It’s going to be one of those days.
Big Blue Saw, a leading online retailer of machining services, announces the first Free Part Day, allowing everyone to receive a custom machined metal or plastic part of their own design. On Free Part Day, August 6, 2008, customers across the Internet will be able to design and create their own custom plastic or metal part.
During Free Part Day, a customer might, for example, order a tailor-made aluminum nameplate, a specialized lifting arm for a hobby robot, or a custom sized plastic decoration. The shape of these parts is limited only by the customer’s imagination.
“This represents a great opportunity for people to find out about Big Blue Saw’s machining services by offering everyone a way to get a free plastic or metal part of their own design,” said Simon Arthur, founder of Big Blue Saw. “We are also proud to present Free Part Day to our loyal customers as a thank-you for their patronage.”
Big Blue Saw is on the cutting edge in the new field of digital manufacturing services. Its customers upload their designs for anything their creative imaginations demand: model aircraft, decorative craft tools, robotic rovers, or movie prop replicas; Big Blue Saw then turns the designs into physical parts using robotic manufacturing machines including waterjet and laser cutters. Customers have the flexibility of having their designs come to life in a range of materials ranging from aluminum to stainless steel to plastic.
I haven’t been blogging much lately. I’ve been too busy bicycling! HA! Summer is excellent.
Today many friends departed for far lands on bikes and I’d like to say goodbye.
Aden and Trevor took off for Colorado – Trevor for good, and Aden – well because Aden’s crazy and touring for the sake of touring. Crazy in a good way. Goodbye Trevor, you crazy fuck:
and his trike…
And goodbye Aden (this is my favorite picture of her) taken by yours truly.
Tomorrow Nova and the Ride Green / Build Green crew rolls for San Francisco. Goodbye Nova!
Last week my check came from the insurance company for the bus accident finally. $3200! Woot!
Long Haul Trucker Motherfuckers here I come!
Oh, speaking of, this was taken at the annual bike-in where we hung around Cal Anderson park, listened to bands and watched movies in this big biking extravaganza. One was a cool (if slightly boring) documentary on some intense bike race in France in 1976, largely over cobblestones (not the Tour De France). One of the personally interesting things about the film was a moment when they’re panning over this French villa on the morning of April 11 – so it was the day I was being born.
This summer has been so busy. Jeez. Dead Baby downhill race is coming. Crap, I gotta make a separate post for that.
I have to go to bed. Last pic from Tuesdays bike stop at Bens house, from left to right Courtney (visiting from Austin TX), Nova, and Trevor.
Found this on someone starting a chicks on bikes blog/flickr thingy…
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SEATTLE BIKE-IN The 3rd annual Seattle Bike-In at Cal Anderson Park is coming!Sunday, July 20Bands at 4pm, movies at dusk
Northwest Film forum teams up with Sustainable Capitol Hill to bring you this year’s Seattle’s Bike-In. Entering its third year of supporting alternative transportation in the city, this year’s partnership includes an all day event called Imagine Capitol Hill, where Sustainable Capitol Hill and its partners provide information and entertainment about sustainable issues facing Capitol Hill residents. Imagine Capitol Hill takes place at the Broadway Farmers market and is followed by a bicycle parade to Cal Anderson Park for music and movies!
We will be showing Jorgen Leth’s A SUNDAY IN HELL, as well as an assortment of cycling-themed short movies.
More details coming soon!
’83 Raleigh Prestige Gran Sport porn
I finished one of the coolest bikes I’ve ever found at a garage sale. Everything was mint, I just had to clean and overhaul it. New cables, bar tape, a tube and lots of elbow grease later….
Niiiice Ofmega crankset ^^ rare MKS Esquartz aero pedals!
Pictures of the rebuild can be found here:
Nice job man.
This weekend was fun. Went camping with pointythree as detailed before, spent the 4th of July with friends, and went riding with Slow Sunday crew on Sunday. We found a hidden park at Marginal and Diagonal where there were some hippies who’d setup and were spinning some dub step for this girls birthday. So the long and short is we didn’t get a lot of riding done but we had a good time hanging out, drinking beer and dancing with the hippies.
Today, I’m talking with the insurance company finally. They made an initial verbal offer and I’m working through it.
And looking at bikes, I’ve been doing some dreamin and whatnot. Waddaya think? (forgive my photoshop/gimp fu)
Well it’s just a matter of time, but I’m sorta gettin in the mood to get a bike that hauls shit. I’m not going to go into it now, and I haven’t started going crazy yet, but it’s in the works. Until then, you have this.
xtracycle conversion of a Pugsley? I don’t think it’s a Big Dummy but could be mistaken…
Yeah – hella.
AKA Joeball Country, myself and some 30 pointythree kids took the ferry out to Bremerton and then 13 miles up to Green Mountain for an overnight bike camping trip. It wasn’t particularly long, but it was pretty intense as the last two miles were on almost unridable steep and rocky logging road – meaning the last two miles, we pushed our bikes uphill.
It was also very humid. By the time we got up there we were drenched in sweat and almost out of water. Fortunately there was a well and a couple people brought water filters. Unfortunately these didn’t get broken out until the next morning.
The ride was good but really sunk home my desire for something that carries gear. Either a proper touring bike or an xtracycle conversion. As it was, I carried everything on my back – fak I was tired and my back hurt.
We caught the 530pm ferry and got up there about 8 or 9 and set up camp. The second half of the crew met at Westlake Center at normal time and caught the 730pm ferry and didn’t show up till almost midnight. Folks didn’t get to bed till 5am. Heh.
Only one word for this trip. Epic.
Obligatory maps and pictures follow.
Heres my bag – loaded up. The majority of the bulk there is sleeping bag uncompressed inside my bag, so it’s not quite as bad as it looks.
Yeah, I brought the Rooster which I hadn’t ridden in awhile. Two things became apparent. 1) This bike needs a 3rd chain ring – it’s just too tall with the compact crank set for anything other than straight city riding, and even that’s a little tough in a city full of hills like Seattle. And 2) I continue to experience rolling resistance with that Phil hub, and have on occassion been wiping what looks to be grease seeping out from the bearings. I think I got a bad hub, or at least bad cartridges. Hopefully I can change the cartridges without having to pull the hub and have to totally rebuild the wheel. Which would suck.
Waiting to board the ferry…
From left to right: Ashley, Jeff, Joeball (aka Andre) and Monica
Left to Right: Dane, Caroline, Professor Dave, Kalen, Ashley
Loading cranes out the window of the ferry on the way to Bremerton.
Riding through Bremerton for Joeball Country…
Loading up on beer at the quickymart.
Monica and I’s camp. To read the forum you’d think everyone was going up with a space blanket and a cookie. Turns out everyone showed up with full camping regalia. Monica and I were the only ones who showed up light, so we combined forces and made a little shelter – worked well enough for the evening. Thats Monica, still in the sack.
This is Alex’s most beautiful touring bike. Jebus.
This is Kalen’s Trek 520. This is a bike that’s seen some miles.
….and some love
Laura’s bike I believe. With a big honkin tent.
Left to right: Alex, Kalen, Laura, P-diddy (aka big Paul), Andre
Jessica loading up her Soma Smoothie
So organized. Damb.
Got to play with my new camera some, despite the fact it was almost out of batteries. The maco feature has to be my favorite – easiest to get a narrow depth of field and thus these really great shots.
Andre prepping for the ride home.
The aftermath of the night before, I have no idea who these people are.
Monica got to bed late. I packed up my tarp and she went back to sleep. Jerk.
This was a horse camp. So there were horses and people in big 5th wheel trailers nearby.
This was the only water and it was marked non-potable. I suspect it was okay being well water out of a spring high in the mountains, but didn’t chance it since someone had a water filter handy.
Lee brought his Pugsley, loaded for bear.
Got a couple good shots of Aden and I chillin at breakfast. Check out the gallery for more, I got some good ones.
Back on the ferry, we were tuckered out. Derrick catches a few winks.
More macro action – Langston in the background.
Ferry ride back was pretty.
Jeff, in meditation for his next bout.
Lee and Pete.
Good ride. Good peeps. Good times.