June 8th, 2004

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More bike notes

While I think the racing saddle on the bike was probably a good idea in the long run, it's going to take some getting used to. My butt hurts in some odd ways.

I need to get a mirror. Trying to ride on heavily-traveled roads at rush hour is simply too dangerous without one.

Sneakers are not a win for use with the bicycle -- my laces nearly got tangled in the gears. Need to decide whether my usual walking moccasins are adequate; if not, I should probably invest in those newfangled sneakers with the velcro clasps.

One of my biggest concerns about the bike was that they automatically installed the toe clips on the pedals, and I've never used clips before. Fortunately, I seem to be adjusting to them quickly -- after falling over a few times yesterday trying to get the bike moving, I'm getting the hang of starting movement and then getting the second clip seated. I'm also not wobbling as much getting started as I was yesterday. I suspect I'll be fully comfortable with the bike in a week or two.

Good: my office has showers in the men's room. (This office was originally supposed to be the building's gym, and that still shows in a few ways.) Bad: it takes several minutes for the hot water to really kick in if I'm taking the first shower in the morning, which I suspect I will always be when I bike in.
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Recent Links

Thanks to tangerinpenguin for a pointer to the trailer for Fahrenheit 9/11. This trailer has been described as a brilliant anti-Bush advertisement, and I have to agree: I can only wish that the Democrats could write an ad half as effective as this. It manages to be disturbingly funny and downright creepy at the same time. Haven't decided whether to see the film when it's finally released -- I suspect that it will raise my blood pressure to the boiling point, which is not entirely good -- but I'm a lot more intrigued now.

On the "fun toys" front, check out Edward of Effingham's Heraldic Avatars. Nothing fancy, just your device, nicely rendered in pixels for a very reasonable price. I may have to invest in one of these.

Recent eBooks from Project Gutenberg:

Dewey Decimal Classification (from the 1976 reprint of the 1876 original). Tables. Lots and lots of tables. But it's tables about books! (Did you know that category 678 is just "Cotton"? Some classifications made a lot more sense a century ago.)

Selected English Letters (XV - XIX Centuries). Mostly out of period, but a modest number from the 16th and 17th centuries that are potentially interesting.

Ravenna, A Study (1913). Mostly *pre*-period, but has several chapters on the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Probably of interest only to I Sebastiani...