It’s only teeeenaaage Wastelaaaaand!

So I just sent Pete Townsend back in time to the point in the seventiers where I’d plucked him from earlier. Time travel is easy if you’ve got the … time… to study it.

Anyway, Pete was immensely pleased. Giddy as a schoolgirl, I think is the phrase. I’d just shown him a youtube video of various people at Thinkgeek playing a rendition of Baba Oreilly on a variety of geeky electronic objects. They’re no rock stars, granted, but they put out a reasonably recognizable rendition. (twelve syllable alliteration for the win!)

I wanted to get Mr. Townsend’s reaction to it as I figured he’d find it interesting. Unfortunately the current Mr. Townsend is damn near deaf, the speakers on my laptop aren’t very loud, and I don’t have any headphones handy. So instead I fired up the time plucker and plucked him out just before some concert in 1973. He was, understandably, a bit freaked, but once I explained that he was in no personal danger nor at any risk of being late for his concert he relaxed and agreed to watch the video.

Then I had to explain to him what he was seeing… youtube, the internet, personal computers, the whole thing… and he got boggle drunk gleefull. He just couldn’t stop laughing and saying things like “Wow!”, “You’re kidding!”, “That’s amazing!”, and other gushy stuff like that. By the time we got through the whole video he was nearly overwhelmed with enthusiasm and hope for the future.

I didn’t tell him about going deaf. There’s no easy way to tell someone from the past about the problems they’ll face in the future. Best tactic is to just avoid the topic entirely.

Of course I had to wipe his memory of the whole thing… protecting the past from paradoxes and all that… and he was more or less okay with it. He figured he’d probably just chalk it up to another drug trip anyway.

One thing you can’t erase, though, is emotion. There are just too many chemicals involved and short of some heavy counteracting medication, which would even more questions when they wake up in the past, you just can’t counteract them.

So he’ll wake up confused and inexplicably happy. That should be a lesson to all of you. If you suddenly find yourself inexplicably happy for no practical reason there’s a distinct chance you’ve just returned from a trip to the future where everything was uber cool.

Electric Motorbikes!

Make Podcast: Todd Kollin’s Electric Motorcycle

This video is a couple of years old but Todd Kollin’s web site, Electric Motorsport, is still up and going strong. He has even better bikes up on his site than the one he demonstrates in the video.

As an aside, the range of the bikes is stated to be between 35 and 60 miles, which would be between 56 and 96 kilometers. My ride to work and back was a grand total of 30 km. I know because my motorbike doesn’t have a gas gauge so you have to keep track of your mileage to estimate how close to empty you are. While I don’t live on the exact opposite side of the city from where I worked, I’m still pretty far. I can see this bike working just fine for daily use within the city. It’s a rare day when I go for more than 80 km within the city for my usual visits and/or shopping. With a recharge time of 4 hours (1.5 with the optional high speed charger) You could even charge it while you work if you work more than 90 km away from where you live.

And with a top speed of 60 to 70 mph, that translates easily into freeway speeds, especially something like Deerfoot at rush hour.