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  • Occasionalities
    to release when you need it to Although I mainly ski advanced off piste terrain my technical ability is limited and I frequently find myself surrendering to trepidation with hasty and clumsy turns The limitations of my technique are probably a more important factor than the requirement to keep skis attached in steep and exposed situations Therefore a reduction in release setting is wise Ironically my injury forced the cancellation of a scheduled telemark lesson The main reason for my preference for a release mechanism in telemark bindings is the concern about the consequences of being caught in an avalanche For that reason alone I will continue to choose telemark bindings with some form of safety release The Rottefella Freedom has a nice telemark flex action effectively transfers power from boot to ski is convenient to enter and exit has ski brakes and has a limited release function Overall I am satisfied with this binding Tags telemark Categories Adventures Housing affordability 12 Jun Chuckling at this cynical but very apt line from Tony Alexander of the BNZ in his Weekly Overview today Sorry young folk but much as you may feel the future belongs to you and your smartphone tapping ways for now the wealth and the power belongs to us the Baby Boomers And you my dears form part of our retirement packages So don t expect any of the radical suggestions which I have thrown into this section of the Weekly Overview every now and then for solving the housing affordability crisis to actually gain traction Tony Alexander has previously listed many ways in which housing affordability could be addressed many radical and most of which I understand he does not personally support The problem could be addressed but we seem to be frozen in the headlights of competing interests Check out http www tonyalexander co nz Categories Finance Cost of wood pellets vs firewood as fuel 6 Apr For those who were wondering According to US publication Mother Earth News the heat output of 1 ton of wood pellets 907kg approximately 1 cord of wood Note this is the US regulation definition of a cord which is efficiently stacked not loosely tossed as in NZ Fortunately to help us out here under Maine law stacked and loose cords are defined as 128 cu ft vs 195 cu ft respectively This amounts to a ratio of pretty much 1 1 5 Therefore a standard Christchurch purchased cord of firewood tossed not stacked equates to approximately 600kg of pellets At 0 58 per kilo you are paying 348 to buy pellets in Christchurch equivalent in heat output to a tossed US cord of wood As of today a cord 3 cubic metres of a mix of dried pine and oregon in Christchurch is 285 Converted to a US cord of 3 6 cubic meters you get a cost of 342 Assuming the above assumption on heat output equivalence is based on a pine oregon firewood mix 348 of pellets

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  • Music | Occasionalities
    turntable But by the time I take off the base of the turntable and labouriously count platter revolutions I have never sprung for a stroboscope it takes a bit of time time that I haven t had recently Tonight I finally got on to it The result has been a sublime listening session with Minuit s latest recording Last Night You Saw This Band I picked this up through a PledgeMe deal that funded the recording and scored me a digital download of the LP same as CD full lossless FLAC format sound Well I ve had that digital LP for a while now but I never really got into it Tonight after sorting my record player issues I slapped on a slab of Minuit and engaged with this recording like never before The record was noisy because I washed it and had briefly forgotten my newly discovered infallible rinsing process There was electrical hum because my preferred turntable to amplifier cables have poor electrical shielding a bit of a no no with turntables There were a couple of moments of frequency fluctuation due to an irritating speed consistency issue with my turntable that I must address Despite all that the record drew me in and held me from start to finish And here s the rub The sound was not distorted or coloured compared with the digital LP I was not being tricked by doctored frequency response or retro nostalgia The vinyl sounded better because there was simply more of what the musicians from Minuit intended me to hear The result was a sense of hearing the whole package and getting down for the ride With the digital recordings I pretty much heard all the same detail as what I heard off the vinyl My digital playback set up is nothing to be sniffed at But with the vinyl it suddenly all hung together and made sense like never before It kind of helped that I was hearing more of a 3D presentation the bass was full and rich and the high frequencies were extended and smooth Huge kudos to Minuit This vinyl release was delayed for a couple of months as they ironed out production issues They obviously paid huge attention to the quality of the product that their committed PledgeMe customers were going to receive The experience of listening to this recording on vinyl is quite different and far superior to digital Despite having seen them live several times and having all their CDs on hand I have got a new appreciation of what this fabulous band is capable of The PledgeMe campaign that funded the pressing of 300 records was very cool You were able to choose from a range of pledge dollar amounts One of the options was to pledge a bit extra for the privilege of having one of the guys from the band come and mow your lawn with his shirt off I settled for what was a standard LP purchase price yet

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  • Film | Occasionalities
    her eyes Her mind seethes with images provided by drunk and deranged locals an education in primal survival and cave drawings and the fear of hurricanes and melting ice caps Striking imaginative images and a woozy handheld camera give the film many stand out stylistic moments Shot on 16mm film the grainy look fits well with the gritty existence of the protagonists Many technically exceptional camera shots provide wow factor viewing The bold six year old hero Hushpuppy listening to the heartbeats of pigs and standing staunch in the mud reminded me of the older girl in Vincent Ward s early film Vigil The allegorical quest elements reminded me of later Ward films At its symbolic heart the film is an allegory of climate change It uses the fears and symbols of climate change and the setting of the hurricane lashed Gulf of Mexico to create an unsettling modern day fable I see some commentators are already rating lead actor Quvenzhané Wallis chances for an Oscar At the age of nine she would be the youngest ever recipient I would not demur she is exceptional Categories Film Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014

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  • Adventures | Occasionalities
    new skis and I knew I wasn t skiing with good form It wasn t coming together for me I was at high risk of making an error My conclusions are Reduce my Rottefella NTN Freedom binding release setting to at least 2 Don t expect any telemark binding to release when you need it to Although I mainly ski advanced off piste terrain my technical ability is limited and I frequently find myself surrendering to trepidation with hasty and clumsy turns The limitations of my technique are probably a more important factor than the requirement to keep skis attached in steep and exposed situations Therefore a reduction in release setting is wise Ironically my injury forced the cancellation of a scheduled telemark lesson The main reason for my preference for a release mechanism in telemark bindings is the concern about the consequences of being caught in an avalanche For that reason alone I will continue to choose telemark bindings with some form of safety release The Rottefella Freedom has a nice telemark flex action effectively transfers power from boot to ski is convenient to enter and exit has ski brakes and has a limited release function Overall I am satisfied with this binding Tags telemark Categories Adventures Skinny skis leather boots 17 Aug UPDATE 2014 The video referred to in this article is no longer available due to the demise of telemarktips com Ever found skiing hard Oh no you haven t For those who have never telemarked this video might seem a little anti climactic We skiers have all seen videos of cool dudes shredding slopes ad infinitum The appeal here is in the restrictions that these particular cool dudes faced when this video was filmed The guys at Telemarktips com have recently posted a video of telemark skiing from what I m guessing is the early 1980s the age of the renaissance of telemark skiing This was back when telemark skiing meant hurtling downhill in soft leather boots attached to ludicrously skinny skis by a little metal clamp at the toe It was in those days that I was first introduced to telemark skiing I was working in Antarctica in 1984 washing dishes at McMurdo Base for a horde of Filipino US Navy cooks this is another story that I will come back to someday We were all down there washing dishes and scrubbing floors because the idea of Antarctica The Ice was just too exciting for any of us to ignore We shifted heaven and earth for the privilege of serving the lowest echelons of the US military at the very bottom of the planet the coldest place known to humankind So cool to be there even cooler was the sight of a select few sneaking away from the base and out across the Ross Ice Shelf on cross country skis I determined that I was going to do that too The next season I turned up there with my new skis ready to endure endless

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/category/environment/adventures/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Earthquake | Occasionalities
    eart 6 Oct Four weeks after the big Canterbury earthquake the people of Sumner got together to celebrate the efforts of their volunteer fire brigade and raise funds A selection of photos from the fair on Saturday 2 October Continue reading Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Categories Community Earthquake A big hand for Avonside 6 Oct The silt shovelling team taking a lunchbreak on Avonside Drive a couple of weekends ago A huge team of volunteers initially university students combed Christchurch after the 4 Sept earthquake helping out where they could Continue reading Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Categories Community Earthquake Earthquake thank you in Richmond 3 Oct A resident of Avalon St in the Christchurch suburb of Richmond was so overwhelmed with neighbourhood support after the quake that he mounted this sign on his fence One whole side of Jonathan s house was covered with tarpaulins It looked like most of the brick wall had collapsed in the earthquake Fortunately into an empty section I wrote earlier about Flesher Ave a few blocks away They got hit very hard But most of the rest of Richmond seemed to fare okay Sadly many streets have isolated examples of damage greater than the loss of a chimney Jonathan is one example Over in Forth St a delightful brick house was also badly shaken up Much of the outer layer of bricks are on the ground a large crack runs through the wall and a window frame is wildly askew It will be a shame if we lose more of the quaint remains of old Richmond The suburb has been intensively developed with small units I delivered twice as many fliers to letterboxes in this area than I would to a similar sized area elsewhere Tags canterbury earthquake christchurch earthquake Categories Community

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  • Finance | Occasionalities
    firewood tossed not stacked equates to approximately 600kg of pellets At 0 58 per kilo you are paying 348 to buy pellets in Christchurch equivalent in heat output to a tossed US cord of wood As of today a cord 3 cubic metres of a mix of dried pine and oregon in Christchurch is 285 Converted to a US cord of 3 6 cubic meters you get a cost of 342 Assuming the above assumption on heat output equivalence is based on a pine oregon firewood mix 348 of pellets 342 of firewood On this basis heat from a pellet stove is equivalent in cost to heat from a firewood stove This ignores the minor electrical cost of running the fan in a pellet stove Sources of assumptions that went into this calculation Relative heat output http www motherearthnews com renewable energy wood pellet stoves zb0z1211zsor aspx axzz2y5Vryxsu Stacked vs loose cords defined in Maine http en wikipedia org wiki Cord unit Cost of pellets in Christchurch http eenergy co nz cart U0EElfmSx8E Cost of firewood in Christchurch http www cityfirewood co nz index php route product product product id 422 Tags pellet fire Categories Finance Paul Krugman on the ratings agencies 27 Apr In my role as Chair of NZCU South I have recently been a participant in a credit rating process conducted by Standard and Poors on our credit union We ended up with a respectable BB rating Forced on us by recent government regulation it was an interesting process I will spare you my grief over a small 100m South Island financial cooperative being forced to spend members equity on an expensive international credit ratings regime What I will say is that I was pleased to see Standard and Poors working to a clear and unambiguous assessment

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  • Green Drinks is BACK! | Occasionalities
    Maria Wake SIFT Glenda Martin Volunteering Canterbury It s been a long time between drinks You can expect the usual diverse array of chilled out environmental professionals happy green business people and bopping earth activists Come along and enjoy the friendly informal atmosphere Like this Like Loading Related Categories Uncategorized Microsoft Surface as audio source Archives June 2015 March 2015 August 2014 June 2014 April 2014 February 2014 July 2013

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  • Uncategorized | Occasionalities
    fault At that point he gave up and accepted that he was stuck with a faulty phone Sadly I only found out it was Fair Buy after I had run into my problems with them I also see that there are numerous poor reviews on PriceSpy that mirror the experience I detail below A Google search led me to on line forums where it is noted that Fair Buy offers incentives to buyers to post glowing reviews on PriceSpy in a successful attempt to out number the poor reviews The problem My new phone did not charge properly To cut a long story short here s how it went from there Fair Buy wasted a week trying to burn me off by responding to my emails with stupid troubleshooting suggestions one by one in individual emails e g Try finding another battery Not only is that their job the battery is not user replaceable on this phone Only my threat of legal action caused them to request that I send them the phone Their warranty policy on fault assessment 72 hours I heard nothing until I followed up with an email 7 days later On Day 8 they told me the phone had to be sent to China and repair would take up to 3 weeks SIX weeks later having heard nothing I again threatened legal action EIGHT weeks after discovering the fault I received the phone back with the fault repaired BUT The phone arrived without the packaging charger or accessories These items finally arrived a few days after I complained again They had managed to scratch the finish on the back of the phone in the process of shipping and repairing At that point I gave up and accepted that no further effort could be justified and settled

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