Tuesday, July 29, 2008

E-lation bike: first shots

I actually put this together a couple of weeks ago, but a number of issues have prevented me from posting this earlier.

But, *finally* here is a shot of the e-lation Mk2 motor system installed on my bike (a Cypress Giant hybrid: 21" frame)

impressions: when it works, it's great! When it doesn't work (yes, there have been teething problems, which I am working through), then at least the 7.5Kg extra weight isn't *that* significant a drag

I will be blogging/wiki-ing about the trials and tribulations later. Meanwhile, enjoy!:


Friday, July 18, 2008

Arachnophilia: Lest We Forget

Since it pops up periodically in discussions, and since I'm getting fed up with hunting for it, here is a link to the archive of Patrick Farley's brilliant but uncompleted webcomic 'Spiders'.

It tells the tale of a few protagonists in the war in Afghanistan, fought in an alternate universe where Al Gore is president and the might of the US army is represented by a horde of miniature surveillance devices run by an open networked community.

If you think that's weird, wait until you start reading! Like a lot of great cult productions, the ending is effectively left to you. (Farley may complete it, one day, but don't hold your breath)



Yeah, I know, the image is copyright of Patrick Farley 2001-03. He can tell me to remove it any time, and I will.