Time for my annual "Please give money to charity to motivate me to exercise" event!

ХудожникHi-ho, ( SUMMARY: Donate to my bike ride for charity; and then read the wacky letter below. ) As many of you know, in keeping with the traditions of my people, each spring I do something incredibly stupid. It’s what brought my forefathers and foremothers across the ocean ( “Look, dear — the snow is mostly gone. Let’s get in leaky boat and sail for points unknown!” ). Back in college, I and few friends decided to head south for some sun — but, eschewing the popular spots like Florid( “too many bikinis” ) and the South Padre Islands ( “too many Texans” ), we decided to head for the Grand Canyon. “It’s grand! It’s canyon!” And,...

I’m again doing something stupid for charity

Hi-ho all, ( EXECUTIVE SUMMARY FOR FOLKS WHO HATE TO READ STUFF:  I’m riding against diabetes again; please donate! ) As many of you know, last spring I bought a ludicrously expensive bicycle in order to guilt myself into riding it and getting exercise so that I would lose weight and not die.  And, figuring that I needed all the motivation possible, I signed up for and did a 25 mile bike ride up in Napa for diabetes (1).  I sent out this request for donations because that’s what you do, and many of you were quite generous. I’ve mentioned that my father was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, and it took a year or so for them to figure it out and then get him onto some drugs & diet to get it under control, and later my...

Logical Conclusions

So, if Republicans are correct and lowering tax rates always leads (in the long term) to the government taking in more revenues than it would have at the higher tax rate, isn’t the logical conclusion that the tax rate should be 0 and that would lead to the government taking in the most possible tax revenue. Although I wonder who would be paying those taxes if the tax rate actually was 0%.

My Woot Bag of Crap!

So, after a couple years of trying really hard to get a mythical Woot Bag of Crap, and cursing every time the stupid server of theirs would go down the instant the bag of crap came up for purchase, I’d given up hope.  But, a few weeks back there was a Woot off, and I was sitting in my office, and I saw that the current item ( a wireless mouse ) was sold out, so I hit refresh to see what the next item was, and HOLY SHIT IT’S THE BAG OF CRAP. ORDER! ORDER! ORDER! Except I was pretty sure I’d missed it again, since I did manage to enter in my CVC code for my credit card, and hit the confirmation button, but then the page timed out, so I was dejected. Except about 15 minutes later I saw that a bag of crap had appeared in my “Order...

My Peggy 2 clock idea

I’m a bit of a clock guy, and I’ve got a bunch in my house and in my office.  I’ve got bunches of regular analog clocks.  I’ve got my grandparent’s mantle clock that they were given for their wedding in the early 1930s, which we wind with a key and which chimes on the hour in my living room.  In my office I have one of those “rolling ball” clocks as well as a ping-pong clock from Adafruit. One thing that some clocks show better than others is the passage of time — and sometimes it’s the passage of time that is most interesting to display instead of the exact digital instant that is now. Here’s the idea:  The front of the peggy is treated like a “pie”, except it’s square.  It shows the...

I rode 25 miles and didn’t die!

  As some of you know, because I emailed you and asked you to donate to the American Diabetes Association for my ride in the Napa Tour de Cure.  My friend, Mark, had organized a team, and because I had the same kind of bike as he has he asked me if I’d like to join in.  He promised the ride would be pretty and flat. My friends totally came thru and donate a bunch more money than I even expected, and I’m both proud and extremely humbled by the generosity of people I know. The bike ride itself was up in Yountville, CA, just north of Napa, on the morning of May 5th.  Loretta’s sister Maureen went up with me and also did the ride.  We went up the night before because we needed to be at the start between 9am and 10am, and...