Scooter A: “VROOOOOM, VROOOM, LOOK AT ME! I’M DARTH VADER ON WHEELS – GET OUTTA THE WAY! I’M BAD TO THE BONE!!!”
Scooter B: “That’s nice. All right then – I’m going to TJ’s. Beep beep.”
Via Tara Moriarty, of KTVU-TV:
@KCBSNews reporter Holly Quan: early signs garbage truck/cyclist both on 16th St. Truck made R turn onto S Van Ness; bike went straight.
I’ll tell you, I have a clear memory of fixie-riding Andy, gracefully pushing his locked rear wheel back and forth to kill speed coming down Oak Street.
Anyway, there’s another guy does the same thing, but on a motorcycle.
Like just for fun. On McAllister:
He also does wheelie stops. (I’d like to see a fixie bike rider do that.)
Hats off to both these gentlemen.
Petroleum powers cars and ships – I suppose that’s The Message from the Builders of 225 Bush.
Contrast that with the message from the current owners of 225 Bush found on this Wiki entry, which reads like an advertisement for potential tenants.
Or in other words, “This article’s tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia.”
Now when I say “new” I mean it’s new to me, Gentle Reader.
How do these lights know when to flash on?
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This kind of thing is similar to but different from revolights, right?
You see in my day, people’d be putting wheel covers to make simple steal wheels look like aluminum or magnesium alloys.
But these days VW is offering wheel covers on top of alloy wheels to make them look like old-school hub caps on steel wheels.
See? Here are your 17″ heritage alloy wheels on a 1013 VW Beetle:
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(In Soviet Russia, wheel cover you!)
When you’re on a mission to M/A/R/R/S, you gots to pump up the volume, like how NASA is doing with tomorrow’s launch of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL).
Three rover wheels at
#NASAtweetup show the relative sizes for Curiosity, Spirit/Opportunity, and Pathfinder:
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“Curiosity will be five times as large, and carry more than ten times the mass of scientific instruments as the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit or Opportunity.”
Here’s a family portrait:
Bon Courage, NASA.
“NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory mission is preparing to set down a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — using precision landing technology that makes many of Mars’ most intriguing regions viable destinations for the first time. During the 23 months after landing, Curiosity will analyze dozens of samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground as it explores with greater range than any previous Mars rover.
Curiosity will carry the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on Mars’ surface, a payload more than 10 times as massive as those of earlier Mars rovers. Its assignment: Investigate whether conditions have been favorable for microbial life and for preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.
Plans for the Mars Science Laboratory call for launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, between Nov. 25 and Dec.18, 2011, and arrival at Mars in August 2012.
The spacecraft has been designed to steer itself during descent through Mars’ atmosphere with a series of S-curve maneuvers similar to those used by astronauts piloting NASA space shuttles. During the three minutes before touchdown, the spacecraft slows its descent with a parachute, then uses retro rockets mounted around the rim of an upper stage. In the final seconds, the upper stage acts as a sky crane, lowering the upright rover on a tether to the surface.
Curiosity is about twice as long (about 3 meters or 10 feet) and five times as heavy as NASA’s twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, launched in 2003. It inherited many design elements from them, including six-wheel drive, a rocker-bogie suspension system and cameras mounted on a mast to help the mission’s team on Earth select exploration targets and driving routes. Unlike earlier rovers, Curiosity carries equipment to gather samples of rocks and soil, process them and distribute them to onboard test chambers inside analytical instruments”