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John Wardlaw
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Skydiver, Parachute Rigger, Linux User
Skydiver, Parachute Rigger, Linux User

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I just started playing this game, I know it's so last year but what can I say. Anyhow I can't seem to get the hang of it.

I keep trying to get a row of 2048 squares but each time I get more than one I lose them both. What am I doing wrong?
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It was about 8:30 pm and I was eight miles into my 25 mile commute home from work. I was on the side of road and a local policeman told me to call for a lift, I could not ride the remainder of my route home.

As we were talking he said a woman had called in saying her car window was shot out by someone in another car. The police came to me after I called them. I called because I was shot by a CO2 powered BB gun. Once homeI scraped the projectile out of my pectoral with a thumbnail.

#ZombieRaccoon   #BikeCommuterCabal  
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Who's for pizza

Which three ait Toppings would you choose? Crickets, Minnows, Earthworms?

This place is about eleven miles into my commute This is the newest version of their sign, which is changed frequently, yet usually structured something like this
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Eulogy of a Front Shifter


Lefty Rapidfire was of the first generation of STI Rapdifires to come to these shores. Lefty had no pretensions, he was a shifter for the masses, fully integrated with his roots. He did it all; he shifted and he braked.  There was no chromuim, stainless, or unobtanium in his makeup. Lefty was most comfortable exhibiting his two thumb push buttons while seen in black, anodized aluminum and plastic.

Lefty was a workhorse with a true yeoman's nature. He began his life gracing the left end of a flat bar on an unsuspended, cromoly, mountain bike. He started out with a Deore Exage 400 group on that unremarkable Muddy Fox and spent his entire existence in that neighborhood. Lefty was steadfast, even when the Rapidfire family moved up in the world he did not jump to the countryclub subdivisions of carbon, aluminum, and titianium. In the midst of this urban flight away from "lesser" frame materials Lefty remained true to steel frames and his Shimano Total Integration (STI) heritage, he never distanced himself from the brake lever. 

As unprepossessing as his origins were, Lefty was consistently open to challenges and new experiences. He and the Muddy Fox took their rider on his first Norba sanctioned MTB race in the Appalacian Mountain foothills. The crosscountry race was exciting for all involved and the results did nothing to dampen the enthusiasms of any of them. Although Norba races did not become a staple of Lefty's mileage he never turned down the opportunity to go "off-road". Lefty frequented the foothills of those eastern US mountains, running the sand trails and hard pack. After a brief stint on the overseas roads of Mid East, Lefty returned to the USA and established residence in Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. After acclimating the rider to the trails in the foot hills they proceeded to devouring the ups and downs of mountain trails in the state's parks. 

Lefty and his Muddy Fox had always been dual purposed as an off road vehicle and a commuter. Early on the commuting miles were split between sand trails and pavement on a route in NC. In the Rockies the fun miles were on mountain trails and the commuting was almost entirely on pavement with only a small portion on gravel roads. The rider became attracted by the allure of aluminum and carbon fiber frames for his mountain trails and relegated Lefty to paved commuting and docile converted rails-to-trails pathways while introducing family to off-roading. Lefty migrated to the mean streets of LA before ending up back in the southeast of the country. While loosing his commuting miles Lefty's total miles and shifts increased as he aged. In the last eighteen months of his twenty-four plus years of moving the chain Lefty came into his own. In that year and a half Lefty bullied chains across the chainring shifts for over 10,000 miles before succumbing to the ravages of wear and overuse.

Even with his demise imminent Lefty held true to his nature: he proved to be a Rule 5 adherent to the end. He signed the reverse of his expired race licence and made it known to all that he wished to be a component donor. He is survived by his brake lever, it shares the end of the bar where Lefty spent untold riding hours with a Deore LX Rapidfire shifter. His LX successor is of the Plus variety, one of the uptown branch of the family that has eschewed their brake levers and adopted the push/pull shifting buttons. 



#BikeCommuterCabal #ZombieRaccoon  
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Eulogy of a Front Shifter


Lefty Rapidfire was of the first generation of STI Rapdifires to come to these shores. Lefty had no pretensions, he was a shifter for the masses, fully integrated with his roots. He did it all; he shifted and he braked.  There was no chromuim, stainless, or unobtanium in his makeup. Lefty was most comfortable exhibiting his two thumb push buttons while seen in black, anodized aluminum and plastic.

Lefty was a workhorse with a true yeoman's nature. He began his life gracing the left end of a flat bar on an unsuspended, cromoly, mountain bike. He started out with a Deore Exage 400 group on that unremarkable Muddy Fox and spent his entire existence in that neighborhood. Lefty was steadfast, even when the Rapidfire family moved up in the world he did not jump to the countryclub subdivisions of carbon, aluminum, and titianium. In the midst of this urban flight away from "lesser" frame materials Lefty remained true to steel frames and his Shimano Total Integration (STI) heritage, he never distanced himself from the brake lever. 

As unprepossessing as his origins were, Lefty was consistently open to challenges and new experiences. He and the Muddy Fox took their rider on his first Norba sanctioned MTB race in the Appalacian Mountain foothills. The crosscountry race was exciting for all involved and the results did nothing to dampen the enthusiasms of any of them. Although Norba races did not become a staple of Lefty's mileage he never turned down the opportunity to go "off-road". Lefty frequented the foothills of those eastern US mountains, running the sand trails and hard pack. After a brief stint on the overseas roads of Mid East, Lefty returned to the USA and established residence in Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. After acclimating the rider to the trails in the foot hills they proceeded to devouring the ups and downs of mountain trails in the state's parks. 

Lefty and his Muddy Fox had always been dual purposed as an off road vehicle and a commuter. Early on the commuting miles were split between sand trails and pavement on a route in NC. In the Rockies the fun miles were on mountain trails and the commuting was almost entirely on pavement with only a small portion on gravel roads. The rider became attracted by the allure of aluminum and carbon fiber frames for his mountain trails and relegated Lefty to paved commuting and docile converted rails-to-trails pathways while introducing family to off-roading. Lefty migrated to the mean streets of LA before ending up back in the southeast of the country. While loosing his commuting miles Lefty's total miles and shifts increased as he aged. In the last eighteen months of his twenty-four plus years of moving the chain Lefty came into his own. In that year and a half Lefty bullied chains across the chainring shifts for over 10,000 miles before succumbing to the ravages of wear and overuse.

Even with his demise imminent Lefty held true to his nature: he proved to be a Rule 5 adherent to the end. He signed the reverse of his expired race licence and made it known to all that he wished to be a component donor. He is survived by his brake lever, it shares the end of the bar where Lefty spent untold riding hours with a Deore LX Rapidfire shifter. His LX successor is of the Plus variety, one of the uptown branch of the family that has eschewed their brake levers and adopted the push/pull shifting buttons. 



#BikeCommuterCabal #ZombieRaccoon  
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I knew the Apple magic was purported to be strong. I have not owned one of their products, so I discounted most of what I heard as marketing hyperbole. But if they are this good I may need to reconsider my ingrained FOSS loyalties. 
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Hi, my name is John. I am a bicycle commuter.

Yesterday was a work day and I didn't ride to work.

It's not that I didn't want to ride, I did want to ride. The problem was that they canceled work. Those sissy skydivers were not willing to jump in the rain. They were mumbling something about the pointy ends of the raindrops hurt when you hit them at 120 mph. HTFU dudes.

Anyhow, I didn't ride, so penance was due. I spent several hours in the rain pressure washing vinyl siding on buildings that had not been cleaned in a decade. I did not allow myself to quit until it had been lightening for more than half an hour and I had put my equipment away. Atonement granted. 

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+Ben Folsom​ and the remainder of us, Angry, Aggressive Cyclists, are becoming well known in the Raspberry PI and Twitter universes.

_We have found no evidence that ‘flashing’ your Pi2 with a xenon flash can cause any real damage, but we still don’t recommend doing it (it will crash or reboot, and this means you may corrupt your SD card). I’ve said it above, but it bears repeating, because I’ve seen some of you mention this in the forums and in comments sections elsewhere: common everyday light sources – e.g. bright sunlight, indoor lighting, angry cyclists* – don’t cause this to happen, so please don’t worry!

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*Note to the paranoid on Twitter: I wasn’t clear enough here. We are referring to ourselves, not dissing you and your bike. We’re in Cambridge, and a lot of us cycle (aggressively) to and from work: we’ve been shining our bike lights at Pis for much of this morning, because they’re the brightest lights any of us own._

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Who's been poisoning Google with evil suggestions about my preferences?
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Three more riding days this year, but no commuting for me. 
Rain or shine I will still ride 78 more miles this year.
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