Thursday, September 25, 2008
Why build a bike, you ask? I already have a couple. I'm getting old however, and my back hurts and my knees are shot (one of them, anyway). I want a recumbent, but they cost an arm and leg, or at least as much as knee surgery. Being a cheap and thrifty guy of many talents, I'll figure I'll can try and make one.
It almost seemed like a sin to cut into a bike frame. One of the donor frames was a freebie early eighties mountain bike frame from a missionary getting ready to go home. The other was a late seventies Japanese road bike frame I paid $20 for.
I don't think I would have tried this if it wasn't for two things. First, all the instruction are posted on the internet. I learned from Project Buggy that working the bugs out of a design is the most time consuming part of a project. I'm more than willing to let someone else do that for me.
Secondly, Smitty was next door and willing to teach me how to braze. Brazing is a lot like soldering, which I became quite proficient at doing for Project Buggy. You just need about a magnitude more heat. It is also a lot easier to do than welding, which is why it has been a preferred bike building technique from the beginning of time.
Tune in for our next episode, where we'll learn about the sling seat design and the modern miracle called Phifertex.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
It might help if you read the storyline while listening. Here is a good link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broken_Bride
(it will open in a new window thanks to my wicked html skills).
If nothing else, listen to the last song (part IV). You'll still need to know the storyline to fully appreciate it.
There. Blogation over.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
- From your blog page (while signed in), select "customize" up at the top.
- Select "Layout" tab, and then "Page Elements".
- Select "Add a Gadget" from your side bar or bottom bar.
- Select "Blog List", select your options.
- Click "Add to List" at the bottom.
- Add the subscription URL you copied from the blogs home page (see earlier instructions).
If you would like a central place to read postings without going to each page, you can use Google Reader (http://www.google.com/reader/ You still need to add the subscription URLs by clicking on the "Add Subscription" link and URL like above. Actually, if you populate your Google Reader first, then you can have Blogger import the links for your Blog List and avoid the long procedure above!
There is a new feature for Blogger.com called "Followers". From your Dashboard (http://www.blogger.com/ while signed in), you have a "reading list" toward the bottom. Click "Add" and paste in the subscription URL from above. You call also add a "Followers" Gadget to invite people to follow like you see on my blog.
Finally, probably something most of you know, when you make a reply to a post, there is a box to select if you want to get follow up e-mails. It is normally unchecked. If you check it, it will send you a email whenever someone posts to that specific topic.
Good luck following. Let me know if the instructions trip you up. Blog at ya latter!
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
The Large Hadron Collider is scheduled to fire up Wednesday, and may create a mini-black hole which would then swallow the earth. Man, wouldn't that be cool to watch! According to Fermilab theorist Joe Lykken, with about the same probability, it could also create a pink elephant!
Here is a entertaining and informative LHC rap song that doesn't mention pink elephants:
Kurt Vonnegut knew how the universe really ends. It is blown up by the Tralfamadorian's experimenting with new fuels for their spaceships. A test pilot presses a starter button, and the whole universe disappears (from Slaughterhouse-Five). I don't think Kurt ever wrote about pink elephants.
Do I think it the world will end? No. If it does? I think we probably deserved it. “Everything Was Beautiful, and Nothing Hurt.”
P.S. Dibs on any pink elephants created tomorrow.
Monday, September 8, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
When we moved to Oregon, I cut the stilts off and transported it in the back of my old big blue truck, which in turn was towed by the U-haul. It made quite a spectacle. In Oregon, it found a new spot in our back yard in between two evergreens.
Not being on stilts allowed it to be overrun by all sorts of crawly things, which in turn kept the intended inhabitants from using it much. The Oregon rains had been working on the roof, and many summers of sun had faded the paint. Jeff, my son-in-law, instigated the overhaul, which is fitting considering it started as a father-in-law project. Being quite a handy man, he didn't learn much from me on this one. Smitty played more of a consultant role, probably humored by the role reversals.
Now it has a new roof, is back up on stilts (actually a foot higher than originally), and has a front porch. It is ready for another twenty years, and a new generation of inhabitants.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
I put together the album on Playlist. If nothing else, listen to Viva la Vida.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
I would add:
- Making your bed.
- Mowing your lawn.
- Neil being elected president.
What else is there we shouldn't worry about?
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Scene 6 – Final Scene – Missionaries alone at end of day.
M1 – What a day!
M2 – My feet are killing me.
M1 – Dreary Hill wasn’t as all that bad. We made a lot of great contacts!
M2 – Yea, and we didn’t get shot at.
M1 – The Lord was watching out for us. I felt the spirit several times today.
M2 – Yes, your right. I’m glad we went. I think we are going to be great companions.