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Julian Bond
Re: BioLite CampStove - http://kk.org/cooltoo...
"It's def a cool tool, but I wonder how easy and convenient it is to have to top load the combustion chamber. I've been building rocket stoves using house bricks and like being able to feed quite long sticks in from the side. But I'd like to be able to take advantage of the powered fan. One factor here is that rocket stoves are much more efficient in heat transfer if the food/water container sits in and is surrounded by a wind shield so that the flames and heat go up the sides as well as heating the bottom of the pan. As well as the grill pan, the kettle attachment looks good too. Any news on the bigger, fixed location version of the Biolite? I hope you've wired a USB socket into your motorcycle. It's surprisingly useful to have a USB socket or two and of course the M/C is already charging a 12v-10AHr battery so even when not running it will easily charge an iphone or such like. And if you have panniers you could mount a solar trickle charger on the sides. For motorcycle camping..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What I learned at the Evernote conference - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"Dave, I'd like to subscribe to the OPML of the Tech section of your Rivers. The one that you curate. Where is it? I think this is another start point where this idea could be bootstrapped. By encouraging people to curate lists of feeds and to post the OPML that defines them at easily found public URLs." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Top 10 Motorcycles For Wheelies - http://www.motorcycle.com/top10...
"Kawasaki ZX6R B1. All you had to do was give it full throttle in first gear and hold it wide open till 11k rpm. No skills required!" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Illegal music downloads have fallen by a third, says Ofcom report – FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music. - http://www.factmag.com/2013...
"Youtube. Soundcloud. Doesn't anyone collect music any more?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Hanebrink: The Original Fat Electric Bike - http://www.electricbike.com/hanebri...
"Take a typical geared hub motor. It revolves with the wheel all the time but there's a one way clutch or freewheel inside the hub so that if the motor is off, or the wheel is revolving faster than the motor is turning, it's disconnected. Now put a fixed cog on the hubmotor and move the hubmotor outside the wheel. Use the fixed cog to drive the chain and rear freewheel on the wheel. The wheel can over-run the hubmotor. But the hubmotor can drive the wheel. Finally also put a freewheel on the motor and drive this with a separate chain from the front chain wheel. Pedalling, turns the hubmotor which turns the rear wheel but the internal freewheel means the motor inside the hubmotor can be unpowered. Power the motor and it will drive the chain to the rear wheel, but the freewheel to the front chainset means the motor can over-run the pedals. So the challenge becomes fixing a fixed cog and freewheel to the side(s) of an internal geared and clutched hubmotor so that the freewheel turns the..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Saving Lives With the Ambucycle - http://www.wired.com/autopia...
"And then there's the best motorcycle charity ever. Riders for Health. http://www.riders.org/" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Technical Analysis: 90-Degree V-Four Engine Has Honda done what Ducati couldn’t in MotoGP? - http://www.cycleworld.com/2013...
"Meanwhile Aprilia also have a V4. And Espagaro has been faster than the Ducatis occasionally. Aprilia's approach is to give up perfect balance for a more compact engine with a 65 deg angle between cylinder banks. Then there's the old Suzukis, also V4, also not 90 deg." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The BMW-Powered Recumbent Motorcycle - http://blog.motorcycle.com/2013...
"I run a website and mailing lists for all kinds of recumbent motorcycles. http://bikeweb.com Feet Forwards or recumbent M/C are hardly a new idea. And Ecomobile and Monotracer have been building them based on that power train for some time. You may also remember that an electric Monotracer won one of the X-Prize categories a couple of years ago. This particular device is quite interesting, but also somewhat flawed as these things tend to be. Good luck to them." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The iPod’s decline accelerates as Q3 sales drop a record 32% year-over-year - http://thenextweb.com/apple...
"Thing is, there's a small but persistent market for people who want an iPod or similar with a truly massive capacity and a high quality audio output stage. Which is why even remade Classics with a 240Gb disk go for a premium on eBay. If Apple don't want to address that market, who will? Alternatively if we are supposed to store it in the cloud, where's the truly massive storage? Google Play's 20k track limit is too small. And there's plenty of times when streaming over the air isn't an option." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Ideas for rebooting RSS - http://reboot.reallysimplesynd...
"Note that Google is pushing <link rel=author, rel=publisher and rel=me via a local about page and then/or your google about page for this. And that you may not like the idea of everything having to go via a google profile about page. I'm really not sure how much indirection there should be here. eg RSS->About page->Profiles or maybe RSS->FOAF->Profiles. Loading up RSS with a long list of social media profile URIs feels wrong. I think there ought to be at least one layer of indirection. A link to a single about page containing the long list." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: The iPod’s decline accelerates as Q3 sales drop a record 32% year-over-year - http://thenextweb.com/apple...
"I guess that means I'm never going to get my 1TB iPod Classic. Sigh." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Electric bicycles to be a $11 billion industry by 2020 - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
"Low powered electric bicycles that are legally a bicycle? Or high powered electric motorcycles that are legally a motorcycle? ISTM that several of the issues discussed here and the problems with US states and cities banning electric bicycles is because the distinction is not clear. You may not agree with Europe's approach of 250W/25KPH limits to be treated as a bicycle but it does at least provide a clear framework for basically unregulated, unlicensed vehicles with some electric assist. It looks like a bicycle, behaves like a bicycle so it is a bicycle and can be used anywhere a bicycle can be used. If you want a 5Kw/50kph vehicle you can but it's a moped/motorcycle not a bicycle and requires a license, helmet, insurance and so on and can only be used on the road or private land. And not on bicycle paths." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: RSS get-together, nominations please - http://dave.smallpict.com/2013...
"Someone from dlvr.it And from Yahoo Pipes, because both are major users of feeds for plumbing. And someone from one of the services that consumes huge quantities of feeds for their insights into the problems of feed collection, spidering, parsing and storage. And please keep plugging away at the issues around subscribing to lists of feeds curated by other people and hence internet accessible OPML." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Music streaming site Turntable.fm launches premium memberships and a stripped-down mini player - http://thenextweb.com/apps...
"Still US only, then." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Feedly supports OPML, but not really - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"There's a reverse request here for people who write feed readers. Allow the user to specify a URL when uploading an OPML file as well as uploading it from a local file." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Feedly supports OPML, but not really - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"Yes, but, ;) I don't want to download a copy to my local hard drive. I want to subscribe to the OPML subscription list in my web based feed reader (that understands how to subscribe to the list). If I can't do that, I'd rather just have the source displayed in the browser and then choose file-save to save it to the hard drive *if* I want a local copy. Why assume I want a local copy of the file because I clicked on a link? Unless of course the link said "Download OPML here". And I guess that's what I'm trying to get at. Why is "download it" the default behaviour for OPML links when it's unlikely I've got anything on my local machine that can do anything with it? Capiche?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Feedly supports OPML, but not really - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"Just a thought. *If* we had feed readers that could subscribe to OPML, *then* clicking on an OPML link and having the browser try to download an OPML file wouldn't be the right thing to do. Offering a download would be wrong for an RSS link so why is it right for OPML?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Low-cost hi-fi: the amazing world of cheapo mini-amps - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"One Lepai amp. One M/C battery (12v-10Ahr) found in the garage. Two 8" PA speakers with Piezo horn tweeters on offer from Maplins (I forget, £39.99 ?). One iPod Classic 160 = about 8-12hrs of party time in the woods. The only downside is that there's not much headroom. Over drive it and it goes suddenly into clipping distortion. The key is the PA speaker sensitivity so instead of 8", try and find some eBay 12" or 15". The next step up is 24v or 36v T-Class amps, look hard enough and you'll find the bargains for not much more money. The current Lepai's have some protection built in. It was easy with the early ones to kill them with a speaker short or reversed battery." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
"For me, Firefox (windows, 21.0) is not too bad. I don't think I've got an extension doing this, but I see a styled html version of the feed with a box at the top offering subscription options. And options that can be added to if you don't use the obvious readers. If I hit CTRL-U (view source) just like I would on any web page, then I can see the XML. In Chrome I get more or less the same thing but only because I installed Google's RSS Subscription Extension (https://chrome.google.com/webs... I agree that this should be loaded by default as only enthusiasts will know about it or search for it. And then there is a link on the page to view source. Showing a page with a styled html representation of the feed with subscribe dialog controls and a way of viewing source seems like a reasonable approach to me. I just wish Chrome would do this by default rather than requiring an extension." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Turkish cops shoot a protester's drone out of the sky - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Life plays out near future SciFi. Walter Jon Williams - Deep State, Ian McDonald - The Dervish House." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: US charges NSA whistleblower Snowden with espionage, asks Hong Kong to detain him - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Surely, Hagbard Celine's  "Leif Ericson". Gold'n'Appel Enterprises should be able to  spirit him away from the Illuminati." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Less porn for you: UK ISPs will enact auto-filtering of adult content by the end of 2013 - http://thenextweb.com/insider...
"Won't anyone think of... rule #34?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Snowden leak: How UK spies attacked delegations to the 2009 G20 - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"One of the stories we were being told during and after the Tottenham riots was that Blackberry BBM was secure and controlling the riots was harder because this was the comms tool of choice for the gangs. How does that square with this story? GCHQ can intercept BBM, but the Police can't?" - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Notes for people who follow me on Twitter - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"I've never needed the paid upgrades for relatively low volume sites and usage. I mainly use it to flow my own posts from Google Plus to Twitter and Facebook." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Notes for people who follow me on Twitter - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"dlvr.it will also take $arbitrary_RSS_feed and post it to Twitter and Facebook." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Severed deer head left at supermarket self-checkout - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"CCTV recordings appear to show a Green Man dancing his way out of the store while playing the pipes but the authorities have been unable to find any witnesses that actually saw anything." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: What Prism slide-presentation means by "direct access" to Internet giants' servers - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"Oh how we laughed back in 2002 at the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I..." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: TOM THE DANCING BUG: Attention, Journalists! You are an Enemy of the State! - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"For further information, please re-read." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: National Academies: public call for future visions of human spaceflight - http://boingboing.net/2013...
"The long term survival of earth life is one thing. The long term survival of the species Homo Sapiens is quite another. I can imagine us seeding the rest of the galaxy with DNA, but space is so hostile, so big and the gravity well so deep that getting a viable, self sufficient colony going off Earth looks impossible. And/or the attempt will take and use up the entire Earth's resources in the process and still have an uncertain future. Mechs or Shapers? Beat Space into submission with engineering, or bio-engineer intelligent life into a form that can thrive in Space. Maybe the second would be a better option. Are we still talking about the same species, eggs and basket then? My moneys on the lobster brain collective." - Julian Bond
Julian Bond
Re: Let's not repeat the Google Reader mistake - http://threads2.scripting.com/2013...
"- Yes to support for RSSCloud and PUSH - Yes to support for title-less items - Yes to a way to subscribe to OPML subscription lists. We should take a long hard look at and think about Twitter's Lists here. But Dave, I do wish the description, link and guid in your linkblog feed were more like how you format the linkblog in html. Because I'm still having to put specific code in my personal aggregator to cope with your quirks and re-create the same view." - Julian Bond
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