Bikelab Notes #17 — June 5, 1992 by Steven K. Roberts IN THIS ISSUE: Phil Donahue Show Road Stories  Sensory Input Capacitors Hints of Aquatic Nomadness “If it needs to be stronger, we make it bigger. If that makes it ugly, we chrome it.” — Harley-Davidson engineer, speaking anonymously during discussion of structural engineering and materials science.…

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Bikelab Notes #16 — May 10, 1992 by Steven K. Roberts IN THIS ISSUE: Update from a Kentucky rainstorm Donahue show and other plans Antennas, PPP, SPARCbook, CDROM, and more magic “Is that Evil Knievel?” — overheard comment from a clueless passerby who, fortunately, didn’t stop to investigate further.   Ah, I love it. Despite cries…

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by Steven K. Roberts Nomadic Research Labs IN THIS ISSUE: High-tech Nomadness Returns! The Mother of All Layovers The Mothership BEHEMOTH Technical Update    CELLULAR PHONE     HAM STATION     PNEUMATICS     FORTH DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM and MAC STATUS     UNIXCYCLE     HP-95LX PALMTOP “I’d rather be lucky than talented. Luck doesn’t take any work.”…

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by Steven K. Roberts — Silicon Valley, California December 31, 1991 “The difference between art and work is that work has a deadline.” —David Berkstresser Post-Nomadic Stress Disorder… and Quest for Humans Damn, I hadn’t anticipated this… but I should have. Working obsessively for a few years on BEHEMOTH and then abruptly relocating it to the…

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by Steven K. Roberts — Silicon Valley, California October 30, 1991 “Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon?” —unknown cyclist on RAGBRAI, passing me on a 90-degree day as I cruised easily with Cusco on the stereo and ice water circulating through my helmet. Shakedown post-mortem Well, I’m back at the lab. Three months of…

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After 3+ years of intensive development work, BEHEMOTH finally got some road time… beginning with RAGBRAI in Iowa, then a languid yet difficult mini-adventure up through Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan. It is dreamlike in retrospect… not an open-ended life epoch like the first two versions of the bike, but a sort of frantic escape from…

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by Steven K. Roberts Silicon Valley, California June 22, 1991 “You know you’re going slow when you’ve got dead bugs on the BACK of your bike.” — the always-quotable David Berkstresser, watching me trundle up his driveway during a test ride. It’s getting close. Suddenly all priorities have changed — the things that distracted me last…

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by Steven K. Roberts — Silicon Valley, California May 28, 1991 “Daddy toys!” — concise assessment by Julia Selfridge, age 2, upon being introduced to BEHEMOTH for the first time. Well, there are now 49 days to departure, and I’m in the D phase of the PFD phenomenon that most concisely describes my work habits (Procrastination…

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David Berkstresser and Cecil be da Mill

Photo: David Berkstresser at Cecil, the Rockwell milling machine in the Bikelab. (Cecil be ‘da Mill) 3:15 AM. It’s becoming a familiar time — a favorite one, even. This time of day, there are few commercials on the radio to disrupt the back-to-back jams. There are no phone calls, few stray beeps from the SPARC,…

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by Steven K. Roberts Silicon Valley – March 21, 1991 You know, sometimes this whole thing seems deliciously insane. Off the deep end. Wigged out… big time. It seldom appears to me in that light, fortunately, but occasionally I have a moment of shifted perspective — perhaps while lying under this monster trying to reach…

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