This Space for Rent

Sep 30, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Dust Mite sized rack

A tiny rack for a Waterford rando bike, and the same old Dust Mite for size

Sep 28, 2016


Geometry whoops, #1

Apparently I cut the kit bike’s fork blades a little short and my planned 73/72 HTA/STA became 74.5°/73.3 °(the floor is tilted by .2°). Now this is an interesting state of affairs – the kit bike is my best riding machine and I thought it was because it has a really long front triangle, but now there are two abnormalities in the geometry, either or both of which may contribute to the quality of the ride. I could build a new fork that’s longer, but that would shove the front end up and take away some of the comfortable saddle to bar drop I’ve got right now. So perhaps I’ll have to squash the frame on the 3 speed project bike and build a couple of differently lengthed forks for it?

Sep 27, 2016


Construction at Golf Junction

Some sort of track reconstruction going on at Golf Junction; a panel of track to the west and a couple of panels of track to the east have been removed, and at least on the east the roadbed has been trenched & reballasted, and now has one panel ready to be slid into place and bolted into place. Perhaps this has something to do with the Springwater Trail & 17th Ave bike path?

Sep 23, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Type B mite

Time to braze a mite-sized bicycle frame?

Sep 21, 2016

New Code!

Discount has been pushed up to version 2.2.1 after a short round of bug & documentation fixes, followed by forgetting about it for a few months to see if anything would explode messily on me.

Version 2.2.1 has the following updates:

  • Update the muñoz test case for a text fragment with an 0xff
  • Kludge peek() and poke() to not sign extend on machines with signed chars, so a 0xff character will not sign extend and become an EOF. This breaks a test in muñoz.t (which tripped the 0xff becomes EOF bug) so that test needed to be rewritten.
  • Have not do the WinDef.h short circuit
  • include "config.h" to pick up the definition of DWORD/WORD/BYTE (windows support) & add a new label field for better TOC label generation
  • Wasn’t updating config.sub with {scalar_type}->{scalar_type} on windows machines.
  • Tweak mkd_xmlpage() so that it only uses the published interface.
  • Eat one of the two remaining flag bits (64-bin flag_t, here we come!) to make LaTeX support a runtime flag.
  • Add some missing dependencies to the makefile
  • In makepage, I was using the wrong argument for the file to make a page from. needed to check for argc > 0 & argv[0] (after shifting argc/argv by optind) but was checking argc > 1 & argv[1], which was something less than useful.
  • Strip out --enable-all-features from (obsolete now after the mass conversion of features from compile-time to run-time.)
  • Add config.h to the includes for amalloc (for the if #define to make clang stfu)

Thanks to me spacing out on the changes for several months, this code has been pretty heavily used on this weblog without exploding in any amusingly horrible fashion. So it’s probably safe. It’s getting really close to that horrible day when I have to basically toss backwards compatibility out the window (I have one free slot on my 32 bit flag_t, and when that fills I have to either go to a 64 bit flag scalar or toss bit flags in favor of a packed flag structure) but that day is not today.

So try it! And let me know if your development machine spontaneously turns into a toad!

Sep 20, 2016



A vertical garden on 50th, just south of Division St.

Sep 16, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Pile of forks & mite

A pile of forks & mites

Sep 13, 2016

trolley picture of the day

Two interurbans at the end of the line by Clackamas Towne Center

Two trains lay over at the Clackamas Towne Center terminus of the green line.

Sep 09, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™


Dust Mite attempts to use an iPad as a mirror.


Closer to matchy-matchy

I pulled the Sram d7 dynohub (it vibrates and hums when I get much above 15mph) from the kit bike and replaced it with the last spare dynohub in my bike mess (a Shimano DH-T4000, which is a 1.5w unit like all of the 1n70’s I’ve got laced into wheels here. It’s lagniappe that it’s silver(ish) instead of black and makes the wheelset more matchy-matchy, but more importantly it doesn’t vibrate nearly as much as the d7 does.

Sep 05, 2016

All my friends know the lowrider

Pelican lowrider rack

A lowrider rack for a Box Dog Bikes Pelican. A little bit easier to make than a rando rack, but it uses about 3 extra feet of tubing. I’m going to need to make one for the kit bike, sew up a couple of panniers, and see if my design is a disaster or not.

Sep 02, 2016

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

Rainy day mite

The rainy season has begun (perhaps the pollen will be knocked down far enough so I can ride a 300 or two?)

Sep 01, 2016



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