Under the Gun

Yesterday I was riding I-280, killing time and having fun until I needed to be at Ray Mueller’s meet -and-greet in San Carlos. The traffic was going maybe 10 MPH more than the speed limit but no one was going bizarrely fast. All of a sudden, though, it slowed down

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Latest Thoughts on the Origin of Covid-19

Science magazine, the primary journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, had a really interesting article on the latest work being done on trying to figure out where Covid-19 came from. While occasionally dense it’s worth reading.

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How the Coronavirus Infects

This post is based on a fascinating article from the July 29, 2021 issue of Nature. I like to say I studied molecular biology back in the Dark Ages, aka the 1970s. At the time what I was taught was cutting-edge, representing the beginning of insights into how the laws

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American Republics: A Continental History

I’ve read a lot of great books in my life. But every once in a while I stumble across one which offers an epic experience. Opening up perspectives I didn’t realize I lacked, or offering a powerful theory explaining things that previously were a disorganized jumble of data. Heretofore my

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The Kindness of Strangers towards White-Haired Guys

I found a fun new local ride last week. And I learned, once again, there are lots of kind-hearted people in the world. The route was a new and different way of getting over to CA-9 at Boulder Creek. From there, taking 9 up to Skyline Boulevard (aka CA-35) and

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Bring the Antimatter Injectors Back Online and Rig for Warp Drive

Since originally posting this I realized the dynamometer data I was using measured the torque being produced at the wheel not at the engine crankshaft. Consequently, my reducing the “engine torque” to reflect drive train losses was incorrect (I was double-counting the effective losses). I’ve updated the files and charts

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