It was supposed to be funny, but that's my rice cooker.

posted by graham on 06.06.20 at 21:24, Missleaneus, seattle, null, Leave a comment Permalink


posted by graham on 06.06.20 at 17:32, Missleaneus, Ideas, places, Leave a comment Permalink

Holocaust revisionists are silly because it is absurd to deny that the Holocaust ocurred. At least they picked something of significance to argue about, though.

posted by graham on 06.06.20 at 15:05, Rants, rant, null, Leave a comment Permalink

I just received an email written with so much passive malevolance that it made me feel physically ill. How can people not realize that their manner of communication alone causes people to hate them?

Holy Shitness!

posted by graham on 06.06.17 at 02:39, coffee, technology, rave, Bicycles, null, Leave a comment Permalink

The fact that this is news to me shows how out of touch I am, but the return of Rapid Fire XTRs is a momentous occasion regardless.


Why is this on DVD?

Comment from: Christian [Visitor] · http://obviousdiversion.com
Are you kidding? I love that show. I'm thrilled it's finally being released.
Permalink 05/01/06 @ 22:00
Comment from: Alex [Visitor] · http://technicolor.org
I was involved in two separate conversations last week about how great this show was.
Permalink 05/02/06 @ 10:13
Comment from: Jo [Visitor]
ahh, I loved that show! I'm not sure that I could watch it now, though..
Permalink 05/03/06 @ 18:23

End of Days

posted by graham on 06.04.21 at 01:15, Rants, rant, null, 2 comments Permalink

Is it just me, or did the blogoshpere run out of gas recently? Boingboing is basically played-out, JWZ has given up and become a Mac screensaver discussion board, MAKE is all LED flashlights and cutesy turd-shaped crochet iPod cozies, the uber-hot-blog-chicks' egos have enveloped most of southeast asia, and everybody else has more or less stopped blogging altogether.

Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9
Maybe that's it... maybe the boingboings and jwzs have a much more limited focus than I always thought.
Permalink 04/22/06 @ 23:23
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
It's the end of everything. One email in the last two days... the blogs I read are all dead... an alarming lack of phone calls. It's not looking good.
Permalink 04/23/06 @ 16:02

Build me a bike trail

posted by graham on 06.04.13 at 01:14, null, seattle, Bicycles, 2 comments Permalink

While trail building may not be one of the official good deeds, I would sure appreciate anyone who helped build this for me.

Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
Yes, the soothing sounds of I-5. It truly is wonderful to get out and go cycling...
Permalink 04/13/06 @ 01:22
Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9
Yes, it is soothing isn't it. It sounds like a river rushing down a mountain. I am somewhat concerned that once the trail is finished, people might be lulled to sleep and ride off the trail into one of those big concrete pillars.
Permalink 04/22/06 @ 23:27

The French Laundry Knives

posted by graham on 06.04.02 at 22:20, Rants, books, technology, rant, Toys, Other, null, 1 comment Permalink

Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
Something really bothers me about this. The knives look nice, but Thomas Keller is supposed to be different from Emeril in every way.

Since I believe everything Bourdain says as though it were axiomatic, I've now dismissed Keller through this superficial similarity to Emeril in favor of what's his name at Veritas... of course I would never eat any of the food at Veritas since I'm a fish eating foodie... so this is all very academic.
Permalink 04/07/06 @ 17:48

D.I.Y. Espresso Machine

posted by graham on 06.03.21 at 03:02, coffee, Ideas, technology, 1 comment Permalink

In my quest to fix my espresso machine I've come across many people describing the major components found in commercial espresso machines, and how to repair or modify them. Realizing that a wide variety of parts are availabe, I naturally wondered if it would be feasible to assemble them to create my own ideal espresso machine.
Aparrently it may, because this man seems to have done just that.

Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
Do it... Do it... you must do it. Ben needs coffee.
Permalink 03/21/06 @ 03:40

for next sunday, this is tasty!

posted by graham on 06.02.20 at 01:31, Raves, random, 1 comment Permalink
________________DOMAINE________________
Alary Daniel Et Denis

(picture of winery)

Cotes Du Rhone
2004
Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9
yeah, this isn't a real post
Permalink 02/20/06 @ 01:34

Functioning Transformers!!!

posted by graham on 06.02.18 at 21:10, Raves, art, technology, Toys, Leave a comment Permalink
This is about the coolest thing evar, or at least since the last time I said that about something.
Via Make by way of Vestal Design.

It's a WOOT OFF!

posted by graham on 06.02.16 at 17:58, Missleaneus, null, 1 comment Permalink
Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9
Geez, sorry I mentioned it...
Permalink 02/18/06 @ 20:44

Fucking Dispatch

posted by graham on 06.02.10 at 13:44, Rants, 2 comments Permalink

So it is "The General" they keep playing at the Flipside. I just didn't recognize it because it's some shitty live version. Fuck you Dispatch, you suck.

Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9
I was like "Do you have 'The General'?" and she was like "This IS 'The General'!" and I was like "NO WONDER IT SUCKS SO MUCH!"
Permalink 02/10/06 @ 13:57
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
No you suck. Like totally.
Permalink 02/10/06 @ 19:50

Fixed with Vertical Dropouts

posted by graham on 06.02.08 at 20:16, math, Bicycles, 9 comments Permalink

So I've been meaning for some time now to figure out a method for finding properly fitting chainring combinations to use on a fixed gear with vertical dropouts. This guy from the point83 forums claims to have one. Does this look reasonable to all you math/bike types?

OK, basic math...
Add the number of teeth on your chainring and on the rear cog. Take the total, and look it up.

40 = 0"+/- 1/2"
41 = 1/8" +/- 1/2"
42 = 1/4" +/- 1/2"
43 = 3/8" +/- 1/2"
44 = 0"+/- 1/2"
45 = 1/8" +/- 1/2"
46 = 1/4" +/- 1/2"
47 = 3/8" +/- 1/2"
48 = 0"+/- 1/2"
49 = 1/8" +/- 1/2"
50 = 1/4" +/- 1/2"
51 = 3/8" +/- 1/2"
52 = 0"+/- 1/2"
53 = 1/8" +/- 1/2"
54 = 1/4" +/- 1/2"
55 = 3/8" +/- 1/2"
56 = 0"+/- 1/2"
57 = 1/8" +/- 1/2"
58 = 1/4" +/- 1/2"
59 = 3/8" +/- 1/2"
60 = 0"+/- 1/2"
61 = 1/8" +/- 1/2"
62 = 1/4" +/- 1/2"
63 = 3/8" +/- 1/2"
64 = 0"+/- 1/2"
65 = 1/8" +/- 1/2"
66 = 1/4" +/- 1/2"
67 = 3/8" +/- 1/2"
68 = 0"+/- 1/2"
69 = 1/8" +/- 1/2"
70 = 1/4" +/- 1/2"
71 = 3/8" +/- 1/2"

As you can see, it repeats. Here's the notion, For each tooth you add, you "remove" a 1/4 of a link of chain (assuming you don't change the chain length and could actually remove 1/4 of a link). So if you add 4 teeth, you need to add a link to your chain. Pin to pin is 1/2", averaged out on both top and bottom is 1/8" and there you go.

So, if you know your dropout to BB is 14.5" center to center (BMX in this case), you can run a gear combination where the total number of teeth equals 40, 44, 48, 52, 56, 60, etc. The difference in length due to the chainring being larger than the cog is not worth calculating. Besides, chains wear.

Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
I'm skeptical about this:

"The difference in length due to the chainring being larger than the cog is not worth calculating."

I'd just try whatever combinations you can with whatever you have around. And no brakes. Safety is for the weak.
Permalink 02/09/06 @ 16:03
Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9
That's the part that caught my attention also.

Yes, brakes are for girly-men. If there's ever a really steep hill I'll ride around it or walk my bike down.
Permalink 02/10/06 @ 13:31
Comment from: admin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php/admin
That took me longer than it should have to figure out what the hell he was talking about. Ugh, "40=0+/- 1/2" meaning "40=0 mod .5". Whatever. Since pin-to-pin on a regular chain is 1/2" the number of teeth on a ring/cog is half the circumference in inches. Took me a while to figure that out too. Sigh.

I agree with ben that the difference between cog and ring should make a difference. I wrote something to compute total chain length, it's in ~/vertdrop/. Sample output:

Enter stay length in inches (c-to-c): 14.5
Enter number of cog teeth: 14
Enter smallest ring size (even number): 30
Enter largest ring size (even number): 54

cog: 14 ring: 30 chain length: 74.7368
cog: 14 ring: 32 chain length: 77.1819
cog: 14 ring: 34 chain length: 79.672
cog: 14 ring: 36 chain length: 82.2049
cog: 14 ring: 38 chain length: 84.7787
cog: 14 ring: 40 chain length: 87.3912
cog: 14 ring: 42 chain length: 90.0403
cog: 14 ring: 44 chain length: 92.724
cog: 14 ring: 46 chain length: 95.4403
cog: 14 ring: 48 chain length: 98.1871
cog: 14 ring: 50 chain length: 100.963
cog: 14 ring: 52 chain length: 103.765
cog: 14 ring: 54 chain length: 106.593


So, unless I'm retarded, the total length has to be slightly bigger than an integer so you can actually put the chain together... My numbers don't match up with his, ie 14+30=44 -> 74.7368 inches, which doesn't sound like it would work at all.

[edit: this was collin]
Permalink 02/10/06 @ 15:02
Comment from: Rodrigo Hernando de la Sosa [Visitor]
I think your chain length got messed up somewhere. That's one hell of a long chain.

For 50x16 gearing with a 14.5" stay, i get a ~45.65" chain. That's about 1/10" off from the chart (which has completely lost me by now) if I read it correctly.
Permalink 02/10/06 @ 18:02
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
I almost made it down the hill without walking. There were cobblestones. It doesn't count.
Permalink 02/10/06 @ 19:52
Comment from: graham [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_roubaix
Permalink 02/10/06 @ 20:15
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
Ha ha. Let's see you do it...
Permalink 02/10/06 @ 21:13
Comment from: ben [Member] · http://ben.nonplatonic.com
It looks like the Bianchi is about 49.5" with a 50-18 and 15.5" for the stay. It's so depressing that a random stranger is riding something bigger than me. I hope you live somewhere flat Rodrigo Hernando de la Sosa... if you're from San Francisco, I'm going to be extremely depressed.
Permalink 02/11/06 @ 10:53
Comment from: collin [Member] · http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=3
Ok, mea culpa, I screwed up with the chainlength thing. But I can't see where I screwed up.

chainlength=0;
chainlength+=cogteeth;
chainlength+=rteeth;
chainlength+=2*(sqrt( pow(staylength, 2) + pow((rteeth/pi)-(cogteeth/pi), 2) ) );


So, where am I wrong... If pin-to-pin is 1/2", then for an n tooth ring/cog the circumference is 2*n. Hence, half the circumference is n, lines 2&3.

Which gives 2*n=2*pi*r => 2*n / 2*pi = n/pi = r. And then the last line is just the pythagorean thm. And yeah, this assumes the chain leaves the ring/cog at theta=0, I'll fix this and then try a more complicated version.
Permalink 02/16/06 @ 07:19
posted by graham on 06.02.07 at 23:57, Raves, null, Leave a comment Permalink