Posts by Moz

  • Hard News: Loops and Diamonds,

    I'm seeing a lot of e-assist cargo bikes round here, where the "extra 20kg" is 10kg of power assist and 10kg of bigger bike. It's kinda cool to see the school run done on a bike, but there's no way you could replace that with a road bike to go faster. Even my usual "must be able to carry a 25kg sack of rice" is an impossible standard for road bikes, two kids would make heads explode.

    OTOH, I know someone who does custom carbon frames and has a cargo bike in the lab. If that sees the light of day it'll be a really interesting thing - probably 6-8kg lighter than a standard e-cargo with the same capacity. And only twice the price!

    One of the problems I have with speed limited assist is that I mostly want e-assist for longer journeys specifically so I can go faster with stuff on the bike. Cycle touring speeds of 20-25kph are not always practical when I need to go somewhere, but getting a reasonably efficient motor for the 20-50kph speed range is tricky. Of course, in Australia it's also not road legal but since they don't police it I'm taking the traditional aussie approach of "no harm no foul" or whatever.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1086 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Real Victims, Here, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    How does a society create such people? Did nobody notice that they were insane?

    Based on my limited interactions with lonely young men, there seems to be a transition possible from "sad and lonely" to "hatefilled arsehole" via the pick-up artist school. I seriously think that it's partly a side effect of the marketing of that shit. The whole "100% certain success with any woman" stuff leads to "I did the thing but she looked at me like I was shit. Can't be the technique, must be her".

    My comment to the sad'n'lonely guys is some variation on "it might sound trite, but 'don't be a dick' covers 99% of it. And most of that is thinking about how she's going to feel about what you do".

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1086 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Real Victims, Here,

    InCel is one of those labels that kind of ends the conversation. It's like someone who says "I'm a nazi" or "god commands us to kill the gays"... the best response is "let me know when that changes" and adding them to a watch-list. Ideally the type that prevents them having access to firearms.

    I'm not a huge fan of watchlists and stuff as a rule, but when someone chooses to label themselves as needing that sort of attention, bring it on.

    I’m Emma, and I’m a victim.

    Hi, I'm Moz and I'm an inquisitive idiot.

    all those people calling him a homophobic idiot just because he said something idiotically homophobic. Christians are the real victims here.

    Won't someone think of the Christians who aren't homophobic idiots?

    Also, thank you for reminding me of "that tweet" because I still love your writing and and that particular headsplosion.

    Emma: eyerolling out loud is rarely so funny.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1086 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    George Eliot's 'Eye-of-God' narrative voice

    I was thinking a more ethereal female voice that that. Kate Bush, say:

    (and wow, the dude in that video looks uncannily like Gerry Brownlee)

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1086 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    who go the Hill and fumble softball questions about the operation of their own departments.

    That depends on why you think they were appointed. Cynics will suggest that to destroy a programme or department you don't need to know much about it.

    Ask yourself whether deciding to grossly underfund health required a deep understanding of the construction of Middlemarch Hospital, or would have been hindered by knowing. As the current board is saying, they sent all that information up the chain while the former Minister is busy claiming ignorance.

    My feeling is that with knowledge comes responsibility, possibly even legal liability. Much safer for the political class if they can avoid knowing the details.

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  • Hard News: The shared-use path that no…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    http://www.velovision.com/category/news/</q>

    Wow, VeloVision is still around. Onto their third editor/owner though, and I lost interest towards the end of Peter Eland's time when he started to focus almost exclusively on his ebike stuff and VeloVision became an occasional thing. But it's good to see the mag back, it definitely has a niche IMO.

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  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…, in reply to Gareth,

    has been weaponised by the arrival of social media

    Not least by the terrorist attacks now increasingly commonplace. It used to be mostly limited to organised groups either for or against state actors, these days the techniques and technology are so widespread any moron can use them. And there are a lot of morons... the Canadian "incel" guy, for example. "Involuntary celibacy" is as crazy a terrorist organisation as I've heard of.

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  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…,

    Speaking of the NYT, their main reporter on the "Hilary emails hack" has now said she feels bad about working for the Russians. Not as an employee, she was just a sucker. But she says she definitely worked hard to advance the Russian agenda against US interests.

    https://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/new-york-times-reporter-making-stunning-admission-she-became-unwitting-agent

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1086 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…, in reply to Neil,

    lends itself to arguments of the form – “I spend my life attacking Hillary but I’m not pro-Trump”

    I work with one. He was completely unable to say that he would prefer "shillary" as president but would always preface his attacks with "Trump is worse but...". Mind you, he's also "not racist but" and "not sexist but". Wanting to nuke "the Muslims" isn't racist, anyway, they're not a race.

    It was a very trying electoral period in our office.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1086 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…,

    Actually, someone should plant that one in the Don's head: when you've made Amerikkka great again, will you resign?

    If Bush the Lesser can declare "Mission Accomplished", surely Trump can declare "America is Great"?

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