Graham http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9 A compulsively lazy coffee addict... en-US http://backend.userland.com/rss 60 It's a WOOT OFF! http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=it_s_a_woot_off&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Thu, 16 Feb 2006 23:58:40 +0000 Missleaneus null 1657@http://nonplatonic.com/ http://www.woot.com http://www.woot.com

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Fucking Dispatch http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=fucking_dispatch&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Fri, 10 Feb 2006 19:44:22 +0000 Rants 1645@http://nonplatonic.com/ 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. 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.

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Fixed with Vertical Dropouts http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?title=fixed_with_vertical_dropouts&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Thu, 09 Feb 2006 02:16:57 +0000 math Bicycles 1641@http://nonplatonic.com/ 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. 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.

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Oh yeah! http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?title=oh_yeah&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Wed, 08 Feb 2006 05:57:07 +0000 Raves null 1640@http://nonplatonic.com/ http://www.larsensbakery.com/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=98&idCategory=2 http://www.larsensbakery.com/store/comersus_viewItem.asp?idProduct=98&idCategory=2

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21st Century Austin Healey? http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=21st_century_austin_healey&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Mon, 30 Jan 2006 15:12:43 +0000 null Cars 1631@http://nonplatonic.com/ http://www.autoblog.com/2006/01/29/details-emerging-of-austin-healey-revival/ http://www.autoblog.com/2006/01/29/details-emerging-of-austin-healey-revival/

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iPAQ not so useless after all http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=ipaq_not_so_useless_after_all_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Sun, 22 Jan 2006 10:54:13 +0000 music Toys 1628@http://nonplatonic.com/ As I struggle to write this from an HP iPaq 6515, I am listening to KEXP's 32k mobile stream. Brilliant! Now who's idea was it to leave out a headphone jack in this thing's design? As I struggle to write this from an HP iPaq 6515, I am listening to KEXP's 32k mobile stream.
Brilliant!
Now who's idea was it to leave out a headphone jack in this thing's design?

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Which Frame Should I Use? http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=which_frame_should_i_use&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Sat, 21 Jan 2006 06:07:49 +0000 random Bicycles 1626@http://nonplatonic.com/ It's definately a better frame, but is the LeMond too regular, do you think? It's definately a better frame, but is the LeMond too regular, do you think?

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Amaretto Cheesecake http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=amaretto_cheesecake&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Sat, 21 Jan 2006 06:00:55 +0000 Photos 1625@http://nonplatonic.com/

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Truffles http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=truffles&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Sat, 21 Jan 2006 05:59:37 +0000 Photos 1624@http://nonplatonic.com/

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Rotrex is cool. http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=rotrex_is_cool&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Tue, 27 Dec 2005 18:50:31 +0000 technology Porsche 1559@http://nonplatonic.com/ http://rotrex.com/ This was going to be a post about the Techart Cayman, but I just realized it doesn't really differ all that much different from the stock Cayman S. So instead I'll direct your attention to Rotrex superchargers and how cool they are. They're belt driven, like traditional superchargers, but they have some sort of crazy planetary friction drive rollers inside that gives them higher impeller speeds and an efficiency close to a turbocharger. This means you don't need an intercooler like with some superchargers, and you don't get any turbo lag. Now if only someone would develop a Rotrex supercharger kit for the Cayman's M96-derived 3.4L engine (and a limited slip differential), we could see the Cayman spank 911s like it really should. Assuming the Cayman's engine bay is similar to the Boxter's, it shouldn't be too long a wait. http://rotrex.com/

This was going to be a post about the Techart Cayman, but I just realized it doesn't really differ all that much different from the stock Cayman S.

Techart Cayman

So instead I'll direct your attention to Rotrex superchargers and how cool they are. They're belt driven, like traditional superchargers, but they have some sort of crazy planetary friction drive rollers inside that gives them higher impeller speeds and an efficiency close to a turbocharger. This means you don't need an intercooler like with some superchargers, and you don't get any turbo lag.

Now if only someone would develop a Rotrex supercharger kit for the Cayman's M96-derived 3.4L engine (and a limited slip differential), we could see the Cayman spank 911s like it really should. Assuming the Cayman's engine bay is similar to the Boxter's, it shouldn't be too long a wait.

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If I Could Blow Up One Webiste: http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=if_i_could_blow_up_one_webiste&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Tue, 27 Dec 2005 18:22:50 +0000 Rants rant 1565@http://nonplatonic.com/ I just looked at myspace for the first time. What a waste of... uh... something. What strikes me most is that nobody there can be bothered to format pages properly. Is it so hard to resize images and wrap text? And the colors - dear god! Black backgrounds with dark blue and grey text abound... I thought myspace was supposed to be a place for shitty bands to promote themselves, but it appears that every Joe and his retarded dog is up there. Now how do I unsubscribe? I just looked at myspace for the first time. What a waste of... uh... something. What strikes me most is that nobody there can be bothered to format pages properly. Is it so hard to resize images and wrap text? And the colors - dear god! Black backgrounds with dark blue and grey text abound...

I thought myspace was supposed to be a place for shitty bands to promote themselves, but it appears that every Joe and his retarded dog is up there.

Now how do I unsubscribe?

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Spyker Bicycle = WTF?!!!1!!! http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=spyker_2_wtf_1&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Tue, 27 Dec 2005 03:59:23 +0000 random Cars Bicycles 1564@http://nonplatonic.com/ http://www.spykercars.nl/site/press/index.php I honestly never expected the Colnago/Ferrari bikes to be outdone in terms of exorbitance, but I think this bike may have accomplished just that. It's $12,000 and change, a city bike, and has leather grips. Click on the image for hi-res photos of the thing. http://www.spykercars.nl/site/press/index.php

I honestly never expected the Colnago/Ferrari bikes to be outdone in terms of exorbitance, but I think this bike may have accomplished just that. It's $12,000 and change, a city bike, and has leather grips. Click on the image for hi-res photos of the thing.

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Fuck you, Christmas! http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=fuck_you_christmas&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Mon, 26 Dec 2005 22:09:49 +0000 Rants 1563@http://nonplatonic.com/ http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&p=1563&c=1&tb=1&pb=1#comments http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=title_81&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Fri, 16 Dec 2005 00:57:49 +0000 Raves coffee 1562@http://nonplatonic.com/ So the reason I've been poking around on Italian ebay is the fact that my espresso machine has a dead controller and water level probe and I thought that perhaps ebay.it might have spare parts listed. You know, since everybody in Italy works in either exotic sports cars, fashion, wines, or the espresso industry. But anyway, I happened across this, and basically now what I'm feeling is espresso machine envy. I never thought it would happen to me! So the reason I've been poking around on Italian ebay is the fact that my espresso machine has a dead controller and water level probe and I thought that perhaps ebay.it might have spare parts listed. You know, since everybody in Italy works in either exotic sports cars, fashion, wines, or the espresso industry.

But anyway, I happened across this, and basically now what I'm feeling is espresso machine envy. I never thought it would happen to me!

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http://nonplatonic.com/index.php?blog=9&title=title_80&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1 Fri, 16 Dec 2005 00:25:38 +0000 Rants coffee 1561@http://nonplatonic.com/ Look at that thing up there. Now look at this thing here. If this is really what espresso machines have become, someone please shoot me now. (Found on ebay.it) Look at that thing up there. Now look at this thing here.

If this is really what espresso machines have become, someone please shoot me now. (Found on ebay.it)

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