Well, I installed fink and gimp. That let me play with cropping and resizing the graphic of my motorcycle ride from yesterday. Unless I mangled the HTML, you should see a small version of said graphic to the left of this paragraph. Click on it and a window will pop up with a bigger version of the picture if you'd like to see it in a little clearer detail. It almost looks like a one-way trip, doesn't it? Well, that's because I started at a point, went to another point, turned around, and rode back. I started at the bottom of the picture. I rode out Lake Brandt to Summerfield. By the time I was in the open country, the bike was sounding much better. She really was needing a good, dedicated ride of more than just a few minutes. There were a couple of good curves along the route. This is a route that I take when I don't have a lot of time to ride, but I want to get out for a bit. I used my GPS receiver to collect the data for making this map and uploaded it to my computer after the ride. It was about a 25 mile ride. I was out for about 40 minutes. Once my new battery is charged and installed, I'm looking forward to going out some day for a several hour ride in the country, maybe in the mountains on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
In this era of heightened awarness of hazardous substances, everyone should familiarize themselves with the dangers that a comon substance, DHMO, causes. More information can be found at the DHMO Research Division website. Here's an example from their frequently asked quetions page:
What are some of the dangers associated with DHMO?
Each year, Dihydrogen Monoxide is a known causative component in many thousands of deaths and is a major contributor to millions upon millions of dollars in damage to property and the environment. Some of the known perils of Dihydrogen Monoxide are:
- Death due to accidental inhalation of DHMO, even in small quantities.
- Prolonged exposure to solid DHMO causes severe tissue damage.
- Excessive ingestion produces a number of unpleasant though not typically life-threatening side-effects.
- DHMO is a major component of acid rain.
- Gaseous DHMO can cause severe burns.
- Contributes to soil erosion.
- Leads to corrosion and oxidation of many metals.
- Contamination of electrical systems often causes short-circuits.
- Exposure decreases effectiveness of automobile brakes.
- Found in biopsies of pre-cancerous tumors and lesions.
- Often associated with killer cyclones in the U.S. Midwest and elsewhere.
- Thermal variations in DHMO are a suspected contributor to the El Nino weather effect.
Educate yourself about DHMO. It may be the best thing you can do to protect yourself in times like this.