4:25 PM yesterday
commented on Meet Seattle's New Library on a Bike
That's a pretty nice bike, but that Berthoud handlebar bag probably causes some nasty wheel-flop with Rivendell's standard high-trail geometry.
Wait, what? Oh yeah, the bike library thing is pretty cool.
commented on Geographic Apostrophe Death
I think in that case, "James'" is also acceptable. Insisting on the second "s" is great for pedantic bores, however.
One of my current peeves is using "they" for a single person of unknown gender. Sounds terribly wrong to me, but I don't want to be the kind of pedantic bore that suggests everyone uses "he or she." So clunky. I'm actually trying to use "they" instead, since everyone does it. Boy, I hate it so much.
commented on In Which I Try to Explain Our Bonkers Country to Canadians
Canada seems pretty similar to me. BC does a shit job of building rural roads -- all the one's I've ridden on with a bike are fucking terrible, whereas Washington does a great job.
Canadian hick drivers are also significantly worse than American hick drivers. By a huge margin in my experience. At least on Vancouver Island.
Also, buying beer in Canada sucks. Little rural stores carry absolute shit, charge a ton of money, and on top of that add a ten cent "cooler charge" on every can. WTF? Compare that to Washington where the average rural convenience store -- at least in Western Washington -- stocks lots of great beer.
Basically the problem here is that pretty much everywhere has dumb shit. You guys already pointed out some political WTFs from our friends to the north.
commented on The Thursday Morning News
I get the impression that Kenneth Bae was not really a tourist. It seems he may have been a missionary doing aid work. Very risky work, obviously.