* Strava Cuts Off Leaderboard for Free Users, Reduces 3rd Party Apps for All, and More (2020-May-19) [DC Rainmaker]
❝ After roughly five months of appeasing users with new feature after new feature after new feature, the other shoe has finally dropped. Today, Strava sold its segmented soul. At least, if you believe Strava Segments are the soul of what makes Strava, well, Strava. ❞
* The Way Forward (2020-May-19) [Strava]
❝ We’ve made some overdue improvements and changes to make sure Strava is around to motivate you for years to come. ❞
* All the pretty horses and all the damage done (2020-May-17) [SMH]
❝ But scientists, ecologists and water and soil conservationists contend the horses have been allowed to breed until they have become a pestilence on the land.
Ironically, the scientists who want large-scale culling might have had an ally in Banjo Paterson, author of the stirring “Man From Snowy River”. In a speech in 1930, Paterson spoke of how “in the early days, the wild horses got to be as big a plague as the wallabies and rabbits were in later times”.
“It seems a terrible thing to us nowadays to think of shooting horses wholesale … but it had to be done,” said Paterson.❞
❝ Sometimes there would be casual mobs of dry mares and geldings without any stallion and, as these had no foals to delay them, they would set the best rider in Australia a task to get them out of that rough country where they had no weight on their backs and knew every foot of the going. In some rough country stations in the early days, the wild horses got to be as big a plague as the wallabies and rabbits were in later times, and they used to put up trap yards with wings running out into the bush and the riders would start a mob going and would try to go with it fast enough to keep on the wings of the mob and crack the whips and send the mob into the trap yard. Then they would shoot them just like vermin. It seems a terrible thing to us nowadays to think of shooting horses wholesale … but it had to be done for, if they didn’t get rid of the horses, the horses would get rid of them. ❞
— A.B ‘Banjo’ Paterson ‘Wild Horses’
included in ‘Song of the Pen A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson Complete Works 1901-1941’, Lansdowne, 1983 p 580-584
* Australia is facing a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ as cycling booms, advocates say (2020-May-17) [ABC]
❝ Australian cities and towns aren’t going to suddenly turn into Copenhagen or Amsterdam, but could they become more cycling-friendly?
Peter Bourke said Australia is facing a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity”.
“You look at Paris, you look at New York, you look at London — these are leading cities across the world that have shown if you build it, they will come,” he said. ❞
(Peter Bourke, Bicycle Industries Australia general manager)
* National Archaeology Week 2020 – Events List
Sunday, May 17, 2020 12:01 AM – Saturday, May 23, 2020 11:59 PM
* How streets could become more liveable and inclusive post-coronavirus (2020-May-11) [UNSW Newsroom]
❝ It’s showing the disproportionate amount of street space dedicated to cars, because all that space set aside for cars is now sitting idle, while our footpaths aren’t wide enough for people walking, especially under social distancing guidelines, […] People are also using their local streets more because they’re working from home. So we’re living more locally, and recognising more the need for better quality streets for our quality of life. ❞
— Dr Mike Harris, UNSW Built Environment lecturer
* 📻 Old Time Radio – Dangerously Yours – Single Episodes [archive.org]
by Old Time Radio Researchers Group
Dangerously Yours was a half hour show sponsored by Vicks. There were sixteen episodes broadcast in 1944, with eleven of them available to collectors today. Each episode seemed to star Victor Jory as the leading man, and concentrated heavily on romance, with much airtime being devoted to lovers murmuring sweet nothings at each other, and the action and adventure being relegated to backdrop status. At the end of each episode, the announcer would give a very brief teaser for the following week’s show.