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Monday, August 11th, 2008
12:29 pm
I reclaimed my workbench for computer work instead of broken bicycle storage.

I have a not-too-vintage Dell desktop booting with etherboot directly to AoE over SAN. This is good news.

/dev/etherd/e0.1p1 on / type ext3 (rw,errors=remount-ro)
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
1:17 am
C'mon, mdadm
A nail-biter:
[====>................] recovery = 21.9% (14868928/67585344) finish=18.4min speed=47642K/sec
Wednesday, January 3rd, 2007
8:12 am
Vespa Gone
The new owner of a '78 P commented this morning as he left my place that after looking at the service records he felt like he was riding off with my baby.


I have great memories from riding that bike all over, and I put scores more miles on it that either of its previous owners did. I haven't ridden it for five years, and before my last two-year Vespa stint it sat for another five. In the face of opportunity cost and in keeping with my long-held opinions about drywallers and their weekend desert toys, the Vespa has been freed to perform its Aristotelian Virtue of Breakage.

Above all, I kept it shiny-side-up: 1993-2007.
Wednesday, November 1st, 2006
11:17 am
Thanks, 'Pirates

Thanks to everyone for coming through yesterday when we needed your help. Turns out all of this Internet time-wasting was girding us for battle. Our calls got the United States' second-largest city off its ass and on the case. I hope we'll have some good news about this soon.

Jen posts thanks on her blog.
Tuesday, October 31st, 2006
9:29 am
Cyclist Jen Diamond Hit, Los Angeles Police Do Nothing

video of Jen being loaded on to ambulance (9.1MB quicktime)

SYNOPSIS: According to the statement of witnesses, a driver intentionally hit Jen Diamond, my girlfriend, in the early hours of Sunday morning. Los Angeles Police still haven't done anything about it. Jen is a former bike messenger, Bikesummer organizer, and AIDS-Ride participant.

Please repost. This isn't about raising some nebulous concept like "cycling awareness," this is about making government fulfill its obligations to citizens. We live in Los Angeles Council District 13, where the incident took place. Call Councilman Eric Garcetti's field office and ask why the police haven't done anything: (323) 957-4500

The office of LAPD Chief Bratton can be reached at (213) 485-3202

I can be reached by pager at (800) 310-4063, or email public@bikeboom.com

edit: case number 061125924

edit: The phone calls worked. They're on it

edit: Jen thanks everyone for their help on her weblog


Early in the morning on Sunday, October 29, 2006 five of us got on our bikes and headed east from a friend's house at Sunset Junction back to our places in Echo Park. My friend Zack and I climbed Sunset a lot faster than the others, so I took a quick detour to his new apartment before riding home to meet up with my girlfriend and the two others who were headed straight to our place. I'll point out that we were riding as we always do: stopping at signs and signals. All of us were riding with lights front and rear.

Five minutes after splitting off the route I received an urgent page and returned the call to find out that my girlfriend had been hit by a car on Alvarado just after turning off of Sunset to ride the final half-mile home. I could hear her screaming in the background. I was on the scene in minutes.

Blood was running down Jen's face. Her left wrist was mangled and the LAFD paramedics immobilized it with an inflatable orange splint. Strapped to a board with a neck-brace she was trucked-off to LA County-USC Hospital. While they loaded her, a police officer asked if we'd been racing. We hadn't. He asked if we'd been part of some earlier group ride. We hadn't: we were just using our bicycles to ride home.

There were witnesses beyond the two riders who were with her when she was hit. Men in a Jeep traveling south on Alvarado saw the whole of the incident. They witnessed a white Honda Civic swerve out of its lane and hit Jen from behind at full-speed without slowing. The witness stated that the maneuver appeared intentional, as the Honda was tracking straight before and after the collision.

The impact launched her in to the air and instantly smashed her rear bicycle wheel. Between impact and landing her wrist was snapped in two places. Her knuckles were shredded. Her shoes were knocked off. Her feet were abraded. Debris was lodged in to her grated-open forehead.

The witnesses made a u-turn and gave chase. They recorded the license plate of the Honda and were able to get a look at the driver. The Honda driver escaped at speed. The witnesses returned to the scene and gave a statement to the police that suggested at the very least vehicular assault, possibly attempted murder and incontrovertbily described a serious case of felony hit-and-run.

I left the scene and drove to meet Jen at LAC-USC, which is a story unto itself. The floors of the ER are filthy, gurneys are packed in so tightly that staff have a hard time walking around the ward, and homeless patients can be found in the waiting room digging through trashcans for recycleables while waiting for medical attention. The hospital experience was terrible, and lasted from 4 a.m. to almost 6 p.m. I drove her home with 30 stitches in her forehead, a shoulder-to-wrist cast on her left arm, and a stack of instructions and appointments for follow-up care. She will be wearing the cast for six weeks, though the severity of her break suggests that it could take a year for her wrist to heal.

I spent Monday doing errands and getting prescriptions filled. Jen called the police and was told by a recording that she could have her report mailed to her in 12 weeks. I had her call the Northeast Division directly. She was again told her that she could have a report mailed to her in 12 weeks. She persisted in asking them the status of the investigation and we were given the phone number for the accident investigation unit. She called them and was told that they still didn't have a copy of the original report.

She was getting nowhere dealing with the police herself, so I took the phone and pressed the issue. Why, I asked the officer, is it that we were seeing total inaction after witness statements described an assault? I was told that the incident had been classified as a regular traffic accident and that the report had been *mailed* downtown. Mailed.

Now 30-hours post-assault I discovered that the police weren't actively investigating the incident: thus far the Los Angeles Police Department's only action was to lick a stamp and push some paperwork. The officer assured me that accident investigation was the proper avenue for handling this case. I pushed the issue, and the officer agreed to make some phone calls and try to get things moving. She called back and told me that all of the accident investigation detectives had left for the day, that I should try to call them Tuesday first-thing at 7 a.m., and that I should try to convince them to reclassify the case as assault with a deadly weapon.

I called first-thing Tuesday morning and was told to call back at 3:00, 59 hours after the incident. The police still have done nothing to find a suspect. Those responsible for the investigation haven't even seen the report yet. I tried calling the office of Chief Bratton Tuesday morning and was instead routed to Administrative Operations Central Bureau. I was told that I needed to wait a few more days, and that "nothing is going to be done in a hurry." I called Councilman Garcetti's office and was told I would hear back by the end of the day.
Tuesday, October 10th, 2006
8:41 pm
lame quicktime icon

Thanks to User:Janke for the pd bolex picture.

I used on bikeboom to ditch the ugly coppermine icon that looked like a quicktime ad:

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006
7:22 am
I have been in treat-it-like-a-job mode with bikeboom lately. Highlights:

1. I've been tracking the rss feed of the webcalendar project and I think I"m one of the first people to be using the first non-cvs 1.1.1-dev release. Google tells me so. Sure ciw and ucsb are *using* 1.1.1, but they don't seem to have much actually running on it.

2. Upgrade upon upgrade left the db a shitty mess, so I started fresh and re-entered all the data.

3. I integrated the userdb with the coppermine gallery app. Perhaps I should have just thrown a real CMS up that no-one ever sees just for its centralized user accounts, but that means Yet Another Shitbox PHP App With Gaping Security Holes.

4. While I was tying the user accounts together I decided to reinstall the gallery software as well.

5. I've been using the adserver I installed some time back to host 120x90 IAB-standard banner buttons on bikeboom. Right now I'm using them only to emphasize some friends' events. It's nice to know how much traffic I send out.
Saturday, September 9th, 2006
3:02 pm
My Interests Collage!Collapse )
Create your own! Originally Written By ga_woo, Hosted and ReWritten by darkman424
Thursday, June 8th, 2006
6:40 am
Casio v. Timex
I just pulled apart my two-year-old Casio watch that broke recently so that I could loot the battery out of it for another dead watch.

They *really* went out of the way to make battery replacement daunting bullshit. The Timex that I'm reviving opens up way more rationally.

The Timex turns 13 this year, so maybe they've gotten just as bad.
Friday, April 14th, 2006
1:21 pm
80 column card

80 column card
Originally uploaded by alrs.
A simple PR#3 puts you in to 80-column mode. 64k of additional ram opens the door to double-HiRes grahics.
Saturday, April 8th, 2006
10:21 am
I haven't seen this in American newspapers
Price of computer kit to soar as cheap Chinese labour ends

Taiwanese manufacturers timbers shiver

By INQUIRER staff: Thursday 06 April 2006, 08:48
THE INTRODUCTION of new labour laws in mainland China could mean the price of computer kit soars, according to the Taiwanese Economic Times.

China is set to introduce the Labor Contract Law which will affect 100,000 Taiwanese companies which manufacture on the mainland.

The Times said the law will prevent mass layoffs, introduce severance pay, and impose a stricter regime than prevails in Taiwan itself.

The report reckons the "golden days" for Taiwanese businesses exploiting cheap labour are at an end. Most Taiwanese companies started to outsource their manufacturing some years ago. µ

Monday, March 13th, 2006
4:56 pm
Overhill Garage

Overhill Garage
Originally uploaded by alrs.
Slide scanner!
Thursday, March 9th, 2006
1:08 pm
Red Tide in a Box

Red Tide in a Box
Originally uploaded by alrs.
I brought home this vile 75-gallon acrylic saltwater tank to try my hand at aquaculture.
Friday, February 24th, 2006
1:22 am
Coaster Brake Hub

Coaster Brake Hub
Originally uploaded by alrs.
I built a light box.
Monday, February 6th, 2006
2:17 am

Originally uploaded by alrs.
This means that I got my 13-year-old ISA SCSI card working with my 10-year-old scanner.
Thursday, February 2nd, 2006
1:03 am
Friday, July 22nd, 2005
10:40 pm
Sunday, July 17th, 2005
9:22 pm
Friday, May 27th, 2005
6:42 am
Wednesday, March 16th, 2005
1:40 pm

My grandmother is finally in California. I'll be back next week.
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