Friday, August 10, 2007

A slight air of manliness

Well, I've successfully installed my new Segway handlebars, which was considerably more involved than I had originally assumed. It's all ready to go for tomorrow morning now, and I'll be excited to be on it again. I gave it a short test ride tonight, and I was a bit unsteady after having not ridden it in more than a month, but it's hard to say because the cobblestone road is always a bit wobbly and scary. I'm sure it won't be more than a couple minutes before I feel at home again on it.

Working on the Segway has given me greasy hands and a slight air of manliness. I say slightly because it's a Segway and not, say, a muscle car.

It's hard to believe that something so simple-looking could possibly have cost $425 and taken a month to get here. You can't immediately tell that there are a bunch of electronics inside, but even so, that seems like a healthy premium on what it must actually cost to produce, even in low volume.

Borg queen

The broken handlebars, removed from the rest of the Segway, remind me of the Borg queen's spine from First Contact—the actual handlebars are like shoulders, and the long black cords extending downward are the spine. There are even wires and circuits sticking out of the broken part for good measure. I'd post a picture, but that's a lot of work.

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