Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
SocketSite has all the details on these apartments at 1446 Jackson Street.
My concern is: Does it blend in with its' older neighbours?
The height of the building is about right, and the two columns of windows almost fit in with the bay windows of the other buildings.
But the ground level entrance is over sized. And worst of all, this building is too dark to integrate with the other buildings. SF Victorians are whimsical. This building takes itself seriously. I say it doesn't blend.
Categories:Architecture San Francisco
Sunday, February 24, 2008
I work in a car factory, and I wondered if it would be possible to construct buildings from the bonnets, roofs and boot lids of junked cars; to use the perfectly good painted sheet metal panels from broken cars as large tiles for the shell of a building.
The answer is yes. This band shell was assembled on the Panhandle for a few months last year. It's a clever idea, and it looked good.
The band shell will be reassembled on Treasure Island's Great Lawn next month.
Photos from Treehugger
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I've started to swap parts over to my new bike. It now sports a Thompson seat post, Cane Creek seat post clamp, Specialized saddle, and Eggbeater pedals. Next will be the Easton handlebar and stem, Cane Creek brake levers, and Shimano XT brakes.
I need to count the teeth on the cog set. It might be 11-34, which is too wide for me. I might just swap the rear wheel from my old bike.
When I'm more fit I'll remove the front derailleur (but having said that, I must admit this is the first time I've ridden a bike where the front derailleur doesn't rub against the chain).
I had Roaring Mouse Cycles replace the Manitou Mars C fork with a used Rock Shox Sid I bought on eBay. The fork is good, but the damping needs to be tuned.
On Monday I rode over to Mill Valley and back. The bike performed well. I, however, did not perform well. It will be weeks before I get into shape.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
For the last ten years I've been riding a medium Klein Pulse Comp mountain bike. As parts wore out or broke, I replaced them with Shimano XT or equivalent. Eventually I ended up with an excellent lightweight hard tail mountain bike that is great for climbing the hardpacked trails on the Marin Headlands.
But I'm 5'12", and the medium frame is a bit cramped now that I'm getting older. I tried to buy a new large frame, but Trek now only sells Klein mountain bikes in Japan and Europe. So I bought this used 2002 Klein Attitude Race. This is one of the last frames to be made by Klein in Washington State before production shifted to a Trek factory. The bike is almost new. Only ridden a few times. It's the top of the line Attitude in my favourite colour!
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Philips SpotOn LED Motion Sensing Portable Light
RiteLite Five LED Auto Sensor Puck Light
We have a hall linen closet that we use to store our excess bathroom products. It's as dark in there as Johnny Cash's closet.
These motion sensing battery LED lights are the solution. And because you don't have to reach for each individual light switch, they can be hidden out of sight.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
They call it an Urban Contemporary design. We like it, but we can't explain why we like it.
7'7" x 10'10" of pure NZ wool. Was $1000. Now $300 at Home Decorators Outlet.
Update, March 1st:
The total cost was $388 with tax and $58 shipping...
One corner of the rug is torn, and this style is now out of stock, so I 'm returning the rug for a refund. That's a shame because we really like it.
The good news is I found the same rug at Overstock for $269. And that includes shipping and no tax!
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I only saw Roy Scheider in one movie; the Bob Fosse movie "All That Jazz". Roy Scheider was brilliant!
If you liked the dancing and music in "Chicago", then you'll love "All that Jazz". Bob Fosse takes you inside the creative process. This movie is like a psychedelic docu-drama.
Saturday, February 09, 2008
For the last month I've been searching the web for software that will allow me to save streaming Flash movies to my iMac computer hard drive.
Ofcourse there are commercial programmes that will do what I want. But they cost from $20 to $65. And their are free programmes that use screen capture to record the Flash movie, but they don't record the sound.
The answer was right in front of me: I'd been using TubeTV to download YouTube videos... YouTube videos are Flash movies... Perhaps TubeTV could could save Flash movies from any website. Yes it can!
TubeTV by Ryan Poling.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
I saw one today on Market street. These bikes look odd in photos without a rider. But with a rider in place, the stark triangular frame looks good.
Areaware is the distributor for the Strida in the States.
19.4 lbs (9 kg)
16 inch wheels
7000 series aluminium
On 2/8/08 Josh added:
"Years ago, The Sharper Image used to sell these. The ideal customer was one who had a boat and needed to get around town at different marinas, or was headed on vacation for a few weeks. While you would have thought the failure point would have been the frame, it held some pretty heavy folks. The only downside? The "chain:" made of a material that was strong and flexible, but would become more brittle with use and elements. And once it snapped...well, that Strida never rode again. The amount of returns and damage that the snapping caused was enough for TSI to end that experiment."
Wednesday, February 06, 2008
My dad was the comb-over king. He used Brylcreem (“a little dab’ll do ya”) to keep his hair in place. It made his hair look wet. During the 70's the "wet look" was unpopular, so he used the bare minimum amount of Brylcreem, meaning that his comb-over got blown-over on windy days.
I didn't think Brylcreem existed anymore. I thought Brylcreem was replaced by mens hairspray and then hair gel years ago. I can still remember the Gillette hairspray TV advertisement: "The wet head is dead. Long live the dry look from Gillette".
Thanks Dark Roasted Blend
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
The first half of this excellent video explains how to operate a Curta calculator. The second half takes a confusing look at the inside workings of the machine.
These calculators sell for ~$1000 on eBay, so they're out of reach of slide rule geeks like me.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Sunday, February 03, 2008
Today is Super Bowl Sunday in the States. I like to call it Hyper Bowl Sunday because American professional football is so hyped!
The Players will have chosen a team that can pay them the most money, and the teams play each other to make a profit for the owners. Yeah... I really care...
Added to the overt capitalism, the football players wear ridiculous uniforms: Helmets, shoulder pads, and long pants! They look silly to me.
The game stops after every "play". So much of the time you're watching the players getting into position. Then off they go again for a few seconds of play. No wonder some people watch the game to see the advertisements.