Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Garbage Day

In all the excitement of driving to work, guess who forgot to take the dead-rat garbage can out to the street this morning? Yikes!

And it is hot the rest of the week, into the low 90s... There is already the smell of death in the yard...

That reminds me, I just finished a Cory Doctorow story about the siege of Leningrad. Good stuff!

On the way to my instructional meeting I saw this guy doing a trackstand. Unfortunately that car pulled up before I could get the shot.

2009August25 bike 002

At the instructional meeting they gave me a bunch of stuff to haul back to work. I don't think I can fit it onto the bike, so I MAY have to drive tomorrow, too. And then Thursday, because of the eye doctor appointment. The correct one, this time.
505 Bike Commuter asks...

How did you do the panorama view? I've been trying to figure this out for the longest time. Thank you if you can help

I have used my favorite Windows image viewer, IrfanView, to do simple joining of pictures. There is a Panorama tool in the Image drop-down.

I understand there is a at least one plug-in for GIMP that does panoramas. I have not tried that plug-in, though. I find the GIMP rather challenging to use.

For yesterday's panorama I used a trial copy of DoubleTake on a Macintosh computer at work. The trial copy leaves a watermark. Due to me goofing up the panorama the watermark appeared somewhere else on the page and I cropped it out. In spite of that, I must say the software is very easy to use, and did a fine job of stitching the pictures together. The software is very inexpensive, too, if you decide to purchase it. I was not able to get the 360 degree view stich together. It kept giving me an error message about only working in 32-bit mode, and I couldn't follow the directions to change it.

I scanned in a few pages from the 1986 Schwinn catalog. Here is the one that caused me to fall in love with the Passage:

2009August25 Schwinn Catalog 1986 001

Ain't she pretty? Forty-spoke rear wheel. THREE water bottles! And a pump peg! Although that rack looks like it is tilting! It is too bad one of the cable guide braze-ons broke off and I opted to switch the frame for an older Voyager. In red. And a smaller size. Live and learn!

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