Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tales from this evenings commute homewards..
First Incident: Intersection of Burwood & Glenferrie
Moi and steed are waiting for signal to change. Twunt alongside on right, loudly revs engine of their late model Conformadore. Lights change, twunt then proceeds to accelerate across the intersection, then attempts to
Second Incident: Burwood Road riding towards Hawthorn Station
Moi and steed are happily freewheeling down the hill. A second twunt, sitting in a parked red plastic bubble thing, flings open his drivers side door, swings his right arm out onto the rear door. (counterbalancing? go figure) However, he hasn't used enough force, either to open the door, or knock me off the bike. Door swings back, towards him. I fleetingly caught the rapidly receding image, of this second twunt, getting his right arm/hand jammed in the drivers side door. Oooooo ... that's gonna leave a mark.
Moral of story (if any)
1. Don't do stupid things, as they may rebound curious ways.
2. Read above.
3. Don't fuck with me. Or the bike.
Tuesday, July 11, 2006
This blog is overdue for a Cat Picture
Further pointless immaturity can be found over at beerandkittys
Friday, July 07, 2006
Despatches from our travelling Xtracycle Man on the continent
BELGIUM YAY!!! Had some real cool beers here in Belgium. Orval, a HEAVILY hopped Trappist beer at 6.8% served 'warm' at 10-14%. Also had a Trappist honey beer but cannot remember the name. I am starting to take notes and photos. Catch you guy's soon.PeteB, you lucky lucky bastard.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
"Safety doesn't sell"
Pardon moi for a moment as we recall a Mother Jones article from 1977.
Pinto MadnessThere's several very unpleasant analogies that are still playing out in 2006's corporate environment, Lee Iacocca's "safety doesn't sell" quip has simply morphed into a myriad of other evil expediencies. I could tick off potentially hundreds, but I realise you can fill in the gaps there for yourselves. Have a nice day.
Ford knows the Pinto is a firetrap, yet it has paid out millions to settle damage suits out of court, and it is prepared to spend millions more lobbying against safety standards. With a half million cars rolling off the assembly lines each year, Pinto is the biggest-selling subcompact in America, and the company's operating profit on the car is fantastic. Finally, in 1977, new Pinto models have incorporated a few minor alterations necessary to meet that federal standard Ford managed to hold off for eight years. Why did the company delay so long in making these minimal, inexpensive improvements?