Making a DIY balance bike for $5
October 13, 2008, 12:25 am by bottleman. Filed under: diy, kids, transportation.

There’s been a little trend brewing in the world of kids’ bikes: skipping the training wheels and getting the kid to ride a “balance bike” or “runbike” instead.  It’s a pedal- and chain-free kids bike with a low seat so the feet can comfortably touch the ground.  Here are pictures of two: a fancy one for $315, and a functionally similar one I made recently for $5.

diy balance bike and tester

Here’s why I made the second balance bike, and how: …more



Fatal exception 0E
October 11, 2008, 12:24 am by bottleman. Filed under: software.

I thought I had gotten over pitying Windows users (I’m bigger than that now), but then I read “How I learned to stop worrying and tolerate Vista.”  It is the saddest piece of tech journalism I have ever read.

photo illustration by unknown blogger — original post has been lost

The author, Stephen Williams, has been so worn down by experience that he has no positive expectations of Windows anymore, but no willingness to try alternatives either.  He projects a kind of bovine acceptance …more