Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Finding Things

While I may or my not be one to toot my own horn, I try to do it in the privacy of my own home, and thus avoid sticky encounters.  In this instance, I think that I can safely put it out there without getting my head bitten off.  

I'm really good at finding things.

Last week I found a powered VGA splitter that my office, and I thought we didn't have.  I also found a jackpot of audio splitters, which I also needed at the time.  That could have just been random luck, but I do generally have an intimate knowledge of our equipment inventory.  Perhaps I'd just forgotten we had them and subconsciously was guided back to them.

Today was an excellent day for finding things, mostly in the Bike Coop.  For those not familiar with the Bike Coop, the basic signal that you are an old hand is if you can actually tell when people have moved things.  This is only a slight exaggeration.  So it was rather impressive that I was able to find a bottom bracket, a new crank, and cassette spacers today.

I also found Kristina's headlight today.

Overall, I think that my recent finding stuff ability has been a great boon, and am so excited about it that I just had to tell you all.

I'll post something meaningful in a few days, once I get my paper on "Twilight" polished up.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Bike 1, Robert 0

Note to self: when the weather is in the 40's, it is night out, and you are wearing shorts and can't feel your hands, it may not be the best time to pull your cranks.  In fact, one could say that it is a terrible, terrible time to be working on your bike, particularly on things that are very annoying to fix if you screw up.  Guess I'll need a new crank at some point...

Vintage Clipart

To be honest, the title of this post makes me feel slightly wrong, as it's both inaccurate and anachronistic. It also implies that art is old clip art, which it certainly isn't. It would be better described as public domain artwork from old childrens' books. I found a veritable treasure-trove of the images on Grandma's Graphics. An example accompanies this post, but it is well worth your time to wander through the site and see the variety. (The illustrations from "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" are in there as well.)

On a totally unrelated note, I'm incredibly busy this quarter. Which is both awesome and terrible. Next quarter I'll be co-teaching a class on Bikes and Bicycling, which brings me back to my 4-H roots. Good times.