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Can You Spot the Bent Handle?

Because I sure didn’t until the other day. And neither did two or three different technicians who serviced my bike before the new place I went to yesterday did. I’m pretty sure the clutch handle (the bent one, on the left) got damaged a couple of years ago, a day

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Read This Book! (Transcendence)

About once a decade I come across a book conveying so many fascinating insights that it stands out in my memory, forever, as a “boy I’m glad I found this before I died” experience. Two of those are The River that Flows Uphill by William Calvin and Guns, Germs and

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Uh oh…

Yesterday I took my second stay-within-5-miles ride, this time starting south down 101 to Marsh Road and looping around 280 to 92 to 101 to home. A fun time because of the near total lack of traffic! Well, except for when, early on, I glanced over at my phone —

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Another Make America Great Again Survey…

I got a letter from Mike Pence the other day, exhorting me to stop these evil socialist Democrats from destroying the American Way Of Life (I’d earlier gotten one from His Majesty). Rather than toss it in the recycling bin I thought I’d have some fun with it…and let you

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North Bay Ride

It’s been a while since I did a longer ride (multiple, albeit minor, surgeries will do that do you — memo to file: don’t grow old :)). My schedule right now isn’t such that I could do a multi-day ride. Besides, it’s winter in California and there’s no guarantee our

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Deadbolt Banana Plugs

Let me share a confession and a recommendation with you. I have been known on occasion 🙂 to rail against incompetent engineers. Generally when I’ve run into something involving the technical workings of a device or system that clearly haven’t been thought through. Of course many such engineering shortfalls have

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It's About The Future

As we move into the final stages of the Trump impeachment hearings it’s worth remembering this: it’s about much more than removing him from office. Not because he doesn’t deserve being kicked to the curb; he does. But that was never really a possible outcome, given how he has taken

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Empirical Value of Not-So-Big Lies

Hitler famously opined about the value of a lie so big people would believe it because they couldn’t believe anyone would “have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously”. But I’ve long suspected little lies, if repeated often enough, can have a similar effect. Turns out there may be empirical evidence

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Murphy's Law, Variant 2,697

I’m continually surprised — which doesn’t say much for my intelligence — about how valid Murphy’s Law is. If something can go wrong, in a bizarre way, it generally will. Take losing stuff. I own a Garmin InReach Mini, a satellite SMS device which lets me send and receive text

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Thoughts on Trump's Impeachment

Determining the facts in a criminal trial (or just in general in life) is one of the hardest things in the world to do if the circumstances involve competing self-interests. Scientists have it way easier because while nature may be obscure there is no agency actively trying to spin the

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