All posts in 2011

Jim on the Golden Gate

Jim on the Golden Gate San Francisco, California. September 2011.
Photography, Unicycling

Photography: Aaron and Mike

Aaron and Mike September 11, 2011. San Francisco, California
Photography, Unicycling

Plug Bug: Glamor Shots

A few pictures taken last weekend on West Cliff, Santa Cruz, California.
Electric Bug, Photography

Photography: Jim’s Feet

Jim’s Feet September 11, 2011. San Francisco, California

Garden 2011

In this year’s garden I planted a bunch of stuff. It was going great this year, since I installed a drip system. Unfortunately while I was at burning man, the deer discovered how to hop... [read more]

Freddy’s Deli

On the Unicycle Tour of San Francisco. More pictures and details about the ride later. Freddy’s Deli

Aerial Cube version 2.0

A few weeks before Burning Man, I made another Aerial Cube. This time I used 1.5″ tubing, and it turned out better than the first one. The previous cube was 1″ tubing, which was a... [read more]
Circus/Cyr Wheel

Burning Man (part 2)

Some more stuff! I forgot I had a few pictures on my iPhone. The temple burn: This was really cool. The temple was this massive fire, and the updraft would carry about 2’x2′ pieces of... [read more]
Circus/Cyr Wheel, General

Burning Man 2011

I hadn’t been to Burning Man in 5 years or so and really wanted to go back. Previously, I would camp with Pancake Playhouse (which was a total blast), but this year I thought I... [read more]
Circus/Cyr Wheel, General

Indoor Boys

My friend Anita recently did an interview of me for her magazine type website called indoor boys. It’s apparently all about smart and sexy boys. Now I always have been a bit above average on... [read more]

Two Wheels in, Four Wheels out

Last weekend was an adventure in Tuolumne Meadows (by Yosemite, Ca, for those not around the area). It started out Thursday night; I saw the midnight showing of the final Harry Potter with a bunch... [read more]

MPYRE Strikes Back 2


MPYRE Strikes Back


Photography: B&W Box Top



I’m working on getting pictures of my car with other’s of its kind (but more modern, in general). Silver Leaf, at Apple. RAV 4 EV (in Santa Cruz, today). Ken Adelman’s car. Blue leaf, Cupertino.... [read more]
Electric Bug

Roue Cyr

I saw a roue cyr wheel in a performance and thought, hey that looks cool! I bet I could make one, despite knowing nothing about them and not ever have touched one. Anyone who knows... [read more]
Circus/Cyr Wheel

Bug at Castle Rock

…with Girlventures!
Electric Bug

WiSnap + Elithion BMS

The Elithion Lithiumate BMS uses a serial cable to talk to the computer. That’s kind of a pain to see additional information that the SOC display doesn’t tell me. It is also nice to see... [read more]
Electric Bug

Back on the road again

I got my charger back from Manzanita last thursday and put it in the car Friday night. They weren’t sure why it busted, but the bridge rectifier had to be replaced, and they did some... [read more]
Electric Bug

Photography: Lemur Eating

A cool picture from my trip to Madagascar in 2009. Lemur Eating

Electric Bug: Driving and watt-hours per mile

I now have over 3000 miles on my car. Up till today, the only problems I have had have been with the IOTA DC-DC Converter. I’m supposed to have a replacement soon, as my IOTA... [read more]
Electric Bug

Charger Not Charging

Today when I went to grab my car at lunch I discovered that the Manzanita Micro PFC-30 charger wasn’t charging. I looked at it, and the BMS (Battery Management System) also wasn’t on. The BMS... [read more]
Electric Bug

Unicycle Criterium Race in Auburn, CA

Yesterday I drove a 6 hour round trip drive to do a unicycle criterium (crit) race in Auburn, CA. It was the first time I’ve had to pump gas in several months, but it was... [read more]


The house project continues! I got some baby chickens last Saturday. I got 10 of them — various kinds. Baby chicken: I’m working on running water to the old barn, which will become the chicken... [read more]
DIY Home Remodeling

Dream Box: Eka Boo

Eka Boo Erika
Circus/Cyr Wheel, Photography

Plug Bug: DC-DC Converters

I’m ditching my IOTA DLS-55 DC-DC converter. The inrush limiter I use (which replaced the AC bridge rectifier) eventually dries out and cracks, and then stops working. I got ~1000 miles on my last modification... [read more]
Electric Bug

PG&E Electric Rates and EVs

I never knew much about how I paid for electricity. I didn't know if we had certain hours that were peak or not. So, I called PG&E last week and they explained to me I was on the E1 rate. I told them I had an EV, and they suggested I go to E9 A or E9 B. They are listed here:

Like any good programmer, I decided to do my homework before blindly switching. It turns out that after I did the math, a PG&E representative told me they have a comparison spread sheet on their Plug-In Electric Vehicles page (here's a direct link to the excel spreadsheet). That page seems to lump a bunch of assumptions together about energy use, but I found that page to be quite accurate in its rough estimates.

(more after the jump...)
Electric Bug

Plug Bug: Fan on, fan off

The loudest part of my car when I turned it on was two fans for the water cooling setup on the controller. Ideally, the controller should turn the fans on and off and that will... [read more]
Electric Bug

Dream Box – Cube Act Horizontal

A picture I took from the Dream Box show. Amazing! Tickets are still available for Friday (April 8th, 2011) and Sunday (April 10th – two shows, one early and another later).
Circus/Cyr Wheel

Plug Bug: Access Okay

I got something I had been dying to get. The bug now has DMV approval to use the carpool lane.
Electric Bug

Fuzzy Protea

Fuzzy Protea Taken at the UCSC Arboretum, Feb 20th, 2011.

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