June 8th, 2007

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A while back I posted about how I was surprised how lush the plant life around Chernobyl looks and wondering why it isn't a desert from all the radiation.

It seems wildlife is returning en mass...

http://hardware.slashdot.org/hardware/07/06/08/1443258.shtml

It'll be interesting too see the life expectancy of the animals and how elevated the actual risk of cancer for various animals turns out to be. i.e., are some genetic sequences more stable than others and are longer or short genetic strings more at risk.
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I fixed the scooter. It was the battery, but it wasn't bad. It just needed water. It's been a long time since I've had a non-maintenance-free battery. I'm glad I pulled it out to check the product number, in case I needed to replace it.

Though I still need to figure out why the kickstart doesn't work.

I remember on my old Honda Trail-70, kickstarting was a breeze.

The symptom in this case it, you start to get resistance, then it feels like the kickstart pops off of what ever it's catching on and then there is no resistance. My Dad says the kickstart on it has never worked for him either. As it's still under 150miles on it, I'm going to see if I can ride it over to the Vespa repair place and see if they will fix it for free. The scooter is two years old, so I'm sure the warranty is up, but it's worth a try.

I think the Vespa has more power than the Honda Trail-70 had, but one thing I definately miss from the Honda was it was a manual transmission. I hate driving in automatic cars and looking at the MPH and the RPMs and guessing, I think I'm in 4th. On the Vespa I don't even have a tachometer (the rpm gauge) to try to guess where I am in the transmission and how much room I have to go up or down if needed.
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Weird. I go to Google, I find the "Contract Us" page, and I can't not find any place to submit suggestions.

Basically, I am not comfortable taking the scooter on the freeway. It's top speed is supposedly 60mph, and everyone around here does 70-80mph on the freeways. So I've found that Google Maps, when getting directions, has an "avoid freeways" option, which rocks. But they do not have this option on the mobile version of google maps that I use on my BlackBerry. It would rock if they had that.

But sadly, I can't find a web form or e-mail address to send them this suggestion.