Damian

Damian

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    “the carbon cost per hour of running a racing yacht with a carbon fibre mast, nylon or polypropylene sails, and nylon rope rigging is not 0” Sure, though nylon would not be used in rigging (the trade names for the...
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    Yes, sort of. But while replying to your post, that tangent is really addressed at the various comments you’re replying to. Apologies if that is not clear. I think that people are arguing that it isn’t carbon neutral to build...
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    “unreasonable to count her use of the yacht as the entire cost, more reasonable to count only the marginal cost” Especially when they were comparing it to a cargo ship or a passenger jet (I mean... FFS if making your...
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    I have always thought Erskine Childers’ Riddle of the Sands could usefully be compulsory in school, but it’s easy to see why it isn’t: it’s really source material for at least three different classes (Geography/Navigation, History and English) and not...
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    Just to celebrate a little topicality of domain, the Guardian Quiz today has question 8: “Leeds dock is home to what national museum?” I knew the answer, but only because......
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    “What if mine gets replaced with a duff one here?" That makes sense. Get the same thought process with “swap’n’go” LPG bottles, because if you have one that’s just certified you don’t want to swap it for one that expires...
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    Which TBH seems to be working. I really hope so. Here’s a blog post on this topic by my current favourite politician, Jonathan Sri, a local government councillor representing the Gabba ward and the only Green on Brisbane City Council...
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    Goshdurnit, foiled by iOS Chrome applying unwanted “smart” quotes again. The link behind words above should be: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/79081-we-re-not-obsessed-by-anything-you-see-insisted-ford...
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    Even more useful, knowing what should be going on lets you spot the wasted efforts and stay clear, and help out the people who need it. I think that most people simply have no idea how much work goes into...
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    This is an instance of the negative behaviour I described above, where we allow all sorts of nuance in our own views, but attribute a one dimensional caricature to everyone we disagree with. I’m pretty sure we all do it,...
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    “Boing!”, said Zebedee and all that. I note that in Queensland (and I’m sure most of the developed world has some similar restriction) you can add an electric motor up to 250W to a bicycle, above that and it will...
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    “Yeah, carbon taxes are regressive. So is climate change.” I think carbon taxes are essential, but the time they needed implementing to stand a chance of making a difference is 30 years ago. My honest opinion is that we’re fucked...
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    You know Greg, that article is actually pretty positive about electric cars. It gives a poor review to the charging infrastructure and shows that if you wish to take long trips beyond the spec’d battery range you need to be...
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    I can sort of see long haul trucks becoming unviable, because there will a point where rail and other fixed infrastructure (canals? huge pipes full of oil and circulating pumps? tethered dirigibles?) becoming relatively cheaper (again). Can’t see a replacement...
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    The other factor is organisational as I alluded above. My remarks were not so much about “thieves” gaining unauthorised access to the site to nick stuff, and more fellow contractors with authorised access “accidentally” taking stuff on a practically permanent...
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    It’s probably a realistic expectation that if you leave your tools at a work site they will get nicked. Could be to do with how construction is contracted. If the construction company is one firm that employs people to work...
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    By way of mitigation, I’d add that Paws, Frank and a few others and I are addicted to quite small and/or electric cars. I cycle too, though will admit to contemplating adding an electric motor to my bicycle just in...
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    Same here, though it’ll be around 10km/h under the limit. There may well form a line of cars behind and even tailgating the cops, making it all the more imperative to pass them safely....
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    I see that! Looks pretty nifty. It also contains a pub, apparently. If you do the same with Indooroopilly, Queensland, Australia there’s a roundabout with a car dealership in the middle. For most of my life it was Ford, but...
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    Those all look fine to me. I quite like what I assume is a US convention of marking roundabouts as one-way ring-roads rather than something special. I think the idea that roundabouts are somehow special is the source of a...
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    I’ve probably said this here before, I certainly have in other places. There are people who want to go faster and there are people who just want to go first. The former generally are no problem, because you let them...
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    I had zoomed in to study the single lane exit and thought “well that’s probably okay, obviously the middle lane must turn right”, then zoomed back and found it was indeed marked that way. So it’s a single lane roundabout...
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    “More time to write, more time to keep up with the yard (bleah!), and my lady & I will do cons, and even non-con-related travel.” Congratulations! I suspect there is a trick to working out what it is that people...
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    Usually it’s either a fixed speed camera, or a dodgy Mercedes van parked on the footpath (or the verge) with a decal on the side that says “Every k over is a killer”. The fixed ones are predictable, the newish...
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    “Accelerate or brake” Me too, and I’ve never got used to the idea that people think of that heel-toe thing as part of normal driving. I see it as a gimmicky trick that is marginally useful to learn in case...
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    Here it’s is now really unlikely to be stopped. There might be a telltale flash from the camera that clicks your plates, but otherwise the first you know is the infringement notice in the post. Used to be that under...
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    The thing about the absolute frame of reference, though, is that a radar measuring it independently can lead to an A$160 fine for “exceeding the speed limit by less than 6 km/h” (adjust units and figures to suit your context)...
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    I’m a fan of cruise control. It’s the same set of considerations I describe above, with an extra tangent. That foot-eye-speedometer feedback loop takes cycles, imposes cognitive load, is the simplest thing to automate, and once automated the simplest mental...
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    I once rocked up to a police station in one of the larger towns up the Newell (Gilgandra or maybe Coonabarrabran), politely asking the way to the nearest petrol station. This was around midnight on an overnighter from Canberra to...
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    “Is the model offered with different engines?” I believe not, at least currently. There isn’t even a turbo variant. The more expensive versions have, as I understand it, the same engine just tuned to burn more fuel, while producing slightly...
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