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Sun, 29 Jan 2012

The other day I was reading a tweet from Neil deGrasse Tyson, and it got me thinking… If you were going to cut a circle into three equal pieces using only two cuts, what would the angle to cut them be? (Θ in the diagram over on the right side there.) So I asked on Twitter, and eventually got a reply. This is my attempt to reconstruct the reasoning behind the answer.

The easiest way to figure this out, I believe, is to cut the circle in half, and then figure out what line divides the semicircle into a 2/3rds to 1/3rd ratio. So let’s do that, and label the points A, B, C, and O (for the origin), as shown on the left. We’ll also label the angle AOB as ɣ, because we'll be using it a little more later.

We know from this page that the area of a segment is r² × (ɣ - sin ɣ) / 2, and we want the segment formed by the line AB to contain 1/3rd of the total circle (or 1/3 × π × r²). Putting those together gives us the equation:
r² × (ɣ - sin ɣ) / 2 = π × r² / 3
multiplying both sides by 2, and diving both sides by r², we get
(ɣ - sin ɣ) = 2 × π / 3
Now all we have to do is simply solve for ɣ to get:
ɣ = 2.60533

That means that the angle BOC is π - ɣ, or 0.53626 radians (or 30.7º). Now, the inscribed angle is half the central angle, so in theory, to get the angle BAD, I should divide that by two, but then I’ll just need to multiply it by two again to account for the other half of the circle, so let’s skip all that, and just call it 30.7º.

[Posted at 22:29 by Blake Winton] link
Sun, 12 Dec 2010

Dear Santa,

Everyone else is doing it, so here’s my list, too.

  • A Blu-Ray of a fireplace, perhaps with a secondary audio track of christmas music.
  • Dollhouse Season 2 on Blu-Ray.
  • Books are always nice. I’m in the mood for one of Ian Banks' Culture series, but I’m not sure which ones I haven’t read.
  • Whichever Usagi Yojimbo collections I’m missing.
  • Another two (or three!) sets of BuckyBalls. (I would get Zen Magnets, but I’ve already got BuckyBalls, and I don’t think I want to mix them.
  • a digital photo frame, for the office.
  • A tiny usb monitor. (There are also touch-screen versions for more money, but I’m a little leery about them.)
  • Perhaps an Arduino to play around with.

Well, that’s all I can think of off the top of my head.

Thanks, Blake.

[Posted at 10:38 by Blake Winton] link
Wed, 11 Aug 2010

File this one under stupid Unicode tricks, I think.


[Posted at 14:34 by Blake Winton] link
Mon, 06 Jul 2009

I have a theory. (No, it’s not bunnies.) One of my favourite foods is soy beans. I love it both because they’re tasty, and because they’re so changeable. I mean, what other substance can be used to make a hard white solid (tofu), and a viscous black liquid (soy sauce)? Hey, waitaminnute. “Soy beans” are oil! It’s all just different names for petrochemicals!

[Posted at 10:50 by Blake Winton] link
Thu, 16 Apr 2009

The new Fixie.

I did something new today. A while ago, I had bought a 10-speed Bianchi for $30 at a garage sale, with the intention of converting it into a fixed-gear/single-speed bike to tootle around on. Well, today, I took it down to Bikechain, and talked to Steve, who sent me on a merry goose chase picking up various parts. Once I had gotten a new wheel, tire, and tube and biked back to Biekchain, Steve and I put it on the bike, checked the alignment of the cogs and chain, and then I had to head out to buy a new rear cog, and a lock wheel…

Sadly, my bike didn’t have a functional rear wheel anymore, so I had to walk down to Urbane Cyclist to buy the cog and lock. I ended up with a 52:19 ratio, which is harder to start on than the gear ratio I use to start, but isn’t too bad, and doesn’t go as fast as the gear ratio I use to go fast, but again isn’t too bad. Given those two things, I figure it’s pretty close to perfect for my style and level of riding. When I got the cog and lock ring back to Me and my Fixie. Bikechain, we put them on the new rear wheel, hooked everything up, ran into the obligatory problems, fixed them, and finally I was good to go, so I did! The first trip I took was a fairly short one, from U of T over to the Dark Horse Cafe at Queen and Spadina.

The second trip was from Queen and Spadina back home, which was a little longer. I learned a few things from that trip, but let me start off with something I didn’t learn. I had test-ridden a fixed gear bike before, so I had already been almost bumped off by trying to coast, and this time around I was expecting it. So, now on to the things I did learn.

  • Stopping is hard. It’s not that I can’t stop. I’ve got both brakes and pedals. The problem is stopping with one of the pedals in a decent position to start from when I want to start. The other problem is that I really want to coast when I come to the end of a stop, and that totally doesn’t work.

My favourite feature.

  • I can carry it! (As you can see over on the right there.) My commuter bike is a good ride, and very solid, but damn is it ever heavy, especially after I loaded it up with accessories like a rear rack, and panniers, and water bottles. The fixie is simple, clean, and light enough to carry all over the place.

  • The fixie is slower than my commuter bike. Not just slower for the obvious reason (because I don’t have a higher gear to switch to), but it’s also slower for me to start, because I don’t have a lower gear to switch to. It’s really kind of strange, since one of the things I seem to be really good at is starting really quickly from a dead stop. Well, that used to be one of the things I was really good at. On the fixie, not so much.

  • Even though it’s slower I found that the fixie was a far smoother ride. Thinking about it a little more, perhaps because it’s slower. Since it takes me so much longer to stop and start, I found myself slowing down earlier to try and conserve as much momentum as I could.

  • All in all, I think that the new bike is going to be really good for me. It’ll slow me down, and calm me down, which are two things that I think I could use. I can also feel how it’s changing the way I ride, making it more smooth, controlled, and thoughtful; keeping my legs moving to give me more exercise and stop them from seizing up; teaching me how to lift my butt off the seat to go over speed bumps while continuing to pedal.

It’s fun. A lot of fun. I’m glad I finally got the conversion done, and I’m really looking forward to riding it.

[Posted at 22:29 by Blake Winton] link
Wed, 18 Feb 2009

My life, such as it is, is pretty much an open book. I’m not a very complicated person, so I don’t know if I can find seven things that the average reader of this blog probably doesn’t know about me.

Still, that’s no reason not to try. So, here we go.

  1. I’ve had two jobs that didn’t pay me. After the first, I swore that if an employer didn’t pay me again, I would quit, but this last time they laid me off before I found out that I wasn’t getting paid. The most recent company swears that they’re trying to get me my money, but I’m not going to hold my breath.

  2. I hated country music from the first time I heard Billy Ray (father of Miley) Cyrus until Elizabeth Campbell sent me a CD full of the good stuff. So now the only kind of music I don’t like is “New Country”. And Schönberg. Der Mondfleck sucks.

  3. I know enough Visual Basic to write a compiler for it, but you will never ever see it on any of my resumes. Ever! My policy is to only put on my resume things that I would enjoy working with on a day-to-day basis, and VB definitely isn’t one of those things.

  4. I am almost every link but for one in the first 5 pages of Google results for “Blake Winton”. I guess that’s one of the benefits of being on the Internet for 17 years. (Well, kinda. Amy has been online as long as I have, but doesn’t show up until page 8 of the results for her name, mainly because of the Unicorns-riding-fairies artist who shares her name.)

  5. There’s a quarter of a cow in our downstairs freezer. Well, quite a bit less now that Amy and I have eaten a bunch of it. We split half a cow with some friends, and it arrived pre-chopped up, so we’ve been having at least one beef dinner per week, and often two.

  6. I download, watch, and enjoy, American Idol. Less so, now that we’re out of the “Simon says snarky things to really bad singers”, and into the “Simon says snarky things to Ryan”, but it’s still enjoyable. (Go Alexis Grace!)

  7. My first hard drive wasn’t actually 5 Meg, as I like to claim. My father bought two hard drives, and took the 5 Meg one to the office, leaving the 10 Meg one at home. The story about having 11 Meg of RAM is true, though.

Okay, that’s my seven. There were a few more I could think of, but I’m glad David didn’t run across the 25-things-about-you version, since then I would have had no choice but to resort to things you probably don’t want to know about me.

In the tradition of disbelieving in bad luck, I will now tag no-one, thus breaking the chain. (Although, if any of you are feeling verbose, feel free to pick up the meme and post a list of your own.)

[Posted at 21:30 by Blake Winton] link
Thu, 31 Jul 2008

Today, I finally reached 5000km of biking. I forgot the camera, so I don’t have a picture of the odometer at exactly 5000.0, but I took this one when I got home, and it’s close enough. I guess that’s all, but I wanted to throw up a picture, as proof. So here you go:

[Posted at 21:23 by Blake Winton] link
Thu, 17 Jul 2008

A few days ago, the city closed the pedestrian bridge at Summerhill (and MacLennan) in order to tear it down and replace it. Since then I’ve been trying to find a way across the railroad tracks that doesn’t involve taking a major road. And I’ve totally failed. So from now until September 28th, I’ll be biking down Bayview and turning right on Nesbitt before dispy-doodling my way over to Glen Road. It’s not my favourite route, since the traffic on the Bayview Extension is going a fair bit faster than I’ld like to, and the lane isn’t wide enough to share at those speeds (and the right-hand side of the lane is brutally cracked and very difficult to ride on, particularly at 50 km/h), but I still think it’s better than Mt. Pleasant.

Looking closer at the map, there might be another route, if I can get into the path leading South from David A. Balfour park… Yeah, that might be a route to try on my way home tonight. I’ll reply with a comment, letting both of the people who read this know how it was. ;)

[Posted at 11:22 by Blake Winton] link
Mon, 23 Jun 2008

This year, Amy and I decided to try the Tour de Dufflet. Okay, so it was more like _I_ decided to try the Tour de Dufflet, and convinced Amy to come along with me, but that’s the same, right? I took a few notes12345 on which routes would be less likely to have a lot of traffic on them, and after my parents picked up Delphine and Cordelia, we set out. 46 km and 4 hours later, we arrived home, tired, sore, and full. I think it was mostly a success, although Amy was certainly done having fun by the time we were on the third leg. The stats were as follows:

  • Average speed: 15.0 km/h
  • Total distance: 46.18 km
  • Biking time: 3:04:32
  • Total time (including eating cake): around 4 hours.

I’ve got to say, I’m really pretty impressed with how well Amy did. To go from virtually no bicycling to a 46 km trek (and a 46 km trek with a self-admitted speed freak) is something that a lot of people would skip out on, or avoid, but she went for it, and went faster than I hoped she would. Would we do it again next year? My guess is no, since it wasn’t a lot of fun at the end. On the other hand, if Amy continues to bike throughout the year, she might just go for it, to see if it’s gotten any easier. (I’m hoping to do it next year, as you might have guessed from the url of the post.)

  1. The notes went as follows: “Forman -> Eglinton -> Mt. Pleasant -> Sheldrake -> Yonge”,  

  2. “Craighurst -> Rosewell -> Default -> Bloor -> Manning -> Queen”  

  3. “??? (Ended up being Strachan) -> Martin Goodman Trail -> Woodbine”  

  4. “Dundas -> Greenwood -> Strathmore -> Donlands -> Mt. Pleasant -> Laird -> Broadway -> Yonge”  

  5. and finally “Yonge -> Broadway -> Redpath -> Soudan -> Forman” to get home again.  

[Posted at 19:42 by Blake Winton] link
Tue, 03 Jun 2008

I knew when I woke up this morning that it would be an annoying ride in. It was raining fairly hard, but there was a breakfast at The Bike Joint, and they usually have one of the better breakfasts. It’s the same coffee, muffins, bagels, and fresh fruit as filling. As it turns out, this year they got an espresso machine, so instead of the normal coffee, I had a very nice latte along with my chocolate chip muffin, but along the way I got almost completely soaked and tore a hole in the crotch of my biking jeans. The hole wasn’t a complete surprise; the other side had gone a couple of weeks ago, and I had patched it with some old t-shirt. I guess it’s time to re-do the patch, and extend it to cover both sides.

Anyways, I got there, had some coffee and a muffin, and as I got on my bike after crossing the street when I noticed that my rear wheel didn’t really feel right. I looked behind me and found that it had gone completely flat while I was standing around eating breakfast. I wheeled the bike back to the store, Derrick replaced the tube, and I was on my way just as it started to rain again. And then my front light fell off and broke into three pieces. Fortunately, that was easy enough for me to snap back together, and be on my way once more.

After all that, I ended up being late for the 10:00am Status Meeting at work, which was the cherry of annoyance on top of the annoying ride.

The rest of the day, so far, has gone much better. I listening to a not-particularly-interesting talk about bicycle touring at MEC, and while I was there bought a bell. My current bell works just fine, but it’s one of the ding-ding ones, and no-one seems to recognize it as a bike bell, so I got one that goes ringggg-ringgg, which is the canonical bike bell noise, and I hope that’ll help. Work is good too, if a little busier than I might like. And I finally got emacs working with Markdown pretty much the way I want, so all in all, woot!

(Update: The ride home went mostly well, although there were spatters of rain throughout the trip. Around Sherbourne and Bloor, my rear tire started to slow wayyyy down, and then stop. When I flipped the bike over, I noticed that it was jammed right up against the frame, so I loosened it, straightened it, re-tightened it, and kept on going. Still, that’s never happened to me before, and was pretty strange.)

[Posted at 20:32 by Blake Winton] link
Wed, 02 Apr 2008

Last night, I finally got the garage door open, after it had been frozen in a block of ice for most of the winter, and got my bike out. So this morning, I biked to work for the first time in, uh, I don’t even know how long. It was a pretty sweet ride, all in all. There were any number of reasons not to do it; my biking jeans are dirty, it’s too cold, I couldn’t down-shift, but as always there was one reason that trumped them all. I wanted to ride again. And so I did.

Some of the things I forgot about during my hiatus were how good that first cup of coffee tastes after you’ve been riding in -5° weather, what a rush it is to pass cars as they’re sitting, idling in stop-and-go traffic, and how invigorated I feel when I finally get to the office, and sit down. Oh, also how sore my butt is. Damn, that’s a small hard seat. I can’t wait to get used to it again.

Well, that’s about it. I made it in safely, and I’m sure I’ll be doing it again, and again, and pocketing the $22.50/week that would have gone to the TTC, to spend on random upgrades.

[Posted at 10:31 by Blake Winton] link
Mon, 07 Jan 2008

Well, it’s official. I just cancelled my cable service, effective January 23rd. I found that for the past few weeks, I really haven’t been watching anything worth while, and $96.22/month is a lot to spend to have the only thing on be the HD version of American Gladiators. (No, seriously, that’s what I’m watching right now. Pity me.) I’ld like to say that it’s the writer’s strike, and the resulting lack of decent shows, or that I’m getting smarter and the shows are appealing to me less and less, but really it’s just gotten too expensive for the value I’m getting out of it. Heck, maybe I’ll take half of that money, and buy a couple of DVDs every month. But we’ll probably use it to pay down the Line of Credit that financed the deck.

I can’t remember the last time I didn’t have cable of some sort, and so I’m not really sure how I’ll be occupying my time. Reading books? Reading the Interweeb? Programming? It’s a blank slate. It’s all up in the air. And if I end up spending all my time at my sister’s house, watching her TV, then we’ll know I’ve got a bad addiction, and should seek professional help.

Oh, I should also mention that the person on the other end of the line was really nice. She tried to figure out a way for me to pay less, and still get the channels I wanted, (the best deal was $19.95/month for channels 2-28 and 59-70, but that was only for 6 months, and it’s still $20/month I would rather spend elsewhere,) but totally wasn’t pushy about it and was fine with me cancelling the service outright. I picked up the dial phone when they called me back for the customer satisfaction survey, and so couldn’t complete it, but I did want to make a mention of how helpful she was, and how well it all went.

[Posted at 21:05 by Blake Winton] link
Fri, 07 Dec 2007

At the Royal Winter Fair this year, Amy picked up a small bag of malted barley flour, because she likes the taste of malt, and because we have a recipe for malt bread which calls for malted (not barley) flour. We’ve since tried to use it in a few different loaves, and while I quite enjoy the taste, as little as a quarter of a cup will make the bread twice as dense as usual, and incredibly sticky to boot.

It seems like it would be a useful thing to have, so that if you had a bread that you knew was going to be a little dry for some reason, you could just add a pinch of the stuff, and moisten it right up, but I still haven’t figured out how little to put in to get a slightly-moister bread which doesn’t adhere to the knife. If I do, I’ll be sure to post a comment, but until then, if you manage to get some malted barley flour, be exceedingly sparing in your use of it, and I’ll continue experimenting and picking bread out of my teeth.

[Posted at 10:04 by Blake Winton] link
Thu, 30 Aug 2007

As I was riding to work today, just after crossing the railroad bridge, heading on to Summerhill, I noticed a man poking at his bicycle. I stopped, and asked if he needed a hand, and sure enough, he did. He seemed to have gotten his chain wedged around his Bottom bracket, in such a way that the arms of the Spider were attempting to push the top and bottom pieces of the chain through the chainstay. That obviously wasn’t working, so I grabbed my multitool, and attempted to use the largest Allen key to try to lever it out. When that too failed, I pulled out the one tool in my collection I’ve never used: The Chain Tool. After a few tries, I eventually got the chain apart, after which it was an not-so-easy matter of threading it out through the gap between the spider and the chainstay, re-threading it onto the chainring, and re-connecting it. As a final gesture of goodwill/parting gift, I gave him my last 2007 Bike Map. (Yeah, I know the link is to the 2006 page. They really have to update that sometime...) After all that, I got to the office 15 minutes late. (Well, 15 minutes later. I didn’t have a meeting or anything, and our core hours don’t start until 10:00.) But I’ve got to say, that was 15 minutes well spent, since it made the rest of my ride in seem extra-pleasant.

[Posted at 13:14 by Blake Winton] link
Wed, 08 Aug 2007

Ah, the city. How I love it. I’ve just gotten back from a trip to the cottage my parents’ rented, and while the house is sort of lonely with just me there, I’m really enjoying being able to flush the toilet, and have a long shower, and run the air conditioning, and all those other conveniences of modern life. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy the cottage. I think I had more fun there this year than I have since I was a kid, but it is still nice to be home.

I think the main trick will be keeping on top of everything so that I’m not making a mad rush to get everything done on Sunday morning, before Amy and the kids get home. It’ll be an extra-special trick, since Trevor’s on vacation this week, so I’ll be the lead server developer for the two products that we’re trying to release in the next week or so. Ah, well. It wouldn’t be fun without some stress, right?

[Posted at 09:59 by Blake Winton] link
Tue, 24 Jul 2007

Well, I fell again, in a rather spectacular fashion. I was crossing St. Clair on Mt. Pleasant, and had just passed a right-turning bus (on the left! I’m not dumb enough to try to pass a right-turning bus on the right!), and was signaling that I was going to go back to the right-hand side of the lane (and therefore only had one hand on the handles) when *BUMP*, I hit a large ridge in the road, which turned the tire sideways, and I went straight over the handlebars, skidding to a stop near the curb. My bike flew overtop of me, crashing into a hedge.

As I got up, I noticed that the crash had apparently turned both my front light and my bike computer around, which was quite a shock until I realized that it was actually the whole handlebars which had gotten turned around. I spun it back and then just sort of stood there for a while, catching my breath and calming down a little. A lady driving by asked me if I was okay, and if I needed a ride somewhere, but I told her I was fine, which wasn’t entirely the truth. My knees are pretty much fine, a little scrape, perhaps. My elbow is completely ripped up, and even though I cleaned it thoroughly with soap and water and a lot of scrubbing, it still looks pretty ugly, and is probably going to scab up something awful. Worse than that, my shoulder is really sore again, in the same way that it was after my last fall, which can’t be good. I really need to get that looked at sometime. The worst thing, however, is that I ripped the elbow of my cycling shirt. Yeah, I can darn it, but darn it, I liked that shirt! But with every negative, there comes a positive. The power button on my Palm TX started working again. Weird. Maybe the next time I fall, the sound will come back on.

So, in summary, signaling on a bicycle is bad! No, not really. Maybe the lesson is more that bumps in the road aren’t the greatest, especially when you don’t have your hands on the handlebars. Other than that, I don’t really think I have any takeaways from this one. That intersection of St. Clair and Mt. Pleasant is treacherous, perhaps.

[Posted at 13:41 by Blake Winton] link
Mon, 09 Jul 2007

A friend of mine (or more accurately, his parents) recently offered us an air-conditioner. A most welcome addition, given the silly heat levels we’ve been experiencing, and the complete lack of any cooling facilities in our house. But that left me with the problem of how to get it from their house to ours. I could probably have carried it, although it would have been really tough. I might have been able to borrow a bike trailer from someone (or fit it into the kid’s bike trailer (more on that in an upcoming post), but I didn't really know who, or where, and I kind of wanted to get it over here and hooked up fairly quickly. Fortunately, I remembered that I had seen a skateboard amongst some old garbage a block away from my house, so I walked over, and grabbed it.

Now, in my younger days, I used to be quite the ‘boarder. Okay, I was never really that good at getting air, but I had no problems getting around on it. So I thought I’ld give it another try. The first push went well, and I glided along for a couple of meters, before hopping off, feeling a little silly. I walked to the end of my street, and then thought about how cool it would look to cruise up to the front door on the skateboard, so I put it down, and hopped on. But this time, my front foot was facing forwards instead of sideways, and when I tried to turn it (in Birkenstocks!), it sort of didn’t, and back I went, landing flat on my ass, elbows, and shoulderblades. I’m fairly sure I didn’t hit the back of my head, at least not too hard, and it was more my pride that was damaged than anything else, although the muscles on the front of my neck are really rather sore. It did, however, answer one important question. I’ve still got “it”, it’s just been packed away and put in the basement, perhaps to be brought out and given to my children in a couple of years.

P.S. It's even scabbier now!

[Posted at 20:28 by Blake Winton] link
Tue, 29 May 2007

Since it was such a nice day today, I rode home a little slower than I otherwise would, and it was really nice. I talked to a woman biking along holding on to another bicycle beside her (apparently it's not as hard as it looks), and a man who took a shorter route to Summerhill and MacLennen than I do. People seem really nice to each other when they're on bicycles...

While I was cycling east along Gerrard, I noticed several police motorcycles blocking the bike lane. The cops were more than happy to wave me through, but does anyone know why there were there?

And finally, the interesting thing. On Merton, I was biking fairly closely behind a car (but slowly, because there are a lot of speed bumps), when they hit the brakes and turned right into a parking spot. I grabbed my front brake hard to slow down, and it went *ping* and offered no resistance. So I hit my back brake, and slowed right down, but apparently when I grabbed my front brake I snapped the cable! First time I've ever done that, and it was kind of exciting in a "I don't really want to do that again" kind of way. I got to the local bike shop (Sport Swap, now just south of Bayview and Davisville! Sadly the new location didn't make it into the 2007 Bike Map, which lists the old location (now a Trek Store), so I figured I'ld throw the info here, since they've been really nice to me.) Uh, anyways, where was I? Oh, yeah, I got to the local bike shop just after they closed, so I couldn't get it fixed tonight, but fortunately, there's a breakfast at The Bike Joint (290A Harbord St.) tomorrow, which I think I can make it to using only my rear brake, and I'm sure they'll be able to get me rolling again.

[Posted at 22:05 by Blake Winton] link
Mon, 28 May 2007
Bike Week 2007.

Well, Bike Week 2007 has kicked off, and contrary to the first two years I took part, this year I actually got a pancake! Woo! My secret was sleeping in, so that I couldn't make it up to Yonge and Lawrence by 7:30, and instead heading straight to Yonge and Bloor for 8:00. On the downside, they didn't have any t-shirts larger than a medium, so I guess I'll need to lose a little weight before wearing the one I got. On the upside, I was totally at the front of the pack, and had a perfect view of Mayor Miller catching his front tire in something and going head-first over his handlebars! Very exciting, and he seemed to be fine, although he did have to trade his fancy new road bike in for an older mountain bike to complete the ride.

What else... It was a nice ride in, the pancakes and croissant were pretty much as I expected them to be. The coffee was pretty sweet, though. I also picked up an apple and a bottle of water, but I haven't had them yet, so I don't know how they are. (The apple is a really nice dark shade of red, though, so I'm looking forward to it.) This year's t-shirt is much prettier than the previous two years, I feel. I got a couple of extra bike maps, and have distributed them among the people in my office who cycle. Uh, I guess that's about it.

Oh, and I need to get the new Bike Week logo in svg somehow... I would use the other bike logo I've got, but it's used in the post right below this one, and that seems kind of repetitive.

[Posted at 11:52 by Blake Winton] link
Wed, 16 May 2007

After a certain point, you don't really get any wetter.
Even though it's really cold, and I'm totally soaking, it's not a bad ride.
Wow, it takes a long time to stop. (I already knew this, and I'm going way slower than I normally would, but that doesn't make it any less true.)
I could probably do with a new pair of biking gloves.
The headband I stole from Amy is working wonderfully, though.
I hereby transfer all the karma I got from giving my tires to Bike Pirates to the nice person in the car (a Beemer, even!) who let me turn left into the cemetary front of them.
Although, thinking about it, I might not have that much karma left, since I'm biking on the sidewalk. (Up Mount Pleasant beside the Cemetary. In this weather, there's no way I would feel safe on the road, and there aren't any cross roads or pedestrians, so I'm probably way safer than I would normally be on the sidewalk.) Mr. Walker, a bike lane down Mount Pleasant would be most appreciated.

[Posted at 20:53 by Blake Winton] link