March 16th, 2009

Bike 02

Repairs

Fixing the tire turned out to bit a bit more trouble than expected. Not only did the tube have a hole in it, but the tire itself was worn down to the cords in some places. Good thing I have a new set on order. Meanwhile, I had a tire from the set that came with the bike originally that still had some tread left, and I also had a spare tube, so everything got replaced. It took a while to get it right. The tube didn't sit on the wheel quite right, and the tire rim wound up crimping it in a couple of places, which led to some deflating and reinflating until I got the tube safely and completely inside the tire.

Good thing, too, as yesterday was a nicer day for a ride than Saturday. Still a little chilly (mid-50's), but sunny.
Calvin

Wait... What?

Sci Fi Channel Has a New Name: Now, It’s Syfy

Plans call for Sci Fi and its companion Web site (scifi.com) to morph into the oddly spelled Syfy — pronounced the same as “Sci Fi” — on July 7. The new name will be accompanied by the slogan “Imagine Greater,” which replaces a logo featuring a stylized version of Saturn.

I remember being dumbstruck when Esso became Exxon. The scary thing here is that someone at NBC paid some consultant a metric shitload of money to come up with this. When HP split off its scientific division they paid a million bucks or so to whomever it was that came up with "Agilent." It was supposed to hint that the new company would be an agile version of Lucent. Of course, Lucent went into the toilet not long after, obscuring the reference. Now the only thing Agilent reminds one of is that it sort of rhymes with flatulent.