Author Archives: Ben Mazhary-Clark

Riding with electrons: the Harley Livewire

When Harley announced that they would be taking their new electric concept motorcycle (tagged as Livewire) on tour for people to try out, I jumped at the opportunity.  There was the usual sign-up and then forget about it for a … Continue reading

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Plowing through the Midwest fields

It was another year (2012 for those keeping track).  A new opportunity arose to propel myself through states I had never been to in a flurry of two wheeled mayhem.  My best friend Dave of entirely too many years to … Continue reading

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Adventures in commuting

Now that my 1986 Kawasaki Concours has been repaired over the last two years to the point of becoming a reliable commuter vehicle, I’ve been riding it to work almost constantly for the last two months.  This always makes an … Continue reading

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Riding the Ducati Diavel

When I got a mail from Cycle World stating that I could fill out a form for a chance to ride one of their Ten Best motorcycles of 2011 in my city I figured, “Why not?  Doesn’t hurt to try.” … Continue reading

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A glutton for punishment

If there is one thing about me, I can’t resist a good offer.  Be it a deal online, some rare antique that is undervalued at a yard sale, or an odd piece of tech at a local Goodwill, I am … Continue reading

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The molding of my geekdom

We don’t all start out as geeks.  Some of us are encouraged at a very young age by a significant family member or friend, while others grow into it naturally.  For me, my journey started early, almost as far back as … Continue reading

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Great pain makes for great success

When taking on a used bike there are bound to be trials and tribulations.  However when taking on a bike over 20 years old, the emotional state of your bike can only be in greater flux. I bought the 1986 … Continue reading

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The folly of a used motorcycle

When I decided to “trade up” in motorcycles in April 2010 I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Without this foresight, I plunged myself into buying a 1986 Kawasaki Concours (a “connie”).  In my mind, I considered this … Continue reading

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Unix pranks

Editors note:  This is reposted from one of my older pages.  Goes hand in hand nicely with the Funny Unix Commands, this takes it a bit farther. When you end up working around Unix sysadmins for any length of time, … Continue reading

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The rise and the fall of yeast

Spurned on by my first success on home brewing my first batch of beer, I soon got together a plan to make up a second batch.  Given that my wife wasn’t fond of the dark and hoppy ale I crafted … Continue reading

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