Weekend Reading 9.12.17

Simple stuff and high tech stuff in this weekend’s reading – enjoy from your lawn, or bus!

Look after the lawn

“Some people hoist a flag to show they love their country. Well, my lawn is my flag. It tells the world, “Here lives a competent and trustworthy salesman of propane and propane accessories.” A man who can’t keep up a lawn is either inept or stupid.”  – Hank Hill, King of the Hill .

Kiwis too love our lawns. As grass goes golden and home irrigation bans are imposed across Porirua, Wellington City, Lower Hutt and Upper Hutt, you’ll enjoy The American Obsession with Lawns from the Scientific American.

 

Is it a bus? Is it a tram? Is it …the future?

A trackless train

 

Mass transit has been a bit AWOL in the Let’s Get Wellington Moving scenarios, but there’s no doubt Wellington needs to get into it.   

Advocates of light rail versus high-capacity buses versus tram-trains have heated debates, but could new “trackless trains” reported by Channel News Asia satisfy everyone?  

 

image credits:

Lawnmower – By kallerna (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

Trackless train: Channel News Asia

Banner image: Pamela Govan, for Talk Wellington

 

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