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Dropping Google

Over the past year, I steadily removed Google from my life. Initially, it was an experiment to see which products I could live without. Turns out, I can live without all of it. I'm not the first person to do this by any means. However, until I actually do it myself, the lessons learned aren't as sticky as reading about it. Here are two other fine writeups on removing Google: Intially, my foray into Google started with a Google…

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Positive side of COVID-19? More bikes.

Bicycle ridership is up, at least in New York City, https://grist.org/climate/coronavirus-has-caused-a-bicycling-boom-in-new-york-city/ In San Francisco, the rise in ridership was up after Better Market Street was implemented, https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/03/car-free-market-street-data-san-francisco-bus-bike-scooters/607711/ Vehicle traffic is down, https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/03/13/coronavirus-pandemic-cratering-road-traffic-these-us-cities/5041250002/ I suspect both trends will continue so long as we're in a state of emergency over COVID-19. On a personal note, it's very nice to ride around the city now as there are more bikes, but more noticeably, less auto traffic. #bicycle #eco…

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E-bikes, entirely different mobility platform

These are not just bikes with motors, they are an entirely different mobility platform. — Read on www.treehugger.com/bikes/gazelle-dutch-style-e-bikes-will-eat-cars.html I've been reading about Lloyd's conversion to e- bike advocate over the years. Having spent extended time in both Northern Europe and a few Asian cultures, bikes are the norm. Great to see the culture move over to the States. Personally, I find I ride many more ebikes due to the hills around San Francisco than anything…

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History of Asciifun.com

Many, many years ago I owned and ran asciifun.com. Mostly it was created as a way to paste figlet output into code comments and other random stupidity happening on irc networks. Back in 1999, this blog was running self written code in php. The blog was loosely based on php nuke, but I decided it had too many security holes and started writing a system which used directories and files as the content repository. As…

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Report if “Void Open” Appears

I came across this at an airport gas station. I went inside and reported it. The clerk looks angry and comes out to look at it. "Oh that, they don't replace the sticker when doing maintenance. Ignore it. It's safe. " He continues, "I thought someone opened it again! You scared me for a second there, man. " Ok then. So I returned the car without a full tank figuring a crazy tank charge is…

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Thoughts at 64 KPH...

Riding down Marin Headlands the other day at 64 KPH, I found thoughts wandering:This feels really fast, at least it's cooler.What would a front tire blow out feel like at this speed?How far do I have to lean to make this bend without brakes?When was the last time I checked for cracks in the carbon front forks?These tektro brake pads are horrible.Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee............

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Ode to Outlier Pants

AmazingThese pants have met both current and past the Foreign Ministers of Sweden at state dinners, survived a week in Egypt with camel rides and all, kept me warm through the winter in Canada, Iceland, and New England, and have kept me cool through the heat of Malaysia, Arizona, and New England. They're easy to wash, easy to dry, survive two weeks without cleaning, always look pressed and neat, and haven't stretched, been ripped, nor…

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