Mondo busy
By ad hoc (Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:28:56 AM EST) cycling, MLP, work, films, idle query (all tags)
And actually getting something accomplished.

Sort of.

Friday, I went to the Boston Bike show last night. Meh. Lots of new bike porn, but I expected something more. Yes, it’s really cool to see all the new bikes and frames, but I would really have liked to see some of the components. Like, the new SRAM shifters and things. There really weren’t any parts for sale anywhere. Some remaindered clothing and that’s it. And beer. So it wasn’t a total loss. Worth the \$5.00 to get in, I suppose.

Saturday was a bee-yoo-tiful day so I took the first long(ish) ride of the season. How long? It turns out, I’m not quite sure. I knew this was going to happen. Sharing a cyclometer between two bikes with different tire sizes is asking for trouble. Bike I is the road bike, bike II is the SS. The last bike I rode was the SS, so the cyclometer was set to II. So I changed it, but I must have hit the button twice because when I got home to log the miles, it was still selected to II. Still, the difference isn’t great so it can be off by much. Bike I is set to 1325,and bike II is set to 1350. This, I think, is the circumference in some unit of measure. Bike I is 700×23 (23-622), bike II is 700×32 (32-622).

So, here’s a word problem. If the cyclometer says I went 67.34 miles with a setting of 1350, how far did I actually go if the cyclometer should have been set to 1325? I think the total must be slightly less since each rotation of the wheel would be clocking 25 somethings too many. So you’d have to subtract 25 times however many wheel rotations there were, but I’ll leave that as an exercise to the reader. I got 66.09.

Anyway, it was a fantastic day. A bit cool to start, but really nice. Sunny and windy. It must have gotten close to 60. Lots of bikes out on the road. Many of them said this was their first ride of the season, so I guess I’m doing better than a lot. Ran into the x-status Fondriest guy I met a while back at the Bedford end of the Minuteman. Talked with a recumbment guy at the Carlisle deli where I stopped for a sandwich. I basically did the reverse Kimballs loop. Picked up the Minuteman in Lexington Center. It was packed. Jam packed. Made for some tricky riding trying to avoid the inline-skates-for-Christmas crowd and the little kids wandering all over the path. Still, I’d rather have them do that than sit home watching tv.

It sure was nice getting out for a good long ride.

Client meeting this morning for a conference call. It seemed to go pretty well (in spite of having to get there in 120 mph winds). I must now collaborate with someone from Kansas. Their tech guy seemed pretty with it, but their manager raised hackels. Luckily, \$client has the same perspective. Stay tuned.

Some MLP

Smoke Signals
[Netflix] [IMDb]

Victor's (Adam Beach) father dies and Victor needs to go claim the remains. He doesn't have the money, but Thomas (Evan Adams) agrees to give him the money if he (Thomas) can accompany Victor on the trip. So they set off from the Coeur d' Alene Indian Reservation in Idaho headed for Arizona. This becomes more than a road movie mostly because of the interaction between Victor and Thomas, but the other characters are well played as well.

Thomas really grated on my nerves after a while. I don't know what that speech affectation was supposed to do but it reminded me of that SNL sketch about "This one time? At band camp?" If you can overlook that, it's an interesting character since he's supposed to be spinning stories of Victor's father with varying degrees of truthfulness. In fact the whole movie seemed to revolve around what's true and what's legend. The only indisputed thing was that Victor's father had saved Thomas from a burning house that killed Thomas's parents. Beyond that, nothing is quite certain. Did Victor's father start the fire? Did he abandon the family by "accident"?

This is turning out to be more of an interesting movie in hindsight than at viewing time. There are appearances for Tom Skerrit as the sherrif and Elaine Mills who played the receptionist in Northern Exposure.

; would not watch again.

Ran
[Netflix] [IMDb]

Akira Kurosawa's adaptation of King Lear set in feudal Japan. Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Tatsuya Nakadai) decides to, in effect, retire, and divides his kingdom among his three sons, Taro (Akira Terao), Jiro (Jinpachi Nezu), and Saburo (Daisuke Ryu) setting off a war for control of the entire kingdom.

This is a visually stunning film with a cast of billions. I can't begin to imagine what the cost for wardrobe alone for this film would be. I regret to say I've never seen King Lear, but this was good. It suffered only in length. At nearly three hours long, they really could have cut out some of the cloud gazing and fretting and tightened it up a bit. The story is madly compelling with treachery and every other human foible on promient display. The performance of Mieko Harada as Lady Kaede who eventually nearly destroyed everything taking revenge on the Ichimonji was outstanding. And again, the scenery was breathtaking.

; would watch again

So how are you spending Friday's holiday?

This one time, on SNL by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:37:30 AM EST
could become grating I supppose, but when it was originally done by Allyson Hannigan in American Pie, it worked really well, though that could just be my inclinations, I imagine I'd enjoy Allyson Hannigan reading log tables.

That shows how little tv I watch by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #10 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:00:54 AM EST
American Pie and sequels are movies by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #12 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:06:00 AM EST
of the Porky's vein, but suprisingly sweet natured, and include Eugene Levy, a sort of juvenile sex comedy that exceeds it's genre, at least for the first one ( haven't seen the other two). Plus, they mention lacrosse, how many movies mention lacrosse? And the jock lacrosse player is also in chorus.

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Insufficient data by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #2 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:37:47 AM EST
What does a setting of 1325/1350 mean? Number of rotations per mile?

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It's a setting. by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:44:28 AM EST
It's the circumference of the tire, but I have no idea what the units are.
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Ah! Here it is by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #5 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:52:11 AM EST

It's the circumference of the wheel (& tire) divided by 1.61

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*sigh* by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #6 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:53:01 AM EST
It's the circumference of the wheel (& tire) in mm divided by 1.61
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That gives you by miker2 (4.00 / 1) #19 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:22:04 AM EST
the number of revs/mile, right??

The Polar S625X I use just takes the circumference of the wheel and tire, which for a 23-622 is 2096mm.

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Apparently, by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #26 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 12:37:28 PM EST
for this you have to divide that by 1.61 to get it in English units. But they have 2133mm for 23-622 (which /1.61 is 1325).
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So what's the problem ? by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #22 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:41:59 AM EST
If there's circumference, you can get radius out of that, and you know the difference, it's (difference)/2pi times measured mileage less, right ? (Granted, it's still a trivial amount.)

And hell, given tire deformation, PSI/inflation of the tire, etc.. I think anything anywhere near accurate is "good enough" for bike computers.. I mean, c'mon, measure circumference in mm ? You gotta be joking..

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Until just this minute by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #23 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:44:36 AM EST
I didn't know what the number was. I assumed it was circumference, but I didn't know it was mm.
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You didn't need to know units by Forbidden (4.00 / 1) #30 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 01:17:14 PM EST
Just assuming it was circumference with a unit measurement of Rogerborgs, you have two wheels. One wheel is 1325 Rogerborgs, while the other is 1350 Rogerborgs.

Going 67.34 miles on the 1350 Rogerborgs setting means that you had:

1350 Rogerborgs x P revolutions = 67.34 miles

Find P, which is about .0499.

Then we have the other formula:

1325 Rogerborgs x .0499 revolutions = S miles

So you traveled about 66.09 miles.

Close enough not to matter, but there you are.

You once was.
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Which was the answer I got by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #31 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 01:33:06 PM EST
But why make a fuss about units? [nt] by Forbidden (4.00 / 1) #32 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 01:40:11 PM EST

You once was.
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I'm not by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #33 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 02:02:31 PM EST
but if you're going to measure something, it's pretty much required.

Otherwise, you could crash a spacecraft into Mars.

Someone asked what 1325 and 1350 meant. After a bit of research it turns out that it means the cirumference of the tire in mm divided by 1.61.

It's sasquatchan that's making a fuss, not me.
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Damned sasquatchan by Forbidden (4.00 / 2) #34 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 02:10:13 PM EST
He doesn't care whose lives he ruins.

You once was.
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yeah, but by sasquatchan (4.00 / 1) #35 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 02:40:50 PM EST
ya'll took pi out of it. What's life with out any pi ? Hmm ?

A LIFE NOT WORTH LIVING I TELL YOU!!!

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Measuring cycling units in Rogerborgs by Rogerborg (4.00 / 1) #39 Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 01:00:56 AM EST
Is like grading the IQ scale in terms of Bushisms.

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SRAM shifters? by skippy (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:40:07 AM EST
You're looking for something like a 2k FIFO, I guess?

Geez I'm a nerd.

Heh by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #8 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:59:58 AM EST
But but, Steve Irwin!!!! by cam (4.00 / 1) #7 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 10:57:51 AM EST
is proof America loves us. Why all the hating with the bombs?
AU has way more states than I thought by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #11 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:03:22 AM EST
New South Wales
Queensland
Victoria
France
Tasmania
Iran
Western Austrailia
Korea
South Austrailia

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Our Korean State by cam (4.00 / 1) #14 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:08:13 AM EST
is doing pretty well at Baseball. Which is good, Au civic pride suffers horribly when out sporting teams are not doing well.
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A man who complains about... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #9 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:00:21 AM EST
insufficient component porn clearly has entirely too much bike porn in his area.

The only thing I've seen recently was a Bianchi EV3 Custom Centaur 04 going relatively cheap. My size too. However, given that I am the slowest cyclist in the universe I decided to stick with my old red Trofeo, so I gave it to the man and said: "fix the damn gears already."

Now I've done some 5 mile runs and already hurt my knee... blah... it's going to be a long road to fitness I think.

So for us poor fools far from component porn, what's so cool about the SRAM stuff?

SRAM by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #13 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:07:09 AM EST
They've got a new shifter coming out. It looks the same as an STI, but you only have to click in one direction instead of two. Honestly, I don't see a huge advantage, I'm just really curious how it works with being able to shift up or down by clicking in only one direction.

It's part of their new road component package. I don't think it's for sale yet but there are demo parts around.
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Well, it violates some notions... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #24 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:57:10 AM EST
of good human interfacing by making the type of shift distance dependent. But I suppose it's ok once you get used to it.

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Yeah by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #25 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 12:33:23 PM EST
I'm not sure what I think of it. The way Shimano's STI work now, the farther the distance, the more gears you shift. So I guess this means you can't shift more than one gear at a time?
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Well, I can see ways... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #29 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 01:08:21 PM EST
for it to shift more than one at a time (the blurb said 3) but only in one direction.

Think you'll have to try it out, no way to understand it from the blurb it seems to me.

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Skateboarding Dog ROX0RZ FOX0RZ BOX0RZ! by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #15 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:08:36 AM EST

I'd seen a dog stand like a bump on a log while skateboarding before, but this dude is GETTIN HIS SWERVE ON.

Also, the ticker in that "CNN" piece is pretty funny.

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I liked by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #16 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:11:46 AM EST
when the guy said "no, not over there" and he stopped and turned around.
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I'm convinced that many dogs speak human by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #17 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:15:51 AM EST

languages, they just pretend not to in order to maintain the good deal they've got going on with the free food, napping all day, and making poops in the outdoors on city sidewalks. I mean, if you could make poops on city sidewalks and have some dude pick it up for you, would you let on that you were capable of more civilized behavior? I know I wouldn't.

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Ooh! I found more! by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #21 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:37:16 AM EST
Awwwwwwww..... by MohammedNiyalSayeed (4.00 / 1) #27 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 12:37:37 PM EST

PRICELESS!

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Pooped by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #28 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 12:38:45 PM EST
Brooklyn Incident by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #18 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:17:48 AM EST
Recently, a series of clothing shops had their store fronts defaced with the phrase "bike culture is not for sale."

Normally I wouldn't mind, except the folks hit have always dealt me square and the sale that was so ardently despised by the self-appointed protector of bike culture was a sale were a % of the profits were going to a charity that refurbishes used bikes and gives them to needy kids.

Do you think the Critical Mass/Ghost Bike were people behind these? Since you pegged the ghost bike thing, I thought you might know.

I should point out the the local bike shop - where bike culture is, in fact, on sale - was untouched.

Radical nutjobs by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #20 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 11:36:48 AM EST
I don't remember the group ... I'll see if I can find it.

But it had to do with someone using rehab'd bikes in a storefront window. The thugs doing the defacing took that as using "bike cuture" to promote capitalism. (Something that Nike and Puma have been trying to do, unsuccessfully for the most part.) That, of course, had to be stopped.

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Smoke Signals by blixco (4.00 / 1) #36 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 03:54:30 PM EST
is one of my favorite movies based on stories by Sherman Alexie.

His books are really very good.  Painful and nostalgic and touching.  The movie, the guy that played the dad?  He's in "Dead Man," my favorite Jim Jarmusch film.  You should netflix that one if you haven't seen it.
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He looked very familiar by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #38 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 05:01:22 PM EST
we watched by LilFlightTest (4.00 / 1) #40 Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 02:02:49 AM EST
that movie for a class...not sure why, anymore, but we did...
Send me to Austria!
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Ran by iGrrrl (4.00 / 1) #37 Wed Mar 15, 2006 at 04:56:44 PM EST
It was a stunning movie, but I never liked Lear, and thus don't like the story.  But stunning visuals.

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)

Lear by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #41 Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 04:51:55 AM EST
I've always felt that Lear's sort of an older person's play.

It is too hard to sympathize with the failing king so long as you've got the feeling that there's still more of life in front of you than there is behind you.

(Now that I think of it, it makes sense to me that Kurosawa, who adapted Macbeth and Hamlet early in his career, would not turn to Lear until very late in his career.)

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Patrick Stewart by iGrrrl (4.00 / 1) #42 Thu Mar 16, 2006 at 06:29:39 AM EST
He did a Western version which I watched.

I think for me I'm just not a fan of tragedies.  I have enough in my life, thankyouverymuch.  Plus, I keep hearing the voice from one of the characters in Heavy Metal, dripping with ennui:  "You die, she dies, everybody dies."

"Beautiful wine, talking of scattered everythings"
(and thanks to Scrymarch)