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Cute test [Sep. 3rd, 2008|04:15 pm]
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[music |Freezepop - Get Ready 2 Rokk]

Xrite has an interesting little test to see how good your color discrimination is.

I was sort of surprised to get a zero (perfect result). I've never really though of my color vision in any deep manner. "They're colors. Yup, I can see all of them."
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Things that make me feel better as a human being [Aug. 22nd, 2008|12:13 am]
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[mood |contemplativecontemplative]

I was talking tonight to someone I haven't talked to in a long time. I walked her home late at night after a point83 ride about a year ago. She was seriously lagged out sinced she'd been up 32 hours straight even before the ride. After the ride I had walked her up Jackson (a big fugging hill) and made sure she got home okay.

I had always been worried she thought I was a creepy person who was just doing it for an ulterior motive (I wasn't).

She told me tonight she really appreciated it and thought it was great I had done that.

It gave me warm fuzzies inside.
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I can laugh because I am not yet dead [Aug. 6th, 2008|05:37 am]
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[mood |self mockingly amused]

I find myself singing "Always look at the bright side of life" from Life of Brian a lot lately. And you know what? It really does help.
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Excellent freudian slip in the New York Times [Jul. 30th, 2008|10:49 am]
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[mood |amusedamused]

NYT: Senator Ted Stevens Indicted in Corruption Case

A federal grand jury has indicted longtime Senator Ted Stevens, Republican of Alaska, on charges of failing to disclose receiving gifts of services and construction work as part of a wide-ranging corruption inquiry involving public officials and corporations in his home state. The indictment accuses Mr. Stevens of failing to report on his financial disclosure forms receiving gifts of more than $250,000 — in labor and corruption materials — from Veco Corporation.


It's since been corrected to read "construction materials", but one could argue there was little real difference either way.
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OSCON: Low power, major effect on real people [Jul. 23rd, 2008|04:53 pm]
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I'm wandering around the O'Reilly Open Source Convention (OSCON) this week. One of the neater things I've seen is Inveneo. Basically really low power (wattage) boxes that can run off of 12 VDC.

These are deployed mostly in sub-Saharan Africa. Using local power (usually insulated by a deep cycle battery), solar, or generators. The desktop box only consumes 2-5 watts, the server (which can run a whole schoolroom of desktop) about 20 watts. The monitors are LCDs that run about 15 watts.

The specifications are interesting (I'd be happy with one of these in the kitchen), but it's more interesting because of the humanitarian/developing world implications. They also do a lot of setup like long distance WiFi, VOIP and other things as appropriate for people. So they're not just dumping these machines on them, but setting up an infrastructure for them that can be maintained.
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The world is stranger than you can imagine [Jun. 19th, 2008|01:36 pm]
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[mood |mildly disturbed]

In this Wednesday, June 18, 2008 hand out photo, nurses are seen, posing near a monument to enemas at Mashuk Akva-Term Sanatorium in the town of Zheleznovodsk, Russian Caucasus Mountains region. Alexander Kharchenko, director of the Russian spa says the world's first monument to enema treatments has been unveiled at the spa in the southern city of Zheleznovodsk. The bronze syringe bulb, weighs 800 pounds and is held by three angels.

I'm actually sort of speechless, I think it's the cherubim holding up the bulb that causes my brain to stop for a moment. I mean, I suppose I can see building a monument, even an 800 pound bronze monument to enemas. But Cherubim? And why isn't this in Japan (following the maxim that Japan produces 74% of the worlds 'weird shit')?
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Owww and other thoughts [May. 19th, 2008|12:27 pm]
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Perhaps you've just freshly pierced your lobe a few time the day previously, and you're vigorously exercising. Thus making sweat trickle down and creating 'itchy' sensations in your ear. Don't grasp your lobe and absentmindedly yank on it.

Bloody ow [1].

Also, I picked up some peaches from Sosio's Sunday. They were delicious and juicy and made me yearn for later in the year when they'll be in season for local producers.

Also also, speaking of the market, there were something like thirty tents setup for cheese producers. Neat, I had no idea that was going on last weekend. Of course, becoming recently very lactose intolerant, this was basically one big tease for me.

[1] Literally unfortunately.
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The cranks... they go round and round [May. 14th, 2008|06:30 pm]
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[music |Freezepop - Harebrained Scheme]

In other news, when I put my Sunny Day bike together, I was in a bit of a rush. So I didn't overhaul the bottom bracket or headset. Well, yesterday I noticed my cranks were really wobbling and desperately needed adjustment.

So this morning I decided to overhaul it.
Lots of pics of hard shiny greasy tools and bicycle partsCollapse )
I'm not going to go into the full spiel about BB adjustment, other people do it better. Plus any newer bike is going to use a sealed cartridge bearing BB which means you don't have to do any of that stuff. Suffice it to say my BB is running smoothly now without wobbles and was very nice to ride into work.

In other news the bike shop finally heard back from Surly. They want to look at frame, so it's being shipped today or tomorrow out them and then I should get new frame in a week or two (assuming nothing goes wrong).
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Another vain attempt not to buy things off Etsy [May. 11th, 2008|11:29 am]
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I need to get a clock movement with a longer shaft before I can mount the face backing, but this is the basic idea for the clock I've been thinking about making for a long time. Basically a discarded 48 tooth chainring and a used up 12-32 cassette, cleaned and fastened into an arc.




Also, I suck at taking pictures of shiny metal objects.
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A bike for Sunny days [May. 9th, 2008|11:46 am]
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[mood |hungryhungry]
[music |Portishead - Seven Months]

Well, my commuter bike frame getting broken inspired me to get my Sunny day bike fixed up last week. I've been stockpiling parts for it for a while, so it was relatively quick to build up.

Pretty pictures after the cutCollapse )

I talked to the shop that has my old frame (Recycled Cycles in the University District). They've left some messages with Surly, but they haven't actually talked to them about it. So my bike is still languishing in their shop. And I've got this bag sitting on my desk at home full of all the parts I took off the frame.

I'm just glad it broke during the summer so I'm not missing my dedicated all weather/bad weather bike in the rainy season. Well, and that I didn't bother overhauling the headset and bottom bracket right before the frame broke. Procrastination saves the day again!
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