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Jan 30, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Steve's house is infested with Dust Mites

An infestation of Dust Mite

I found another nail!

I found a nail! (#2)

This one was in the rear tire of the born-again Trek – I found it this afternoon when I was going over the machine adjusting it in hopes out going out at 0dark30 tomorrow morning for a quick 100k. I’m not sure just when it got stuck into the tire – Highway 30 (Cuthbert Binns to Sauvie Island) is pretty littered with tire-eating debris, but Marine Drive (Nicolas Flamel, Hills to the Yeah!) is a traditional winter place for me to grind to a stop with debris porcupining one tire or another – but it was sitting there happily holding up under pressure until I plucked it out and let all the air escape while sitting at home with my bottles of tire goo & floor pumps.

I tubeless tires; I wasn’t going for speed records on my 100k yesterday (I had to combine it with some shopping) but it was chilly enough that I would have been unhappy if I’d had to stop and change a flat.

Jan 29, 2015

chickens en passant

I sail past a flock of red junglefowl

I suspect they’re not feral, but it’s still nice that there’s a small flock of red junglefowl along the Springwater Trail.

Jan 28, 2015

f2.8 doesn’t get you very much when the film is the size of a pinhead

The iPhone 3 does not take good pictures of moving objects at night

Trying to take pictures of a northbound P&W freight.

Jan 25, 2015

January in the pacific northwest

Volcano dead ahead

There is snow, but it stops at about 2500 feet.

Jan 24, 2015

New (believe it or not) Code!

Discount has been shoved up to version 2.1.8 with a year and a half’s worth of bugfixes and (minor) feature tweaks.

Here’s what I (and other contributors) changed:

  • FINALLY address the bug where markdown extra footnotes lose numbering when they show up in nested element; I was not carrying the m-e reference# inside the footnotes structure, but was instead carrying it in the parent structure and not updating it. So I changed the footnotes structure to include the reference + the list of footnotes, which made the misnumbering go away on my tests.
  • Fix makefile distclean to cleanup all the generated files and corrected the names of the installed sample program man pages to end in .1 (Mark Pizzolato
  • Change the mail demangler to a debian-specific ‘always mangle one way’ hack. (enabled with the option –debian-glitch)
  • Add –with-unmangled-email compile-time flag to disable mailto: mangling
  • Allow the magic output filename -, which means send output to stdout instead of to a file.
  • Fix a bug where autolink + github flavored markdown absorbs the ^C eoln character into a link at the end of a line.
  • Tweak install.samples so that the user can supply a SAMPLE_PFX on the command line SAMPLE_PFX=discount- make install.samples to install the sample programs with a package-specific prefix.
  • Emit pages in utf-8 instead of us-ascii (simply a change to the Content-Type meta) (Nathan Phillip Brink
  • Patch the horrible list handler to support long numeric list items (George Hartzell
  • Bugfixes (Masayoshi Sekimura
  • Fix support for CFLAGS=-m32 ./ by using CFLAGS for all build invokations of CC. (Nathan Phillip Brink
  • Github-style language attributes on fenced code blocks (Loren Segal
  • When defining WORD & DWORD, check first for the MS Windows WinDef.h file; if found, include it instead of defining WORD & DWORD ourselves.
  • support url-encoded anchor links with –with-urlencoded-anchor option (Daisuke Murase

All of these defects were brought to my attention by other people using discount – it’s stable enough for me so I never noticed any of them. (And I don’t use some of the features, so things like markdown extra footnotes blowing up never crossed my radar.)

Something different, something difficult, something done.

In paint

Finished a front pannier rack (the one that I intended to be low-riding but, ahem, it didn’t work out that way) and now it’s getting rattlecanned for that professional touch.

Jan 23, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Soymilk,dried mango,dust mite

Gone shopping

At Collin’s Beach

Clothing optional MLCM

The midlifecrisismobile is always naked.

Jan 21, 2015

This is why I can’t have nice things

Low(ish)rider front rack, #1

I intended this to be a lowrider rack, but, alas, it didn’t turn out quite as planned.

Jan 18, 2015

And now for something completely different

Lowrider rack (in progress)

I’m making a lowrider front rack. Hopefully it will work!

Jan 16, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Sour Cream, Sauerkraut, Dust Mite

Keeping cool.

Jan 13, 2015


I found a nail!

Um, thanks, but I didn’t need another nail.

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Jan 10, 2015

Compare and contrast

The MLCM & Michael Wolfe's Bacchetta at Joe's Donuts

Bobtail vs. Recumbent @ Joe’s Donuts

Jan 09, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Learning to sew

Dust Mite and sewing machine.

Out on the line

The born-again Trek at the Sauvie Island Road turnaround

A non-rainy non-foggy day? Just the day for a quickish 100k!

Jan 07, 2015



I’m building a new wheelset for the midlifecrisismobile from the wheels (well, actually just rims) that were on the Trek when I bought it in the 1980s. It will be interesting to see how flexy these rims will be compared to the (heavy and stiff) Swobo rims that are on the mlcm’s existing wheelset.

Jan 06, 2015

Railroad picture of the day

A northbound Cascades pulls out of Portland Union Station

A F69phi pulls a northbound Cascades out of Portland Union Station.

Jan 05, 2015

bagmaking, kinda

Three toolrolls, #1

I had some pink leopard-print spandex lying around, so I used it (and some cordura remnants) to make up 4 tool rolls. One (not pictured) with spandex inside and out for me, two as late presents, and one that I sold.

Toolrolls are a lot less pain than rando bags because I don’t have to manipulate bias tape around the perimeter of a box. These three took me just a little over 2 hours to cut and sew together, which is a nice change from the long slog that is a conventional rando bag.


Jan 04, 2015



Carrying close to an xtracycle load

Jan 03, 2015

Not my best vehicle choice

The born-again Trek and Tim Erickson's LHT

The born-again Trek sits in Newberg halfway through riding Volcanoes vs. Farmland today. Note that it has no fenders. Note that the ground is wet. It was foggy for the first 6 hours of the loop, and the fog was extra damp, so a lot of that damp got picked up by the wheels and flung into the bicycle and its driver.

Sigh. At least it wasn’t freezing out, so I could stay damp-but-warm most of the time.

Jan 02, 2015

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

This dustmite is too big for a rando bag

Tiny rando bag or giant dust mite?

Jan 01, 2015

Out on the line

Boring born-again Trek

The born-again Trek at the Shell station in Boring.