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December 12, 2014

Motorcycles by George Fitch (1912)

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Seattle Motorcycle Show, November 2014

A MOTORCYCLE is a bicycle with a pandemonium attachment and is designed for the special use of mechanical geniuses, daredevils and lunatics.

The motorcycle is equipped with a motor small enough to be put in a large pocket and loud enough to fill a coliseum comfortably. This motor is connected with the rear wheels of the bicycle, and when it is in the mood will revolve the wheel with tremendous speed, thus causing the bicycle to proceed from hither and yon over buggies, pedestrians, fences and small outbuildings.


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October 21, 2014

From 1931: the Motorwheel (French, of course)

1st September 1931: Swiss engineer M Gerder at Arles, France on his way to Spain in his ‘Motorwheel’, a motorcycle with a wheel which runs on a rail placed inside a solid rubber tyre. (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

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January 7, 2011

Watching Kavanagh Q.C. On Netflix

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I love John Thaw. Mike loves John Thaw. We fell in love with this accomplished British actor in the BBC series Inspector Morse (1987-2000), and we watched the series, sequentially, thanks to Netflix.

We wanted more, and discovered Kavanah Q.C., where Thaw plays barrister James Kavanagh. As with most BBC drama, each episode is punctuated with stories from Thaw’s life (wife and two children, who become adults during the course of the series) as well as the lives of his fellow barristers (particularly Jeremy).

Organizing our viewing of “Inspector Morse” was straightforward because each disk was numbered. Not the case for Kavanagh Q.C. (1995-2001), where John Thaw plays a barrister. For anyone else who wants to watch these in order on Netflix, here’s the mapping. Note that two sets are not available on Netflix.


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September 7, 2010

Born To Be Wild: Motorcycle Exhibit At Reagan Library

Traveling to Southern California? TheĀ Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum in Simi Valley is featuring a motorcycle exhibit until November 9. It contains 35 motorcycles divided into three sections: classic to modern Harleys, vintage motorcycles dating back 1899, and movie and celebrity motorcycles.


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June 22, 2010

Best Science Fiction Novels : 2010 Campbell Nominees

TheĀ 2010 John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists have been announced (alpha by author last name): (more…)