Archive for ‘Science’

September 17, 2021

ZX81

1k of memory

RIP Sir Clive Sinclair (1940-2021) Introducing many of us to the future.

September 9, 2021

Evening Ride

Dusk

– very nice temperatures as we rode up a fairly quiet Sheridan Road to Lake Bluff. A waxing crescent moon hung over the western horizon. A hint of earth glow countered with a bright Venus.

June 23, 2021

Clocks

Distance over Time

– I’m reading a book about the meaning of time right now. And, as we know when time is concerned, Speed is of the essence…

June 9, 2021

Rocket Man

Escape Velocity

– British Astronaut Tim Peake was loaned an Apollo-like Triumph Rocket Three which he immediately took for an orbit of the English countryside. NASA, one of your spacecraft is missing!

May 21, 2021

5, 4, 3, 2, 1..

Blast Off!

Let’s light this candle! Weekend ahoy! A Rocket 3 orbital launch vehicle: 165hp and 163 ft lbs in the 2.5 liter powerhouse of an engine.

May 5, 2021

May the Forth

Speeder Bike – Moon of Endor

– the first time I saw this chase scene in the movie theater back in ‘83 I was blown away. You were flung through the forest at breakneck speed as if you were aboard with Luke & Leia.

January 21, 2021

“You built a time machine…

… out of a DeLorean?”

– Launched 40 years ago today the brushed stainless steel paneled car with the full-wing doors was an eye-catcher from day one. Designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro it earned worldwide fame in Back to the Future as Doc Browns 1.21 gigawatt powered time machine.

October 29, 2020

Tweeting

Birdwatching

– Robin Wilfred Woods (1936-2020) was a noted ornithologist and botanist who made his career based in Port Stanley on the Falkland Islands. From extensive field work netting and ringing the birds much was learned of the avians of the South Atlantic. His narrow focused Birds of the Falkland Islands is a classic of its genre. With few finished roads across the bleak British outpost a motorcycle is a usual form of transport. Here’s Robin on a 50’s BSA roughing it over the moors near Goose Green.

September 21, 2020

Repair 101

Duct Tape

– Moon River fender fix. The fine dust kicks up under spirited acceleration as the Apollo 17 astronauts venture up the slope of Taurus-Littrow valley in search of geological samples. Gene Cernan and Harrison Schmidt were the last people to venture past low earth orbit nearly 48 years ago. A damaged fender was repaired by taping moon maps together and clamping them across the mesh tires.

September 3, 2020

Invention

Science & Technology

– the intellectual and practical activity encompassing the systematic study of the structure and behaviour of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment. This publication has been in circulation for nearly 150 years so undoubtedly there has been various suggestions for the improvement of motorcycles. The tracked adventure bike looks particularly intriguing.

September 1, 2020

Lord of the Rings

Pioneer 11

– on this day in 1979 a NASA probe became the first to encounter Saturn and its impressive rings. A gold anodized aluminum plaque designed by Carl Sagan, was attached to the robots body in case in some distant future should it be intercepted by some alien intelligence its graphics may explain its origins. We’ll be long gone by then… but at least in some far flung corner a little hint of our existence will be drifting about.

August 16, 2020

Fox River

Fabyan Windmill

– standing proudly on the east bank of the Fox River near Geneva IL a mid Nineteenth Century Dutch mill offers an historic backdrop to my early morning ride along the Tri-City region between Elgin and Aurora. The all wood structure is fully functional driven from its fabric covered sails. This pre-industrial age technology was a stark contrast to the particle accelerator at nearby Fermilab with its circular Tevatron which runs its circular path around a prairie grassland.

August 12, 2020

Neurology

Of Brains & Bikes

“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” Dr Oliver Sacks

July 8, 2020

In Orbit

Spaceman

– Major Tom Foale spent 6 months on the International Space Station. Army Air Corps Officer, Astronaut, Britain. His choice of ride is appropriate: 1200 Triumph Scramble. Boxed adventure.

April 19, 2020

Stargazing

Yerkes Observatory

On a bluff overlooking Lake Geneva sits the 1893 building that houses the largest refracting telescope, a 40” light capturing behemoth. It is currently closed to the public right now but I always like to stop by whenever I ride the loop around this lake.