Wednesday WIN (2015-Jul-01)

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This weeks links (2015-06-29)

In brief:

* Costumed cyclists take to streets for Melburn Roobaix (2015-Jun-28) [Herald Sun]
THOUSANDS of cyclists have hit Melbourne’s streets in a colourful parade of costumes ranging from Forrest Gump to superheroes and astronauts.
Andy White started the 40km Melburn Roobaix as a Sunday activity for his mates a decade ago, and in its 10 year more than 2000 people cycled from Hawthorn to Brunswick in character.
❞ ‪#‎MelburnmRoobaix

* US Supreme Court rules in favour of same-sex marriage nationwide in win for gay rights movement (2015-Jun-27)[ABC News]
The Supreme Court has ruled the US Constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry in a historic triumph for the American gay rights movement.
The court ruled 5-4 that the Constitution’s guarantees of due process and equal protection under the law mean that states cannot ban same-sex marriages.



* The Bike Lane S1 Ep6 [SBS Cycling Central]

* Victorians have their say on cycling related road rules (2015-Jun-24) [Vic Roads]
Today VicRoads published an independent consultant’s report summarising the community’s views and understanding of cycling related road rules. The report is part of a review undertaken to understand the barriers faced by cyclists or people wishing to take up cycling. …

* Amy Gillett’s crash: 10 years since… [Ride Cycling Review]
part 1, Louise Yaxley
part 2, Alex Rhodes
part 3 – Katie Potocki

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:
Stars and Watercarriers by Tresilaze

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The Sword and Laser – 2015 Book list (Part II)


The Sword and Laser (S&L) is a science fiction and fantasy-themed book club and podcast, started by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt. The main goal of the club is to build a strong online community of sci-fi / fantasy buffs, and to discuss and enjoy books of both genres. — About S&L []

The following is the list of books read by The Sword and Laser book club during the second half of 2015. This page is designed as is a quick reference page so that I can quickly jump between the forum pages and Goodreads listings.

S&L-Patreon Tom and Veronica are both independent creators, and finding regular advertisements for the show is difficult (since we’re so niché). We want to continue be able to devote tons more time into developing and growing the show, since we know there are many readers out there looking for like-minded folks.
If you love what we’re doing and want to be a big part of S&L’s future, consider becoming a Patron!

[ Previously – The Sword and Laser – 2015 Book list (Part I), The Sword and Laser – 2014 Book list (Part II)]

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2015 Tour de France

TDF July 4 – 26, 2015
The Tour de France is an annual multiple stage bicycle race primarily held in France, while also occasionally making passes through nearby countries. The race was first organized in 1903 to increase paper sales for the magazine L’Auto; it is currently run by the Amaury Sport Organisation. The race has been held annually since its first edition in 1903 except for when it was stopped for the two World Wars (1915-1919; 1940-1947). As the Tour gained prominence and popularity the race was lengthened and its reach began to extend around the globe. Participation expanded from a primarily French field, as riders from all over the world began to participate in the race each year. The Tour is a UCI World Tour event, which means that the teams that compete in the race are mostly UCI ProTeams, with the exception of the teams that the organizers invite.wikipedia [ UCI WorldTour 2.UWT | FRA] #TDF

The 2015 Tour de France is LIVE on SBS from Sunday 5 July – Monday 27 July. Individual stage times vary – most stages begin from 10pm AEST. The Women’s Race, La Course by Le Tour de France, airs on Sunday 26 July from 10.30pm on SBS ONE before the concluding stage of the Tour de France.

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This weeks links (2015-06-22)

Westerfoldians represent! Salomon Trail Series 2015 - Race 1

In brief:

* Help, I’m Trapped in Facebook’s Absurd Pseudonym Purgatory (2015-Jun-19) [WIRED]
… Put simply, the company is conflating authenticity with accountability. That’s not unreasonable. Facelessness can beget some pretty disgusting behavior (of course it’s worth noting anonymity and pseudonymity are not the same things), and it makes sense that people would behave themselves when their identities are attached to their actions. But behavior on the Internet is fraught and murky, with some suggesting malicious behavior actually has very little to do with anonymity.
Facebook has not provided any data suggesting the authentic name policy is reducing online behaviors such as bullying and harassment. If the data are supportive, why not share it? And if the behaviors are the problem, why not simply police that and not the names? It feels like the company is using a sledgehammer when what it needs is a scalpel. …

* Why universities should get rid of PowerPoint and why they won’t (2015-Jun-24) [The Conversation]
Do you really believe that watching a lecturer read hundreds of PowerPoint slides is making you smarter? ❞ ‪#‎DeathByPowerpoint‬

* 21 Melbourne Walks That Will Take Your Breath Away (2015-Jun-20) [Buzzfeed]


* The Bike Lane S1 Ep5 [SBS Cycling Central]

* Finding fault: when cyclists and motorists collide (2015-Jun-25) [Executive Style]
“While driver perceptions are of cyclists being mavericks on the road, the crash data does not support this position.”

Some reading/listening:


Something from Bandcamp:
Joy, Departed by Sorority Noise

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** July Challenge – Crime/Mystery/Suspense/Thriller (in Winter) **

goodreads The Aussie Readers group on Goodreads has the July Challenge – Crime/Mystery/Suspense/Thriller (in Winter);

For July (in the midst of winter) we’re going to be cosy-ing up to some of the Crime/Mystery/Suspense/Thriller genres.

#1. You need to complete three of the five categories listed below to finish this challenge. One book for each category.
#2. List ( and link ) the books you plan to read for this challenge.
#3. Upon completion of a book, rate it and strike it through if you wish but we’d love you to update your progress as you go along!

1). Title: Read a book that has any of these winter themed words in the title; ‘Snow’, ‘Winter’, ‘Ice’ or ‘Cold’.
2). Cover: Read a book that has one of the following winter colours predominately on the cover; Blue, White, Grey or Navy. (show the cover pic)
3). Set in Winter: Read a novel which has been set in winter.
4). New Release (themed) by Aussie author (2015)
5). Reader’s Choice by Aussie author: Read any (themed) book of your choice.

☃ Make sure you check out the new challenge guidelines here


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