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Sunday, February 24th, 2008
11:12 am
Freeride Group Wheelbuilding

Freeride Group Wheelbuilding

Some friends from the Freeride Montpelier Coop (a coop for bikes!) and I got together for a drink-beer-and-build-wheels party. I put the beer part first because this really isn't something that should be undertaken (atleast your first try) without such a beverage. We used the late Sheldon Brown's Wheel Building guide.

My love for biking somewhat is because of my love for engineering. Biking is the application of amazing engineering. It is amazing to create your own wheel from components.

Current Mood: accomplished
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
11:39 pm
I heart migraines.  Wonder what it is this time thats causing them.  
Saturday, August 11th, 2007
11:10 pm
Anyone else use Twitter?
Friday, July 13th, 2007
11:19 pm
Yay for cars!
I fixed my roadbike yesterday, and i've been out having fun again... until this evening.  Riding down State Street towards my apartment, as I passed in front of Julio's some guy decides  that he wants to cut over down Elm street.  He manages to stop RIGHT in the middle of the lane.  For what felt like an eternity I tried to slow down (I was probably going ~25).  I think I managed to get it down to a reasonable 10-12 MPH before slamming into his car (it wasn't really even a car, it was some kinda pseudo minivan.. like a 1990's pontiac or something). 

Sunshine says I'm stupid for not calling the cops or getting his insurance.. lol.  I think the only 'damage' is my front wheel is less-than-true now, I have a headache.  I have a few scuffs from his car, but no blood.  I'm not even sure how I clipped out.. but the bike managed to land nicely to the side of the gentleman's car.

Yay for my first decent ejected-from-bicycle accident. 
Monday, June 18th, 2007
10:38 am
Yay for a weekend trip to Philadelphia. 800 miles, 12 hours of driving, one excellent weekend.

Day101: philadelphia pennsylvania (or close to)

Current Mood: busy
Tuesday, June 5th, 2007
12:43 pm
Ever have trouble falling asleep and meander through all of your thoughts? Someone asked me recently if I had no obligations, financial, professional, or otherwise what would I be doing right now. I couldn't honestly decide... Last night it finally came to me, I think. A road trip.

(oh by the way, on a road bike - and its happening in 2008)

Current Mood: energetic
Sunday, May 13th, 2007
7:24 pm
I know quite a few vegetarian's, and a more limited number of vegan's. I haven't ever fully been able to internalize their rational for their diet. I have pondered at times how it could even be possible, as fruit and vegetables alone don't ever seem to fill me up. Lately I have been super-active (biking, running, hiking stupid mountains), and feel like I have been getting by on less food. Today while being my moms mother's day slave, I found that carrots, peppers, and broccoli infact filled me up, and that is more or less what I had for lunch.

While reading Wikipedia's article on vegetarianism, I found the argument that humans are naturally vegetarians compelling. The argument that a human, presented with a live chicken and an apple, would eat the apple. A cat would ignore the apple and eat the chicken. While humans are most certainly omnivores, I don't think I could ever kill and eat an animal. Even the thought of raw hamburger makes me kinda throw up in my mouth a little bit. Even cooked, it freaks me out a little bit.

All that aside, I think that I absolutely love meat. I'm not sure how I can survive without italian subs, chicken, spare ribs... mmm... But at the same time I know in a natural situation, I would not be able to kill and devour wild animals. I can't even stand to catch fish.

So with that, I think I am going to slowly work on becoming a diary consuming vegetarian (No way im going a summer without creamies, and cerial is lame without milk. Silk milk/soy milk tastes horrible.

As phase 1 I will not buy anymore products (besides dairy) that contain meat. If all goes well, perhaps I will work out the dairy component as well. I have a rather decent supply of soups that have animal products in them still. From there we shall see. Maybe from there I will go to Fruitarianism... or not.

Update: Oops.. Vegan is no dairy. Silly vegans. Vegetarians can have dairy!

Current Mood: Vegetarian
Tuesday, May 8th, 2007
7:55 pm
The Internets
Sometimes I don't understand the intertubes. A good friend of mine Jessamyn is a the most famous person I know. How many people do YOU know on Wikipedia? Anyways.. so she goes out to this library.. and is all.. HURF DURF WINDOWS 2000 CD KEY GRR about some computers that were donated without software. We go back and forth a little bit, and somehow Ubuntu came up.. my grandeous idea was the Linux Terminal Server Project blah blah... but Jessamyn just installs Ubuntu. She also records it with her macbook. Now thats cool and all.. but it fucking explodes on the intertubes this afternoon.

First Cathy over at the SevenDays 802 Online Corporate Sell-your-soul blog posts it as TODAYS VERMONT VIDEO OF THE DAY. Then BoingBoing picks it up on their front page. From there the brushfire tapers out.. and its now listed on like 50,000 blogs.

Its a fucking video of someone installing UBUNTU! Ground breaking.. I know!

Anyways.. its a super well done video.. and I love Jessamyn's enthusiasm and energy.. but gimme a break.. why is this catching like wildfire?

I had dinner tonight with Ms. Jessamyn West, Folk Hero:


We discussed the digital divide, and how this hasn't made it anywhere off from the internets into the real world in Vermont. We also had awesome food.

OH MY FUCKING GOD. So Ubuntu apparently just *called* the Folk Hero, and interviewed her or something, and in sending her 300 Ubuntu CD's to further the cause. This never ends.. hahah.

Current Mood: IM WITH FAMOUS
Sunday, April 22nd, 2007
2:39 am
Adventures with daisy!
What a superb day! I met up with Ella and Kyle at the waterfront park for some scrumptious lunchings, and then we proceeded to make a mockery of ourselves by marching around the water front, Church Street, and Battery Park playing out instruments. The adults were curious what out "message" was, which made it clear that if this even is ever to be repeated, we need a message or we will simply confuse the poor citizens of the fine city. They seriously couldn't grasp the idea we were just out making fools of ourselves.

We retreated to Ella's for some House.

Afterwards Kyle and I had kickass dinner at American Flatbread, followed by harassing Abbie at work, and then wrapping up the evening with Short Bus!

Battery Park - Poor kids didnt quote know what to make of a pink robot.  They all wanted to touch it.

He seems curiously scared...

Body and mind -- Seperated.


Current Mood: content
Wednesday, April 11th, 2007
4:01 pm

Current Mood: black and white
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