Answering a question on the Rivendell mailing list…

Noodle, Thumbies, & interruptors
Top-down view of the current incarnation of my Saluki controls. Nitto Noodle bar, Paul Thumbies, and interruptor levers. It all fits, even with my big paws, and it’s very convenient.

I didn’t want any black anodized parts on this bike so I removed the anodizing on the interruptor mounts and the Thumbies, polished them a little, and then clearcoated them. Clear anodizing would have been better.

Cabling is Jagwire Switch with V-type brake 90-degree brake noodles used for a neat and tight run off the Thumbies. I may do the same for the front brake and eliminate its cable completely.

fork-mounted computer
fork-mounted computer
My computer mount is fairly unique so I’ll share it here also. I don’t need to stare at my speed and distance all day right under my nose, but I did want a simple computer somewhere and I wanted a clean mount. So I put it part-way down the fork on a Paul Components Gino Light Mount. This was an experiment and I like it so far. It’s readable from the drops, hoods, or tops. More reliable than a wireless setup and just as tidy.

I cut and resoldered the sensor wire (2 conductors inside) so it just runs straight across to the sensor an inch away.


Sometimes Vancouver spring doesn’t feel like spring.  Today, it did.

Cold & windy but sunny & dry.  An all-day ride, ending up on the beach…  what’s not to like?

Now that I’m running one bike with 650A (ISO 37-590) rims, I wanted to see what tires are actually available in this size. I compiled this list. Maybe someone else will find it useful.

Relax.  I’m a pacifist vegetarian.  I enjoy shooting small paper targets at long ranges.  The math behind estimating distances and sizes with this kind of setup is interesting.  I cooked up a field cheat-sheet that can be customized for any magnification, reticle spacing, or range of interest. Details.

Images from driving and hiking around Arizona for nine days in late November, 2008.
2008-11 Arizona

False Creek night panorama

This covers slightly more than 180 degrees of view, shot from the south shore of False Creek on the night of Nov. 16, 2008.

This is a panorama from my apartment. It is a 20 megapixel image. (Try zooming in on the second building from the left.) I captured it quickly as the fog rolled in so it was stitched a bit crooked but I still think it’s interesting.

D, D, & P
Three guys, three bikes. A mountain. Slippery rocks, mud, & snow. Birds. Good times.

I attended another great Shakuhachi Society of BC annual hocchiku-making workshop. Hosted by shakuhachi master Alcvin Takegawa Ramos and his wife Sandra at Bamboo-In. Instruction by master craftsman Yamaguchi Shugetsu. Accomodations and meditation at Sunshine Zen Centre. 2008-09-05 to 2008-09-07 in Madiera Park on the Sunshine Coast of BC.

Shakuhachi making workshop set

Kozue Matsumoto, a koto player and our translator, also blogged about the weekend here.  She has some great photos here and here.

I’m giving my parents a wireless digital photo frame for their new apartment so I felt the need to write some software that made organizing and synchronizing photos easy between their PC and the frame in another room. The end result works well and should be easy for them to use without any assistance from me. Details and download are here.