Saturday, August 13, 2016

Overpopulation!


We have too many people. I know, cutting population will wreak havoc on the "always must grow" capitalist mantra, but so it goes. Make no mistake about it... human population *will* be cut, either through our own actions or because of a disaster of some sort. What kind of disaster? I have no idea, but this is a harsh universe, and one is sure to come along sooner or later. If you don't believe me, ask any dinosaur.

Overpopulation!


We have too many people. I know, cutting population will wreak havoc on the "always must grow" capitalist mantra, but so it goes. Make no mistake about it... human population *will* be cut, either through our own actions or because of a disaster of some sort. What kind of disaster? I have no idea, but this is a harsh universe, and one is sure to come along sooner or later. If you don't believe me, ask any dinosaur.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

How FOSS Influences All Aspects of Our Culture

“Paul Jones,” according to the University of North Carolina, “is the director of ibiblio, a contributor-run, digital library of public domain and creative commons media in the Office of Information Technology Service at UNC. He is also a clinical professor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science.” He’s also been known to write erotic poetry, but we didn’t discuss that in this interview — which isn’t so much an “interview” in the traditional sense as it is a 24 minute soliloquy by professor “call me Paul” Jones on the nature of free/libre and open source software (FLOSS; his preferred term) and its relationship with other forms of human intellectual endeavor ranging from academic research to folk music. (Read the Rest; Watch the Video.)

Sunday, March 6, 2016

MY HOMEMADE TRIKE HEADREST and HOW IT GREW

My trike headrest has been drawing a lot of notice, curiosity, and even admiration. This is its story...



My trike headrest didn't start life as a headrest, but as a solution to the chronic recumbent bike & trike, "How do I mount taillights?" problem. I have a mesh seat so I needed clamps that didn't go all the way around the frame tubes, and I found them. Yay!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Every recumbent Trike Needs a Walking Cane


Maybe not every one, but mine does. I recently spent a couple of weeks in Manatee Memorial Hospital after a bit of congestive heart failure (which is what killed James Brown and damn near got me). They didn't exactly release me, either. It was more of  medical parole. They wanted to send me to a rehab joint, but I whined that I wouldn't have the equipment there I needed to do video work, and I'd sleep better in my own bed, and so on, until we came to a compromise: I could go home, but they'd send a nurse and a home health care worker over twice a week to make sure I wasn't driving, was doing my physical therapy (but not too much of it), and generally being a Good Little Patient. They even gave me a walker so I could limp around like an invalid. Which... hmm... I guess I am.

I still have my recumbent trike, though, and while I hardly have any balance it doesn't take any to ride -- until I get someplace where I might want to dismount and walk around, for which I need at least a cane, which I had slung on the rear cargo rack, a totally inconvenient location. It was the (bike-riding) physical therapist who suggested the side-of-the-mesh-seat mounting point. It's working out really well, Cheryl. Thank you!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Boycotting the Lily-White Oscars

Will and Jada Smith aren't going. Neither are (wife) Debbie and I. But the person whose boycott would be meaningful is Chris Rock, and he hasn't pulled out. Yet. Read the rest here.

Big Auto Searches for Meaning Beyond Selling Cars


Carmakers want to get in on the driver-exploitative hire car business pioneered by Uber and Lyft. Read the rest @ Technology Review.

Friday, January 1, 2016

A "State of the Trike" Video, Dec. 30, 2015


A crappy video - really a test of my $62 GoPro knockoff "action camera." Good visuals, poor sound. Next time, if I want sound, I'll record it with my smart phone. 

Anyway, this is a look at my trike in its present state of modification, along with a very brief ride around our neighborhood, heavily edited to prevent excess boredom. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

My Light Bar and Head Rest

This (left) is my combination light bar and head/neck rest. It started as one vertical stub on each side of the mesh seat, held on with lamp mount clamps.
A seat-edge lamp mount clamp





The trick is that this kind of clamp doesn't need to go all the way around the bar you clamp it to, in this case the edge of a typical recumbent trike seat. The other end goes around a piece of 3/4" (inside; about 7/8" outside) PVC pipe.  And then I thought, "Hmmm.... if I put a horizontal piece of PVC pipe between the two vertical ones, I could put a short length of foam pipe insulation around it, then put some soft, furry fabric around that, and there's my headrest." 

This sort of worked, except it tended to lean forward or back depending on my head position, which made my lights sort of crazy. So I put another horizontal piece of PVC at the bottom of the vertical sections, with four L fittings holding it all together and a drop of superglue at each joint for added rigidity. This all works out because of my seat angle and curve; the lower horizontal pipe rests against the back of the mesh seat and created a perfect angle for my neck to rest against. 

Your bike or trike may be different and require two of the clamps instead of the lower horizontal pipe. And -- again, this depends on your trike or bike seat -- you may need (or want) to bend some of your PVC, which you do by filling it with sand to prevent kinks while bending, then heating the sand-filled tube with a blow dryer or other heat-producing tool. 

PVC is magical. Cheap, too. 

One last note about my light bar: the vertical curved thing sticking up is an 18" Foam Glow Stick held on to the light bar assembly with two lengths of velcro. The sticks cost less than a buck apiece and really make your trike or bike visible at night from all directions, especially if you use two of them. 

Plus, of course, you have your regular headlights and taillights, and likely a reflector or two. I like to say, "If they don't see me, they're working at not seeing me." Which, since this is Florida, is entirely possible. Sigh.


A Permanently-Attached Leash for Easy Dog-Trotting

This is the right (front) wheel on Silver, my Trident Spike recumbent trike. The blue thing is your basic retractable dog leash. It's "permanently" held on with zip ties, so I don't need to go find a leash and hook it up if I want to take Terri the Terrorist Terrier out for a trot. In fact, I can and do hook her up before I open the gate, and give her enough leash to let her head on out while I roll the trike out and close the gate behind us.


And in case you hadn't guessed, 
this is Terri. ------------------------------>

W00F!