Posts by James Butler

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  • Up Front: Boobs!,

    See, I have this problem with increasingly loving cycling, but thinking that fancy cycling gear looks daft and try-hard on people who aren't proper competitive cyclists.

    I'm going to have to get over it though. Any more than 20km without padded cycle shorts does get a wee bit uncomfortable ...

    You can get padded cycling shorts cunningly disguised as cargo shorts - so instead of looking like a daft try-hard cyclist, you can look like a daft 90's fashion throwback.

    My commute (which I don't cycle that often TBH) is 17km each way, and normal sports shorts are fine now that I have callouses in the right places.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: The Problem With Religion,

    I think Jeremy Clarkson is a world-class fuckwit, and yet still I am compelled to watch. I can offer no excuse.

    My wife blames the flashy editing. She says she can't turn her eyes away from it.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: The Problem With Religion,

    Am I the only one who finds Richard Dawkins and the other "atheism uber alles" usual suspects to be at least as objectionable as overtly in-your-face religious types? What's the difference between his "There is only one truth, and that's my truth" and that of organised religions?

    <glib>Falsifiability.</glib>

    But no, you're not the only one - this atheist too. I think they are too ready to attribute various ills to religion, which are really just consequences of human nature.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: RT: Eyjafjallajokull,

    Had a dour laugh or two when I saw a HCC sign suggesting that spectators take a 'green' route by walking to the track--so they could watch expensive cars going round and round in circles, burning up finite fossil fuel!

    Srsly, at your average motorsport event the spectators burn orders of magnitude more fuel than the competitors.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Experiment have seen collisions!!!!!!!!!!!,

    ...and I presume you mean QCD?

    BANG on Duckie. Quark Quark!

    <facepalm> I just re-read your post... shall we say it gained a new spin I hadn't noticed previously?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Experiment have seen collisions!!!!!!!!!!!,

    CERN is right into colour these days

    ...and I presume you mean QCD?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Experiment have seen collisions!!!!!!!!!!!,

    CERN is right into colour these days and are sucking up with the media with their charm offence in a big way. Things are on the up! They are getting down to it. 2/3rds of everything they make will be going to charity.

    What will the Red Cross or Amnesty International do with a whole pile of Higgs' Bosons?

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Transferring wealth to Wellington,

    I think it would make a lot of sense to move the capital to Palmerston North, me.

    Because then people could grumble metonymically all they want without offending any of their nice Wellingtonian friends?

    PS Firefox wants me to change Wellingtonian to Washingtonian; obviously it has been reading the thread.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Transferring wealth to Wellington,

    Is "==" some "C" thing that I've missed again?

    I'm not sure where I got it from now. But it should be taken to mean 'equivalent'.

    Ah, you're using it as a lazy way of typing "≡".

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Transferring wealth to Wellington,

    Is "==" some "C" thing that I've missed again?

    Yes.

    Edit: If Kyle had used "=", "the Beehive" would have become literally equal to Wellington, and then later Auckland - a side effect with catastrophic consequences. But a good unit test would catch that.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2009 • 801 posts Report Reply

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