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Phil Donahue Show, Road Stories, & Aquatic Teaser

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, … Continue reading

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Update from a Kentucky Rainstorm

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 … Continue reading

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Bikelab Report #15 – The Mother of All Layovers

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     … Continue reading

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Bikelab Report #14 – Post-Nomadic Stress Disorder

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. … Continue reading

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Bikelab Report #13 – Mothership and Mini-reviews

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 … Continue reading

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The Rhythms of the Road

by Steven K. Roberts — East Lansing, Michigan September 20, 1991 The view from Menomenee, Michigan (9/8/91) The rhythm of the road is once again the backdrop of my life. After three years of building and planning — a time characterized by … Continue reading

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The BEHEMOTH FAQ

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 slowly up his driveway during a test … Continue reading

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Bikelab Report #10 – Antenna Farm

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 … Continue reading

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Bikelab Report #9 – BEHEMOTH Bike Tech

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, none … Continue reading

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Bikelab Report #8 – Passion and Satellite Datacomm

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 … Continue reading

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