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  • Microsoft Surface as audio source | Occasionalities
    Asaf Avidan on Spotify at 320k compression Will make some time in the next couple of months to properly compare with my Sony Walkman NW ZX1 which has been my portable audio champ to date The Surface is obviously not pocketable like the Walkman but an interesting comparison nonetheless My impression so far is that the extra power available in a larger format device is assisting the Surface in presenting

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2015/03/17/microsoft-surface-as-audio-source/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Telemark NTN binding injury | Occasionalities
    t been through it Best avoided Binding Rottefella NTN Freedom Recommended release setting for my weight and boot size 3 Actual setting 2 5 Boot Scarpa TX Comp Rottefella s binding manual makes it clear that the binding is not DIN certified due to the variation in spring tension that occurs with raising and lowering the heel unlike the static heel position in a standard alpine binding It is relevant to note that my injured ankle was on the inside of the telemark turn when the accident occurred i e the heel was raised and the springs were at maximum tension therefore less likely to release The manual also states that release setting should be reduced by 1 for skiers over 50 I am 51 and made the choice to reduce by just 0 5 due to my proximity to the 50 year mark not to mention ego and perception of fitness compared with my peers Less relevant the manual states that settings should be reduced by 1 for powder snow The accident occurred off piste on a patch of heavy shallow powder snow Heavy means high moisture content typical low altitude New Zealand powder that would barely qualify as powder in the US Japan or Europe The fact that my ski seems to have struck major resistance possibly even vegetation or rock means that I do not consider the powder snow setting to be relevant in this situation This was just Day 4 of my 2014 ski season only Day 2 on 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

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2014/08/17/telemark-ntn-binding-injury/ (2016-05-02)
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  • telemark | Occasionalities
    powder in the US Japan or Europe The fact that my ski seems to have struck major resistance possibly even vegetation or rock means that I do not consider the powder snow setting to be relevant in this situation This was just Day 4 of my 2014 ski season only Day 2 on 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

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/telemark/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Housing affordability | Occasionalities
    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 Like this Like Loading Related Categories Finance Cost of wood pellets vs firewood

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2014/06/12/housing-affordability/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Cost of wood pellets vs firewood as fuel | Occasionalities
    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 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 Like this Like Loading

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2014/04/06/cost-of-wood-pellets-vs-firewood-as-fuel/ (2016-05-02)
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  • pellet fire | Occasionalities
    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 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

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/tag/pellet-fire/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Transfiguration of Vincent | Occasionalities
    hand at US 80 a piece But recently I discovered it available via GEMM com at a US record store for a realistic price Alone in the world as an M Ward acolyte my communion became communal when three Christchurch friends were a couple of years ago equally blown by the MP3 beamed off my Sony Walkman into their DLNA system We consummated the union at Bodega Wellington in 2013 M Ward did not disappoint as masterful in his live performance as he was on record This evening the stylus hit the groove Fresh off the boat 12 inches of black goodness spun into my life As always going from 320kb MP3 to full frequency spectrum analogue was a revelation The subtlety of every little change in tempo and pitch bend added to the rich gestalt of a complete masterful performance Do a search and you will see some nice writing about this LP M Ward apparently made this record to mark the passing of his friend Vincent O Brien Eulogies come no more heartfelt and virtuoso than this Like this Like Loading Related Categories Music Beware of Fair Buy electronics mail order Cost of wood pellets vs firewood as

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2014/02/17/transfiguration-of-vincent/ (2016-05-02)
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  • Beware of “Fair Buy” electronics mail order | Occasionalities
    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 for a scratched phone Like this Like Loading Related

    Original URL path: https://blog.petertaylor.co.nz/2013/07/09/beware-of-fair-buy-electronics-mail-order/ (2016-05-02)
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