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Old 03-17-06, 11:17 AM   #2801
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I prefer Neal Stephenson's ninja pizza delivery idea.
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I'm a little worried about a big nasty reciprical saw having a go at my frame/seat post situation BUT it would make short work of the aluminum post jammed it there but I'm soooo worried about messin the inside of the frame.
Maybe too late for this depending on how much post you have cut off already, but the last time I had a stuck seatpost that I couldn't get out, I put a monster pipe wrench on it, and twisted that sucker until it broke loose. Might be worth a shot.
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Nothing to grab onto, it's busted off in the tube.
An adventure no doubt but there will be much rejoicing when this baby comes out.

Keith, nice to meet cha and thanks for the cable guides.

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Old 03-17-06, 04:15 PM   #2805
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Got my frame back from the powder coaters and it looks awesome, if anyone wants to take a gander I took some shots before I trucked it over to the air brushers.

http://flickr.com/photos/20635292@N00/113871659/

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Nothing to grab onto, it's busted off in the tube.
An adventure no doubt but there will be much rejoicing when this baby comes out.

Keith, nice to meet cha and thanks for the cable guides.

Word to Hero Protagonist.
I've wondered in the past if a climbing cam would help get that sort of thing out, or if you could jury rig one with a couple of large nuts.
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Got my frame back from the powder coaters and it looks awesome, if anyone wants to take a gander I took some shots before I trucked it over to the air brushers.

http://flickr.com/photos/20635292@N00/113871659/

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Looks nice, which powder-coating company did you go to? Spectrum or that other one, the one that begins with "B"? Don't forget to wax the frame.
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I've wondered in the past if a climbing cam would help get that sort of thing out, or if you could jury rig one with a couple of large nuts.
neat idea but it would have to have pretty tight tolerances, as it is the post isn't even on a consistant level inside. I could see it burrowing a nice hole in my forehead when it comes out after I'm done reefing on it .... bang bang bang pop thunk ow thump Either that or I'd punch myself in the eye.
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Old 03-17-06, 07:36 PM   #2809
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If I remember correctly, it was the "one that begins with 'B'" ... by the way, did they strip it for you or did you have to take care of that beforehand? Also, where's this place located? The girlfriend's feeling just about completely healed up from her surgery now so I'd like to get my surpise present on and get her bike painted.

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Old 03-17-06, 08:49 PM   #2810
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It's in the flickr comments dinguses (dingii?):
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ps. I just realized that it's about the dropouts, not necessarily about the powder coating.
pps. I'm impressed that serveral people have made Snow Crash references.
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Old 03-17-06, 09:16 PM   #2811
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I've got a bit of a thing for Stephenson books. So far I've read:

- The Big U
- Zodiac
- Snow Crash
- Interface
- The Diamond Age
- The Cobweb
- Cryptonomicon
- Quicksilver
- The Confusion
- The System of the World

- In the Beginning ... was the Command Line.

Him and the late Dougie Adams are two of my favourites.
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It was beyer-bush, aka blast and coat.
google map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=e...d+coat+toronto

They're just south of Eglinton Ave off of Dixie. Cost 75 and they blasted and taped the frame for me. Ask for Maria she's the woman who runs the place. They have a board of color chips and turn-around time was only 3 or 4 business days. I'd definately use them again.

Stephenson rocks and all but no one has game like William Gibson, the man coined the word cyberspace.
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Old 03-18-06, 01:14 AM   #2813
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I thought about that one for a few minutes and ya ... there's really no way I can disagree with you on that call. I'm more "enthusiastic" about Stephenson these days though because he's putting out new material at a steady pace, whereas Gibson's last book in 2003 - which was great - came out in 2003.

Okay, here's a call for you to make:

Gibson:
Virtual Light > Idoru > All Tomorrow's Parties

Stephenson:
Quicksilver > The Confusion > The System of the World

Which was the better series? Any single book comparison will eventually end up with Gibson slapping every other cyberpunk / sci-fi / whatever author around with Neuromancer until they cry, but this one might be up for grabs.

Enough book geeking out for me, gotta drag my punk ass to work in the morning!

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Re: Gibson vs. Stephenson ... (Neal goes into great detail about the actual fight he had w/ Gibson. It all sounds about right if you ask me).

http://interviews.slashdot.org/artic.../10/20/1518217
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I actually wasn't left that excited about the Baroque Cycle in the end, so surprisingly I'm going to have to go with Gibson I think. I generally prefer reading Stephenson though. Out of your list I haven't read The Big U, The Cob Web, or In The Beginning... Damn. I think I'm going to have to go book shopping today.
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All of his books are linked (gibson's), with the exception of The Difference Engine.
While Gibson is the God of the cyber punk I'm also an avid fan of the grandfathers... Asimov, Heinlein, even read a few Hubbards before Dyanetics...lol (wingnut). I love alot of the mid century scifi.
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recommend some old school sci fi to me.. I've been meaning to go back for a while.
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If your interested in some older school sci-fi I can't recommend Asimov's 2 collection of short stories enough. They were rereleased with Asimov's commentary on each story which are almost as interesting as the stories themselves. Starship Troopers is my favourite Heinlin, simply because its a diatribe on creating the perfect fighting force and he makes some great points. It was really too bad they destroyed it with that stupid movie.

And while note really older I love the sci-fi of Cory Doctorow and his books are mostly set in Kensington, its nice to read a good Toronto writer explore the city. Also Orson Scott Cards Ender Trilogy and his Ender's Shadow series as well. Some great philosphy in those books.
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^^+1^^ to the Ender stuff.

http://www.nitrosyncretic.com/rah/rahpubs.html

I read alot of the short story collection stuff. Past through tomorrow and those books.
Stranger in a Strange Land
Job:
I Will Fear no evil
Time enough for love
The CAt who walks Through walls.

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the Foundation and robot books are a must, but you can;t go wrong with anything he writes.
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United Nations joins the Foundation in commemorating the 60th anniversary of Sir Arthur’s renowned article on “Extra-Terrestrial Relays”

(Washington, D.C., Friday, October 14, 2005). The United Nations, through Mr. Shashi Tharoor, Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, has joined the Arthur C. Clarke Foundation in commemorating the 60th anniversary of Sir Arthur’s renowned article on “Extra-Terrestrial Relays.” Since its publication in 1945, Sir Arthur’s original idea has spawned a remarkable transformation of international communications and ways of life. Mr. Tharoor notes that “in no small measure, the vision of Arthur C. Clarke has contributed to a global revolution based on satellite communications. Through writing, inventions and vision, Arthur Clarke has expanded our understanding of what the world is, and our collective imagination what it can be.”

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Reach for Tomorrow...damn so many ..Across the Sea of Stars

F Pohl, Piers Anthony, so many...lol

And never EVER forget Mr Adams for helping make the universe fit into a tea cup.
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The first starship troopers was great, the second one was really, really bad.
No one likes phillip k. dick? I'm probably the only one that doesn't like the Enders series of books. Probably because I was forced to read it in high school.
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Can't forget Dick. *slaps wrist*
Operator... you are speaking of the movies.... good and bad?
Oh my son...... try the book.

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wtf, books!?
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I've already read pretty much everything that Orson Scott Card has written. I've been disappointed by him recently because of some of his views on intelligent design however.. But, it doesn't make me love the Ender's series any less.

I've also read most of Cory Doctorow's stuff. That's why I'm looking for more old school stuff.

Also, have you guys read the Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson? So good.

I got on a bit of a John Wyndham kick last year and read possibly all his stuff... That's about the only "classic sci fi" type of stuff I've read --- all were pretty amazing also.

Oh and yeah, I've read all the Douglas Adams stuff of course.

I'm going to go poke through some books at Bakka soon methinks.
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Also, to keep things on topic. Anyone doing any riding tomorrow?
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