Riding the Livewire

The two bikes that most remind me of the Harley-Davidson Livewire are my Ducati Monster and

Adventures on an old bike

I picked up my 80's Sportster and took it on my favorite route up PA 82 to Morgantown for a coffee.

After a short stopover the bike would not start. I sat on the bike for a few attempts, my hope slowly fading and trying to remember where I kept my roadside assistance number for a jump.

A guy pulling a camper came to my rescue. He helped access the battery, pulled out cables and jumped my Harley off the trailer battery.

The bike started right up and I was on my way.

About 20 miles down the road, the bike coughed, sputtered, and came to a stop. Mindful that I probably had only 3-4 kicks with the starter, I checked my gas level. I unscrewed the gas cap and sloshed teh bike from side to side. There was gas. The small Sportster tank looked about 1/4 full.

I switched the petcock to reserve and the bike started right up.

After these two very minor problems I rode straight home after stopping for gas.

Eventually, the desire to get some time on the road will outweigh my hesitancy to end up by the side of the road.

Note to self: build a rescue kit. Include hex keys and jump kit!

Raspberry Pi - Pi Hole

I followed this guide to create a Raspberry Pi content filter.

So far, I have re-flashed and updated my Pi, and am running the installer for Pi Hole.

Here is what I learned so far:

1. If something on my Pi wasn't working, I would simply re-flash using one of the available OS images. There were a few times when my Pi's red light would come on but the activity light would not flash.

I was worried that the Pi was damaged, but it turns out I just did something stupid like powered down during an update. Re-imaging the same SD card fixed the problem.

2. The Pi isn't as fast as I wish it was. Applying updates and multitasking means that the Pi isn't going to run smoothly.

3. Everything is pretty easy. Updating an image had a really easy interface. Pick your OS, pick your destination, and it does the rest. Installing Pi Hole looks to be just a matter of pasting a line into the command line.

Gotta Start Somewhere...

I have flirted with having a blog for years. This is the start of one.

I'm going to cover the following topics:

1. Motorcycles

2. Technology

3. Intersection of law and technology

4. Life in Philadelphia