Battles With Boredom

May 25, 2009

Electric Scooter Update

Filed under: Personal — Tags: , , , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 10:12 am

Happy Memorial Day, everyone.  Be sure to thank a veteran for their service.

In the tradition of Scotty on the Enterprise, today I took my scooter out for a spin and was “giving her all she’s got.” I still was gentle on the starts and accelerations, but did not hold back on the flats. The result was that a 20 mile trip (averaging 40-50mph) drained the battery down to about half charge. This is a definite improvement over last year’s performance.

May 22, 2009

Electric Scooter Update (Or, the Truth About Battery Powered Vehicles)

Filed under: Personal,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 11:45 am

Last year I purchased an electric scooter from R Martin Limited with the intention of cutting my fuel costs. Unfortunately, I did not ride the scooter much last year, except in my 9 mile commute to the office because it was not capable of anything more than a 20 mile trip without draining the batteries. (more…)

May 19, 2009

Aikido Seminar with William Gleason Sensei

Filed under: Aikido,Health & Fitness,Personal — Tags: , , — Peter Nikolaidis @ 3:04 pm

This weekend I attended an Aikido seminar with William Gleason Sensei at Shobu Aikido of the Berkshires. While it would be somewhat pointless to discuss much of the subject matter in this forum, it is sufficient to say that training with Gleason Sensei is, at the very least, awesome. His grasp of Aikido is unique among anyone with whom I’ve trained, and I highly recommend any aikidoka who have the opportunity to train with him do so.

Gleason Sensei will be teaching a seminar at my home dojo, Shobu Aikido Vermont, in August.

May 14, 2009

Medifast – 11 Months, Still Not Fat

Filed under: Health & Fitness — Peter Nikolaidis @ 5:39 pm

I went on the Medifast diet 11 months ago today. I started at 208#. Four months later I was down to 165#, and I’ve stayed within a few pounds of that ever since. Yeah!

May 13, 2009

Useful and Fun Bash Prompt Tweaking

Filed under: Politics,Techspeak — Peter Nikolaidis @ 4:31 pm

A friend of mine gave me the following code, which he pulled off of The site’s still in beta, and I don’t have an account there so I can’t actually get the full source URL, but here’s the code: (more…)

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