Red Dust

I've been putting it off (or I should say, my busy schedule has been putting it off), so I think on Thursday I'm going to go pick up a couple 100cc engines and mini-CV transmissions (like they use on pocketbikes) and build a proof of concept twin-engine go-kart (one engine drives the right, one drives the left, with caster wheels at the front)… I don't think I'm going to build the full-sized snowrail around two engines, but I at least want to give the idea a shot.

Other than that, I've got a long overdue article/interview on microdermals almost ready to go. I'm just waiting back on a few responses, but I hope that'll be up for the weekend.

That video makes me miss Mexico — part of it looks like it was shot in La Paz where I lived for all of 2005 (which is also the finish line for the race)… And it makes me fantasize about a plague that kills off enough people that there are effectively no road rules — or rules that you have to stay on the road — and plenty of gas and alcohol to play with.

I wonder… if a passing comet turned almost everyone except me and a couple of valley girls into red dust and/or zombies, how much internal-combustion-usable pure alcohol could you distill from the contents of a liquor store? I think you need about 96% alcohol to be able to burn it in a standard engine. That said, I know I can get over a thousand gallons a year per acre of sugar beats and a simple still (and get some moonshine at the same time), so why bother.

Not that I'm expecting Night of the Comet to be any more prophetic than, well, prophets in general.

Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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