Hello, fellow Gazetteers. I trust that your household pets are thus far avoiding becoming science projects. I was going to do a long post about how I’m pretty sure I had COVID-19 in the first week of February, as I suffered many of the symptoms that the CDC are now putting forth, but tested negative… Continue reading Random Thursday: The Friday [Semi-Lockdown] Edition
Patriotic Weirdos on Parade
Alert Gazette readers will remember how I teased them with this preview of potential Independence Day bicycle decorations in preparation for our participation in the local (Horseshoe Bay) parade. The final modest result pictured below belies the hour or so of toil in the sauna-like confines of a garage in the middle of a Texas… Continue reading Patriotic Weirdos on Parade
News You Can Use To Snooze
Random reporting on random events. Surely you’re not surprised.
Apple Watch Fall Detection: Annoying…but effective
The golf cart/pedestrian path next to the low water crossing over Slick Rock Creek, just south of Highway 2147, hasn’t had water running over it since the October floods. Still, much of it stays wet thanks to the splashes from cars driving through the creek. Over time, if those puddles don’t dry out, moss and… Continue reading Apple Watch Fall Detection: Annoying…but effective
Slow ride; fast video – Cycling in Horseshoe Bay
It’s been a while since I posted a time lapse bike ride video. I realize most of you have little interest in these short movies, unless you like to ride vicariously through some [mostly] pretty scenery. But some of you may live in Horseshoe Bay and for you I issue the challenge of identifying the… Continue reading Slow ride; fast video – Cycling in Horseshoe Bay
Perceptive Gazette readers will recall our recent traumatic bicycle wheel failure, which necessitated the replacement of both wheels on our recumbent tandem (the rear wheel failed, but we also replaced the front one out of an abundance of caution as well as to make sure the two matched). I’m happy to report that after a… Continue reading Attraction Satisfaction
Good Customer Service > Bad Wheel?
The rear tire went flat on our recumbent tandem during a ride a couple of weekends ago. This wouldn’t be unusual except we never have flats. Well, except for that one time. Oh, and that other time. Anyway, it’s rare that we get flats, because we run Kevlar-belted tires with heavy duty tubes on a… Continue reading Good Customer Service > Bad Wheel?
Roaming the Web
It’s been a while since we’ve wandered around the web, looking at some cool new tech. Here’s a roundup of some things that have come across my Twitter feed lately. Snap – The Flying Camera Snap, the 4K flying camera with auto-tracking, is ready for the spotlight https://t.co/Kjf4LEtTgs pic.twitter.com/LwHABEOLs9 — TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) January 8, 2016… Continue reading Roaming the Web
Hotter’N Hell 16.09
The photo shows one of the computers on our tandem bicycle following our ride this afternoon. The number in the lower left corner of the screen is the temperature in degree Fahrenheit. No, it wasn’t 10º in Midland, Texas, in August; the computer is obviously not designed for hot weather as the temperature readout only… Continue reading Hotter’N Hell 16.09
The hills are alive…but not necessarily those who ride them
We had just pedaled – very slowly, with agonizing effort – our recumbent tandem up a 650′ section of road with an average slope of 17.2%, and once things finally leveled out a bit, my wife wondered aloud whether we were getting too old for that sort of thing. I wanted to dispute that notion… Continue reading The hills are alive…but not necessarily those who ride them