Posts by Sam F

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Yes. I heard Busy Signal's Royals rework in the car on Tuesday night (thanks Stinky Jim!) and just grinned as I drove for three solid minutes. Glad someone else loves it to bits too.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1557 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We need to talk about Len, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Sorry: CRL? NOR?

    CRL = City Rail Link (usually misdescribed as the "rail loop"). The NOR is the Notice of Requirement from Auckland Transport, which requires Auckland Council to identify and set aside land in the District Plan that will be needed for the building of the CRL.

    Declining the notice would mean in effect the Council refusing to allow its own transport agency to make preparations for its own highest profile transport project. Super!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1557 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We need to talk about Len,

    I see the Herald once again went full redtop this morning. Never go full redtop, etc.

    Underneath all the hiss and roar might just be the shadow of a point, but why this ridiculous OTT crusading stance and why now?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1557 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dressing for the Road,

    I've used pretty much the same kind of cycling attire for the last seven years in Auckland: lightweight breathable tees (I have a couple of cheap but effective Diadora tops and another no-name version in white, my preferred commuting colour), sneakers with either ankle socks or longer ones folded down in a pinch, and a pair of Matix shorts which work as comfy, quick drying bike clothing despite actually being designed for the beach.

    If it's raining I'll pack an extra pair of socks and shorts in case the other ones don't dry over the day at work (most of the time they do). If the rain's likely to drench rather than just dampen I have a nylon shell jacket but anything more just soaks from the inside out thanks to Auckland humidity + perspiration.

    Yes, I do have an orange vest for city riding, but a close-fitting one in a decent colour which I flatter myself almost looks smart. I also have a helmet mounted Cateye lamp set to flash - great for catching peds and drivers' eyes.

    I was interested to read the comments upthread regarding cycle chic. I admire those who can pull it off and feel that people dressed fashionably on bikes can do a great deal of good for perceptions of the mode - but I'm suspicious of the way it can sometime slip from a call for freedom and sartorial fun to promulgating (however politely and cheerily) a minimum dress code along middle-upper class lines, below which you're a "road warrior" cycle prole and not really a valued supporter of the cause.

    I agonised over what to wear to a recent CAA conference for exactly these reasons, but finally decided I might as well go in my usual tee and shorts mode - if we're talking about cycling in your everyday clothes, that's how I most authentically exist for at least half of the year anyway. If anyone ever insists that I ought to raise my standards, I will happily invite them to either pick up my tab at the nearest mens' outfitters or get over themselves. Hasn't happened so far...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1557 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What did you do yesterday?,

    Got up respectably late, had yum char with the SO on the North Shore (and pretty busy it was too), helped Dad with the last stage of working on deck repairs - hopefully - and then went down to Pt Chev Beach which was not far off standing room only in some places.

    Also tried to avoid spending too much time completing multiple Waitangi Day Bingo cards via *that* locally infamous Twitter user...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1557 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: MSD's Leaky Servers, in reply to Sacha,

    My bad for introducing the whole mess.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1557 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Special Sources,

    Summerfield also writes opinion and articles for NZ Autocar IIRC.

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  • OnPoint: MSD's Leaky Servers,

    You're welcome... no, it is not satire, and no, I won't subject anyone to another link to that site...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1557 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: MSD's Leaky Servers,

    Thread would not be complete without this properly hatstand effort from a name familiar to some...

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  • Field Theory: Man Moments,

    ..imes

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