Nov 30, 2016
commented on Denmark's Largest City Is Winning the War on Cars
It's worth pointing out that Denmark never had a domestic auto industry, so they never faced the political pressure that comes from that sector to maximize public infrastructure and land use policy for car use.
That said, they do some things that could easily be copied here: they convert curb side parking lanes into height-separated bike lanes on nearly all urban arterials, and they include vast amounts of secure bike parking at major transit stops. This has the effect, among other things, of limiting auto-bike conflicts and thus increasing safety dramatically for everyone.
Their post-conversion economic studies show that the bike lanes increase foot traffic to retails businesses vs what had been the previous condition with curb side parking for cars.
Jun 28, 2016
commented on Game of Thrones Recap! Kingdom Come in "The Winds of Winter"
Does Ned know nothing? Perhaps.
Ned got right the telegraph of the final drama: two wars, one for the seat of power and another for humanity's survival (Return of the King, anyone?)
What he missed completely was an excellent insight into Littlefinger and Sansa. Littlefinger did something he never does; he showed his hand-- SHOWED HIS HAND: by stating clearly he envisions himself on the iron throne with Sansa (the true Lady of Winterfell) as queen. The most delicious part of the Winterfell scene was her cock-blocking him by condoning Jon's anointment as the second King in the North, after the prior Jon/Sansa scene left it ambiguous about who would assume power in the Castle.
As to the speculation about what happens next, isn't it obvious? Bran wargs himself into Drogon and barbeques the white walkers, regardless of which side of the wall they are on. Because, you know, dragons can fly.
The only real mystery is who becomes Dany's consort? Is it more incest with her half-brother Jon? Or is Jon's real father the greatest-ever producer of Bastards, Robert Baratheon? Or better yet, does Bran use his powers to somehow restore his legs, and then he and Dany connect to unite all of Westeros? Enquiring minds want to know.
Sep 4, 2015
commented on Seriously, Joe Biden: Go Home, Lie Down, Rest, Don't Run for President
People: don't miss the point of a Biden run. It would not be to win, because he couldn't beat Hillary in the primary. It would be to provide an essential service to Hillary and the party: to be the voice articulating the record and value prop of the Obama presidency, thus helping make the case for continuing Democratic leadership in the WH. It will not be a winning strategy for Hillary (or Bernie) to run by defending the Obama record. But someone HAS to get out there and do that, to cut through all the chaff and remind voters just, exactly, how much phenomenal stuff the sitting President has accomplished. It is the single most powerful reminder of just how much these elections matter. Joe Biden could play that role perfectly. And then retire gracefully having put an exclamation point on his (and his boss's) legacy.
Mar 5, 2014
commented on It's Waterfront Week™
The pool barge.... a gathering place for creepiness and chemically treated liquid that once was water. Yuck. Give me a beach with regular beach water.
Feb 25, 2014
commented on The Viaduct Is Sinking
four tenths sounds like a whole lot more than two fifths. Better call the fire department.
Feb 12, 2014
commented on Why Won't the State Tell Us How Far Behind the Tunnel Is?
There are two questions that need asking here, and Dom is asking only one of them. 1. What is the situation? WSDOT needs to answer that, and Dom should keep on being adick until they do. 2. What can be done to alter the situation? Dom's not asking that one, but should.
This is the time to begin examing the merits of the decision to enter a design-build contract. It's looking more and more like a good decision in retrospect. The D-B approach is intended, in part, to handle situations like this. To wit, the onus is on the contractor and the equipment supplier to deliver the tools to do the job, and execute the job. If they don't, they are not meeting the terms of the deal. The onus is on the owner to define the job specifically enough for the contractor to do it.
Next, these contracts always include claims & dispute resolution processes, with specific procedures for documenting disputes for reconciliation at the end of the job. Among the purposes of this approach is to make sure work continues even if there are disagreements about fault between the owner and contractor.
Finally, insurance will play a major role here. It's also important to know what insurance provisions might apply; a D-B contractor, in fact any contractor, doesn't get awarded the job unless they are well covered with insurance.
So the schedule is totally shot, yes. But the questions of cost overruns and who pays will largely be informed by how the dispute resolution goes, how fault is allocated, and to what extent coverage kicks in. Dom-- time to start asking these questions.