Monday, September 14, 2020

Final day of Sanko rail line in Japan

This Economist article talks about how the aging and depopulation of rural Japan are causing unprofitable and underused railways to shutter for good. They gave the Sanko line in western Japan as an example. The locals seem very sweet. I don't know much about trains. Are these special in any way?

Sunday, September 13, 2020

I bought my boy a used Puky pedal car

So I've been looking for a Kettler pedal car. I found one on Craigslist, and after buying it, I realized it was a Puky. Has anyone heard of this brand? It seems pretty solid (and heavy). The boy is just barely able to reach the pedals, even with the seat cranked all the way forward.

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Speed Racer.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020

AMLO raffles off 787 Dreamliner


International Army Games

 Wherein all the former Communist countries compete with each other.

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Nissan X-Trail FCV

 Do any of you own/lease a fuel cell vehicle?

Long Way Up

We had Long Way Round in 2004.

We had Long Way Down in 2007.

Now, we have Long Way Up, via electric motorcycles!

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

2020 Halloween costume

Last year, my son wanted to be an orange garbage truck so I made him a cardboard Kamaz truck to wear. This year, he wants to be a fire truck. I solicited some ideas on Twitter and thanks to @VW_What, I am going to make him a Rosenbauer Panther 8x8 with yellow Nepali airport livery.



The body will be made of Amazon cardboard boxes. We don't subscribe to Prime anymore so I will have to ask neighbors for them. I'm going to find four small blue flashing lights, two for the cab roof and two next to the headlights. I'm thinking about getting a black PVC pipe and making a boom out of it to fit over the boy's arm. And then some kind of squirter so he can shoot water out of the boom/arm. 

I'm trying to figure out how to stencil in the red words onto the yellow body. Should I paint the cardboard yellow, and then just print the red words on a yellow background, and glue the whole thing onto the yellow cardboard?

Do you have any other ideas? This will be a fun project.