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August 10, 2004

New Site

I put up a new site at Previously, that URL forwarded here, to my process journal. It now contains a page with basic info about the project and an FAQ. In the next few weeks I will upload a performance-oriented website that will allow online users to follow and participate in the Bikes Against Bush protest/performance during the RNC.

Posted by jkinberg at 10:07 AM | Comments (6)

July 28, 2004

Hello World from Net::MovableType

Look ma, no hands!

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July 23, 2004

Popular Science

Bikes Against Bush was featured in August's issue of Popular Science.

Posted by jkinberg at 02:33 PM | Comments (9)

Papa's got a brand new font

Some people have asked about the legibility of the printed text, especially considering complex characters like W, G, M, or Q. In the initial "Maiden Voyage" (video documentation) I was using a dot-matrix font that I created using a 3x5 pixel grid. It was not legible for ever character. Since then, I've made several changes and improvements to the bike, including an updated font. I am now using a font based upon Jason Kottke's Silkscreen. I chose that font because of its clear legibility and efficient use of pixels. Although, most Silkscreen characters use a 4x5 grid (varies), and I am using a consistent 5x5 grid.

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July 06, 2004

Switching Brands

Considering switching brands of spray-chalk. I had been testing with Seymore of Sycamore's Stripe Inverted Tip Temporary Marker, but the distributor I am buying from is way overpriced. Also, I've been reading that water based markers are much more environmentally friendly:

Suggested paints to be used are water-based, inverted tip marker, yellow traffic spray paints. An inverted tip can is more environmentally safe than aerosol cans because it is lead-free, contains no methylene chloride, it has lower volatile organic carbons and it is ozone-safe. One can of spray paint will stencil approximately 20 drains.


So, I discovered this Krylon brand, water-based, inverted tip marking chalk. Its also a lot cheaper than the Seymore brand. I hope it works just as well.

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June 19, 2004

Shooting down the SIG

Michael Sciannamea, blogger for the Wireless Weblog at Weblogs Inc., has posted my story about avoiding the "cease and desist" order from the Bluetooth SIG regarding my site, Bluetooth Users Against Bush.

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I had disabled comments previously due to heavy comment-spam, but it looks like I'm getting a lot of traffic here, so I re-enabled it. Comment away, I do respond to most comments.

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June 18, 2004

In the news...

I was interviewed on Air America Radio yesterday during Unfiltered with Chuck D, Lizz Winstead, and Rachel Maddow. Here's the Mp3 audio clip in case you missed it.

Bikes Against Bush has also been linked recently on BoingBoing, Wired's Cult of Mac Blog, and The Gothamist.

Posted by jkinberg at 05:21 AM | Comments (0)

June 03, 2004

Maiden Voyage Video - "I Love New York"

Been off-blog recently. Finishing thesis show installation and doing various public demonstrations. But, I've finally put some video documentation together.


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May 17, 2004


I've been rather quiet on the blog recently. I've been incredibly busy since I got back from Chicago. Still working on my thesis document (due tomorrow), and still trying to get my project in shape to begin road-testing this week.

The project has also gotten some recent press:
Interview with Weblogs Inc. Network
MTV Online, Choose or Lose article

Magicbike has also been in the news:
ID Magazine Online
National Public Radio

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May 01, 2004

testing Net::Blogger

testing Net::Blogger

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April 28, 2004


I just got back from Version>04: InvisibleNetworks in Chicago. I presented my project as a work-in-progress. Its nearly functional, but not there yet. Learning a lot in the process of building though. Its getting closer, but still have slight problems in each area: programming, circuitry, mechanical. Here's a photo of the device thus far:

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Found these great clamps at B&H Photo/Video for $25. I bought two. They work wonderfully for attaching the ChalkWriter to the frame of the bicycle.

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April 22, 2004

Chicago Directions

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April 21, 2004

Driving driections from Pughkeepsie

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