December Digest (and Why You Should Follow Me on Twitter)

I’m recently returned from almost a month in Australia and New Zealand — mostly doing speaking events in Sydney, Melbourne, and Auckland — and am way behind on blogging.  This happens now and then, which is why you should also follow me on Twitter (@humantransit).  When there’s no time to write paragraphs, I still write tweets.

Some important things:

It’s fun, and the writer, who goes by Joe Bagel but may have several identities, certainly knows his Shakespeare, and his Plato, and his hip-hop.  More impressively, he cast himself as Musk, who is not, in the end, the hero.

6 Responses to December Digest (and Why You Should Follow Me on Twitter)

  1. James Garner December 19, 2018 at 5:58 am #

    Traffic, and traffic, and traffic
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of fossil fuel time
    And all our highways have lighted fools
    The way to coughing death. Out, out brief commuter
    Life’s but a snarling shadow, a poor driver
    That honks and crawls his hour upon the road
    And then is heard no more. It is a drive
    Made by an idiot, full of noise and fumes
    Signifying nothing.

  2. Rod Stevens December 19, 2018 at 7:55 am #

    One question about the new Auckland network, which I am reading about for the first time today: what frequency do you need to have on the major lines for the network to work overall. I read a complaint on your September post about from a user who said it now took him too long to make the connections. There are obviously low frequencies that result in long times overall, and high-frequencies that provide little marginal benefit. I would think that there are models for testing this, but given consumer behavior, how often must the trunk lines arrive for the system to work?

  3. David December 19, 2018 at 10:08 am #

    Congrats on your (quasi) theatrical debut!

  4. Ugo J. Lachapelle December 19, 2018 at 7:37 pm #

    The excerpt from the play is pure gold. Love it!

  5. Peter L December 21, 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    Yeah, so no. Twitter is a cesspool of haters with occasional nuggets of good stuff (and lots of 1% types). A couple years back, I was pretty active on it (nothing like thousands of followers or anything like that) but earlier this year, I deleted the 2-3 accounts I had. The company won’t do anything about the worst violations of their own ToS so I decided they weren’t going to get the use of my eyeballs. Facebeast isn’t a *whole* lot better but it seems to exercise better control over the gross violations of their ToS. So far, their benefit to me outweighs their cost (to *me* – YMMV)

    But … tweets are open to all, so post links and I’ll read them! 😀

  6. Daniel Kinnoch December 28, 2018 at 10:31 pm #

    “San Francisco and Minneapolis have eliminated parking minimums for new development. This is a colossal step that no other big US (or Australia/NZ) city has taken.”

    Auckland has actually eliminated parking minimums in most zones, and in many they now have maximums. So not entirely correct!