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by profpointy
13 Apr 2018, 1:43pm
Forum: Fun & Games
Topic: English Language - what "Does your head in" ??
Replies: 733
Views: 29147

Re: English Language - what

Gear changing requires presicion,OTOH with language,as long as I understand what's being conveyed I couldn't give a monkey's :mrgreen: There's the problem. When language is used without precision it can lead to ambiguity or misunderstanding. Metaphor and simile when fresh are illuminating and enliv...
by profpointy
5 Apr 2018, 9:55am
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: What's the best way to find out correct seat pillar size for old bike?
Replies: 20
Views: 997

Re: What's the best way to find out correct seat pillar size for old bike?

Measure the old pin! Needs a vernier caliper and a practised user. Pin sizes come in .2 mm increments . why is this? always seems such a small amount..! In engineering terms 0.2mm is a country mile. Almost everything else on a bike is made to a tolerance that is ten or a hundred times better than t...
by profpointy
27 Mar 2018, 3:07pm
Forum: Campaigning & Public Policy
Topic: A sign of things to come ?
Replies: 3
Views: 1357

Re: A sign of things to come ?

Bournemouth Council have just installed a couple of these signs near the town centre. During my time touring in Spain I saw plenty of signs like this and got a lot of space from cars . I've never seen this sort of thing in the UK until now. Let's hope it's the sign of things to come ! I've emailed ...
by profpointy
27 Mar 2018, 9:13am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Second-greatest invention of all time?
Replies: 31
Views: 1421

Re: Second-greatest invention of all time?

The Symphony Orchestra! 100 people play for an hour or more to an exact plan, how complicated is that? But it is made of lots of simple actions that combine to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, +101 Elgar, Sibelius, Beethoven, Bach, Haendel, Mozart, Britten, Schubert, Schumann, Wagn...
by profpointy
27 Mar 2018, 1:12am
Forum: The Tea Shop
Topic: Second-greatest invention of all time?
Replies: 31
Views: 1421

Re: Second-greatest invention of all time?

The Symphony Orchestra! 100 people play for an hour or more to an exact plan, how complicated is that? But it is made of lots of simple actions that combine to make the whole greater than the sum of the parts, +101 Elgar, Sibelius, Beethoven, Bach, Haendel, Mozart, Britten, Schubert, Schumann, Wagn...
by profpointy
26 Mar 2018, 10:04pm
Forum: Helmets sub-forum
Topic: "Decide for yourself"
Replies: 75
Views: 3400

Re: "Decide for yourself"

I have some sympathy for ctc's claimed "neutral" stance. I am a former helmet wearer convinced not to wear one by the evidence. A rational stance it's hard to honestly argue against. But, the sad thing is a good proportion of helmet wearers have a zeal for it that doesn't answer to logic a...
by profpointy
26 Mar 2018, 11:39am
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Misunderstood terminology
Replies: 86
Views: 6294

Re: Misunderstood terminology

You measure cycle parts on grams but do your care about the origins of the unit or just looking to compare the weight in grams of two items to get the lightest? Do you care about the way a metre is determined. I believe there's a problem with the standard and they're looking into changing to a less...
by profpointy
25 Mar 2018, 1:51pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Misunderstood terminology
Replies: 86
Views: 6294

Re: Misunderstood terminology

horizon wrote:In other areas of life and the forum this is pejoratively called pedantry. :wink:


Hardly pedantry the gear inches thing -no more than correcting someone who thought a mile was 500 yards would be pedantry.
by profpointy
24 Mar 2018, 1:27pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: M1 crash - can someone explain
Replies: 135
Views: 6439

Re: M1 crash - can someone explain

Don't agree about the aim vs the nail. Nobody on thread has said anything that amounted to "...it would be quite acceptable to be crashed into..." Everyone is in agreement this was punishable, and that it was not in any way "acceptable" the debate has been around intent and seve...
by profpointy
24 Mar 2018, 11:47am
Forum: On the road
Topic: M1 crash - can someone explain
Replies: 135
Views: 6439

Re: M1 crash - can someone explain

Yebbut neither incident nor crash nor collision mean the same thing as accident - even in its seemingly controversial meaning. No one has yet suggested a viable alternative which conveys the sense of a non-intentional, but quite possibly blameworthy incident where some harm has resulted. "incid...
by profpointy
24 Mar 2018, 11:31am
Forum: On the road
Topic: M1 crash - can someone explain
Replies: 135
Views: 6439

Re: M1 crash - can someone explain

Redefining English words isn't helpful but hey ho I'm not redefining them. Even the articles about this don't refer to an accident. They refer to a *crash* Accident implies the element of chance. HSE professionals don't use accident, either. They typically use *incident*, at least until it has been...
by profpointy
24 Mar 2018, 11:13am
Forum: On the road
Topic: M1 crash - can someone explain
Replies: 135
Views: 6439

Re: M1 crash - can someone explain

Redefining English words isn't helpful but hey ho
by profpointy
24 Mar 2018, 10:58am
Forum: On the road
Topic: M1 crash - can someone explain
Replies: 135
Views: 6439

Re: M1 crash - can someone explain

Well he didn't deliberately set out to drive into a stationary vehicle, ergo he did it accidentally. He didn't deliberately not look where he was going. Have you never made a mistake ? He hlis of course at fault but to argue he did it on purpose is stupid
by profpointy
24 Mar 2018, 9:37am
Forum: On the road
Topic: M1 crash - can someone explain
Replies: 135
Views: 6439

Re: M1 crash - can someone explain

I too find it disquieting. Being in the way is more dangerous than not looking where you are going it seems. As a cyclist the parallel with running over cyclists who are in the way is chilling. Maybe the cyclist is the danger for being in the way and the driver is blameless? In Bristol, a cycling fr...
by profpointy
2 Mar 2018, 12:49pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Is Acetal a suitable material for a hub axle?
Replies: 37
Views: 2423

Re: Is Acetal a suitable material for a hub axle?

How about the paper mache axle, or maybe plastecine ?