Business Unusual

Rants from a working stay-at-home dad

Adding V-Brakes to an old BMX Scooter

July 6th, 2015 by Justin

We got Marlo a Y Glider scooter for her 2nd birthday. At 18 months, I had already seen her try to take up scootering at the community center. Also, she refused to walk until the 21 month mark, although clearly she knew how to stand up and walk. She just preferred to scoot, earning her the nickname “Scootio”

Jules enjoys riding Marlo’s scooter as well, but I told him he can only ride it until he turns 6. At that point, I’ll turn him loose on an old-school Variflex Strada scooter I’ve had in the shed for some time.

Mega Mini

June 22nd, 2015 by Justin

My son Jules has really taken to R/C driving – and crashing. My formerly pristine Subaru WRX body has officially been put through the ringer:

So I asked Jules what sort of body he would like – hoping that I could save the Subie body from further destruction. But¬†he¬†has a hard time getting¬†past¬†the fact that lexan bodies are clear and can be painted in any color scheme, so he’s often influenced by the presentation color rather than the shape. Unable to get him to commit to something, I made an educated guess.

Mighty Mini

When we race at the Twin City On-Road Club in¬†Cottage Grove during¬†the winter, he usually winds up running in the Tamiya Mini B-main if there’s not enough people for a novice class. We even discussed getting him a Tamiya Mini at one point.

3rd Annual Fridley Bike Tour

May 26th, 2015 by Justin

Skip to the ride racap

When: Saturday June 6th, 2015 – Departing around 2:15PM, other activities before (see below)
Where: Islands of Peace Park, Fridley, MN
Route: 7.5 miles РMississippi River Trailer down to Reidel Farm, then over to Main St. and up to Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts РRoute Map

After very mild first and second bike tours, Fridley is starting to get behind the bike tour idea… It’s at least on the official Fridley website calendar this year ūüėé

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Using QLandkarte GT for Strava

May 11th, 2015 by Justin

In 2014 I had a personal ban on Strava. Not because Strava has prompted some people to do stupid things (it has), but because they shut down a perfectly working API and left all of their users (and 3rd party developers such as myself) hanging while they developed their “Version 3″ API.

As one of the developers of a WordPress plugin for Strava, all work was effectively abandoned.

The Elusive Cinnamon Roll

April 29th, 2015 by jessi

I love cinnamon rolls. I prefer homemade vs. the canned version. And who doesn’t? They are bigger, softer and just plain yummy. Before I was married, and living with my grandparents, my Grandma was watching some daytime talk show – as she did everyday – and on it was Sandra Lee from Semi-Homemade¬†Cooking. (Side note, […]

Meatball Racing Takes Flight

April 27th, 2015 by Justin

As a kid I was never really interested in flying models. I could only imagine my first crash with an expensive balsa wood airplane, and the ensuing rebuild.

From then until now two things have taken off (literally):

  1. Foam Models
  2. Electric Flight

GoPro… Huh! What is it good for?

April 13th, 2015 by Justin

Jessi got me a GoPro for Christmas a year or so back. I think it was one of those “what do you get for the guy that has everything?” moments. It was quite a surprise and I asked myself what I would use it for at that moment. So I thought I’d reflect on what I have used it for, and what I have yet to use it for.

Jessi got me the entry level “White” GoPro 3. Anything more than this would have been overkill for me. Wi-Fi? Check. 1080p? Check. Even as one of the least expensive models, the GoPro model quickly became clear to me: you’ll almost spend as much on accessories as you did on the camera.

My First 1st

March 30th, 2015 by Justin

When it comes to racing, I figured my story arc would go something like this:

  1. Start a race
  2. Finish a race
  3. Don’t be last
  4. Podium
  5. Win

I’ve managed 1 & 2 so far, but yesterday I got a taste of victory, while skipping steps 3 & 4.