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It's good to see public transport getting decent marketing. Far too many local authorities let their services drift through public opinion.
 
Very funny ad by Belgian Bus Company De Lijn promoting why you should take the bus. A novel approach to motivate people to use public services.
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Good advice. Garfield can be useful after all.
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This is the sort of work that I want to do. Someone please pay me to do it. In Wellington.
MIT Media Lab’s 'Placelet' project will measure the quality of a space by tracking how people move through it.
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I haven't had much time with a camera lately, but the daffodils are up and I needed an excuse.
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While transparency is important, I think it goes further than this. I think that penetration into the buildings matters as well. For example, we have a street with plenty of windows, but no way to interact with the store from that street face. The entrance is around the corner. (Street view: https://www.google.co.nz/maps/@-41.290822,174.777099,3a,75y,114.35h,95.26t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1snOx7BP1pMpZis-_NWXUNZw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1)

The store argued that it complies with the district plan by having windows, which constitutes an active interface, but might as well be a large billboard for the company, which is how it behaves.
 
First-floor windows (measured by window-to-facade ratio) all had statistically positive relationships to the number of pedestrians.

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A new study identifies two important street features that draw pedestrians—outside of New York City.
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It shouldn't be surprising to see freight companies complaining about having transport options restricted, especially by ideological arguments. The current situation favours road freight in terms of price, but fails to account for some negative externalities. Priced fairly, rail freight would compete quite well for large-volume shipments and reduce demand for some of the road corridors.
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Popped off to the zoo this morning to enjoy some spring-like weather. Everyone was wonderfully noisy when we arrived, so everything was exciting for the little guy.
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This should be obvious. Nature dislikes monoculture.
Donald Trump will be furious: Japanese bees are coming to America to help our disappearing bees pollinate our crops.
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As I get older, I understand more and more how my dad could watch bees work for so long.
 
bee gathering in slo-mo
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Read the whole thing. It's surprisingly cool.

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As a young creative with electronics knowledge, the late ‘70s and early ‘80s was an inspirational time. Musicians and bands like Giorgio Moroder and Kraftwerk were pushing boundaries with synthesized music. Ray explains, “Kraftwerk really had everything to do with my decision to try to create music. After seeing them on TV with what looked to be homebrew synthesizers and drum triggers, I then realized I didn't need a band and a huge studio to create tracks people would actually dance to. Then seeing Gary Numan and DEVO, solidified my belief in what was only two years earlier considered to be undoable.”
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Happy Birthday to our favorite Mixer/Maker, Anthony Ray, aka Sir Mix-a-Lot​! Here he is at Mouser HQ posing with his first Mouser Catalog! Read our convo with him here: http://mou.sr/SMLblog
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I think tools are tools and it's what you do with them that defines the craft. An awful lot of dreck has been written for and performed with non-electronic instruments...before and since the techno wave hit.
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I've had some seriously close calls with negligent motorists at pedestrian crossings, where I'm easily within arm's reach of the offending vehicle. Magnetised notices like this seem the perfect approach to let them know what I think of their driving.
Here’s one productive way to express your anger at the guy who took up two parking spots.
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Pedestrians have rights? What will they come up with next, that we can't whip our slaves?!
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Great example of risk homeostasis.

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The idea behind risk compensation is simple: If you wear a helmet, you take more risks. If I go mountain biking without a helmet, I go much slower. Or imagine walking along the edge of a cliff with a safety rail. Now imagine the same walk, only there's no rail. Even in your imagination, there's a big difference in your behavior. The theory of risk compensation is that cyclists will ride more recklessly because the helmet makes them feel safer. A 2011 study in the journal Risk Analysis observed that "routine helmet users reported higher experienced risk and cycled slower when they did not wear their helmet in the experiment than when they did wear their helmet."
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High helmet use in places like the U.K. and U.S. isn't a public safety victoryit's a policy failure.
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+Gareth Robins I think that the need for speed in commutes isn't universal. Many people don't want to have to take a shower after getting to work. A slower ride might actually be better. In this case, I'm imagining Wellington's Oriental Bay shared path as an ideal example. Helmets definitely have their place for the majority of trips, but I don't think that helmets should be mandatory in every context.
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Went back for seconds. Good food and great attitude. The only mark down is for the lack of baby-changing facilities.
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Cute and worth the side-step. Slightly off the street, it's got a charm that makes more sense in Gastown than most of the tourist haunts.
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Great advice and plenty of stock to get you started. Also pleased about having Sunday hours now, since most of my brewing activity is on the weekend.
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The food was amazing, but still managed to take second place to the service. It's easy to see why it's so popular.
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My partner and I just returned from a four-night stay. We absolutely loved the place. It's incredibly well-designed to allow for guest privacy and comfort, while still making you feel like you're being welcomed into a home. John and Karla were amazing hosts and we'll likely be back to see them again.
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Food was disappointing and overpriced. Tourist trap of the worst sort.
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All sorts of attention to detail and very friendly.
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