The amvets thrift store in buffalo is goddamn gigantic.
Estimated arrival in chicago 7:15. Roughly five hours late.
So I was just looking at this book, 'Bloody Mary,' by J.A. Konrath, and it includes the blurb "Excellent smart-mouth thrills... my advice: Take a long sip"--Lee Child. Couple things: first, when I just glanced at that, I could've sworn the blurb said 'Take a bong rip.' Is there a name for that kind of thing? Because I think I do it a lot. And second, when did 'bong rip' become the preferred term?
I just played 'BOGARTED' for a bingo in a Scrabble game.
I've been enjoying posting songs lately, so here's another one: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Opium Tea
"What I didn't realize going into Eragon is that its legends aren't really its own: It's an insane Star Wars rip-off. And I don't mean only because it's about a farm boy who doesn't know his mysterious father and lives with his uncle. And meets a mysterious bearded stranger who, it turns out, is a member of a secret fraternity and wants to teach the boy about the ways of a mystical force. And who has to make his way to a group of rebels, and then lead them against an empire led by a king who viciously took power. And whose mysterious friend dies teaching him the ways of this mystical force. Eragon even dresses like Luke Skywalker, and in one scene, the Darth Vader character (played by Robert "Begby from Trainspotting" Carlyle) kills one of his own underlings with mystical powers, then gives the underling's job to another underling standing nearby. Remember that scene from Star Wars? Of course you do.
To be fair, Eragon lifts a ton of shit from The Lord Of The Rings as well—orcs and Uruk-hai are represented as, I don't know, two different names I couldn't be bothered to remember. The Eragon people cheaped out, though—their orcs are nowhere near as badass as Peter Jackson's."--from Josh Modell's AV Club review
of the Eragon
For my man B, and anybody else who might be interested, here's an .mp3
of Lou Rawls singing Donovan's 'Season of the Witch.'
And here are The Meters playing Sly and the Family Stone's 'Sing a Simple Song
"I like Akron--it just needs a boost. It would be easy to pack everything up and move to Brooklyn, but anyone can move to Brooklyn. Only some people can be stuck in a place like this and have to deal with it. It's like playing Contra
without the cheat code."--Patrick Carrney, Black Keys
"To tell the truth, I'm not excited to go to Cleveland, but we have to. If I ever saw myself saying I'm excited going to Cleveland, I'd punch myself in the face, because I'm lying."--Ichiro Suzuki
I've got a pair of modified Mini Maglites on my bicycle. Here's the stuff I used. There are certainly other ways to do it.Mini Maglite
: Ubiquitous. If you don't have one lying around the house, ask around. Worst case scenario, you can pick one up at a local chain store, or on Amazon or eBay, for less than ten bucks.
: This CNC-machined aluminum bracket is wildly overbuilt, and the second most expensive part of this setup. It's also, by far, the best way to mount a Minimag to a bicycle handlebar. (Dave Garoutte, the DKG in DKG, is a mtb guy from way back in the day. He also makes a clamp for the C-cell Maglites, which I think would be an awesome choice for a beach cruiser, utility bike or vintage mtb, and some very nice seat clamps.)
Terralux Ministar2 Extreme 5-watt LED upgrade (TLE-5EX)
: The most expensive part, this was, at the time I bought it anyway, the highest-output Minimag bulb available (and much, much brighter than the LED Minimags).Nite-Ize IQ Switch
: The extra resistance dims the LEDs incrementally, but allows for flashing and low-med-hi modes. If you don't need those things, you can skip the switch.Minimag mineral glass lens
: Also probably not really necessary, but high-power LEDs can throw off some heat, and, hey, it's a buck-fifty. I got these last three things from Lighthound
. There are other vendors, but Lighthound seemed popular with people on flashlight forums. I have no relationship with them other than 'satisfied customer.'
Once you get all the parts, it's pretty obvious what you do with 'em. This setup is pretty bombproof, completely user-serviceable, and the lights can be easily removed with one Allen wrench. But while it's much brighter than any AA-powered bike light I've ever seen, it's not as bright as most dedicated cycling lights. On the other hand, it's not as expensive either. And it runs off regular AAs, which may be a plus for some folks.