Scrambling Versys Thoughts

Some home-made Versys diagrams of what a high/scramblertype exhaust might look like - it looks good!  I have to wonderwhy Kawasaki never did this with the bike...A more all round capable Versys...The asymmetrical nature of the rear shock (only visible from the right side of the bike) means that, aesthetically, a high…

The Ready Launch™

A momentum driven motorcycle turntable.We pulled in to the garage yesterday and I wished for this: The Ready Launch™.  Backing the Concours out of a single car garage and around parked vehicles can be onerous, and as we rode right in and the door closed behind us it reminded me…

Forks of the Credit

What does the double hair pin at Forks of the Credit look like on a sunny Sunday in May?... and I missed the first ten that went by right to left!It's a sunny Sunday afternoon on May 25th and I've got an afternoon on the Ninja.  Rather than do a…

The Lab That Isn’t A Lab

Originally published way back in 2012 when I had the comp-tech department land on me with 3 days notice!  https://temkblog.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-lab-that-isnt-lab.html I'm teaching Computer Engineering in a school computer lab.   It's the nicest lab in the school, and I don't want it any more. I recently described it to my…

XS1100: Steps Toward Resuscitation

Snow last night, the XS got some mechanicalattention today as a result.After looking over some internet advice (sic) on how to start a long dormant motorcycle engine (and ignoring never ending discussions on it), I got the XS1100 to the point where it would crank over (with spark plugs removed).  The plugs look…

ASU/GSV Summit

I went to the strangest education conference of my career this past couple of days.  Wikispaces invited me down to attend and what a learning experience it was.  Surrounded by a struggling US education system that spends more and produces less than our own, I found it difficult to follow the circumstances they've…

Reassembly

The old bike is coming back together again.  I've learned a couple of valuable lessons in the process: a $30 toolbox should prevent $50 in lost parts, every time 1) Don't take your parts to high school to get them worked on, they lose parts, don't do the work anyway…

Money Clouds

You hear a lot about the magic of the cloud these days.  It's linked to online integration, website optimization and the evolution of computers.   Integration and optimization involve encouraging users to put information online and making that data easy for aggregators to access.  The modern, monetized internet is built around turning data…

Setting the Stage

I somehow managed to fanangle my way into an Edtech symposium this week on the sustainable development of digital technology in education. Amidst former deputy ministers of education, board CIOs and other provincial education types I got to see the other side of the equation.This year as head of Computers/IT…