Saturday, May 31, 2014

Around Mt. Ida, and back again

Today we are in Salmon Arm visiting my parents, but we have to take advantage of the good weather to get in a training ride in preparation for the Lake Chelan Century challenge. We rode around Mt. Ida counterclockwise, refilled water bottles, then rode around again, but clockwise this time.
Lots of farms around the mountain
We had one tire problem, but managed to get it fixed

The road rolls up and down a lot - lots of practice changing gears

In the end, we rode 150km in 5:57 - not bad at all, with 3 weeks to go. Ciel even managed to get up the "Devil's Elbow" - a steep hill at the east end of 10th avenue that gets up to about 15% grade. That was after riding 80km!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Recent Jaunts in the Haunt

Sunny mornings downhill
Needless to say, I don't suffer enough. I stop to take photos
Just south of the border.  No traffic like north of the border
Where a town named Ferry used to be.

The poets wind blew out softly

Listen to yourself and in that quietude you might hear the voice of God. 
I found out today that Maya Angelou wrote poetry on twitter. Now that she has died - found out myself through social media, it's going to be someone's task to archive her writings - including 225 tweets in her twitter feed. What a cool job that person is going to have but what a challenge with digital documents. I wonder if she ever considered her twitter feed would be archived. I remember a stormy day listening to her on the radio giving a speech at the 1993 presidential inaguration. I was coming home after having the ski area where I was skiing shut down completely because of high winds that day. I remember thinking that perhaps that's why the wind blew. She blew me away with that poem.  
I'm with President Clinton when he wrote in his statement
"Now she sings the songs the Creator gave to her when the river
and the tree and the stone were one".

Saturday, May 10, 2014


This is an Agilent E4406A Vector Signal Analyzer that I bought super cheap on eBay. I used to use these at work, but I didn't know all of their capabilities. This photo shows the spectrum analyzer in its basic mode at a resolution bandwidth of 100 mHz (yes, millihertz!), measuring the instrument's internal 50 MHz calibration signal. Instruments with capabilities like this used to cost more than my they cost less than a decent bicycle.