|Fairly new website for old Schwinns ...||Humma Hah|
May 22, 2003 2:27 PM
|For you old Schwinn enthusiasts, and also you enthusiasts for old Schwinns, this site may interest you. Its an e-museum with discussion areas for various types of old Schwinns including balloon-tired and Paramounts. At the moment, the site is incomplete, doing mostly pre-WWII stuff, but with the intent of adding post-war and getting into my age bracket. The discussion boards are a little sparse just yet. Their museum section is mostly photos of older bikes, many unrestored.
Its no substitute for RBR, but maybe a good place to share Schwinn lore.
|Hey Humma Hah... unrelated post...||rwbadley|
May 26, 2003 11:59 AM
|Remember a while back the subject of sci-fi writers came up? I mentioned I had (in the past) liked reading Heinlein... well scratch that. I was at a garage sale (actually it was leftover garage sale, they were giving stuff away! ;-) anyways, I picked up a couple of paperbacks. One was 'Friday' by Heinlein the other was Lucifer's Hammer by Niven and Pornelle. I started to read 'Friday', and found I could only read about ten pages of it. I can't believe what crap it was... I shuffled through the book to see if it would get any better but noo. So I started in on Lucifers Hammer. Ahh what a pleasure. Very well written and suspenseful. Nothing against Heinlein, but I just could not wade through that crap.... it read like some sort of cheap dimestore trash novel yuck... anyways, sorry for the off topic rant.
Thanks for the Schwinn link.
|Reading Heinlein convinced me ...||Humma Hah|
May 27, 2003 5:55 AM
|... that I could do a better job. Many years ago, when I was struggling with an engineering text and thought I'd forgotten how to read, I read a couple of early Heinlein novels and enjoyed them, but thought I could do better, which started me on writing.
I also enjoyed Lucifer's Hammer and also the other Niven and Pornell collaberations. I met Larry at a SF convention in Scottsdale, AZ a few years ago. Nice guy.
Friday: you can't judge a book by its cover. I fell in love with the girl on the cover at first sight. I struggled thru the whole awful thing and the story just gave up and died at the end. Wins the prize for the most work to get to the most unsatisfying ending ever in any genre of storytelling.
No new writer could get away with the crap RAH was selling late in his career. "The Cat Who Walks Thru Walls" was dreadful. One related story was doing pretty well until it suddenly time-warped and became an extended ending to "Cat". "Time Enough for Love" is a dreadful story with nuggets of earlier stories sprinkled thru it, and the only bright spots are the two "intermissions" containing Lazerus Long quotes, some of which are brilliant.
|The high point of Friday ...||Humma Hah|
May 27, 2003 6:11 AM
|Readers are advised that this is the best part of the book. Go no further.