As I’ve become more and more interested in green technologies, I’ve already decided that I’d like for my next vehicle to be electric.
For getting up and down from winter time mountain adventures, I see a Tesla Model X – http://www.teslamotors.com/modelx – or something similar in my future. But what about daily commuting? I could still use the Model X, but it takes up a good amount of space on the highway and even as an electric, it takes more energy to move than a smaller vehicle with the same rolling resistance and coefficient of drag.
Happily for me, there is a growing number of producers of electric motorcycles.
Brammo Empulse – http://www.brammo.com/empulse/
Zero S – http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-s/
Lit Motors – http://litmotors.com/
MonoTracer – http://peraves.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/all-electric-monotracer-mte-150-brochure/
Bultaco – http://www.autoblog.com/2014/05/19/bultaco-rapitan-electric-motorbike-revival/
Motoczysz – http://motoczysz.com/
Mission R – https://www.mission-motorcycles.com/
Harley Davidson LiveWire- http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/06/19/harley-davidson-livewire-electric-motorcycle-first-ride-review-photos-video/
By the time I’m ready to purchase, there should be even more.
Elsewhere in this weblog I’ve written about how much I admired, and continue to admire, R. Buckminster Fuller. Though radically different from each other, I hold him and Robert Anton Wilson in equally high regard.
I’ve long said that I’d eventually get a tattoo inspired by Fuller, just as I got a tattoo inspired by Wilson. I’ve been thinking about this for a few years. In my ruminations I decided that there were a couple of design elements that needed to be included. One necessary element, a depiction or reference to geodesics. I thought about domes, tensegrity towers, Dymaxion cars, Buckminsterfullerines…
I’ve finally settled on an Icosahedron, framed with one of my favorite Bucky quotes, from his book, “I Seem To Be A Verb.”
The quote? “I am not a thing, a noun. I seem to be a verb, an evolutionary process, an integral function of the universe.”
I like it. When will I get it? Sometime next year probably.
So, when I was a nerdling combing the shelves of my school and public libraries for books that looked like they hadn’t been checked out in decades (I imagine I was hoping to stumble across an ancient book of spells or some musty alchemical tome) I came across some books on the Duke University ESP studies conducted in the 1950’s.
Of course, I checked them ALL out. And kept renewing them, re-reading them until I got a reasonable grasp of the statistics. In the over four decades that have passed between then and now, most of what I read there has faded into vague notions that ESP of some sort probably does exist, but one set of conclusions arising from their data blew my juvenile mind. The claimed concrete evidence for anti-esp. A small subset of their subjects consistently scored significantly below chance when trying to predict die rolls, viewing Zener cards, etc. Remember the movie “The Cooler”? Yes,
What does this have to do with me and the title of this post? I’m convinced that I exhibit anti-gaydar/bidar. When given no other information than my own personal observations of a man, if my first guess is that he is probably gay or bi or somewhere not on the hetero-normative end of the Kinsey Scale, then, more likely than not, he will turn out to be absolutely straight, as in attracted exclusively to females. Even if I try and second or third guess myself, I end up wrong.
Yes, it is in fact annoying.
I haven’ t been to an F&SF convention since January’s Arisia. I didn’t attend Boskone.
I’m not pre-registered for the upcoming Balticon, LonCon (the 2014 Worldcon), or any other conventions between now and August, where I’m pre-registered to attend Shamrokon (my first ever Eurocon). Which reminds me, I need to arrange accommodations and purchase airline tickets.
That is, if I go.
So, I’d like to find a local con I can commute to. Just for a day. A few hours.
At least I’m not jonesing to hard as so have the shakes.
This Morning I and Alfio Raymond (firstname.lastname@example.org) are heading down to Doyle’s Cafe, 3484 Washington Street in Boston for today’s meeting of the Boston Media Makers – http://bostonmediamakers.wordpress.com/.
Alfio is going because he’d like to be more closely networked into the world of Boston Media Makers. He’s discovered he has quite a talent for video and video editing. He’s looking for a summer internship / summer project.
Alfio’s Blog – Alfioraymond.wordpress.com
I’m going to reconnect with cool people & get inspired. Hey, it’s already inspired me to get this blog de-crufted. It does need a new design, though.
If you’re a New England Media Maker, consider stopping by!
So, after almost two full years of lying fallow, and my attention being sucked up by micro-blogging on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/marlin.may, and G+ https://plus.google.com/+MarlinMay/, I’ve finally combed the dead links out of Unconventionaut – http://unconventionaut.wordpress.com/ – my weblog and poured it into a WordPress template.
Now, I need to add new content.
Additionally I need to make sure that I don’t let that unfortunate attitudinal inversion happen again.
Well, for our final two matches.
#5 – Rematch
Boston Ironsides vs. Manchester Spartans
We won, I don’t remember the score.
#6 – Plate Final (Uncontested Scrums)
Boston Ironsides vs. Provence
More details later when I update this post.