Posts by John Fouhy

  • Hard News: Dressing for the Road, in reply to Liz Tan,

    As a sort of aside, I’d be interested to know what the crowd and the council think of bike lanes which go between sidewalk and parked cars.

    Seems like you'd be in more danger from car doors? And possibly also pedestrians/joggers using the cycle lanes as an extension of the footpath?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • Hard News: Dressing for the Road,

    I cycle commute in Wellington year-round.

    Normal shorts. If I'm biking to work, I wear my work shirt, otherwise whatever.

    I have leggings from a cycling shop (stretchy things held up by elastic around mid-thigh) to keep my legs warm. I like them because I can take them off without taking my shorts off.

    I have proper cycling shoes. The feeling of being clipped to my pedals has come to feel natural, so I'd find it weird to go back. (plus modern cycling shoes have this ratchet system that is totally cool!)

    And gloves, of course. For my morning commute, I use ski gloves from about April-October. Mornings are cold and I've got a lot of down hill :-) I also have Kathmandu fingerless and full-finger gloves, or I'll go glove-less if it's warm enough.

    If it's raining, I have a waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, neoprene overshoes, and ski-goggles (plus the ski gloves). If it's raining and warm, I get pretty sweaty, but otherwise it's a good setup. Only problem is, my ankles get wet. If anyone knows where I can get waterproof overshoes that leave the bottom of the shoe open (so I can clip in) and reach all the way up to mid-calf, please let me know.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • Cracker: What Would Charlotte Do?,

    Re. your edit: it gets more complicated if @joe, @fred and @bob are all having a conversation. If you happen to follow @joe and @fred but not @bob, then you'll see tweets from @joe to @fred and @bob, but not tweets from @joe to @bob and @fred..

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • Hard News: Auckland, so much enormity to…,

    -ize originally comes from Greek, -izein (well, the Greek letter equivalents). Thus the OED prefers it over -ise because it is more etymologically pure.

    (-ise comes to us from the "let's be more French!" period of English history)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • Hard News: Do you like what we've done…,

    I read this post on my iPhone this morning... Three comments:

    1. iPhone interface is really nice.
    2. There's no margin on the right-hand side -- text can abut the edge of the screen. A little margin would make it easier to read.
    3. I was reading it with the web browser within Bylines (an RSS reader that syncs with google reader) and I couldn't log in. Log in works fine with mobile safari, so not sure what's up with that.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • OnPoint: Did you know we're in a recession?,

    NZ Cricket: using more batsmen than ever before...

    Maybe we should simply decline to field numbers 10 and 11 -- that way, our average batting ability will improve..

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • Up Front: Oh, Cock!,

    It's such a powerful symbol of sexist oppression and dominance that so is anything it lends its shape to: missiles, spears, the CN tower.

    Can I just say that I was slightly amused to learn the other day that the Swiss were celebrating reclaiming the "longest tunnel in the world" crown..

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • Hard News: Hobbit Wars,

    @David. The two movies cover The Hobbit and beyond leading up to the events of The Fellowship of the Ring, using Tolkein's notes and bits and pieces from his other Middle Earth stories to guide the plot.

    Well, the White Council (which includes Gandalf, Saruman, Elrond and Galadriel) attacks the Necromancer (aka Sauron) off-stage during the Hobbit. The only purpose that serves in the context of the Hobbit is to get Gandalf out of the picture, but I guess it's available material for a movie.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • Legal Beagle: He is Henry the Eighth, he…,

    You clearly haven't seen this morning's order in council, or you would call him by his correct title - Field Marshal Gerry Brownlee, V.C.

    Well, I certainly haven't seen it. What was it?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

  • Hard News: Doing Science in Court,

    innuendo about former Niwa scientist Jim Salinger

    No kidding!

    The coalition said the 1C warming during the 20th century was based on adjustments taken by Niwa from a 1981 student thesis by then student Jim Salinger, a Niwa employee who was later sacked after talking to the news media without permission.

    Not "Jim Salinger, lead author in the last IPCC report", or "Jim Salinger, nationally-famous weather scientist", but "Jim Salinger, who did some work for Niwa as a student and was later sacked for misconduct".

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 87 posts Report

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