This Space for Rent

Oct 14, 2018

Professor cat helps with the grading

Professor cat helps with the grading

Ozymandias is very helpful

Oct 13, 2018

Interurbans in Clackamas County

A type 1 and 3 SD660s at the Clackamas end of the Green Line

A couple of trains sit at Clackamas Town Center this afternoon while I was working my way back from Oregon City.

Oct 12, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite examines the xtracycle replacement's front triangle

Looking over the xtracycle’s front triangle to see what lugs need to be touched up before I design and glue a rear triangle onto the thing.

Skeptical floof

Skeptical glare

Thor attempts to nap

Nice try

The occasional “I’ve hacked your account” spam messages are getting more elaborate, and more unconvincing. (Ooooh, they can forge the From: address on mail. Gosh, nobody in the entire world has ever done sendmail -f before) – this one doesn’t even deserve a mocking “bring it on” reply.

Hello orc@

My nickname in darknet is solomon99. I’ll begin by saying that I hacked this mailbox (please look on ‘from’ in your header more than six months ago, through it I infected your operating system with a virus (trojan) created by me and have been monitoring you for a long time.

Even if you changed the password after that - it does not matter, my virus intercepted all the caching data on your computer and automatically saved access for me.

I have access to all your accounts, social networks, email, browsing history. Accordingly, I have the data of all your contacts, files from your computer, photos and videos.

I was most struck by the intimate content sites that you occasionally visit. You have a very wild imagination, I tell you!

During your pastime and entertainment there, I took screenshot through the camera of your device, synchronizing with what you are watching. Oh my god! You are so funny and excited!

I think that you do not want all your contacts to get these files, right? If you are of the same opinion, then I think that $500 is quite a fair price to destroy the dirt I created.

Send the above amount on my bitcoin wallet: ********************* As soon as the above amount is received, I guarantee that the data will be deleted, I do not need it.

Otherwise, these files and history of visiting sites will get all your contacts from your device. Also, I’ll send to everyone your contact access to your email and access logs, I have carefully saved it!

Since reading this letter you have 48 hours! After your reading this message, I’ll receive an automatic notification that you have seen the letter.

I hope I taught you a good lesson. Do not be so nonchalant, please visit only to proven resources, and don’t enter your passwords anywhere!

(But look on the bright side, babe – with this level of overly confident incoherence I’m sure you can get a great position in the propaganda department of the fascists who took over the US government.)

Oct 10, 2018

Ominous tuneless whistling

Pedersen racing minivelo sketch

A Dursley-Pedersen frame sized for 24" wheels and without a sternum punch front-end. I think I’ve got enough appropriately-sized tubing to build this frame (and maybe enough to build a D-P fork) and a proper front rack for the thing.

Oct 05, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mrs Mite?

Dust Mite spoils my tea

Oct 04, 2018

Railroad picture of the day

A northbound Cascades approaches the Springwater Trail underpass (and a stopped UP freight)

A northbound Cascades approaches the Springwater Trail underpass (and a stopped UP freight) at dusk.

Oct 02, 2018

Domestic vermin picture of the day

The platonic ideal of floof

Thor reclines on an Amazon shipping box

Sep 30, 2018

Domestic vermin picture of the day


Low-light floof

Sep 29, 2018

New bicycle day

Bicycle update

Silas’s new bicycle – a Specialized Sirrus (ca late 1980s?) that’s been converted to 650b and set up with a set of Pari-Motos (I stripped all the components off his old Shiromoto and moved them to this frame + a spare 650b wheelset.)

Sep 28, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite sneaks into the cat food

The greedy little cat is setting a bad example for a Dust Mite to follow

None shall pass

Large sunspot cat

Ozy guards the stairs and a sunspot.

Sep 25, 2018

New bicycle day

built and in the middle of a test run

The gravel®©™ bike lives!

Sep 23, 2018

A slightly different hoverrack

Rear hoverrack mocked up on the Tarcktruck

Building, for a change, a rear rack (the fractional Cross Check it’s test-mounted on is going to be made into a cycletruck a couple of frames from now.)

Sep 21, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Musical Mite/

The music critic casts shade on our library

Sep 19, 2018

Pizza truck

Pizza fixie

Running out to get a store-bought pizza for (everybody else’s) dinner.

Sep 18, 2018


A bicycle-shaped object

There’s a small pile of cable stops, brake bridges, rack mounts, light mounts, brake bosses, derailer bosses, and tube braces that need to be glued on before I dare ride it, but the basic diamond frame is all glued together now so I had to throw a bunch of components on to see what it looks like as a real bicycle.

Sep 16, 2018

Starting another frame

Xtracycle front triangle

Finally starting on the xtracycle frame, with the easy part (aka the front triangle) the first thing under the torch. This one is 73°/73°, with an ~600mm ETT (slightly sloped; I’d planned for a .5° slope, but I think it turned out to be closer to 1°) and a 110(ish)mm HT. As is traditional, my xtracycle is going to have the most aggressive saddle->bar drop of all of my bicycles, but that’s only a matter of ±10mm between the lot of them (unless I use a stack of spacers under the gravel®©™ bike’s stem), but in any case this is going to take a while to build because I need to think up a jig to hold all of the fiddly tubes of an extracycle rear triangle together and in line before I finish it.

Sep 14, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Mavis & Mite

Still life with cat, Dust Mite, and chair destroyed by cats

Almost finished

Getting really close to being finished now

The most fussy parts of assembling this thing are done now; the remaining aligning and brazing won’t need any sort of super-fussy aligning (I need to take the 2×4 of gentle persuasion to the chainstays to line them up a little bit, but that’s pretty trivial now that they’re brazed into the BB) and can just be laid up and stuck to the frame at my leisure, and then I get to do the simple-but-strenuous job of reaming & facing the HT, facing the BB, and reaming out the seat tube before scrounging a group out of my bike mess and throwing it onto this frameset.


Obéir c'est trahir, Désobéir c'est servir