Journal: Lost the Option of Silence

October 24, 2012

in Journal Notes

Wednesday location:  Seven  |  Studio     ||     7:40 am – 10:20 pm

  • Product Design:  Worked some on Seven Cycles’ chainstay spreadsheet dummy today.  To prove the new decision-tree methodology for choosing, and designing, the optimal chainstay for any component configuration.
  • Production Management:  We’re off our October framebuilding target for October.  We’ll get back on track by the ned of next Wednesday.  It’s amazing how fast a month goes by.  We’ve made some good improvements in flow leveling and balancing; we’re having a better month than some this year.  And we still have lots of work to do.
  • Graphic Design:  Wool Jersey design for Seven Cycles.  This is the 2012 winter version.  We’re working with Woolistic on a different style that I’m not sure they’re going to be able to do for us.  Fingers crossed. Timeline is tight – what a surprise.
  • Project:  Custom Kit revisions for 2013 just about complete for Seven Cycles.  We’re making about a dozen important improvements to the system.  We don’t usually make changes all at once like this; typically we make rolling improvements throughout the year.  In this case there are a lot of new products coming out – from suppliers – and some other impetuses. too.
  • Ride Event:  RideWithGPS.com is ready for the Fall Five series.  Patria worked with Zack Ham to get this set up.  This is the first event like the Fall Five that RWGPS is doing.  In fact, the Fall Five is unlike any event I’ve seen.
  • Event:  Garmin training class at Ride Studio Cafe this evening.  Looking forward to having David Nanian show me what I’m doing wrong.
  • Ride Event:  Did the last of the route scouting this evening, I believe.  Awesome routes for all five of the unique courses.  The criterium was the most difficult to scout.  It’s impressively difficult to find closed loops of about 0.5 miles.  Patria and I ended up finding a few great ones in Lexington proper.
  • Quote:  “Just out on the bike you made for me several years ago.  I blog for [another bike company] and ride their bikes and do love honestly them.  The bike you made me has been raced into the ground.  It’s still like new and still the most functional and best race specific frame I’ve ever touched.  Bar none.  Round tubes and all.  It’s head and shoulders a formula one experience.  I think of you and your people every time I ride it.  Thank you.”  –  N.

Post title:  “Word is an organism.  […]  One of the most common ‘hallucinations’ of subject during sense withdrawal is the feeling of another body sprawled through the subject’s body at an angle…  yes quite an angle it is the ‘Other Half’ worked quite some years on a symbiotic basis.  From symbiosis to parasitism is a short step. The word is now a virus.  The flu virus may have once been a healthy lung cell.  It is now a parasitic organism that invades and damages the central nervous system.  Modern man has lost the option of silence.  Try halting sub-vocal speech.  Try to achieve even ten seconds of inner silence.  You will encounter a resisting organism that forces you to talk. That organism is the word.”  –  William S. Burroughs

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