Max Z


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  • "It is an interesting design and I hate to sound negative, but I see at least three big flaws. The first is the monochains structural integrity. It is designed to go from a convex to a concave shape so it has no structural integrity of its' own. Compare that to a regular bicycle wheel that keeps it shape by the rim and spokes. Given that a 100+ kg person wants to be able to ride over bumps you need something that doesn't just give under you. Bump into  something with the front of the wheel and it will give.The second and more alarming to me is the "cogs" of the monowheel. Since they are very close to the ground and they open and close depening on where on the "wheel" they are situated, they will be prone to picking up dust and gravel that will impede this movement. On a bike you want moving parts that come into contact to be as far off the ground as you can. While the central cogs are, they have moved the rest of the "chain" as close to the ground as possible. On very clean city streets it might work.Steering will be quite limited compared to a regular bike where more or less only the speed limits how tight turns you can make. Here you have the rigidity of the belt itself.It is a novel design, but from a practical point of view I don't think it will make a huge dent in the bicycle market. As a city cruiser, gliding on smooth, clean pavement with few sharp turns it could work. And it would certainly turn heads when you glide past."
    on: Stephan Henrich's "Infinity"-Wheeled Bicycle Concept
  • "I would not call this recycling. A book can be recycled over and over, many times by passing on to new owners that want the book for what it is. Sure, it can be hard to find the right new owner, especially if it is pulp books.But the owners that want book for this purpose do not care at all for the book, so they have very little to no interest in letting the book go on to someone else after them. After all, the book is only worth the color of the spine for them. When they tire of their latest indoor decoration craze these will most likely end up in a dumpster, like most stuff from interior redecorations.So this is not recycling, rather downcycling. The book is reduced to something less.And I do not agree with your last statement: "The fact that people who don't really want to read their library are using books as decoration: at least they have some books at all." For them these are not books, they are set props. Perhaps set props to give an aura of something they aspire to, but set props nonetheless.I too have books that I bought partly because they look good (mainly coffee table art/photography books) and see nothing wrong with liking the beauty of the book itself, but as someone who loves books and knowledge, I cringe when I see this kind of interior decoration. It is just something someone concocted and spread through cheap indoor decoration magazines.A person that do not care about books and live that way, without any books in their life, I respect more than one that pretends to like books but do not actually care for them. For them it is just to uphold a fake facade. And no, this is not limited to books, this goes for any kind of hypocrisy."
    on: Hell in a Handbasket: "Decorative Books" Sold by Color
  • "I have had a snap hook fail on me once in exactly the same way.It was attached to the shoulder strap of a rather big bag that I used to carry heavy school books in. One day when quickly grabbing my bag and yanking it to me, the bag fell to the floor as the snap hook separated.I believe it is a fault lies in the construction of these. They often repeatedly take quite a load (heavy cargo, pulling dogs, etc) and since they should be able to rotate freely there is a bit of slack which also gives it room to move and abrasion occurs. When the material isn't the best metal,  these three factors could wear the head or eyelet down. A bigger head on the stem, more snug fit between the stem and the eyelet and better metal would lower the chance of failure, but few want to pay extra for it.On the bright side, we both had exactly one such failure in our lives so it doesn't seem to be a wide spread phenomenon. In my case I just put a split keyring between the eyelet and the D-ring of the bag. It worked for me even if only one end of the strap could rotate and I never removed the strap from the bag anyway. Also, the bag was starting to wear and eventually I replaced it."
    on: DIY Fix for a Snap Hook Failure
  • "Hmm... Why couldn't the article mention what this thing is? Neither the text nor the images hint of the function of the object, just the form. To understand what it was I had to look at a campaign video, something that could have been summarized with a few words (not eating into my mobile bandwidth allotment): "With the suction cup it hygienically holds peanut butter or some other sticky treat for your dog on the bathroom wall, making washing more more enjoyable for your four-legged friend".That way the article becomes little less click-baity link sharing.PS. I feel sorry for you who have this trouble. My old dog hated being showered in the beginning, until he realized that rinsing off mud/snow with warm water and even getting the hair dryer treatment felt really nice afterwards. Then he started running into the bathroom all by himself after every walk outside. Once he even stood there for half an hour waiting while the rest of a hungry family rushed into the kitchen for a late dinner after a long walk. When we saw that we didn't have a dog eating the scraps falling from the table we found him still standing in the bathtub and felt sorry for him being so good. But don't worry, he got extra treats for being patient with us."
    on: Simple, Clever Object That Makes Washing Dogs Easy
  • "For a bibliophile like me this is cringeworthy beyond words. If you want a book rainbow on your wall, get a photo wallpaper. Just caring about the color of the spine is IMHO extremely shallow and just shows how little appreciation you have for books."
    on: Hell in a Handbasket: "Decorative Books" Sold by Color
  • ""Möbel" means "(singular) piece of furniture" in swedish. It might be a nod to IKEA given their naming strategy.As for the piece itself: I don't think this solves anything. Either it will start to sag down with use and then it will be less foldable and eventually break down (and thus thrown away). Or, if they manage to use stiff enough felt to repeatedly support the weight of a grown, up it will be like sitting on a set of tubes. Not my idea of comfort. The average student housing isn't that large so you won't get much furniture before it is filled. If you buy furniture for it, either buy cheap (if possible second hand) that you can give away if you don't want to take it with you, or buy good, lasting stuff that you will bring with you. I'd rather have a comfortable chair for the time I am living in the place than an uncomfortable, easy to move one  for the rare occasions when I need to move."
    on: Möbel: A Foldable Chair Designed to Ease the Moving Experience for Students<font></font>
  • "Really? I didn't know that the president sat on the Consumer Product Safety Commission.Strong neodymium magnets that are swallowed are really harmful. When they get to the intestines they may stick together on either sides of intestinal walls and might have to be surgically removed or in extreme cases lead to death.So any toys with strong magents inside and small enough for kids to eat should at least come with the appropriate warning labels so that parents know to keep them away or be played with under supervision. Because it doesn't seem to be common knowledge that magnets and intestines don't mix.As for the comparison to Lego? Well, if you just want to build static voxel sculptures, sure, but then you are comparing Pixio Magnetic Blocks with the Lego of the '70s, not the Lego of today (and even they had wheels and figures). So more complex/non-compact models are out."
    on: Magnetic Blocks Make Building Art Easy
  • "Rain, I think Ross Oliver should come over here and form a first hand opinion of the state of our capital.But yes, we in Sweden, as well as many other countries have a long way to go. Most countries I have visited have a problem with littering. In fact, the only country where I have been happy with seeing so little litter so far is Japan. We have a lot to learn from the Japanese people, their society and culture. Not even Singapore came close unless you stayed on Orchard street.This is why I think initiatives like this one, Geocachings CITO (Cache In, Trash Out) or similar are needed. And we should highlight them more."
    on: New Swedish Fitness Trend, "Plogging," Combines Jogging with Picking Up Litter
  • "No trouble at all. But I just saw that I was really tired when transcribing/translating the video. In the end it should read "[...]want to be environmental heroes." Don't know what I thought of while typing that!"
    on: New Swedish Fitness Trend, "Plogging," Combines Jogging with Picking Up Litter
  • "The video didn't allow for community supplied subtitles so here is a rough translation I made for the Core77 readers:--  Hi, my name is Erik Ahlström. I have started Plogga, a grass root movement where we pick up litter and jog.We have seen that littering has increased dramatically, 13% in Sweden in only one year. If we do nothing there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans by 2050 since 85% of all litter from land end up in the water.- Stop! 45 minutes of plogging, how does it feel?- Good, good. It makes a difference.- What advice do you have? How do we make this country clean again?- Everyone has to help out.- It isn't harder than that, right?- No.Today we have been out with Tenant & partner and made a litter-free zone around their workplace.Do you and your company also want to be environmental authors? Contact us at info@plogga.se"
    on: New Swedish Fitness Trend, "Plogging," Combines Jogging with Picking Up Litter
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