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Friday, March 29, 2013

My Sugru Project

How to trigger traffic lights on your motorcycle

Many traffic lights now have vehicle sensors in the turn lane or even in all lanes that will only change a light if there is a vehicle there.  These sensors work by detecting the amount of metal over them.  Motorcycles often don't meet the metal requirements.

This will not work on a traffic light that doesn't have a sensor!  It doesn't force all lights to change immediately. The only thing it does is increase the chances that the sensor will detect your motorcycle!

The solution is magnets.  There are some commercial items available that you can purchase to solve the issue.  However, if you have access to an old hard drive and some sugru - then you can make it yourself!

On the left is a sugru packet and a hard drive magnet.  Actually, its two hard drive magnets - the paper towel is doubled over and keeping them separated.  There are plenty of places that will show you how to get the magnets out of the hard drive, so I won't cover that here.  Fair warning - the hard drive will be destroyed.

For this project, I used two sugru packets and two hard drive magnets.
On the right is the magnet wrapped in sugru.  I left a bit of the magnet exposed, but wrapped a good, protective lip around the edges.  From here, you just stick the sugru to the bottom of the front forks.  Make sure that it will not interfere with anything and won't have to be removed for any maintenance or tire changes.

I wrapped the sugru up over the fork edge because I wanted it showing and wanted more secure attachment.  I'm sure it could be hidden from sight if you wanted.

About three hours after applying this to both forks, I rode over some rough streets and then on the interstate and on home on bumpy roads - about 22 miles in all.  It is still attached.  I haven't had the opportunity to test the effectiveness at troublesome lights yet, but will do as soon as possible and add an update here.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It is not the Government taking your money!

The top 10% of income takers - because you can't earn that kind of money - are walking away with 149% of all gains in income.  But, one hundred forty nine percent is more than the whole, you say?  Yes, it is.  Some of that is because the income for the bottom 90% fell, dropped, was stolen by the top 10%.

You can admire "Job Creators" or "The Wealthy" all you want, but the top 10% are not either.  They are the Uber Rich Robber Barons of modern times.  They create wealth for themselves at the expense of others - only now it is on a National or even Global scale.

The fact is that the tax burden is the lowest it has been in a very long time.  We are all paying less taxes than in 1979.  So why are people complaining about high taxes - because taxes are lower than they have been in decades?

Republicans want to destroy the government.  They want to turn control of the United States of America over to the corporations and the uber-wealthy robber barons.  What else can be happening?

In looking for supporting documentation, I found a Politifact article.

Conservatives note that even though the rates are dropping, upper-income Americans still account for the lion’s share of the nation’s income tax revenue. "So while it is true that tax rates … are significantly lower than they were 30 years ago, the rich are paying a lot more of the overall tax burden," says Cato Institute economist Dan Mitchell. Federal figures show that the top 5 percent of taxpayers accounted for more than half of the income tax dollars paid.
Well, Duh-hu, Danny boy!  The rich are taking more than the lion's share of income, they SHOULD be paying the lion's share of taxes, Genius!  The top's income is rising and the middle and lower's debt is rising.  The greed of "The Rich" and the sycophants that worship them are destroying the country!

On a side note - a bone jarring funny :
Apparently, replacing cartilage fixes scanning or printing problems!