Saturday, October 06, 2007

Gelato Bike Thoughts

Pros:
  • GREAT enjoyment to ride with the kids. They comment on everything and even your pain in the butt daughter will let her shields down. Aaron and Kimberly both love to be take for rides on it and we talk the whole time.
  • You do things on this bike you'd never do in a car. Like cruise around just to see what's what. We found where some of Kimberly's friends from school live: just around the corner! We found a new neighborhood addition. We found a shortcut to behind the shopping center that lets us avoid a little traffic on the bike. today we drove it probably 6-10 miles I'd bet.
  • Fast enough to avoid traffic if you move to the right and travel with it in the neighborhood. Cars don't have much of an overtake. Indicated speed is 28-29MPH, 18-20 validated with a GPS.
  • Pedals! For slow cruising around in a cul de sac, or when the law enforcement comes by and you're on the sidewalk. 'Look, I'm pedaling, it's a bike'. I swapped the small pedals for some larger adult sized ones.
  • Even if it's hot outside, it ain't with a 20MPH breeze in your face. Extends the riding season for hot climates.
  • Headlight, turn signal, horn; for warning joggers and traffic.
  • Plastic bodywork is easier to polish perfections out of with car rubbing compound.
Cons:
  • Needs more speed. Just a bit. 35 MPH would be GREAT.
  • I wish it had: hazard lights, a cup holder (I can add that).
  • The seat is too hard, or I need to get fatter. I can figure out something.
  • Mirrors are a bit narrow. Again, probably something you can get in an addon.
  • Some of the bits are on the cheap side. Somewhere a pin hinge for the cargo box got lost.
  • Two chargers, although it is probably cheaper than a single charger. Have to figure out how to charge without opening the seat. Minor.
  • If you have someone on the back seat, and you pedal, you can hit their feet with your feet. Just don't pedal with a passenger.
Overall: 4.5 out of 5 so far!

Now, get busy on those donations so I can save the environment.

Friday, October 05, 2007

The Gelato E bike electric Bicycle is here!


Got a great deal on a lightly used one. Pics and reviews, tips etc to follow. Some minor annoyances but overall a LOT of fun to drive. Both kids love riding it with me. Might even hold two small adults.

Ice is Cold!

Kimberly informed me today while I was putting sugar in my tea that adding ice would make it cold! Wow, that was news to me. I turned up the sarcasm output on that one but she was laughing. 'Thank you Kimberly, I am so glad I have you here to tell me these things.'

My 8 yr old knows everything!

Dads are apparently in need of guidance on just about everything.

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Phrases I shall try not to Use


On theroblog, I hope you find something useful and/or entertaining amongst all the ramblings. I'm going to come up with a list of phrases that I'm getting a bit tired of hearing, and seeing. You can call me on it if I slip.

1. "highly anticipated". Well WTH does that mean? "much anticipated" makes more sense. Or "widely anticipated" or "greatly anticipated" (maybe). This was heard in a Zd net blog video and I realized I'm sick of it, and it doesn't make sense anyway.

2. "Tiger", "Leopard", "Panther", "Puma", "Orange Ba$*ard Housecat" or whatever Apple keeps naming their operating systems. I don't mind Windows 2000, Windows XP, Vista so much as they are different enough (and not released on what seems like a 3 month schedule APPLE) that I can keep them straight. I'll just use OS X 10.blahdee.blahdee. Don't get me started on the whole OS X 10.0 deal. Anyone for the Roman numeral version? The latest is OS X.IV.X

3. A list in no particular order: "pundit", "paparazzi", Movie phrases: "Must see" and "feel good movie of the ...".

Aaaaand, I'm spent.

You can leave your own words and phrases in the comments. Repeat the nonconformist's oath:

"I promise to be different!"

"I promise to be unique!"

"I promise not to repeat things other people say!"

(Good!)

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Ruprecht



Should I be concerned NOW?

To be fair, it was the last large fork clean, and I'd planned to use it for pancake eating but Aaron had been eyeing it for a day or two. Well, the apple doesn't fall far from the tree I suppose.

(That second photo is Steve Martin as 'Ruprecht' in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels".)

Monday, October 01, 2007

For the little prizefghter in your child



I need to add a 'badtoyideas' tag. This is a miniature side of beef for I suppose a tiny Rocky figure. Yikes. It comes with a tiny bloodstained bathrobe too. Wonder why it was on the clearance aisle?

Sunday, September 30, 2007

http://houston.craigslist.org/zip/436600843.html

horse doo doo


Reply to: see below
Date: 2007-09-30, 9:43PM CDT


neighbor can't afford to feed their horse so
I let them put the horse in my yard with the
promise they would keep road apples cleaned
up. I bought a sack of oats for the horse
and did a good job of baby sitting until
Sun morn at about 2 am when Butt Head tore
outside faucet off and made a lake out of
back yard. Butt head went home but poop
is still here. Call BR549 if you want free
poop

Ok, the whole God thing

Ok, well I promised you some controversy. Sorry, it's late in coming. I'm going to do some posts here and there about theological aspects from a secular standpoint. Why? Because it's pretty darn well difficult to completely nullify either theory: big bang, evolution, etc. and the world in 7 days as proposed (and I'm admitting bias here) us Christians. Yup, I said it. I'm going to come at it from the stand point of 'Hmph, I didn't think of that.' Things DO evolve, but 'Someone made the universe' seems easier to believe than 'It just happened for no particular reason from nothing'. Structure and relative order imply design. Stuff happening for no reason on the other hand also refutes the scientific principle of cause and effect.

I'm LEANING toward the pro-God side, as I must, because that happens to be my faith, but again, I hope to present the material in an 'Oh, I hadn't thought of that.' way. Apologies for misuse of Douglas Adams' babelfish material. (Read the bit at the bottom, funny stuff.)

Let's just jump right in and tackle the biggie:

"If there is a God, give me a SIGN!"

For one thing, it isn't very likely. The Bible timeline varies, but for argument's sake, let's say it covers 2000 years. I know it's a short time, but if we want to argue that you're not going to get a sign of biblical proportions we'll use it. (Which is what you want isn't it? Not something ordinary like a self reproducing consciousness based on chemical reactions.)

How many miracles were in the Bible? Let's say it's 100. I know, it's high, but let's go with it.

So, roughly one miracle every 20 years. And since a lot of them were done by Jesus (resurrection, water to wine, healing of people well known to have a long term or serious affliction, like, they were dead) then that leaves less in the remaining 1966 or so years.

Oh, and consider all the people in existence during that time. Very few people saw or experienced one relatively speaking. Hitting the powerball is more likely, and do you actually know anyone who has won a large prize of any sort? I don't.

So, you're not going to see one or know anyone who has (even if they'll admit to it in this day and age.)

If you're waiting for God to give you a sign to believe in him, I'd say the odds are against it if you're looking for the burning bush type thing.

If you don't believe in miracles, then you're just a happy accident of chemistry. (Or unhappy, as the reaction eventually is going to decrease along the increase in entropy: THE END.) The accident that happened a LONG time after the formation of the universe. Apparently at great odds since it took so long. There's not a whole lot of middle ground here.

Still looking for that sign?

Discuss.

General Tso's Chicken McNuggets

Did you know if you mix the caramel from the apple dippers and ketchup and dip your nuggets in, its a passable Tso's chicken? If McD uses my idea, I get royalties!
 
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