Archive for May, 2009

A Fair Exchange

barter-networkIn an effort to simplify my life I’ve slowly been paring down the amount of stuff I own. In a lot of cases, it has been a lot easier to simply donate smaller items to charity rather than go through the trouble of taking calls, answering e-mails, and driving around just to clean out a couple of closets. I used to freecycle. I was, in fact, a freecycle junkie. However, I was cured of my addiction once and for all by a nutty lady that insisted on free delivery and a warranty on a washer and dryer that I was giving away. Since then, I just put everything out at the curb and 10 times out of ten, it finds it’s way to a new home.

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May 28, 2009 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Drive-by Photography: Emergency Ballon Landing

IMG01833I had a unique experience over the weekend. While driving back from a fun evening out with the kids we espied a hot air ballon landing in a small field next to the highway. I made a quick exit and tracked back to the place where I saw it come down. It wasn’t too hard to find.

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May 27, 2009 at 9:46 am 4 comments

Front Wheel Drive Recumbent

IMG01732Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on a front wheel drive recumbent for my wife as a birthday present. I’ve been documenting the process to build it and posted my progress on Instructables. If you have questions or details concerning the specifics of construction, feel free to contact me.

By briansrapier

May 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm Leave a comment

Ubuntu: Jaunty vs. Evolution, Xorg, Etc …

ubuntu_jaunty_jackalopeI have been running Ubuntu for several years now, starting with Dapper Drake back in 2006. Not being much of a desktop/graphics person, I’ve slowly mended my ways as I’ve seen Ubuntu become a bridge between the “who needs a GUI, use CLI” hardcore geeks and “just give me something I can point-n-click” crowd allowing Linux to become a main stream OS.

Having experienced a number of issues upgrading version the moment the latest and greatest is released, I am usually apprehensive about just doing a distribution upgrade the second it becomes available. However, a couple of months ago my much loved Dell XPS M1710 was replaced by an HP Compaq 6510b. It has been a lesson in frustration getting anything to work the way it should on the new laptop, mostly because of the crappy Intel graphics controller.

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May 15, 2009 at 2:47 pm Leave a comment

Drive-by Photography

blackberry-curve-8330I have a Blackberry. It’s not really mine. My company issues them so they can contact employees in the middle of the night just in case there’s a problem, such as the national media over-hyping pig flu resulting in a butt-load of internet traffic coming into our site and causing issues on our network (really).

I’ve never been a fan of electronic devices, even though I have an ipod (I hate mainstream radio). You see people all the time who are married to the thing – constantly communicating with everyone in the world except the ones who are right there with you. However, my Blackberry’s saving grace is the fact that it has a reasonably decent camera and a 4 GB micro SIM card. Since I got it at the end of last summer, I’ve taken upwards of 1700 pictures – mostly family shots, but also a lot of what has been happening around me.

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May 15, 2009 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Out Behind the Woodshed

woodsheddersA couple of years back, a friend of mine let me listen to his Django Reinhardt and St├ęphane Grappelli CDs. The few short days they were in my possession took me back seventy years and reintroduced me to the world of swing-jazz. I had been rewarded with the crisp clean sound of a violin, masterfully played and the upbeat thrums and intricate chords of an acoustic guitar. I was even more impressed when I learned of Django’s tragic story and the fact that the intricate chords I was listening to were made with only two fingers.

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May 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm Leave a comment

Time for a Little Change

rapier_greenLast Summer I started blogging about all things green in a effort to share my knowledge and experiences with others to help them put a little more green in their eveyday lives. Almost immediately I was bombarded by numerous inquiries asking to get their company/product feature on this blog. After several conversations with their promotions firm, I did decide to blog about Timex, which was a direct tie in to a previous article I had written about Yvon Chouinard. Since then, it’s been all downhill.

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May 14, 2009 at 9:35 am Leave a comment


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