Monthly Archives: July 2014

We Live in Public

And now, for a brief break from The Shocking Truth.  Potentially NSFW below.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you…           I have not seen the film We Live in Public.  But I want to steal its … Continue reading

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The Shocking Truth, Part 3 (Introduction, Believe it or Not!)

I’m about to start publishing an impressionistic comparison of various dynamos. It seemed like a good idea to write a technical introduction, so…  A few days ago, I drafted two single-spaced pages of electrical theory. Then I realized just how … Continue reading

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The Shocking Truth, Part 2

The Bus on the Wheels goes Round and Round… People who work with electricity will often refer to something as a bus. This derives from the term bus bar, for a section of copper that carries high currents. The term … Continue reading

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The Shocking Truth

I have always believed that seeing things is important.  Here’s a photo of my bike from 1980+/-: See that white thing on the handlebars?  That’s a gen-u-ine bicycle headlight, vintage late ’70s, run off of two C-batteries, contained in the … Continue reading

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Cars Are So Hot!

A while back, I opined that cars stink.  And they do.  But they’re just so hot! And how hot are they? Well, OK.  Usually not that hot. But ask any cyclist who has had to wait next to a car … Continue reading

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Come for the Disaster, Stay for the Novel: Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich

Come for the Disaster, Stay for the Novel: Odds Against Tomorrow by Nathaniel Rich     I came across this book quite by accident; I was browsing Atticus Books’ new fiction table, glanced at it, and put it back. Then T … Continue reading

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O Canada!–a quick review of Arkel cam-lock pannier hooks

Eight years (or so) ago, I negotiated the purchase of a wonderful touring bike.  It happened that the negotiation was done by email, and that part of it was done while I was visiting Vancouver, British Columbia, on a work … Continue reading

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