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Transport for London unveils changes to Chiswick High Road section of planned cycleway |
Cycleway 9 from Brentford to Kensington Olympia that have been made following pressure from opponents led by Conservative councillors from the Chiswick wards of the London Borough of Hounslow.

Work on the 7-kilometre route, which will ultimately be extended westwards to Hounslow, may start later this year following changes to the design following a public consultation that found most respondents in favour of the proposals, says TfL.

Earlier this year, in response to feedback on two specific locations – the Duke Road and Duke’s Avenue junctions with Chiswick High Road, pictured above, and at Kew Bridge – TfL opened a second consultation on revised plans.

It now says that the Kew Bridge junction will proceed as outlined in that second consultation, while changes will be made to the junctions in Chiswick after considering further responses on that location.
cycling  SeparatistCritique  dccomment 
7 weeks ago by juliusbeezer
Angela Smith's Funny Tinge. | Practical Ethics
On a BBC politics program, she described people from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds as having a “funny tinge”. Angela Smith’s remark was widely condemned. Of course, such talk is unacceptable. However, it’s a mistake to condemn her on its basis.

When someone uses words like that, they may do so deliberately, and endorse the language. In such a case, we are entitled to make inferences about the person’s attitudes from her language. But that’s not what happened in this case. As soon as Smith heard the words leave her mouth, she changed tack. She knew immediately that she had made a gaffe and attempted to move on, apparently hoping it went unnoticed (that might have been a mistake).

Our gaffes need not reveal anything deep about ourselves.
racism  ethics  language  dccomment 
february 2019 by juliusbeezer
Government opens dangerous and careless cycling law consultation |
Alliston, who had been riding a fixed wheel bike with no front brake when he collided with Mrs Briggs in 2016, fatally injuring her, was acquitted of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily injury through wanton or furious driving under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.

The case led to calls for the law to be updated, rather than prosecutors having to rely on outdated legislation in such circumstances and last year the government announced that it was conducting a review of the law.

Announcing the consultation today, transport minister Jesse Norman, who has responsibility for cycling and walking, said: “In recent weeks we have announced a range of measures designed to protect vulnerable road users such as cyclists and pedestrians.

This campaign so obviously ludicrously misses the point, that it's worth considering why a political party would launch it.

The creation of narratives to distract from the central problem is an essential part of the new politics. First masterminded by the Russian political adviser Vladislav Surkov in the 1990s, the essence of the strategy is to create guff in the public attentional space that distracts from any meaningful action that would harm the financial interests of the oligarchs invested in the status quo.

A review of cycling laws is ideal: cyclists are a vocal minority who can be guaranteed to rise to the bait, generating a false debate that avoids the central issues. Meanwhile the 25% or so of the public who have difficulty distinguishing between the numbers 2 (pedestrians killed by cyclists) and 1700 (p̶e̶d̶e̶s̶t̶r̶i̶a̶n̶s̶ people killed by motorists) are left with the hazy impression in their wobbling jelly-brains that cycling is dangerous, cyclists are lawless killers (because why else would they be against this obviously sensible measure), and the party proposing action is protecting the public from a very real menace.


Don't feed the troll. Or if you can't resist, make sure you attack their cynical media strategy as you do so.
cycling  road_safety  uk  law  agnotology  dccomment 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
On foot or by bike? While Paris walks, Amsterdam pedals
It goes without saying that there is an almost mathematical correlation between urban intensities and transit choices — with the added fact that we now have a much better idea of how to characterize this correlation, at least when it comes to home-work commutes.

This is where we start to penetrate the reasons behind the differences in sustainable mobility between the two cities: Paris, one of the densest cities in the world, is 6 times denser than Amsterdam. If we consider jobs, hospitals, universities, entertainment and other urban amenities, central Paris is 7–10 times more “intense[4]” than Amsterdam.
cycling  walking  paris  netherlands  motorvehicles  dccomment 
august 2018 by juliusbeezer
De 90 à 80 km/h , 13 mètres de distance d'arrêt qui change tout ? - Les Automobilistes
Ces 13 mètres de réduction de distance d’arrêt ne changerons rien où que très minimement des vies. le vrai chantier est financier, il faut nettoyer les abords des routes, supprimer les arbres centenaires qui datent de Napoléon pour servaient à faire de l’ombre aux carrosses tirés par des chevaux ou bœufs. aménager les fossés par des réseaux souterrains de convoyage d’eau de pluie et les remplir afin de créer des dégagements d’urgence. Débroussailler et tailler les taillis qui bloquent la vue aux abords des croisements, signaler sur des courbes à l’aveugle la proximité d’une intersection potentiellement dangereuse. poser des bandes rugueuses sur les bords de chaussées et ligne médianes continue. bref, revoir l’infrastructure. Alors oui nous roulerons à 80 le temps que les aménagements soient effectués. Non nous ne roulerons pas à 80 km/h sur les seuls dires de la Direction de la sécurité routière, nous automobilistes sommes devenus les victimes du désengagement de l’état du réseau routier secondaire et le manque de financement pour nos régions…. Halte au mensonge, ce n’est pas la vitesse, mais l’infrastructure qui est en cause.
road_safety  france  français  dccomment 
february 2018 by juliusbeezer
The Ranty Highwayman: Nonsense Travels At 25mph
40kph is is 25mph, but a 3% gradient is 1 in 33 - for every 33 metres travelled, one drops 1 metre - that is a pretty steep hill. The other figures range between 12.5mph and 18.75mph. Remember, this is a design standard for trunk roads and motorways and therefore anything designed to this will probably be rural.

These design speeds provide lots of margin for error and will rarely be applicable in an urban situation. Chickwick High Road does not have a gradient of 3%, it's not rural and so 25mph is never going to be a sensible or even an achieveable design speed. Of course, the carriageway of Chiswick High Road is 30mph, but driver speed never seems to feature in the concerns of those who are against providing cycle tracks.
cycling  urban  energy  SeparatistCritique  dccomment 
january 2018 by juliusbeezer
In my head the basic argument for UBI goes like this:
Anyone who’s ever filled out a forms to get a welfare payment or a low income tax credit knows what a drag it all is. Then it’s a massive drag for someone to read it all at the other end and administer the payments. It is humiliatingly intrusive one side, boring make-work the other. Enough of it. The idea of welfare (in the UK at least) incorporates the idea that there is a certain decent minimum needed on which to live. Just dob everyone the cash and be done...
That’s a distraction from the main UBI issue though, which is surely also about liberating junior civil servants from the tedium of “evaluating claimants” towards more socially useful work.
tax  finance  dccomment  UBI 
november 2017 by juliusbeezer
Air pollution - it's about time more noise was made about this | Forum |
I believe about 90% of air pollution in *London* comes from vehicular sources. It's certainly most of it since the first Clean Air Act (1956 et seq). As for non-smokeless fuel being used in fireplaces and stoves, this is already illegal in pretty much every city, so if it's really becoming a major contributor to air pollution again (link is external), then enforcement (link is external) should be stepped up.

It does tend to piss off the neighbours, and it is rather an easy crime to detect…

There are lots of less polluting choices for room heating; rather fewer for the tremendous energy density embodied in a tank of petrol…
airpollution  dccomment 
october 2017 by juliusbeezer
Brexiteer MP Peter Bone resurrects his cycle helmet compulsion bill | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
In 2007, Peter Bone, the Tory MP for Wellingborough, and then Secretary of the All-Party Road Traffic Group, introduced a 10 minute rule bill on cycle helmet compulsion for children. The bill failed to win support. However, the MP – one of the leading proponents of Brexit – has returned to one of his pet causes and he has introduced a new bill, which would "require children under 16 to wear a safety helmet when riding a bicycle on a public highway; and for connected purposes."

This private member's bill is expected to have its second reading debate on 1st March. It's unlikely to reach the statute books
helmetwars  helmetlaw  dccomment 
september 2017 by juliusbeezer
Transparency is superior to trust | chorasimilarity
Publishing, scientific publishing I mean, is simply irrelevant at this point. The strong part of Open Science, the new, original idea it brings forth is validation.

Sci-Hub acted as the great leveler, as concerns scientific publication. No interested reader cares, at this point, if an article is hostage behind a paywall or if the author of the article paid money for nothing to a Gold OA publisher.

Scientific publishing is finished. You have to be realistic about this thing.


Transparency is superior to trust—as long as some relevant person(s) actually exploit(s) the transparency. Look at how long that ssl flaw hung about in Debian, for example:
That was all open code, utterly vital to the security of hordes of crucial servers run by the world's top-most geeks, and therefore, every internet user. But the problem sat there for two years, apparently.
That's an extreme example that did get fixed. Transparency is necessary yes, but unless it's actually backed by readers/critics/reviewers/coders/experts actually looking through the windowpane afforded by it, its value is only rhetorical.
It does mean that the guards can guard the guards and we can watch the guards guarding the guards though. Or maybe McGregor-Maywether.
sciencepublishing  peerreview  openaccess  scihub  science  transparency  dccomment 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
mqmaker WiTi Board [OpenWrt Wiki]
WiTi is supplied with a USB to UART cable color-coded as follows: Black—GRounD | Green—TX) | White—RX | Red—Not Used

This is connected (from board edge to centre) Black (GND–>GND) | White (RX–>TX) | Green (TX–>RX)

The pins are correctly labelled in this image, but the colors used are misleading.
dccomment  geek  geekout  edge-server 
august 2017 by juliusbeezer
Language, Thought, Culture: A Reassessment - Languages Of The World
what would be the evolutionary advantage of hiding rather than transmitting information between individuals and groups? Baker’s answer is that the sheer possibility of defining human groups on the basis of such easily recognizable factor as language has an evolutionary advantage. Linguistic groups (which we often think of in terms of ethnic or tribal groups) serve to define who one mates with and who one fights with. In other words, language is an easily identifiable marker of who is or is not “our people”.
language  culture  exclusion  dccomment 
july 2017 by juliusbeezer
Will Corbyn’s Decision to back Hard Brexit in Parliament Hurt Labour at the Next Election?
Evidence suggests that the increase in Labour’s vote share at the last election was driven by disgruntled Remainers, that a large fraction of Labour supporters oppose hard Brexit, and that many of these people identify more with Remain than with Labour

The pro-Remain Labour MP Chuka Umunna tabled an amendment to the Queen’s Speech that called for Britain to remain in the Single Market and the Customs Union after Brexit. However, Jeremy Corbyn ordered Labour MPs to abstain on the motion by imposing a three-line whip, thereby effectively backing May’s hard Brexit agenda. The amendment was defeated by 322 votes to 101, despite 49 Labour MPs rebelling.

Several lines of evidence suggest that Corbyn’s decision to back hard Brexit in Parliament could hurt Labour at the next election.
Brexit  politics  uk  eu  dccomment 
july 2017 by juliusbeezer
Cyclist’s brain injury award cut by €750k because he wore no helmet - Sticky Bottle
A cyclist who suffered a brain injury when he was hit by a Dublin van driver has been awarded €3 million.

However, the court was told that the injured man was deemed to have contributed 20 per cent of the negligence to the collision.

That percentage was reflected in the settlement he received, meaning the full sum he would have been awarded was €3.75 million.

The court heard while helmets were not a legal requirement for cyclists in Ireland, the absence of one could still be factored into the calculation of liability and damages in such cases.
crash_report  helmetwars  helmetlaw  dccomment  ireland  law 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
LSE BREXIT – End of Frexit, bad for Brexit? Macron’s win signals France’s resurgence in Europe
Melenchon polled 40% of the first round votes on two very different but highly Eurosceptic platforms. Le Pen, who in the second round polled around 33.9 per cent of the final vote even went as far as to promise a ‘Frexit’ referendum on France’s EU membership and succeed domestically from the Euro, moves that would have thrown Europe into a turmoil from which it may never have fully recovered from.

However, it is too easy to read these successes as products of a deep sense of euroskepticism. Importantly, both candidates had extremely wide-ranging campaigns which covered a large swathe of political concerns – for le Pen migration and security, for Melenchon economic precarity and the need to resist public spending cuts. While both of these issues do have European dimensions – austerity and the Schengen agreement in the cases of public spending and migration, neither of these two issues can be boiled down to the European dimension alone.
eu  politics  france  dccomment 
may 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Mind of a Helmet Camera Cyclist: Anger Will Make me PoP
The SNP is encouraging motorists to use other forms of transport, has secured an update to Active Travel Routes and is promoting rail halts across the local authority.

Ah the rail halt, the one which was scored very poor value for money in a recent analysis.

Denis Johnston, candidate for Bearsden South, said: “In East Dunbartonshire, the SNP group has a proud record of supporting policies and measures to get people across the whole local authority getting more active.


“For example, the SNP secured a commitment from the Council to update all Active Travel Routes to schools, to encourage walking and cycling to school by identifying safe routes.
cycling  scotland  politics  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Video: Mercedes driver tells cycle-commuting broadcaster Jeremy Vine "f*ck your mum" |
Cyclists need to be very wary overtaking on the left of any large vehicle, whatever lines may have been painted on the road to encourage them to do it.

It's much better to overtake on the right: the driver in front can see you more easily in their mirrors, and the cyclist can see what's happening in the lanes of oncoming traffic—like a driver waiting to turn right into a side road among the oncoming traffic. This anticipation of all players' likely actions at a distance enables a smooth riding style where momentarily easing off the pedals allows everyone to have a better day. M. Vine may have been within his rights to insist on his priority, but he could have avoided this confrontation with better road positioning that enabled better anticipation.

Also, given the bad situation he'd got himself into, he'd have been better to jink to his right, behind the path of the turning car, rather than left, directly into its path. A collision with the side of a car, which dissipates only the cyclist's energy, would seem to me better than risking receiving the forward energy of the car.

Or he could just set off a bit earlier and chill. Especially on a route that includes Kensington High Street, where there are so many fascinating shoppers to marvel at.
cycling  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Peer blames London's long-time traffic congestion on the new cycleways | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
Providing not a whiff of evidence he continued: "There is enormous congestion as a result of this, not only when they are being constructed but in the longer term."

He added: "It is an appalling policy." Then, bizarrely, he went on to praise a country with tens of thousands of miles of the sort of protected cycleways he said were "ludicrous" when installed in London.

"I spend much of my time in Holland," claimed Lord Higgins, "where they do not have any problem with bicycle lanes operating properly without being blanked off in a way that prevents them being used in off-peak periods."
driving  cycling  London  politics  uk  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Should I change the cassette? | Forum |
It's normal to breathe harder going up, but you don't mention whether you can maintain your usual cadence* on this hill using your existing gears.

Basically, If you find your cadence decreases at the steepest part of the hill—i.e. you have to push harder and can't turn the pedals as quickly as you naturally would on the flat—then yes, think about getting yourself some lower gears by fitting a bigger cassette at the back and/or smaller chainrings at the front.

Your objective should be to find gears that let you keep spinning all the way to the top of the hill, even if that means you are going slowly.

Many road bikes come fitted with a chainset and cassette that're ideal for a Tour de France rider; but unfortunately the legs to go with have been omitted 3


*the rate at which you turn the pedals, in revolutions per minute, rpm)
cycling  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Intercepted Podcast: Julian Assange Speaks Out as Trump’s CIA Director Threatens to “End” WikiLeaks
This week on Intercepted: We spend the entire show talking with Assange from inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he has been holed up since June 2012. In the wide-ranging interview, Assange discusses the allegations that WikiLeaks was abetted by Russian intelligence in its publication of DNC emails and the new-found admiration for him by FOX News, Anne Coulter, Sarah Palin, and Donald Trump. Also, why Assange believes he and Hillary Clinton may get along if they ever met in person.

[to a fly-by troll whose comment, unanswered, was sufficiently plausible to potentially reduce the audience for the main event]

Could you cite an example of the kind of behavior you mean? I listened to the end with interest, and found Scahill and Assange measured and thoughtful throughout.
For me the highlight was Assange’s schooling of CIA director Pompeo on what the First Amendment actually means (from 39:50–>43:35), and what rights Pompeo might have to amend it (spoiler: none).
assange  wikileaks  us  politics  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Une industrie du vélo en forme ne fait pas une politique cyclable | L'interconnexion n'est plus assurée
OUI à la multiplication des pistes cyclables sécurisées … Pour rendre les trottoirs aux piétons!!!! Non aux cyclistes faisant du slalom entre les piétons !!! C’est pas politiquement correct ? J’assume!!!
Rédigé par : Gastonlg | le 07 avril 2017 à 18:38 | RépondreSignaler un abus |

c’est amusant ce que vous dites, parcequ’effectivement c’est très embêtant de devoir slalomer entre les piétons. Donc question, pourquoi le vélo se trouve t’il sur le trottoir ? Peut-être pour éviter de mourir sur la route ? Donc que faudrait-il faire pour éviter cette situation ? je vous aide, faire disparaître le cycliste n’est pas la bonne réponse.
dccomment  cycling  français  separatistcritique 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Wandsworth Riverside, the west of bridge story. – Bikebot – Medium
It’s a clear assurance that the space must provide public access by means of walking and cycling, which has clearly been ignored by someone.
Does it matter?

There’s a useful tunnel passing under Wandsworth bridge, which was opened a few years ago. If approaching from the south, due to a one way road the only available routes are very indirect. I’d like to test this to see how much traffic there is as well.

The alternative route through the estate appears both shorter and quieter, and it’s quite possible the No Cycling signs appeared in response to the tunnel opening.
cycling  walking  pqpc  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Impact of Social Sciences – Rather than simply moving from “paying to read” to “paying to publish”, it’s time for a European Open Access Platform
Such a platform could be built on a “diamond open access” model, in which individual journals are layered on top of a system of public repositories (see Figure 1), while remaining under the control of research communities (including the peer review process; community layer) similar to most current journals. An author can assign his article to one of the overlay journals when he uploads it as a preprint to the green repository (product layer). From there, the article follows the traditional publishing path from peer review to publication (journal layer). The journals would then essentially exist as a list of links to the revised articles (and could later even be generated on the fly by convention of topics and metadata).
openaccess  eu  repositories  overlay  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
Video: Super-angry Manchester man swears at anyone using cycle lane |
Classic Fordist tactic. Place cyclists and pedestrians in conflict with each other while ignoring the real problem of motor dominance: note the vast reserve of dual carriageway for motoring on the right.

If separatist infrastructure is ever going to be a good idea in European cities with pre-20th street dimensioning, then take the space off the motors, not poor elderly pedestrians tottering off to pick up their pensions. I'm not surprised that bloke is fed up. Just say no to pavement cycling.
pqpc  walking  cycling  dccomment 
april 2017 by juliusbeezer
The Invisible Visible Man: A Cheshire epiphany, cheap driving - and why Brexit means no respite from clogged roads
there was more traffic in 2016 on Great Britain’s roads than in any previous year and that traffic volumes rose 1.2 per cent on 2015. The rise is all the more impressive for occurring against a backdrop of falls or only slight rises in traffic volumes in London, much the biggest city...
I’m just as struck by the poverty of the debate about how to tackle this crisis as I am by the sheer unpleasantness of the conditions. Whereas the UK a decade ago was engaged in an earnest - albeit ultimately unproductive - debate about how to charge for road use, there is currently no serious debate about what to do. It has become expected at each budget or autumn statement that the Chancellor of the Exchequer will continue the freeze on fuel duty, even though it has contributed to an 18.9 per cent decline in average petrol prices over the last three years.
cycling  driving  uk  London  tax  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Easier said than done – David Graham – Medium
I pointed out that in a book review in the British Medical Journal (“The Paradox of Progress,” BMJ, May 27, 1995; 310:1418) Douglas Carnall wrote:

Not everything that can be counted, counts; and not everything that counts can be counted. Sir George Pickering’s splendid epigram apparently graced Einstein’s wall, and it is a good summary of the spirit of James Willis’s personal and anecdotal foray into the philosophy of holism.

As I wrote at the time, “I’m sure there are much more authoritative sources than that. If Einstein displayed that quote on his wall (I’ve seen accounts that said he had chalked it on his blackboard at Princeton), did it lead people to mistakenly attribute it to him — and if so, are we perpetuating an error on a massive scale? Is there a way to determine whether it was Pickering or Einstein who actually said that — and does it matter?”

[Pinboard500, saved locally under PickeringQuoteFile]

This sparked some internal debate, and Google quietly killed Quotes of the Day.
dccomment  bmj  google  aphorisms 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Transport Secretary proves worth of segregated cycle lanes by dooring cyclist (video) - Cycling Weekly
Classic dooring. Best overtake driver's side, whatever lines may have been painted to lure cyclists into danger, *especially* when motors are at standstill, and passengers likely to think "Oh sod it, I'll just hop out here."
Stay out of the door zone! Always! (And avoid any "infrastructure" which places you in it)

"Undertaking" is a well-chosen term. If you're not doored on the way to the junction, you can be crushed by a left-turning vehicle when you reach it.
Certainly you should only overtake when it is safe to do so. It is after all, the most dangerous manœuvre in the book. Waiting your turn is often the best option. Waiting for policies to reduce the number of motor vehicles, or even the amount of poisonous smoke they blow in your face, will obviously take a little longer.
cycling  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Piers Morgan trolls cyclists on Twitter – and Lance Armstrong hits back |
Dashcam footage is de rigueur in Russia these days: only chance you've got of a successful insurance claim apparently. The cops there aren't interested in "moving traffic violations." So bring it on Piers. I suspect your internal schema of appropriate road behaviour may be found wanting when it meets daylight.
cycling  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Why your next bike should be a touring bike |
Good article. My only disagreement is over its promotion of front racks and panniers. They're best avoided, though if you're planning a tour with family, I guess you'll have to accept the additional burden. Front panniers suck aerodynamically, and the heavier steering tires the upper body significantly. There's no need to weight the front of the bike to keep the front wheel on the ground going uphill, even if you're fully loaded at the back.

How to keep your gear down to two rear panniers, a rackbag, and a wee barbag is a separate article, but it can be done.
cycling  transport  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Ride supporting safe cycle route cancelled - because road is too dangerous |
It's quite simple. The speed limit on that road needs to be reduced until it is safe for all users.
cycling  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
The $35,000 copper-plated, python skin-wrapped bicycle ... made in 'Motor City' Detroit |
This will be a great bike for people who enjoy polishing copper regularly.

Given the price tag, buyers will probably employ someone to do this, which will create jobs.

All good.
cycling  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Middle finger councillor who ran cyclists off road fined |
Back in the old days—about three hours ago—this thread contained 28 comments, some lavishly illustrated. The site's lawyers—and Parish Councillor Atkinson—are surely happier with it now.
cycling  law  censorship  commenting  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
One in three admit to driving with handheld phone |
The problem is that the legislators made a major error when they brought in the handset ban: because they went against the studies that showed that the distraction is the problem, and gave the massive concession to the mobile phone industry of allowing hands-free sets--even though such calls are also distracting.

Had this exemption not been allowed, then a simpler campaign against all distraction whilst driving would be possible. That concession was the thin end of the wedge, and now we have the drivers of 40 tonne lorries watching feature films on the dashboard's built-in screen, or bus drivers placing bets on-line using an app on their "smart"phone. I even overtook a priest weaving and slowing in a queue of traffic recently; but he was merely distracted by a well-thumbed breviary.

The main problem is that driving is very boring and passive, and not unsurprisingly, people start to wonder if they could fill up the time doing something more interesting. If it can be automated, this is certainly one solution.
cycling  attention  telephony  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Changes to Nottingham tram route after crashes involving cyclists |
It is quite simple. Install this rubberized product (link is external) between the rails at the troublespots.
cycling  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Cambridge to get its first true "Dutch" roundabout |
Such designs rely on drivers to respect the priority of cyclists on the arms of the roundabout even as they displace the cyclist more peripherally in the driver's visual fields. If the junction is a collision blackspot because drivers currently fail to respect the priority of cyclists using the conventional layout, I'm not clear why this will change with the new design. It may even make it more difficult for drivers to anticipate the movements of cyclists.

Still, if the design reduces motor vehicle speeds, it may be safer. If the unfamiliarity of the layout makes drivers pay more attention, ditto. If a reduction in roadspace for motor vehicles results in an overall reduction in motor traffic, it may even be progressive for the environment.

As long as cyclists who desire brisk progress are still at liberty to take to take their place in the traffic on the classical line on the road, then little is lost.

Motor traffic reduction via parking taxation/congestion charging, better policing, strict liability, and proper collision enquiries are more important elements of policy to reduce road danger though.
dccomment  cycling  politics  road_safety  pqpc  strictliability 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Going the distance —how to ride further without breaking yourself |
Good article. Sensible advice. One thing I've found over the years is that it's well worth concentrating on not going too fast in the first hour, especially if you're trying to improve a time. Setting out on a nice morning, maybe with a slight tailwind, it's easy to feel fresh early on, ride a bit too fast, and get over-knackered later. "Hurry slowly" is the watchword.

In the first hour of any long ride, I consciously force myself to spin easily, changing down to a slightly smaller gear should I have the slightest inkling of morning friskiness. Only then, if I'm in a hurry, do I press on a bit, gently at first, putting in increasing intervals with a little aerobic effort. And it's only in the last 10-20% of the ride that it's advisable to attempt riding at maximum effort—your body will then tell you if that's not possible.

As I said to that gendarme who kindly wondered what I was doing stumbling round a village stadium in the dark (trying to find a tap to refill my bidon) : "Le secret de la longue distance ce n'est jamais faire effort." He then directed me to the gents at the back of the church.
cycling  physiology  food  exercise  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Car sent crashing off busy Newcastle road after bike comes off roof rack |
Bikes falling off vehicles is one of the commonest causes of crashes on the French autoroute system, I heard at a meeting recently.
Riding to the start would be good prevention obviously.
cycling  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
How to wear a cycling cap + video |
I'd like to propose a new rule: that any cycling journalist citing the "rules" is awarded the Phillippa Space prize for services to cliché and inflated word countery, and docked ten shillings from their wages. I suppose these "rules" might once have been amusing as a satire of the vanities of sporting cyclists; what irony that they are now cited as though they were written to be obeyed.
cycling  dccomment  satire  irony 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Justice for Cyclists: inquiry seeks evidence from cyclists |
@Lela Your pessimism about the UK's political system is understandable. But if Ruth Cadbury can stand up and say "We asked for examples, and it was like opening the floodgates..."; is capable of producing a useful synthesis of all the issues raised; can get strict liability legislation on the statute books; funding for better policing and driver education; new truck safety regulations; well, maybe your life'll be better in future.
cycling  dccomment  strictliability 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Video: Motorist hits cyclist while attempting to squeeze past on busy A-road |
The driver veers slightly to the left and into the path of the cyclist just before the collision, which suggests distraction at the wheel. Phone? Texting? Changing the cassette? Reprogramming the GPS? Seems likely from where I'm sitting.
Such poor decision-making, which is at base the fault of the driver for failing to respect the virtual 1.5m box that should exist around every cyclist. It should also be noted that the very last place to attempt overtaking manoeuvres is at junctions. Absolute folly.
A ban and test re-sit for the driver seems the just measure for such cases, plus an audit of the driving school and examination centre that passed them fit to drive in the first place. Someone obviously forgot to explain that that pedal in the middle is a footbrake, and that's what you use until there's a good moment to overtake.
That said, had the cyclist had taken an assertive primary position in his lane of choice, and veered ever so slightly towards the middle of the road as the motorist approached, he would have cut himself a little margin to duck into when the pass turns out to be close.
cycling  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Study: The Latest Evidence That Bike Helmet Laws Don't Help Rider Safety - CityLab
Helmet laws were always a victim-blaming distraction from the real issue of bad driving and disrespect for cyclists, so research results that discredit helmet compulsion as an effective public health measure are hardly surprising. Looks like it's time to jump ship and demand "better infrastructure," while ignoring, of course, the real problem: too many motor vehicles, negligently driven.
Vancouver? Illegal to even cycle two abreast there, I read. Mustn't delay the motorist for even a moment, must we? I do understand that as a major oil producing country, each new cyclist is bad news for your economy. Best put the cyclists off the road on to some annoying narrow cycle lanes with plenty of stop lines and long waits at tricky junctions. If you can ensure the cycle track surfacing is inferior, whilst banning cyclists from using the nice smooth direct road alongside, so much the better. Make sure you include plenty of car parking alongside so they'll get doored now and again. Do route cyclists up on to the sidewalk from time to time: it's an effective way of making cyclists more generally disliked by pedestrians, further diverting attention from the real problem.
Yes, more cycle infrastructure is certainly the answer: for committed Fordists.
cycling  dccomment  pqpc 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
Who Has Greater Rights, Somebody Driving a BMW or a Skoda?
The Highway Code has lots of fiddly facts, but all can be boiled down to two basic concepts. “Always be considerate towards others,” is the first, and has been in the Highway Code since its inception in 1931. The second is “whatever is in front of you travelling the same way has priority.”

And that goes for whatever is in front of you, whether that’s a horse, a car, a bus, somebody on a bike, somebody on foot, or a roadside disposals operative tipping rubbish into a bin lorry.
cycling  driving  law  dccomment 
march 2017 by juliusbeezer
The $35,000 copper-plated, python skin-wrapped bicycle ... made in 'Motor City' Detroit |
This new bike from a luxury sporting goods firm based in the Motor City may lack an internal combustion engine, but when it comes to bling, it ticks all the boxes – and a price tag of $35,000 means only the super-wealthy (and supremely lacking in taste) can afford one.

Called the Wheelmen, it’s made by Williamson Goods, and is copper- or chrome-plated and wrapped in python skin, together with a crocodile skin Brooks saddle.
cycling  funny  work  dccomment 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
Tony Blair on Andrew Marr Show (24Jun12) - YouTube
08:03 "Sure!" (… it was fine to spit in the face of the UN and embark upon a war of aggression without Security Council backing). Perhaps M. Blair's acuity as a statesman would have been greater had the BBC employed journalists capable of holding him to account!
dccomment  youtube  politics  uk  iraq  UN 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
VIA REUNIR - Comment les constructeurs auto se préparent à la disparition de la voiture en ville
Bref, l'avenir de la voiture en ville n'est pas tout rose.

Pour les constructeurs automobiles, cette perspective n'est pas anodine pour leur business, le risque pour eux étant d'avoir manqué une évolution sociétale...

surtout les équipementiers qui ont innové avec diverses technologies destinées à réduire la pollution aux particules fines,
driving  pollution  driverless  dccomment 
february 2017 by juliusbeezer
If You See Something, Save Something – 6 Ways to Save Pages In the Wayback Machine | Internet Archive Blogs
In recent days many people have shown interest in making sure the Wayback Machine has copies of the web pages they care about most. These saved pages can be cited, shared, linked to – and they will continue to exist even after the original page changes or is removed from the web.

There are several ways to save pages and whole sites so that they appear in the Wayback Machine. Here are 6 of them.
archiving  linkrot  dccomment 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Translator, heal thyself! Are we 'doctors'?
Does translation really need a metaphor? Most people have experience of not being able to understand foreign language material, and the possibility/necessity of translation by someone knowing both languages. I'm wary of this surgical metaphor: most doctors are NOT surgeons, a mere medical degree being just the beginning of surgical training. As long ago as Hippocrates (~325 BCE) physicians have been enjoined "not [to] cut for stone" but to "leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art." In other words, it's best for all concerned if surgery is left to the surgeons.
translation  metaphor  dccomment 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Un cycliste de 20 ans meurt percuté par une voiture - La Voix du Nord
Ce lundi soir, vers 22 h 15, un cycliste a été mortellement percuté par une voiture, non loin du carrefour entre l’avenue Kléber et l’avenue de la Mer, à Malo-les-Bains.

Il a fait nuit. L'âge du conducteur n'est pas noté, mais les désordres visuelles qui nuit la vision dans les conditions sombres déviennent plus fréquents avec le vieillissement. C'est aussi possible qu'il était distrait par l'écran d'un portable. Sans doute l'enquête de la BADR prendra toute possibilité en compte, mais a priori, c'est la responsibilité minimum de chaque conducteur de regarder devant soi au volant.
Mar, 17/01/2017 - 11:43
driving  road_safety  deaths  france  dccomment 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Assassinats ciblés : « Messieurs les Français, tirez les derniers ! »
Pour mieux comprendre ce phénomène, il faut tout d’abord noter que cette pratique, si elle est nouvelle en France, est devenue la routine dans d’autres démocraties occidentales.
law  france  drones  dccomment 
january 2017 by juliusbeezer
Transport Secretary proves worth of segregated cycle lanes by dooring cyclist (video) - Cycling Weekly
A video has emerged showing the benefit of segregated cycle lanes in which a cyclist is doored by a passenger leaving a four-wheel drive vehicle.

So far this sounds all too familiar for Britain’s roads, but the surprise element of this footage is that the man carelessly throwing open the door on his large off-road vehicle is none other than Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
My love of roast potatoes (& how to make them) – Medium
To achieve peak roastpotatoeness (it’s a word), your potatoes must hit hot oil. Anything less and they’ll just absorb oil and lethargically sit in your oven not ever getting to peak roastpotatoeness. They need to be cooked in an oven by themselves and not in the same tray as your meat or indeed in the same oven at the same time. Why not in the same tray? While I accept it imparts into the potatoes a lovely savoury meatiness, you are limited to the number of potatoes that you can fit around the roast. The second issue is common whether you cook potatoes in the same tray as your meat or in the same oven in a separate tray, you are inhibiting the meat from roasting by adding loads of moisture to your oven.
food  funny  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Are we content with toxic air? — Insall & Coe
Well, that is broadly the air quality issue – except for the bit about action. Government action to date has concentrated on trying to defend a series of legal challenges by the environmental law group ClientEarth, which is seeking to enforce a clean-up. Why no action? Because the major urban pollution source is motor vehicles, and governments are terrified of motoring lobbies. As we said earlier this year, the motor lobby has far more influence than deprived children living next to major urban roads.
driving  airpollution  dccomment  politics 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
We can Fix It: Saving the Truth from the Internet
So it is time to lend a hand; time to raise a barn. We need to figure out how to create the standard new methods of authentication and ranking. We need help pushing for changes at large internet companies. We need to think through the details of how the truth and rotten tomato prizes would be awarded. We’ll need a budget and funding to create a strong incentive for the prizes. We need to promote these ideas and get more adoption. In short, if you found this message, we need you. If you agree that we need social action to make the internet safe for truth, promote this message and sign up to be part of this project.
internet  socialmedia  agnotology  commenting  dccomment  philosophy 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Twitter and Facebook Censorship and Mainstream Media Denial - Craig Murray
All my blog posts are posted to Facebook as well as twitter. Did you know when you share my post on Facebook, Facebook limits the number of your friends who can see it? In my case the limit is set to ensure that the percentage of incoming traffic to my site that comes through Facebook, is always precisely 5%. To do that, of course, they have to know precisely how much traffic is coming in to this site. Worrying, isn’t it? Before Facebook set the limitation -around the same time as twitter – the amount of incoming traffic from Facebook was around 30% of my traffic.
facebook  attention  censorship  twitter  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Invisible Visible Man: A peeved pedestrian, a rider's broken shoulder and why it's time to stop designing for conflict
I remember an incident from the summer of 2013 as I rode home down the Hudson River Greenway on the west side of Manhattan. Near a narrow section where runners and pedestrians were forced together, I came upon a middle-aged Dutch man slumped on the ground and grasping at his shoulder. He had hurt himself, I later discovered, after a runner had stepped off the walkway and into his path, knocking him off.
cycling  road_safety  pqpc  netherlands  us  uk  philosophy  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Why Your Business Should Still Care About Twitter in 2017 - ManageFlitter Blog
If you’re a brand or a business who needs to have that level of real-time access to an audience, Twitter is still the right way to go. I use it constantly, far more than any other social network for just that reason. It’s the simplest way for me to get in-front of people, and I don’t have to bow to Facebook’s algorithms just to make it bloody work in the first place.
twitter  dccomment  archiving 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
The Electoral College Is Not “Anti-Democratic” – Medium
Maybe you don’t like the Electoral College, which is the system that the United States has used since 1788 to select its chief executive. That’s fine. But to say “I dislike this system” shouldn’t be the same as saying “This system is anti-democratic.” A system is not anti-democratic because it happened to produce an outcome that you dislike this time around.
us  politics  dccomment 
december 2016 by juliusbeezer
Strict liability for cyclists too? (avec tweets) · DouglasCarnall · Storify
I was confirmed in this view a few months ago, watching an interview with Chris Boardman, in the context of the work that he and Carlton Reid did on safe overtaking of cyclists. I've hunted for the clip and can't find it again, but in it, almost as an afterthought, the TV journalist interviewing him asked "And what about strict liability?" Chris Boardman astutely illustrated the justice of the principle by the example of a collision between a cyclist and a pedestrian. Although fatal cycle-pedestrian collisions are rare—the UK numbers are in single figures every year (and sometimes zero)—compared with the 2,500 or so deaths involving a motor vehicle, this actually makes them a better exemplar for the establishment of the principle.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment  strictliability 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Paul Mason wrote: “Borrowing money to spend on defence buys you good, high-skilled jobs; enhanced R… – Medium
Paul Mason wrote:
“Borrowing money to spend on defence buys you good, high-skilled jobs; enhanced R&D; resilience in the face of a bad world situation and — if you do it right — rekindles social cohesion. It also demands an industrial policy”

This is often said. However “defence” spending represents rather poor value for money by the metric of capital invested/job created compared with any other sector. Policymakers sincere about minimising unemployment should know this. “Defence” R&D may indeed produce interesting work (the internet…), but if it remains unpublished/classified, as is likely, then again, greater public benefit would be obtained by investment elsewhere.
That said, the autonomy of the Baltic states and of Europe in general is worth defending. You’re surely right to be thinking about military solutions. After all, invading eastern Europe has always gone so well for anyone who’s tried it in the past.
Or maybe the UK should try to avoid appearing like a warmongering blimp-head manoeuvring on the borders of a country whom history grants every right to wariness.
Still, the UK can always resort to selling the exploding fruits of such excellent policy to oppressive regimes around the world. How’s that working out for ya?
war  europe  uk  research  economics  dccomment 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Will pedestrians and cyclists bully self-driving cars? : TreeHugger
Using game theory and “crosswalk chicken”, Millard-Ball concludes that in the suburbs, with low-volume traffic, AVs and humans might co-exist quite nicely in the roads, sharing the space. Kids might play in traffic and parents won’t worry. Cities could take down all those no ball-playing and hockey signs.

However in the denser parts of the city, the situation changes. There are a number of scenarios, including:
Pedestrian Supremacy:

The first scenario envisages urban environments where pedestrians, and perhaps bicycles, dominate.
driverless  environment  dccomment  walking  cycling 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Language Log » The mystery of "mouthfeel"
What Terry Hunt said.

I first came across the term "mouthfeel" following an interest in the flavonoids: the vitamin-like compounds present in many fruits and leaves which often have anti-oxidant properties. The (1990s) review article I read mentioned in passing that these compounds are responsible for the mouthfeel of tea, and gave it to be understood that this was a term of art in tea-tasting (IIRC the word was presented between quote marks in this formal article).

The presence of flavonoids in solution alter the surface tension of the liquid, and result in a different sensation in the mouth when it is drunk compared with drinking pure water alone. I had long wondered what this sensation-of-a-increased-tendency-to-form-a-globule-of-fluid-in-the-mouth (as I then thought of it) might be when drinking very fine Indian tea at my maiden great-aunt's on a Sunday afternoon. So when I came across the word mouthfeel in the flavonoids review I found it instantly explanatory.
food  terminology  dccomment 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Sivens : “L'écologie contre la démocratie”, le nouveau livre de Pascal Perri - France 3 Midi-Pyrénées
Pascal Perri : "Les Verts utilisent beaucoup les zadistes en prônant notamment une démocratie participative... Pourquoi ? Simplement parce que, dans la démocratie élective, leur place est marginale. Lorsque les électeurs donnent leur avis, les écologistes n'obtiennent pas souvent la majorité. Mais là, on a une troupe militaire - les zadistes - qui occupe le terrain, et un groupe politique démilitarisé - les écologistes - avec quelques figures de proue comme José Bové qui peuvent négocier.
aéroport  politics  france  dccomment 
november 2016 by juliusbeezer
Dutch city Groningen to spend €85 per head each year on cycling (+ video) |
And while the city’s network of cycle routes would be the envy of urban bike riders anywhere else on the planet – take a look at the Streetfilms video below – it is identifying, and acting upon, shortcomings in its existing provision, such as unsafe crossings, or places where more bike parking is needed...
[dccomment: I rode there recently to see for myself, and I agree with Butty and doc_davo that Groningen is no paradise. If you're a ped in the town centre, watch out! I saw some truly crazy moves by young men on bikes, and it could take a long time to cross the road on foot, across a continuous stream of cyclists who do not give way to pedestrians, probably because the brakes on their knackered old clunkers hardly work. (An unstylish rustfest)
Cyclists' frustration at being excluded from the high quality roads, such as the truly massive 4-8 lane ring road (exclusively for motor traffic) whilst being limited to the pace of the slowest rider on the pokey obligatory cycle lane alongside is doubtless a factor in the development of the merciless ethic towards pedestrians.

Love the Rhine marsh folk, but their ways are of dubious relevance to anywhere that's got a hill, and should only be copied after profound reflection on their appropriateness for the new location.

(Some pics: (link is external), click through for the captions)]
cycling  netherlands  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
How Drug Companies Keep Medicine Out of Reach - The Atlantic
"So there is the idea that there are gaps in research," Love told me in February, "and the second idea is that linking the cost of R&D to the price of the drug through the grant of a monopoly is inherently problematic, and the problems are diverse." The existing system relies on the promise of drug sales under patent to incentivize innovation -- an effective monopoly on production, typically lasting more than a decade. That system leads drug makers to set prices at whatever level they think the market can bear, regardless of the cost of manufacture or even the cost of development. The point was driven home last year, when Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, in New York, refused a new colorectal cancer drug priced at over $130,000 per year. The drug maker, Sanofi, promptly cut the price in half...
[dccomment, disqus: A martian writes:
"The discomfort of M. Gates' conflicted position is very interesting. Presumably much of his 'wealth' is still 'invested' in companies that rely on 'intellectual property' to make 'money.' Yet clearly, the experts who advise him how to spend it, are clear that for things that actually matter for humanity—curing tropical diseases, rather than selling dodgy software upgrades—this model is of proven ineffectiveness. However, should he concede the point, the resulting cultural matter-antimatter explosion could leave him standing alone in a desert, spectacles fogged by dust, and wearing only a pair of frazzled underpants."]
drugs  medicine  research  dccomment  funny 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Qui connaît encore le code de la route? – Isabelle et le vélo
Ni les militants avertis, ni les professionnels, ni la blogueuse ne savaient combien de personnes on peut transporter sur un vélo, combien de catadioptres sont obligatoires, si une auto a priorité sur moi dans une zone de rencontre ou si nous avons le droit de marcher sur la chaussée lorsqu’il y a un trottoir …
J’avais été invitée à ouvrir la journée et ai montré des panneaux utilisés à mauvais escient, ainsi que des aménagements parfaitement compris bien que discrets et se passant totalement de panneau.
En introduction je m’interrogeais sur la notion de « culture vélo », et en conclusion je plaidais pour qu’on arrête de tout voir par le prisme de la règle, au bénéfice de l’aménagement bien conçu.
cycling  france  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Spring Update | Ware Park Wood
We have been taking various friends and relatives to look round and it is great seeing everything come to life. There were a few clumps of snowdrops and daffodils mainly near the road, but surprisingly few brambles for an unmanaged wood. On the other hand there are some fairly large areas of bracken, which is just starting to come up. There are also a lot of nettles in some areas – not nice for walking through but good for wildlife (and soup apparently). I first saw the wood in July so I haven’t seen it at this time of year before. Some of the large cherry trees are in blossom and I am looking to seeing how things change over the next few months.
forestry  agriculture  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Riding reclined: recumbent rides for 2003
Recumbent cycle ride from Hackney to Whitstable.
cycling  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Video: Head-on collision with another cyclist on CS3 |
The footage shows a number of riders overtaking, but when one woman attempts to pass a man on a Boris Bike who is riding a little more centrally, she finds herself cramped for room and ends up colliding with someone approaching from the other direction.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Books about translation and writing | Thoughts On Translation
If you were to ask me to recommend only one book to those embarking on professional translation, it would be Brian Mossop’s ‘Editing and revising for translators’. Its concise discussion of revising translations cuts directly to the heart of the issue of what constitutes an acceptable translation. And what does not.

Honourable runners-up: Chesterman and Wagner’s Socratic dialogue ‘Can theory help translators?’ puts translation theory in its place; Hofstader’s ‘Le Ton Beau de Marot’ is a wonderful, playful exposition of creativity and variation in translation.

What did I actually read first? Impatient, Newmark’s aphoristic ‘Paragraphs on translation’.
translation  theory  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Une interview de Damien Viel, directeur général de Twitter France : Reflets
Entrer en contact avec Twitter est un parcours du combattant. Même pour les journalistes. Paradoxal pour une entreprise qui se veut un réseau social. Twitter France a bien un adresse, mais c’est une domiciliation place Vendôme. C’est très chic, mais inefficace pour discuter avec quelqu’un. Les boites-aux-lettres répondent mal aux questions.
socialmedia  twitter  censorship  dccomment 
october 2016 by juliusbeezer
Helmets helmets helmets | Forum |
The validity of any systematic review depends on the assiduousness with which the authors identify the existing published research. I'm not happy with this article for several reasons:

1) it was published in a paywalled venue, excluding the general public, and also many interested professionals should their institution not subscribe to the journal. Good science is open science. Hiding your results from public scrutiny, in this day and age, is simply not acceptable. Happily there is

2) Even once the article is obtained, the methods section lacks a clear description of the inclusion and exclusion criteria, which can only be obtained by requesting the study protocol from the first author. As the flowchart in figure 1 (results) makes clear, their initial search yielded 2393 "records"; the exclusion of duplicates took this to 1215 records (fair enough), BUT then the records are "screened" excluding 1124 records to yield 91 articles that were actually analysed at full-text level and THEN another 48 excluded ("with reasons") to yield the 40 studies that were actually included in the final analysis.

This screening process is NOT published. As, obviously, the choice of which data to analyse are crucial to the eventual results obtained, I am not a happy reader at this point.

3) Perhaps less important, but both authors declare that they are affiliated to a department of maths and statistics. I'm quite old-fashioned, but I like to see at least one medical degree among the authors when they presume to declare expertise on categorising the character and severity of injuries--in other words to have some clue about how the data were actually generated in the first place. This is particularly important when like is being compared with quite like, but not exactly. The specialist actually qualified to do this is a public health physician or medical epidemiologist. Now it may be argued that as this article has passed muster in the peer review process of the International Journal of Epidemiology, then it is OK, but given the opacity of the methods, I think reasonable doubt opens up.

4) Finally, the authors are Australian, and seem to have a vested interest in promoting the lamentable compulsion policy there. In their discussion they say that "the results of this review do not support arguments against helmet legislation from an injury prevention perspective." But we're not just interested in injury prevention: we're interested in overall health, and a decline in cycling participation is very clearly a decline in overall public health.

So I have serious doubts about the validity of their message.
dccomment  helmetwars  cycling 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
One in three admit to driving with handheld phone |
The problem is that the legislators made a major error when they brought in the handset ban: because they went against the studies that showed that the distraction is the problem, and gave the massive concession to the mobile phone industry of allowing hands-free sets--even though such calls are also distracting.

Had this exemption not been allowed, then a simpler campaign against all distraction whilst driving would be possible. That concession was the thin end of the wedge, and now we have the drivers of 40 tonne lorries watching feature films on the dashboard's built-in screen, or bus drivers placing bets on-line using an app on their "smart"phone. I even overtook a priest weaving and slowing in a queue of traffic recently; but he was merely distracted by a well-thumbed breviary.

The main problem is that driving is very boring and passive, and not unsurprisingly, people start to wonder if they could fill up the time doing something more interesting. If it can be automated, this is certainly one solution.
driving  mobile_telephony_risks  dccomment 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
The French Burkini story explained to my American Friends
Laïcité used to be a very liberal concept. For years it has been championed by teachers, unions and the Socialist party. But recently, after 9/11 and the rise of a strong Islamophobia in France, Laïcité has been (mis)used to specifically limit the presence of Islam in public spaces. Therefore, this notion is now also championed by Marine Le Pen and the National Front in their anti-Islam political platform.
france  politics  dccomment 
september 2016 by juliusbeezer
Corbyn’s past will destroy Labour’s future | The Gerasites
Afterwards he was quoted as saying, “I’m happy to commemorate all those who died fighting for an independent Ireland.” The meeting had been organised by the “Wolfe Tone Society” which was set up in London in 1984 to support Sinn Fein and its policies, including support for the IRA*

Classifying Corbyn's statement that he would commemorate all those who have died in the cause of Irish independence as "support for the IRA": just a tad crude? Would there have been a Good Friday agreement without the left's recognition of the justice of the republican movement?
Of course, that doesn't stop anyone misrepresenting Corbyn's views in the way that you suggest. But it would still be a misrepresentation. The English electorate may well be ignorant enough to find such over-simplification attractive; but that is hardly a recommendation. Fortunately the electorate has other sources of information than admen's billboards these days.
Neither would participating in a "minute of silence" (however convened) be equated with endorsement in most reasonable people's minds: politicians should pause for reflection more often.
ireland  dccomment  rejecta 
august 2016 by juliusbeezer
EU Economics Meets Democracy - Green European Journal
What is possible is systems of transparency. To connect cameras inside the Council of the EU with the internet and smart phones, so you know what is being said. This is the first step we need to take in order to re-energise dialogue and debate in Europe. We need some checks and balances on our representatives within the existing framework. This can happen as of tomorrow. The next step is to stabilise.
eu  politics  dccomment 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
Cardinal Sins of Translation #1: Reading While Translating (and Not Before!) - Intralingo
a colleague in my PhD program questioned this so-called rule. (I should say that she has a lot of experience in technical translation but was new to literary translation upon entering the program, so she hadn’t been indoctrinated with semesters of literary translation advice.) Her argument went something like this: If you read the entire book before you start translating, your knowledge of what happens in the book could “leak” into your translation. On the other hand, if you read the book while translating it, this readerly sense of suspense, including false assumptions and uncertain interpretations, comes through in your translation, and thus makes your translation more “true” to the reading experience.

I have to admit, I didn’t take her argument seriously until I read an in-depth interview with Lydia Davis, in which she described taking this exact approach to translating novels.
translation  literature  writing  dccomment 
july 2016 by juliusbeezer
More bike lane graffiti appears in Nottingham |
“Taking money out of future pointless and dangerous lanes is probably a saving grace until we can have cycle lanes designed by cyclists with an understanding of safe and useable infrastructure,” he said.

Michael Metcalfe, who said he has a trike which he can’t use on many bike lanes as they are too narrow, disagreed with the use of graffiti to make a point. He said: “Some valid points regarding design aspects of the cycle lanes but, this isn't protesting, it's vandalism”.

Dooring is the verb used to describe a situation where a passing cyclist is hit by someone opening a car door. Bike lanes positioned near to parked cars are often criticised for putting cyclists at risk of being doored.
cycling  road_safety  dccomment 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
Globo’s Billionaire Heir, João Roberto Marinho, Attacked Me in the Guardian. Here’s my Response.
On Friday, April 21, I published an op-ed in The Guardian, in which I posed numerous questions about the impeachment process against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, as well as the role played by the dominant Brazilian media, led by Globo. João responded with anger – and with obvious falsehoods. As one can see, João criticized my article by calling me a liar in various ways in his response...

In fact, João’s response deserves more attention than a mere comment because it is full of deceitful propaganda and pro-impeachment falsehoods – exactly what he tries to deny Globo has been spreading – and thus reveals a great deal (today, Guardian editors upgraded João’s comment into a full-fledged letter!).
brazil  politics  journalism  commenting  dccomment  media  monopoly 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
About Translation: CAT tools and translation style
Many of the translators who don't use CAT tools, however, claim that CAT tools are useless for more creative translations: no time is saved by translation memories – no repetitions, fuzzy or 100% matches – while using the tool weakens the translator's writing style.

I believe that these translators are both right and wrong. Yes, segment matching is less useful for translating documents that are not repetitive, but the use of translation memory is still of great help even for texts that are not repetitive at all: concordance search – offered by all translation memory tools – is what helps most, here: it lets us see in our translation memories how we translated similar words or phrases before, even in sentences that are not close enough to the one we are translating to appear as a fuzzy match.

On the other hand, indiscriminate use of CAT tools, especially in documents that need a more creative approach, may hamper translation style if the translator uses the CAT tool as he would normally use it for technical texts.

One of the drawbacks of CAT tools is that they make it far too easy to carry over the sentence structure of the source language into the target language.
translation  business  CAT_tools  tools  text_tools  dccomment 
april 2016 by juliusbeezer
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