2014 : What Scientific Idea is Ready For Retirement?. You’ll get smarter reading this list from Edge.org.
So nice to be home.1 :-)
The Kaylad-e trike by Niavis Design looks really cool and fun. The stability of two front wheels would be nice on slippery days. Not having to put a foot down at intersections1 would be a new experience. Integrated lights, fenders, security, and storage make this a serious 3+ season transportation vehicle.
I’m concerned about the Kaylad-e’s width. Bike lanes are not designed nor maintained for anything other than bicycles. I’m always dodging trash.2 On a bike, it’s no big deal; I’m still in the bike lane. On a trike? I think I’d end up in the car lane a lot more often.
I’m curious about the Kaylad-e’s weight. I like the bragging rights of providing all my power. If the trike is too heavy, I would have to use the motor to get up some hills or more.
Finally, along with its width comes wind resistance. Maybe it’s not much more than a bike, but I notice the wind sitting upright on my city bike and can feel a real difference if I crouch down into a more aerodynamic position.3
I’d like to see this become reality, if only to take it for a test ride.4
5. Yes, having a post with footnotes is already ridiculous. Yes, an appendix transcends self-parody. I AM WHAT I AM.
Ken White (Popehat)
Ha! A blog post with an Appendix — I never thought of that. 1 :-D
Until now… ;-) ↩
MIT Technology Review mentioned the Friendship Paradox, in which, due to outliers and “the topology of networks,” your friends on average have more friends than you do. The article goes on to suggest that your friends probably are more wealthy and happy, too.
I was curious to see how my Facebook friends’ friend counts measured up. My Facebook friends average 434 friends.1 Only 67% of my FB friends have less than that many friends, so the article could be false for 33% of my FB friends (including me).
My data isn’t perfect, because 24 of my friends prevent me from seeing their entire friend list; I can only see mutual friends. Thus I have no idea how many Facebook friends those friends have. ↩
What is the Monkeysphere?. “What do monkeys have to do with war, oppression, crime, racism and even e-mail spam? You’ll see that all of the random ass-headed cruelty of the world will suddenly make perfect sense once we go Inside the Monkeysphere.” Warning: coarse language,1 plus the claim that you can’t have as many friends as your Facebook profile probably suggests.
Derp. I included some in the quote… :-( ↩
Dunbar’s number. “A suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships.” In contrast to those who collect “friends” on Facebook like playing Cookie Clicker.
I wasn’t looking for another shot of wires and pole … honest. I took a detour on the way home to shoot a stand of trees on the far side of a field. It looked good, but only in my mind. The scene’s dynamic range was too great and I didn’t have a tripod with me to make a good HDR shot. So I looked up. This is what I saw. Sort of…1 ;-)Read more
Earlier this week, we took a quick stop at Folsom Point to see how low Folsom Lake has dropped. Hiking much of the way down to the water, I turned around and took a shot back up the hill, to where the water level should be.
It’s a power pole.
And I like it.1
As I was driving with Ashley, I looked through the sunroof and said I wanted to come back and take a picture of this pole, though I’d need to stand in the middle of the street to get the perspective I wanted. Ashley reached up and opened the sunroof. Ah! Problem solved. Grabbing my camera, I took a couple quick shots while we waited for a green light. ↩