September 28th, 2006


hooray for engineers!

Richard has fixed my tricycle! It turns out that this was a fairly trivial procedure. As rhialto and fluffymormegil said on irc last night, and syphonboa and memevector said in comments, the chain guard is entirely non-mission-critical. The actual problem was that the middle cog of my derailleur, i.e. third gear, the one I use most often, had become misaligned with the pedal cog - and this made the chain fall off. Richard suspects the same as Alexa - that the damage to the chain guard is due to the chain coming off at speed. So the tricycle works perfectly well, and I think I'll make do with the chain guard held together by duct tape or whatever for now. It seems like the sort of part that a clumsy person like me will break frequently.

More usefully, I now know how to put the chain back on. Apparently it's designed to be tight at the top and loose at the bottom. I couldn't put it back on because I was trying to pull the chain up from the top where it's pulled tight already. What you have to do is sort of push it up from the bottom so that you have more length of chain to work with. I guess that sort of thing is blindingly obvious to an engineer, but it wasn't to me. So I mention it solely for the education of others.

Speaking of education, I seem to have become some sort of tricycle missionary. Three times in the past two weeks, I've been stopped in the street by people wanting to know where I got the tricycle from, because they didn't previously know tricycles-for-adults existed and they want to get one. I'm thinking that I need to put together a flyer with all the companies' phone numbers and URLs on, that I can just give to people when they ask. It's very strange. Oh well!

John M. Ford [*]

I had been going to post an update about the fantastic weekend I had with many of my loved ones. But I'm behind in catching up with livejournal, and I found out that elisem's beloved Mike died. The news was all across my friends list.

I've known Elise from alt.polyamory as an interesting person on the internet for years and have spent small amounts of time in person with her, at alt.polycons and once, memorably, for a visit to the temporary Chihuly exhibition at the V&A in London. Mike wasn't able to travel much - at first, because of kidney dialysis, then because as a transplant patient he had a suppressed immune system. So I knew Mike only through his writing - when you're a Neil Gaiman fangirl and Neil Gaiman tells you check out his friend's work, you do it. I'm not as well-read as many of my friends (mainly because depression stopped me being able to read anything longer than a short story for many years), but I know when someone is talented and special.

Making Light
by Neil Gaiman
"The Declaration" by John M. Ford, and "Response [...]" by Elise Matthesen - you can leave condolences for Elise here
by Jo Walton, a.k.a. papersky
by redbird
by Jenett
There are worse places to spend eternity.
xiphias once again finds the right things to say.

[*] There is a convention on the rec.arts.sf.* groups that, if an article is posted that just has someone's name as the title, it means that something bad has happened to them. I've never been on any of the rec.arts.sf. groups, but I was on alt.poly which has a lot of crossover for years, and absorbed it. Even now if I see a livejournal post that's just someone's name I'll start to panic until I've read it.