Of shoes and ships and sealing-wax,
of cabbages and kings

My life has always been this glorious mix of heaven and hell, and these last couple weeks have been a terrifying dip far deeper into the hell end of the spectrum than I am comfortable with. However, today I feel quite strongly that things are turning around and I can once again see heaven on the horizon, growing closer as I race toward it. I have many things that I could post about, and time and circumstances willing I shall do so in the next forty eight hours, but I did want to quickly post and say that I’m doing alright.

I have a number of exciting projects in various stages of completion that I want to share with you, but I’m rushed at this moment so I’m just going to post my electric cycle project (of the 500W sort that is street legal and requires no license to drive), which I’ve got a full-scale profile-view mock-up of sitting in the work room right now. The next step is to transform this into a three dimensional chassis which I am planning on wrapping to become a primarily composite vehicle.

Following entries will of course discuss why the sea is boiling hot and whether pigs have wings.

But now I head off to school to pick up Nefarious and then not long after we head on down the street for her Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu class. I’m told that on her recent American Thanksgiving visit to her mother, she was sent to her room for kicking her mom’s new boyfriend in the nuts as hard as she could, so as much as that sympathetically amuses me, like me with Judo as a child, it’s probably good that she has a safe environment in which to channel such urges.


  1. Dara wrote:

    As terrible as kicking someone in the nuts is, that’s pretty funny. Go kiddo! At least we all know she can defend herself if need be!
    I’m excited to see the cycle project progress.

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  2. Steph wrote:

    Your level of creativity astounds me, I love it!
    Also *high five* for Nefarious ;)

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
  3. Lisa wrote:

    Go, Ari! ;) Love the newest project. Hope you are feeling ace, soon, my friend.

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Permalink
  4. DTM wrote:

    as previously stated. A swift kick to the junk isnt the best way to show your appreciation for someone, but it is a quick way to show disdain..
    Glad your doing well Shannon. Very interested to see a bit more of a 3d rendition of this.

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Permalink
  5. Eric wrote:


    First off I must say I have watched from a distance that fluctuated in frequency for the last 12 or 13 years. In my early teens I started to read all the bmezine my dads work 56k modem would let me.

    History aside, I am glad to see you in this moment, of deep concentration and of utter will. Your cycle project is brilliant and it will promote health all around you! Today I will start to read more of your latest entries as I prepare to align myself for the large writing assignment ahead of me.

    Best of peace be with you, rest is work delivered.

    Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Permalink
  6. dresden wrote:

    HAHAHAHAHA. That’s hilarious. Not that that behavior should be encouraged, but…

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 5:03 am | Permalink
  7. Gillian wrote:

    … but he probably deserved it. ;)

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Permalink
  8. Elizabeth wrote:

    She and Alex would have fun. :D

    Found this today, funny.

    Shannon entropy describes the relationship between how much disorder or uncertainty is associated with a certain variable, and how much information is stored in a message. The more diverse and uncertain the field of possible messages, the more information the message will contain.

    Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Permalink
  9. Twwly wrote:

    If Mommy had a new boyfriend every other time I visited, I would bash the latest offender in the nutsack too.


    Bless her heart.

    Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Permalink
  10. Shannon wrote:

    Just to be clear, she seems to like kicking boys in the nuts in general — I don’t think it was anything personal! All things considered her school is shockingly tolerant of such violence at recess.

    Thursday, December 2, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Permalink
  11. rob mart wrote:

    brazilian jiu jitsu!!
    god bless hélio gracie

    Friday, December 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm | Permalink
  12. Allahkat wrote:

    When I had a crush on a boy in my class back in elementary school, I used to display my affection by kicking them in the nuts :-/

    Friday, December 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
  13. Gillian wrote:

    Allahkat, I did that too. And beat them at Mercy.

    Friday, December 3, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Permalink
  14. Vicky wrote:

    HAHAHA They say kids can be a great judge of character!

    Saturday, December 4, 2010 at 3:01 am | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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