Elderly Cynic

Elderly Cynic

  • Commented on Upcoming events
    As I said, I am thinking radically. No, I am NOT talking about introducing a new design into the existing system and expecting people to convert to it. Think of me as a fellow traveller of Extinction Rebellion....
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    I dispute that the UK is heading for irrelevance, because it is likely to achieve the status of a horrible example. But, as far as its influence on China goes, you are quite right....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    My trike is c. 0.9m wide, I ride in the same position as sitting in a low armchair with my feet up, I corner pretty hard, and there is no problem. Few people who try such things without holding a...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    On second thoughts, the bottom end version would be somewhere below that in footprint - possibly even 2m x 1m....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    A Skoda Fabia, with as few gizmos as I could manage. All right, the width difference is only millimetres and the weight only 10%, but it's there. The reason that I regard the e.GO as a monstrosity is in terms...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    In the UK, petrol has been over $10 a gallon (even a US gallon, until the recent drop in sterling) for some time :-)...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    (a) The USA is extreme in this respect, I agree, due to its automobile worship. It's a LOT less true in most other countries. (b) In the UK, we are talking about something like doubling our road maintenance costs, with...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    No, I am talking about something a small fraction of that size, weight, speed and power consumption. Dammit, that monstrosity is wider and heavier than my current car!...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Yes. Try this (it wasn't the one I got that from, either): https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/global-greenhouse-gas-emissions-data But your figures might be right, as the published ones are all over the shop, partly due to everybody estimating (measuring is too strong) different things....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    And it doesn't help much for the bridge problem....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    That is almost certainly true about costs which, in our monetarist societies, are far more about scale than difficulty. But it's irrelevant to the ecological issues. Unfortunately, (a) road vehicles are still nowhere near the top carbon dioxide sources, (b)...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Please learn to read more carefully and realise that at least some of us look at issues a bit more deeply than the polemic. Manufacture and recycling vary in difficulty, and have serious ecological costs of their own (often including...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    As you say about vehicle weight and road damage, but there are other problems it makes worse, too. One is that a heavy vehicle hitting a house often brings the house down, another is the extra harm when a victim's...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Yes. The factor of at least two came from an analysis I did of the UK data, but including the conversion of domestic and commercial heating to electricity. And we would also need to do the same to our distribution...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    You haven't been reading my posts carefully enough! Look at #373 for an example :-) England's Planners (I can't speak for Scotland) are given a policy by mandarins in Whitehall, often in secret, and one aspect is to be hostile...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    "The difference is the the climate damage from electric cars at least has the potential to be near-zero, where fossil cars guarantee catastrophe." That is NOT true, not even remotely. They will eliminate the carbon dioxide produced by burning fuel...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Before the Planners and so-called Cycle Campaign made the only useful routes from my house too dangerous for me to use any longer, I used to do more mileage on my bicycle than my car....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    It is a classic incompetence of Planners to assume that the only road users are people who use the farcility daily, followed only by the ones of producing farcilities that can be used safely only by ignoring the rules, and...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    The handbrake requirement used to be only 25%, too - I don't know if it still is - and there are plenty of slopes steeper than that....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Ryanair would love that!...
  • Commented on Whoops Apocalypse!
    A nice one!...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I fairly often encounter places that inform me "Do NOT program our address into the prat nav - go to this other location, and then follow the enclosed directions." In a couple of cases, they told me to not even...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Yes, though I don't know how much is bidirectional. I carry a satellite telephone sometimes, and it is really quite tricky to get a connection. Even in the south of the UK mainland, 40 degrees above the horizon towards the...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I had a similar issue with GPS, and found out that the vertical accuracy is only about a tenth of the horizontal. There are ways to get good vertical accuracy out of ordinary GPS, but they are a hell of...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    That's not generally a big problem but, as always, it's the exceptions that bite. To Dave_the_Proc (#251): well, sort-of, but the big problem with prat navs is that they are designed for, used by and encourage the dumbest common denominator....
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Nope, but they have a solution in their hands! What I have been saying from the start is that RELIANCE on prat navs is bad, which is what most of their users do. I gave one example of a failure...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    For a blockage in its database, yes, but I am talking about ones that aren't, which are VERY common once you are off the main arterial networks (and sometimes even then). Recent accidents, breakdowns at pinch points, minor roads or...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    Because (a) not all do and FAR more importantly, (b) it's a damn sight too small to get yourself out of the hole I describe. GPS walking devices have the same, and I tried using one for that purpose, which...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    I have a complete set, plus a complete street map, on a tablet that I use as a map reader when triking and sometimes when driving. I very, very rarely turn the GPS on when I am a maze of...
  • Commented on Upcoming events
    You aren't thinking. Yes, OF COURSE, you ignore it - but that's not a solution. If you don't know the area, you have the option of taking roads/streets at random, which can lead you back to where you started after...
Subscribe to feed Recent Actions from Elderly Cynic

Following

Not following anyone

Specials

Merchandise

About This Page

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Search this blog

Propaganda