Shakespeare Street surface failure

There has been much discussion around here, of late, about the state of Shakespeare Street. Shakespeare Street both north and south of the Leamington ‘commercial centre refurbishment contract’ is in a sad state. Significant parts of the late March early April 2009 surface application have failed. A bad batch of tar/bitumen? (I really have no idea). Aggregate wet when applied? (ditto) though this photo [2:34PM 23 March 2009] seems to suggests otherwise for the later.

This is what the northbound lane, just a little north of the above shot, looked like on Friday the 15th of May 2009. Apples and oranges I know – different lorry load of chip, different part of the pile – and in fact the south bound lane (top of picture) looks OK here. That is loose gravel/aggregate/chip in the bottom of the photo.

Same area on Monday morning the 18th of May 2009.

Council and contractor have set to work to sort out what went wrong with whatever metrics it is you use to decide such things. Folk with clip boards have come to look and record their observations. And the contractor has been busily removing the dislodged chip – cause of the most disagreeable aggravation – the noise.

Now, Shakespeare Street sees a constant flow of traffic, some of it heavy, – truck and trailer units including full milk tankers – day in and day out. 

I guess my question is; does the maintenance regime in place for Shakespeare Street match the usage it sustains? And secondly; is Shakespeare Street, and I use the above image taken this afternoon as illustration, correctly formed and structurally sound?

All the photos.

See here also. And just for good measure a full blow by blow coverage of Thursday 6th of November 2008.

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Cambridge BIG little town

Once more we suffer the indignity of the big little town Cambridge retailers window display competition. Poor, inappropriate and downright inaccurate branding offers nothing to Cambridge – and its partner in this endeavour – National Fieldays.

A promotion which does not call a spade a spade is a failure. Cambridge the Waikato town – most probably the largest Waikato town – functions, in large part, as an agribusiness hub – supplying its hinterland and beyond with goods and services. It is a busy place.

The sillyness of ‘villagising’ Cambridge and reducing commercial activity to the level of comic hayseediness is just wrong. Cambridge is in the business of attracting punters to buy its goods and services. National Fieldays is a celebration of businesses that thrive on innovation and all that other fancy go-get stuff people like to talk about.

This promotion fails both by subverting the strengths, aspirations and branding of both enterprises.

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Cambridge Community Marae

Cambridge Community Marae is at present hosting local folk to ‘get to know us’ evenings (a nice cup of tea & yummy supper) encouraging those interested to become involved in the life of the marae. From the the marae website

The Cambridge Community Marae is situated on the corner of Bracken St and Pope Terrace in Leamington and overlooks the town of Cambridge across the river. Approximately one kilometre from the Town Centre, the complex provides ideal accommodation for small or large groups and provides large dining and marae areas, off road parking, spacious lawn areas, full kitchen facilities, walk in chiller.

Centrally located and minutes away from Lake Karapiro, Hamilton Airport and Mystery Creek. One hours drive to Tauranga, Rotorua and Raglan or 90 minutes to Auckland and Taupo.

Accommodation for events and special occasions sustains the marae financially allowing it to engage in local life as a fully functioning community facility and resource. Willing hands and hearts from all walks of life are encouraged to be involved. You can find out all about how to make contact at Cambridge Community Marae.

Cambridge Community Marae – Mo te katoa – for everyone.

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Wolfram Alpha

Worldwide network: A brief history of the internet

1969 The internet is created by the US Department of Defense with the networking of computers at UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute.

1979 The British Post Office uses the technology to create the first international computer networks.

1980 Bill Gates’s deal to put a Microsoft Operating System on IBM’s computers paves the way for almost universal computer ownership.

1984 Apple launches the first successful ‘modern’ computer interface using graphics to represent files and folders, drop-down menus and, crucially, mouse control.

1989 Tim Berners-Lee creates the world wide web – using browsers, pages and links to make communication on the internet simple.

1996 Google begins as a research project at Stanford University. The company is formally founded two years later by Sergey Brin and Larry Page.

2009 Dr Stephen Wolfram launches Wolfram Alpha.

Gmail: From Me spamming

Your email account is not sending spam. The spammers are spoofing your address in an attempt to bypass spam filtering.
posted by WinnipegDragon at 12:05 PM on November 28, 2008

It’s called a Joe-Job.

There is a technology to prevent this; it’s called SPF. Google is an early adopter but they are lazy and specify “?all” rather than “-all” in their SPF records. That means instead of the recipient being able to ask Google “Did you send this?” and hearing back “No.” they hear back “Dunno.”. Google doesn’t even do “~all” which effectively means “Probably not.”.

Not much you can do besides pester Google to fix their SPF records. But they probably have users who want to spoof their gmail.com address from wherever they’re sending, rather than send a proper SMTP envelope that will work with SPF. Too bad.

My SPF record has “-all”, so nyah.

Anyway, what do you care? It got properly filtered as spam, didn’t it?
posted by vsync at 12:22 PM on November 28, 2008

This is as good an answer as I have seen so far. [MetaFilter.com]

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