First Section of NWRT Open

The first section of the Northwest River Trail is now open. It’s only 2.3 miles at the moment, but eventually, it’s going to be part of a 14 mile long trail along the east shore of the Susquehanna in Northern Lancaster County.

There’s a nice writeup on the Lancaster newspaper’s webpage.

Bike Lanes for Carlisle Next Year

This is old news, but I haven’t been paying attention, so it’s new news for me.

Carlisle is getting some new bike lanes next year!

Planned bike lanes

Evidently, the borough government decided that having a pair of four-lane highways running right through the downtown was not such a good idea. So they’re implementing a “road diet” which includes the cycle lanes.

This is what it looks like now:
Before

This is what it’ll look like when the project is done:
After

Nice, right?

There’s a bunch of PDF files explaining the whole project on the borough website.

Incidentally, there’s a guy running for Mayor of Harrisburg who has as part of his platform:

“Eliminate the six lane, divided highway called Front and Second”

Maybe there’s hope for the same kind of “road diet” treatment in downtown Harrisburg.

Home-made Bivy

I made my very own camouflage bivy-sack for sneaky camping trips.

My home made bivy sack

The top is 1.9 osy uncoated ripstop nylon. The bottom is 1.3 osy sil-nylon. I used a modified version of this pattern I found online.

The whole shebang weighs 12 ounces.

I made the top camouflage so I can hide from rangers, game wardens, crazy rednecks, etc, when I’m camping in places I’m not supposed to. Even when I’m camping legally, the camouflage should be fun. I can pretend like I’m G.I. Joe hiding out from the Cobra Commander or whatever. I think this will make my camp-outs more exciting.

Lies about Kindle

I just saw this article from the Financial Times.

With the Kindle and its sizeable e-book store, Amazon has established itself as the early market leader in the digital reader industry. Yet, it keeps the Kindle system “closed” – it only works with e-books bought from Amazon, and those e-books cannot be read on other e-readers. (emphasis mine)

This is utterly, totally, false, and it’s a lie I see all over the internet whenever people are trash-talking the Kindle.

You can get books from Amazon, you can get books from manybooks or feedbooks. You can read any unencrypted MOBI files. There are all sorts of free utilities available so you can convert from unsupported formats into supported formats.

You can even email a PDF book to amazon, and they’ll send it back to you in Kindle format for free.

I have had my Kindle for about a year and half. I’ve read maybe 40-50 books on it. Less than half of those have come from Amazon. The idea that Amazon is the only place you can get books for Kindle is ridiculous. If the people at FT had spend 5 minutes on google, they could have spared themselves the embarrassment of publishing idiotic rubbish as news.