Saturday, October 25, 2008

Computing


A pic of my three favorite computing devices.

The little guy on the left is a Nokia n810, which is sitting on the keyboard of a 15" HP laptop (that I used to make this entry), and the little guy on the right-hand side of the keyboard is my trusty Sharp Zaurus sl-c1000.

Ritchey Commando, circa 1987, Deore XT.







Purchased from an ebay seller a few years ago. The photo's were very bad, the sellers feedback was perfect, I took a small chance that paid off. When I got the bike I couldn't believe the amazing, time capsule condition it was (still is) in !! All XT, except for a few nice Ritchey components.

circa 1991 Goat with night-sky camo, eclectic components.









Built this as a tourer as soon as I had it made for me by the guys at Chico. It has done many thousands of miles. Sharp-eyed individuals may note that the 6 speed shifters actually drive 7 cogs on the rear, which are 6 speed spaced!! I custom made the 2 largest cogs on the Shimano Dura-Ace *freewheel* to achieve the effect. At one time I had a Quad Ring adapter up front as well, giving me a range from 16 through 46 up front, and 13 through 28 in the back. I actually needed that super low gear just once, when climbing a hill near Dartmoor, England. That was about 6 years ago, when doing the End to End, loaded touring.

Woodland Camo Goat, circa 1990. Eclectic component mix.








Thought you might like to see some pics of my 1990 mountain Goat. Fall in New Hampshire today, all pics taken against my favorite tree in my back yard

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Perfect gibberish......

Finally, after an eight year run as Champion of the World at speaking perfect gibberish, #43 has finally met his match. Witness Palins' triple whammy. Who will be next to wear the crown (that surely no-one wants to wear)??

"It's very important when you consider even national security issues with Russia as Putin rears his head and comes into the air space of the United States of America, where—where do they go?"

"I know that John McCain will do that and I, as his vice president, families we are blessed with that vote of the American people and are elected to serve and are sworn in on January 20, that will be our top priority is to defend the American people."

"Say it ain't so, Joe, there you go again pointing backwards again. You preferenced [sic] your whole comment with the Bush administration. Now doggone it, let's look ahead and tell Americans what we have to plan to do for them in the future. You mentioned education, and I'm glad you did. I know education you are passionate about with your wife being a teacher for 30 years, and god bless her. Her reward is in heaven, right? ... My brother, who I think is the best schoolteacher in the year, and here's a shout-out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School , you get extra credit for watching the debate."