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Bike secured in Manhattan

He steals a bicycle and eventually has a run-in with a cop. Beyond that, I’m not sure what’s going on in this song by Leteči Potepuhi (The Flying Tramps). I have a funny feeling it’s not standard Slovene.

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You’ve heard of artisanal food, right? No? Good for you! But surely you’ve been told not to play with your food. I see you nodding. You did it anyway, right? Good for you! Sometime last year, some folks in Italy really went to work on some watermelons—you can see their handiwork here. This carving isn’t even the […]

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Will Occupy Wall Street be able to keep up the pressure through the winter? Well, that depends on a lot of things, and not just the weather. Even if enthusiasm remains high, you’ve got mayors and police forces to deal with. Among the innovative approaches OWS has taken, one in particular caught my fancy: bicycle-powered […]

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Steve Jobs died on October 4, and much is being said about him. There’s no doubt he was an interesting guy. Although I have never owned an Apple product, I don’t care to get into the hoary and endless Mac vs. PC debate, or offer a tedious analysis of what Apple once was compared to […]

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Random stuff from a recent brief visit to New York City … There seemed to be more bicycles on the streets than in years past. Two things set them apart from the DC variety: many seats are covered with plastic bags, and most of the bikes sport kick-ass locks and chains. A doorway on West […]

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I’ve watched with some fascination the arrival of bike sharing in the Washington, DC, area—and its continued growth. I now pass a half-dozen Capital Bikeshare racks on my daily commute, and on many days—especially sunny days—they’re either empty or almost so. The other day, I pulled up alongside a guy in a suit on a […]

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I must’ve felt something rustling around on my head. Or maybe I always run my hand through my hair when I take my helmet off after biking. In any case, today I discovered a freeloader: It was escorted out of the house on a flyer from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, featuring violinist Karen Gomyo. Got […]

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As part of my continuing coverage of Crazy Slovenians (being ¼ C.S. myself), I’m sorry to report the death of one of the craziest (in the best sense, as usual). Back in 2008 the Basement saluted the winner of the Race Across America, Jure Robič. Last week Robič was fatally struck by a car while […]

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There’s nothing like a new chain to make you feel good about your old bike. Topping off the tire pressure was icing on the cake.

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Messing around with Google Chrome again. “So what?” you say? You’re right—so what. Five male robins were rummaging around in the dead leaves under the front porch and shrub this morning. It looked like they were looking for food. The leaves were flying left and right, and one of them made an angry open-mouthed gesture […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman