This Space for Rent

Jan 31, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & Bunny Socks

Dust Mite, my socks, and me.

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Jan 30, 2014

Trolley picture of the day

Chasing a streetcar

We were out in the prius earlier this week and found ourselves chasing Orange/Red down Oregon St.

Jan 26, 2014

Oh, look, parts of the Cazadero Trail are open now

Every bike a gravel bike?

So I had to take the mlcm down one of them, despite it having 22mm tubulars. The ride on gravel isn’t nearly as bad as you’d think; it’s pretty close to the ride of Nomads and Confreries, with the notable exception of not having nearly the pneumatic volume of the larger tires (which means that they bottom out a lot faster than the larger volume tires do.)

Jan 25, 2014

Gone shopping

Two pickup trucks

After an interval of a few months, it’s xtracycle time in the OK corral.

Jan 24, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

A pint of mite

A pint1 of mite2

  1. not actually a pint
  2. not actually a mite

Jan 23, 2014

Personal Computer

Finishing touches on a macbook

Yes, it’s a pink Macbook Pro with a Hello Kitty sticker.


Jan 19, 2014

A tasteful and restrained color scheme

TSFR bicycle (TAF edition)

Alas, bikecad doesn’t have a setting for putting in the ob-front rack, so you’ll just have to use your imagination for that.

Jan 18, 2014

Fun with flash + photo editors

The MLCM at Kobos

The midlifecrisismobile at Kobos this afternoon. It was very bright out, so I tried to use the flash to fill in the shadowed areas, and then I tweaked it a bit in iPhoto to see about bringing out the colors. Part of the way in the colors started to go very very wrong, so I stopped right there and called it art.

Railroad picture of the day

OPR 1413 pushes a short passenger train towards OMSI

Oregon Pacific’s GMD-1 shoves a passenger train towards OMSI.

Jan 17, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

The IT expert

Setting up a replacement for my now-demised 15" macbook.

Jan 16, 2014

An excess of groceries

Grocery bag extravaganza!

The Archetypes I’d put on the midlifecrisismobile wore out pretty fast (after 3k miles the DS brake track on the rear wheel was becoming alarmingly concave, and I’d dented the front rim when I hit a large rock 80k into a 400k last spring (I finished the 400k, of course, I just didn’t use the front brake all that often after the collision)) and the Swobo Del Norte rims I had as emergency spares were not exactly what I’d call light, so when I wore through the rear tire on the emergency spares I decided I’d look around for a new set of lightish rims and tires.

I’d been interested in trying tubular tires for a while, so after successfully doing rube goldberg-style tubeless on the born-again Trek I was pretty much just looking for an excuse to make the jump.

A pair of tubular rims for $20 (Wolber Profil 20 – 460gm/rim) was a pretty good excuse, as was the pair of Kenda Volare tires I found on ebay for $29. You can tell it’s going to be a budget wheelbuild when the tubular glue (two tubes @ $4) are 15% of the cost of the wheels, and that the cost of the entire wheelset was less than the cost to replace the worn Archetype would have been. Yes, the tubular tires are ⅞“ instead of the 1⅛” that my beloved 28mm Resist Nomads are, but the praise for the ride of tubular tires was so embarrassingly effuse that I just had to try that size out.

They aren’t bad. They ride noticeably different than the wider tires I prefer (they’re so narrow that when I lean the bicycle over it feels like it’s going to turn turtle on me, and don’t have much resistance to wander – a problem when the front end isn’t loaded – and they weep air a lot faster than I’d like) but the ride is still very good and they seem to be slightly faster than the Nomads (already a very fast tire in my experience) are.

But I still haven’t ridden them on a brevet. No, instead I’ve been taking them shopping, which is not exactly the intended use for an fast(ish) randonneuse. But this weekend I’ll load up the mlcm with a bottle of Stans (my toolroll is overkill for tubular repair; a bottle of stans, syringe, patchkit, needle+thread, and minitool is somewhat smaller than the toolkit I carry for tubeless or tubed clinchers) and try to run it up to Ripplebrook (under the logic that I’ll never be more than about 10 miles away from a telephone so if I tear a tube in half I’ll be able to walk to help in finite time) one or two times.

Who knows, if the tires are faster I might be able to break 8 hours and then think about riding Hylo Sailor! in a week or so. (And maybe pigs will fly. In any case, it will be a fun experiment.)

Jan 10, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite & 5 9.5x6.5 rack platform kits

Dust Mite helps me build some racks.

Jan 05, 2014

Not the solid state drive after all

A "portable" computer

It turns out that the problem with the best’s macbook is not its interaction with the SSD, but it’s interaction with all internal media. After attempting to restore on friday it failed to reboot but just locked up on a spinny cursor instead. And after several slow iterations of fetching the internet recovery image and failing to get it to do anything except throw an error and force a (slow) reboot I looked around more on the net and found discussions of faulty hardware cables, with the diagnostic being to install the offending drive in a sata ↔ usb sled and try to boot off it.

So I tried that. And it worked (booted and everything) and let me recover off the time machine backup and update to macos 10.9 without any fuss.

Too bad the cable is a $50 part :-(

Jan 03, 2014

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite helps me reinstall Julie's mac

After the hard disk failed on Julie’s macbook pro, I replaced it with a (much faster) solid state drive. Unfortunately there appears to be a problem with 2012 macbook pros in that if they have a solid state drive and they aren’t connected to mains power and they attempt to go to sleep they end up flaking out and only writing some of the hibernation file. And then when you try to wake up the machine it sits there blankly and just glows at you while the fractional hibernation file is read into memory and then used to make the machine quietly kill itself.

The last time this happened it ended up eating part of the kernel, which resulted in a machine that would only boot into the recovery partition and – sigh – only give me the (usable) options of restoring from backup or loading a new version of the OS from across the net.

I decided to restore from backup, which is taking about 3 hours. And Dust Mite is, as is traditional, supervising.