This Space for Rent

Oct 30, 2018

Tweaking the born-again Trek

New bars & chainrings

I moved the C13 saddle over from the Mountainhack, replaced the pseudo-ergo Kestrel (EMS pro?) handlebars with a set of traditional bend Easton bars that had been kicking around in my bike mess for a while, then tossed the 50/39 round chainrings in favor of a 52/42 v2 Biopace pair.

Oct 29, 2018


Two dozing cats

Mavis & Ozymandias are creeping towards an accomodation. Thor & Mavis, not so much, but baby steps are still steps.

Oct 28, 2018

Hoverrack of the day

10x8 inside-out hoverrack

A 10×7.5" rack fitted to a Elephant NFE fork. Currently hovering because I need to verify the alignment before gluing on the fork leg stay and crown braces.

Oct 26, 2018



Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

I'm a mite and I'm building a rack

Building another spec Elephant NFE rack.

Oct 22, 2018

Trolley picture of the day

A northbound train on the viaduct south of downtown Milwaukie

A northbound train on the Tri-Met viaduct just south of downtown Milwaukie (not on the trestle; the viaduct is adjacent to and a little bit higher than the trestle.)

Oct 20, 2018


Floofy paw

Thor and (to a lesser extent) Ozymandias have long fur growing out of the bottom of their paws. This makes cornering on hardwood floors less effective than it would be on a shorthaired cat.



Keeping bad people out of power, keeping bad laws from being enacted.

Oct 19, 2018

Friday Dust Mite Blogging™

A tiny robot earring

A Dust Mite-sized pink robot charm

Oct 18, 2018

Never turn your back

Never set down a glass of water

I’d poured myself a glass of water, but then stepped away for a second and someone decided to help herself to a drink.

Oct 16, 2018

A clutter of handmade bicycles in the fall sunshine

Pile of bikes

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


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