This Space for Rent

Mar 22, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Basket bag mite

A bag full of Mite

Mar 20, 2019

Puddles of floof

Two puddles of floof

Ozymandias & Thor curl up on a quilt

Mar 16, 2019

Compare & Contrast

Compare & Contrast

SW-1 vs a thing

Mar 15, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Programming

Helping me track down why visual mode on windows garbles all the output and then dumps core (and lord how modern C compilers whine and whine and whine about perfectly valid C from the 1990s.)


I made a thing

Riding a thing

I took the old Bianchi Strada frame that’s been sitting around in my bike mess since I replaced the rear dropouts and dug up enough parts to make it into a bicycle shaped object. It’s not nearly as comfortable to ride as any of my other machines is (it’s short and, as you can see, there’s not much saddle to bar drop & it doesn’t have drop bars, so it forces an upright position) but that’s okay because it’s meant to be a way I can store parts without having them get submerged in the piles of bike parts & frame/rackbuilding tools & supplies.

If you think it looks really low, you’re right! The Bianchi Stradas of this era are designed around 700×38c tires, and I’ve put 559×38 tires (and wheels) on it, which makes it an upright scraper bike. I can’t do much for the low BB & short TT, but if I go back and strip off the existing bars (Soma Sparrow, I think) and replace them with the set of Lauterwasser bars that are floating around with all of my other bike parts I’ll be able to push my handlebar position forward and down a little bit, which will make it a slightly more comfortable scraper bike.

Mar 12, 2019

The programmer

Mavis surfs the web, using my macbook as a surfboard

Mavis uses the computer. As a footwarmer, yes, but she’s using the computer nevertheless.

Mar 11, 2019

Network upgrades

New firewall/router

A new firewall/router so I can convert the Actiontec modem that Qwest provided into just a modem instead of a (crappy) modem/router/firewall); I’m doing this because the end-user network staff at Qwest pushed a firmware update that disables shell access to my modem, and refuse to give me the password to reenable it. I was logging into the modem and setting up traffic shaping so that non-games traffic could get through when the medium-sized bears are both gaming, but hahaha I can’t do that now so f you qwest I’m going to pitch your modem into the electronic equivalent of the trash (as soon as I can figure out how to telnet into this thing and configure it as a firewall/router.)

This is a friendlyelec nanopi r1 with 1gb of core and an 8gb ssd. Running Linux, as so many tiny arm machines do, though I’m sure I can coax it into working properly for me.

Mar 10, 2019

Grocery shopping

Gone shopping

I like big leeks and I can not lie
You other brothers can’t deny

Mar 08, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Friction shifting

Installing a friction-shifted 8-speed cassette on the junk bike

Mar 07, 2019

That storage limit seems, um, a bit excessive

Ridiculous phishing attempt of the week, complete with some really deranged html and wild-ass claims about the size of the disk on my mail server.

Dear orc@pell.portland.or.us,
 
Your email has used up the storage limit of 99.9 gigabytes as def ined by your Administrator. You will be blocked from sending and recei ving messages if not re- validated within 48hrs.
Kindly click on your email below for quick re-val idation and additional storage will be updated automatically

 
Regards,
E-mail Support 2018.

(lightly edited to make the html a little closer to xhtml (via tidy -asxhtml) and to point the phishing hyperlink towards something more interesting)

Mar 02, 2019

Cats

Cats

Ozy & Thor & Dust Mite

Mar 01, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Floof & Mite

Thor & Dust Mite, napping on the dining room table.

Feb 23, 2019

Mavis

Shadowy Mavis

Feb 22, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Upholstery Mite

We went down to the Mill End Store today and picked up a couple of upholstery remnants so I can start reupholstering the dining room chairs. Dust Mite approves because it will give a nice new home for their friends and relations (the upholstery on the chairs right now is all disintegrating, so there’s no place for a dust mite to live except in the foam padding material.)


Floof Pillow

Large white floof-pillow

Ozymandias naps


Passenger Train

Portland Traction passenger train

A short EPT passenger train sits on the McBrod Ave lead late this morning as I went by on the way back from the Mill End Store.

Feb 21, 2019

Wandering

Narrow gauge randonneuse

At the narrow gauge trestle/tree sculpture at the foot of River Road & 99e

Feb 20, 2019

Prototyping

Prototyping

Sketching out a paint scheme for my (partially completed; the front triangle is sitting in a jig in my bike mess waiting for me to fit the bottle bosses & wiring ports) lightweight traditional randonneuse-to-be (“traditional”, here, means 73/73 HTA/STA, a more-level TT, and maybe centerpull brakes; it’s going to be a fly-by-wire machine, which isn’t exactly what I’d call traditional if I was using the conventional definitions.)

Feb 17, 2019

Shopping

Cargo-3

Taking the 3-speed (+ the bob yak) up to Trader Joe’s (for a change).

Feb 15, 2019

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Boozy Mite

Relaxing with a drink on Friday night

Feb 12, 2019

Twilight shopping trip

New zero-offset seatpost

Sewer goo, seltzer water, goldfish, and miscellaneous stuff from both the hardware store and QFC

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Obéir c'est trahir, Désobéir c'est servir
orc@pell.portland.or.us

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