From Elsewhere . . .
Cyclelicious has collected links to bike computer manuals to help you adjust to the time change.
(Richard's secret is that he just doesn't change the time on his computer.)
Velouria at Lovely Bicycle! overheard this conversation:
"Salesperson: "Oh, well you need to ride the bike for several weeks for the gears to wear in. They should feel lower after that than they do now. If not, you can bring the bike back and we'll get you lower gears. But they usually wear in."
Advice that is appallingly wrong but when you think about it, sometimes "works."
Maria Popova at Brain Pickings gives us The Beatles performing "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
As Maria says, "unscripted, decidedly unshakespearean" and, as I would say, awful, awful, awful, and definitely worth watching. (The first sentence of her post has links to all sorts of whacked Beatles stuff.
- Freewheeling Spirit extracts "one sentence of pure truth" about writing from an essay by Barbara Kingsolver.
Glowing, solar-powered highways coming to the Netherlands:
[Special paint] charges up in sunlight, giving it up to 10 hours of glow-in-the-dark time come nightfall. “It’s like the glow in the dark paint you and I had when we were children,” designer Roosegaarde explained, “but we teamed up with a paint manufacturer and pushed the development. Now, it’s almost radioactive”.
Special paint will also be used to paint markers like snowflakes across the road’s surface — when temperatures fall to a certain point, these images will become visible, indicating that the surface will likely be slippery. Roosegaarde says this technology has been around for years, on things like baby food — the studio has just upscaled it.
The images are cool.
"The Ultimate Guide to Traveling When You’re Broke" is not particularly insightful but it is enthusiastic.
One thing Gerty and I have discovered is that "going big" is often more affordable than "going small" -- if your travel budget replaces your regular budget, travel is much more affordable than if the travel budget is added to your regular budget. For example, if you have a house it becomes a source of income rather than a cost.
Dean Baker does a back of the envelope calculation and compares the economic impact of Sandy to a gas tax in the range of 25-40 cents a gallon. He notes that the cost will mostly be paid in the form of higher insurance premiums.
If people realized that climate change is directly costing them money (or if climate change kills Julia Roberts), there would be more support for doing something about it.
Until then, news about the loss of the small natural areas that are left, like this report on dwindling mountain meadows in the Pacific Northwest, torture me. Ever visited a mountain meadow? In the spring?