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1972 CB350 Rebuild Begins

August 31, 2014 | Life, Motorcycles | No comments

Haven’t had much to write about lately. But my recent introduction to the world of motorcycling (I’ve been riding for about a year now and currently scoot on an ’02 BMW R1150R) has given me more than just the desire to ride, but the desire to modify.

The wife recently joined me on two wheels so we got an old 1972 Honda CB350 for her to learn on. Unfortunately the “’till it breaks” in “ride it ’till it breaks” wasn’t very long, so we upgraded her to a more modern bike that she’ll be able to enjoy for a while to come and the CB350 is getting rebuilt.

Tear down began a few weeks ago. Here it is with all the easy bits taken off:

The CB350 tear down has begun.

Next the engine came out:

Engine is out...

And finally it was reduced to just the frame:

Down to the frame.

Next steps are degreasing and rust removal in preparation for a powder-coat in black.

The rebuild isn’t going to be a restoration. I don’t care about it being original. I want it to be a fun driver. I’m gonna upgrade the forks to something more robust, maybe from a newer CB500. Upgrade to disc brakes, and slim it down to just what it needs to be functionally legal. No, its not gonna be a cafe racer… more scrambler/brat, if that makes any sense at all.

All in all I’m greasy, I have parts all over the garage, and I have a long road ahead. This is gonna be great!

Digging up the past

July 17, 2013 | Photography | No comments

In a good way.

I’ve been wanting a slide duplicator for some time now. I’ve got a lot of slides from college as well as a lot of family slides that I want to digitize. I picked up a Pentax Bellows M with Slide Duplicator off of eBay for a damn good price.

Below is a quick test with minor adjustments. I attached an old Pentax K mount Sigma 70-200 on there and adjusted it in to place. And voila. Mom, Dad, my Sister & Iggy the dog. The date says December 1973 but I think that’s probably the processing date and that the photo is from earlier in the year.

Mom, Dad, Sister & Iggy

The original wasn’t the sharpest photo in the world, but looking at how sharp the dust specks are I think this setup will do just fine ;)

I would have much preferred to use one of my 50mm Pentax lenses but I needed to pull back to get the right magnification adjustment for the APC sensor in the camera. Maybe now I need to find myself a nice 85mm lens to use here? Just don’t tell the wife I said that ;)

I’ve never been able to justify a dedicated slide scanner. But for $80 shipped I couldn’t pass this up. So now I need to dig up a bunch of slides and get my parents to mail me what they have all boxed up and get to work.

Its a lot to do but I’m quite looking forward to it…

So, who likes that new Y! nav bar on Flickr?

July 13, 2013 | Computers | No comments

Yeah, that’s what I thought. There’s a lot going on in the Flickr interface as it is. Adding a garish purple Yahoo! bar across the top just sends my eyes in to fits.

So here’s a bit of CSS that’ll hide nav bar in its current incarnation:

body.with-eyebrow #eyebrow {
display: none;
body.with-eyebrow {
background-position: left top !important;
body.with-eyebrow #global-nav {
top: 0 !important;
body.with-eyebrow .subnav-refresh {
margin-top: 0 !important;

Now, here’s the tricky part: where do you put this? Most browsers include a user stylesheet override that can be edited. Its just a matter of where this file is.

For example, on OSX using Chromium that file is located at ~/Library/Application\ Support/Chromium/Default/User\ StyleSheets/Custom.css

Finding the location of the file on your specific browser is outside the scope of this article. So do a quick search on Google, edit your custom CSS file, and bask in the glory of a less suckage on the flickr interface.

Point Reyes

July 7, 2013 | Photography, Travel | No comments

I think that I’ve found my favorite isolated place in California.

Rolling Waves at South Beach, Point Reyes

We’ve made a couple of trips out there lately and despite it almost always being foggy and cold its a wonderfully serene place. Most folks seem to head out to the lighthouse and then leave without exploring the beaches and cliffs. This means that we can spend a nice and quiet time on the beach wandering, talking, reading, or photographing.

This isn’t to say that the area around the lighthouse isn’t worth exploring. It is (the shack and deer photos below are from that area).