the top of your head if you manage to land head down. So I have this sneaking suspicion that helmets might make a solo accident less painful, but anything involving a car hitting your head is going to do serious damage to you whether you're wearing a helmet or not. If you were doing 30 or 40 mph on a..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: A big discussion about whether you should wear a bike helmet gets it wrong from the first line. - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
""his bike helmet has protected him from a head injury several times" Perhaps he should take a little more care then if he's repeatedly banging his head against things. And if it's other people banging his head, perhaps he should learn to avoid them. Seriously, what kind of anecdata is that?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
"+1 for forecast.io. I also like the Norwegians http://yr.no" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Keurig coffee pod DRM gets hacked, now you can use any horrible pod - http://www.treehugger.com/green-f...
"Re The Pod people. I'm sure you'll find a use for it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?..." - Julian Bond
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
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