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  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    Luke Hurley "Two Degrees" is about that, but is also relevant to the people flying today... "two degrees put is not far wrong now two degrees out and the country's sinking" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvU7j9IQJvs The report into that crash introduced that famous...
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    In Australia a giant middle finger to the climate catastrophe is a really popular thing. Who needs Trump when you have the average moron in the street? Australia’s Qantas Airlines will fly a seven-hour “flight to nowhere” that takes off...
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    But I do have a mind willing to consider the possibility that someone else might be able to figure out how to make something work even when I don't know how to do it. Then why waste your time reinventing...
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    Balance bikes for kids are a commodity now, it's just a question of colour, material, and social marking (you get lovely wooden ones from Europe made by real craftsman, and you get mild steel ones from shithole countries for a...
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    I thought Morlocks ate people, not fucked them?...
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    Nope, a single weel. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wheelbarrow#China Dammit, I gave my keyboard a cup of tea yesterday and now te '' key doesn't work....
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    Flipflop hubs are still common on single speeds, it lets you have a freewheel when you really need it :) You can do slightly different size cogs if you are careful with chain length, without needing a second chainring. I...
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    You might not be surprised to know that Ben uses much the same process. What you're paying for is what JBS was objecting to above: someone who has experience building weird bicycles being involved (and also paying wages to people...
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    Absolutely no argument from me there. I am a big fan of wheels! I just got new wheel bearings for my bike trailer* so now I'm back to having choices for moving things. The gap in my gear is slightly...
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    you don't need to have so many children The cultural overhang on that seems to be more than a generation. It's slightly hard to tell since in many places all the other baggage that we whiteys got with our...
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    I did say 10kg on each side, because a single 10kg sack is an annoying thing to carry on most bicycles. But your point is valid, 10kg or 20kg on a bicycle is no big deal once you have paved...
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    Or was it because they weren't 'invented' by us (Europeans) This comes up staggeringly often in the context of groups that arose outside the family tree that led to civilisation, or progress, or advanced cultures, or whatever eugenicist drivel...
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    The outdoors geeks are currently fascinated by spark+tinder kits rather than matches. It should be possible to come up with a couple of chemical enhancements that are practical with ancient tech, rather than the "titanium+magnesium+cotton" kits that you can buy...
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    I believe my analysis deserves more than "I'm going to SAY THAT AGAIN, BUT LOUDER....
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    Unless you can describe "something similar" I don't believe it can be done. The reason I gave examples is to suggest that in the world of "chain like drives" I have a lot more experience than the average bear. I...
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    It might be worth while some of you theory-geeks grabbing a bicycle and having a play with some of your ideas. You don't have to go the whole "ride a Rhodes Car across a grassy park", just load a couple...
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    I guess they could figure out something similar to modern Derailleur gears Derailleurs are a precision device. At the very least you need a parallelogram with little slop and a fairly precisely calibrated spring. And I can imagine shifting...
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    For efficiency I expect that a human-powered monorail would be suspended rather than balanced. The Shweeb works that way, for example. The real issue is that overtaking is impossible. So your peleton of high-powered city suits on their way to...
  • Commented on Books I Will Not Write #8: The Year of the Conspiracy
    http://www.irishlichens.ie/pages-seaweed/s-02.html And in a mild case of nominative determinism, photos by Jenny Seawright....
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    https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Algae_bladder_4290.jpg If your bollocks are that size then I think you should waddle off to a doctor ASAP....
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    Can you point to some examples? All I can find are art projects and plastic bikes. There are a few historical lugged+clamped frames in museums, but the modern equivalents I can find use glue rather than clamps. http://ghanabamboobikes.org/ is one...
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    I would wonder openly whether "Take over the world!" is ideologically compatible with what we know of Indigenous cultures pre-Australian indigenous culture, yes, but apparently I need to point out that Mongol indigenous culture had a pretty good go at...
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    it's at least possible that they'll be riding (bamboo frame) bikes (assuming there's still rubber for the tires) I'm pretty sure that "bamboo" bicycles are actually oil-based plastic, just like every other "composite" material. Whioch has two problems: the oil;...
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    All steel {bicycle} tyres already exist. I wonder how long until they make some that let you turn corners? I couldn't find video of anyone riding one faster than a walk or turning with any lateral force at all. It...
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    (oh, and no, my nice clean stack of timber is not a redback breeding area full of tasty chicken treats) Under the workbench, on the other hand, is cockroach detritus. I fear that behind my big board of tools is...
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    AvE did a video fairly recently showing high pressure oil doing gross things to a test dummy. In the context of "hydraulic tools are fun to play with and let's be careful". I am reminded of a case when I...
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    a book for people moving to the country The thing is that almost all the risks that are new to those people are man-made. A lot involve spinning blades of death in various forms, from the hopefully obvious like not...
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    City slickers have a completely unreal idea of how dangerous the natural world is But despite all that the death rate remains 100%. How do you explain that, Mr Smarty-Pants?...
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    MAGA hats are entirely plausible for some contingent of the protesters. They're not more our of place than the swastikas and Golden Dawn flags. Mostly they symbolise far right conspiracy theory type people. Racist as fuck (by Australian standards!) but...
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    Was thinking overnight about telepresence robots, and the joy of designing the appearance them. You'd want them small for cost and storage reasons, and as generic as possible to facilitate flexible use. Specifically, you would not want a 2m tall...
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