Friday, October 1, 2010

5 Unrelated Things I Really Like

As we approach Canadian Thanksgiving, my thoughts should be turning to things of true value, like family and love and food to eat, but I'll save that stuff for the actual Thanksgiving Weekend; it wouldn't do to have my priorities straight on days unsanctioned by Church and/or State, would it? For now I'm going to focus on some things I just really like other than the ones that seem to keep coming up around here like bikes and/or bike accessories and trees and/or tree products or the overuse of the phrase "and/or".


Some things are just so much better than others that those lesser things should have a complex. Thankfully they are things, and things can't have complexes or get angry or jealous. If I were one of those lesser things I would have a deep jealous hatred of the following 5 excellent items:


1) Zip Ties



So simple and ingenious and handy. Like a beer drinker with only 6 beers left on the Sunday of Thanksgiving Weekend, I get a little antsy when my zip tie stash gets low.

2) The Tilt-A-Whirl



I laugh uncontrollably on the Tilt-A-Whirl. The older I get, the worse it becomes. My children like taking me on it because they almost never see me that way and I like letting them. When I say uncontrollably, I mean uncontrollably. Once I start I can't stop, and I start on the first good spin. Tears stream down my face. People in line laugh at me. It's fun.

3) Zipper Bags



I use these as parts sorters, camera rain covers, booties, you name it. Cheap. Waterproof. Yep.

4) Suspension Bridges

The bridge pictured above is the Mackinac Bridge. It connects "mainland" Michigan with its Upper Peninsula. I have travelled over it many times on my way from my current home in London Ontario to my family home in Thunder Bay. I think suspension bridges are beautiful, combining form and function, engineering and aesthetics. Seeing a suspension bridge just lifts my spirits, I guess.


5) USB Drives



USB drives are what I think technology should be... straightforward, useful little devices that just make things so much easier. I also like the physicality of them. Plug 'em in, carry them around, plug 'em in somewhere else. Computer files physically moved (rather than transmitted) from one place to another. Old Magic made new. For some unknown BS reason I don't like the phrase "thumb drive" when referring to them. I mean, who cares? I do, it would seem, because I am insane.

Well, that's it. I'm not entirely sure what possessed me to make such a list, but you know, why not? Blogging is good that way. Have an excellent weekend and keep your eyes open for contenders in the Smackdown.


What about you? Got any to add?


R A N T W I C K

PS - I wrote this post on Thursday night. When I scheduled it to be published Friday morning, I noticed that the date was all ones and zeros...

mm/dd/yy - 10/01/10
dd/mm/yy - 01/10/10


Just for kicks,

100110 in binary = 38 in decimal and 26 in hexadecimal.
011010 in binary = 26 in decimal and 1A in hex.

I've become too lazy to do such conversions myself. Isn't the Internet great? No more thinking required. I used this converter.

Those numbers are completely meaningless to me. How about you? Wouldn't it be great if somebody reading this (or a friend) was turning 38 or 26 today? Or perhaps you could reach a little and freak out because today's test is in room 1A or something. Let me know.

10 comments:

Steve A said...

When I get a flat, I'm thankful for small pumps.

RANTWICK said...

Me too. I was avoiding bicycle stuff though.

John Romeo Alpha said...

Velcro One-wrap in a large roll. Notepad++ for editing. Irfanview for photo manipulation. Multi-core processors. Sparkling water. Walnuts.


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RANTWICK said...

JRA - Velcro! Yes...

Apertome said...

I don't like the "thumb drive" terminology, either. I think I said it once, but I cringed while I said it.

Ziploc bags would make my list, too.

I would add microfiber bags. These things are great. You can store sunglasses or a small camera in them, and you can also use the bag to clean the lenses. They provide just enough protection to throw sunglasses in a backpack, but take no space when you remove the glasses. Brilliant!

You goofed with the converter.

100110 = 38 in decimal, 26 in hex (you got this one wrong)
011010 = 26 in decimal, 1A in hex (you got this one right)

A couple of freaky things.
Sum (in binary) = 1000000 which is a power of two!
The first one in hex is the same as the second one in decimal!

By the way, I have a 0 tattooed on one arm, and a 1 on the other. That's not really relevant, but sort of.

RANTWICK said...

Crap! I hate it when I goof up. I was way more likely to snag a 38th birthday, I think. Damn. Thanks for catching it, anyway. It's been corrected.

Binary tatoos?

Chandra said...

I love zip-ties too! I also love duct-tape.

cafiend said...

I used to drive across the Mackinac bridge during my brief sojourn in Cheboygan, Michigan. I had a Peugeot 304 nad there was a dealer in Sault Ste Marie, Ont.

RANTWICK said...

Cafiend - Did you ever drive north of the Soo? I'm the opposite of well-travelled, but that highway has got to offer some of the most beautiful and rugged shoreline in the world...

cafiend said...

I never made it out that way. We had driven along the Huron shore from the east when we moved there. I camped in a few provincial parks. I kept wanting to hang a right and drive until the road ran out. Later contemplated a north-to-south bike traverse from the farthest north I could find a passable road, down to the Gulf of Mexico. Sort of a mosquito sampler of North America.

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