Thursday, September 29, 2011

Doomtree are Minneapolis-based hip-hop artists

I don't listen to much rap actually but Doomtree is getting me into it. I especially like Paper Tiger (which is glasses-guy apparently) his False Hopes album is great. The woman is Dessa of course, really like her. It's cool to hear places you know name-checked in the songs.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011


Friday, September 9, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Vacation starts now

Going here tomorrow - Itasca State Park, for the rest of the week. It's MN's first state park, (and the nations second I learned tonight) it's old school. It's got decades of WPA-CCC work including the Old Timer's Cabin above made out of then-available gigantic logs. See you all when we get back on the grid.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


Maiden Voyage

(pun intended)

We're liking this bike. Talked him down $200, turned around and put most of it right back in. Reports are positive.

See how the stoker has pedal-blocks? - last night I reinstalled the "helper crank" (a clamp-on BB with chainring and shorty crankset) onto the seat tube with a chain down to the main crank, raised the seat and bars (with a longer reach stem - see that? - it's just a regular 1 inch quill between the adapter and the handlebar) and voila; no more pedal blocks. Maeve could be the stoker if she wanted, that's cool. I love the flexibility.

I've been noticing tandems much more now and most are relatively low-end tank-like park-cruisers, or ultra-high-end lone-wolf-mobiles, I really appreciate the high quality and detailed engineering of this bike. Probably nearly 20 years old and seemingly ready for another 20.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Friday, September 2, 2011