Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Runt Bike


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Of Science and Chair Design

I was listening to a podcast of Edward Tufte (sp?), a guy who I need to look into a bit more. He mentioned something about Feynman diagrams (I'm spelling that like the physicist?), but am not sure that's right. Anyway, it got me to thinking about my parent's dining room chairs. (Yeah, I have weird synapses.) My parents have a Danish Modern dining room set. It's very nice, kind of sinewy and elegant in it simplicity. Unfortunately, the shairs have, over the half-century plus they've had it, been gradually breaking down. One thing the chairs lack is, any kind of stout bracing. They trade the elegance of style for a lack of sturdiness. They are lovely, but trading beauty for durability isn't a trade I like, or am willing to make. Simply, the lack of bracing means that when stressed, the chairs are more subject to racking, and this tends to tear the joinery apart. I am trying to figure a way to revise their design so they can live in both worlds, retaining the flow and sinew of the Danish design while both adding bracing and beefing up what is there so the chairs can both survive (and since I am unlikely to actually make chairs, this is an exercise in thinking) and keep their beauty.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Bringing My Watch Back to Life

My watch had a couple of problems, its battery was dead and the watchband was broken (note the missing buckle at the top).

So I pried off the back using my Leatherman Micra.


And then, I removed the battery and dropped in a replacement. I then pressed the back on. This took a bit of effort, as it's very tight - the watch is water resistant, so it must be tight!

Then, using the little band replacement tool which was included with the watchband, I replaced the band. The replacement tool is that little gray plastic oval at the top right of the picture. At its top, there is a little groove and that end's been narrowed to a point so it will fit into the gap between band and watch. The result - a watch that was practically good as new. I'd done this back in April 2011, it's now November 2012 and the watch has been running flawlessly.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Alfred E.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

An Ecological Conundrum

I recently found myself facing a little puzzle. I wanted to buy a bottle of water, something I generally do not do, because I filter and usually keep plenty around, but I was out and badly needed more fluids. I looked at the two choices I had, half-liters for 17 cents or a liter and a half for 69 cents. I was puzzled at first by the price premium for the larger bottle, but decided to buy it because I figured it had less ecological impact. Further examination and thought revealed to me the mistake in my logic. A half-liter bottle need only be strong enough to hold up to handling about a pound of water, while a liter-and-a-half needs to hold up when subject to three pounds of water. The difference means that the small bottles are vastly thinner and though the two additional necks adds plastic to the equation, I figure the total works in ecological favor of the 3 smaller bottles. Never mind that two would have certainly sated my needs at the time. I'm now quite sure I made the wrong choice.

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Friday, July 06, 2012

The Blob! (cue foreshadowing music)

I've gotten rather out of shape. I was 192 pounds when I weighed about 2 weeks ago. My goal, in the near term, is to get into good enough shape to be able to work out comfortably and to lay the groundwork for a year round fitness program. My son is going out for the high school cross-country team in the fall, so I am using the times I drive him to runs, etc. to take the opportunity to run. Because I am a minimalist shoe guy, overdoing the runs early tends to make my upper calves sore, so my distances are very short. I am trying to get out on the bike to get some longer aerobic work, but times are still pretty short. I'm trying folks! Note: I should point out that two posts (and a year and a half) ago, I posted something similar. At that time, I started a weight loss competition and got my weight down to just about 175 before I let myself go again. With a new job and school, etc. I just didn't make fitness a priority - shame on me.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

The kid aggravating his Dad.

The kid aggravating his Dad.

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Grete Waitz and my son and me.

Friday, January 21, 2011

A Confession

I have gotten sloppy. I am back in school, but will be finishing that this semester. I want to be thinner and am willing to work at it. I also really dislike the cold and the big dose of snow and ice we've been getting. That makes it hard for me to get outside.
I want to go on the record that I am committing myself to losing 20 pounds by the end of summer. I am just shy of 190, and I want to be under 170, not because that's my goal. It isn't, rather I want to get there so that some other fitness activities don't stress my body as much. I'm also committing myself to be doing three good, substantial workouts weekly on the roads by the end of March.

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

On Hot Chocolate and Dying

I've become a fan of McDonald's McCafe Hot Chocolate, so I stopped by my local McD's this AM. I sat down to drink and read, and there was a group of about 6 older men (70ish) who were talking rather loudly. The result was that I read little and laughed a lot.
One guy said that he wasn't planning a viewing when he died, but if he had one, he'd like one of his buddies to slip his cell phone into the casket, go outside and call him during the event.
They were also talking about sales going on now, and one of them mentioned that Joseph A. Bank is appartently offering 70% off, so if any of his buddies needed a suit to be buried in, now might be a good time.
It sounds a bit dark, but these guys were having fun, and it brightened up my morning a bit. I, when I go, would kind of like a New Orleans style jazz procession from the service to my interment.

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