Exercise with Fatbutt.

Bit of a personal joke, of course. I’m fat, I know it, and in the past couple of months, I’ve been tackling that issue in earnest.

In February, I joined a support group paid for by my insurance through work that’s been helping me. In March, I started going to the gym. April saw the return of better weather, so I’m trying to get five miles of cycling a day in at least a couple times a week.

I also picked up a Fitbit in February, to try to keep myself more accountable with regard to my exercise and food intake, and it actually kind of opened my eyes to what I was doing, once I started logging every little bite I took, and refusing food that I couldn’t figure out how to log. Here I was, thinking I was eating relatively okay, and finding out that even without calorie laden sodas, I was sucking in 3600+ calories in a given day, and wasn’t even walking or exercising all that much.

It’s absolutely mind-blowing when you find the truth behind the fork (or the sandwich in the box). This is what I learned on day 1, when I started logging my calories in Fitbit, and needing to know what was in what before I bought it. That day alone, I cut my caloric intake sharply.

The gym membership in March came with me wanting to earn the HSA money that work offers for completing certain goals, and I wasn’t getting there fast enough.

Knowing that getting healthier is being incentivised monetarily is, honestly, my biggest motivator. I like knowing that I can get nearly $200 toward my healthcare expenses every quarter, and being able to hit that goal is pretty nice. And yes, I did hit the first quarter goal through real effort, and have knocked off ten pounds that haven’t come back on rebound.

The support group I started in, I wasn’t interested in it at first, because I thought it was hokey, cheesy crap that was probably going to fat-shame me after two weeks. But, after being there for a few sessions, I’m happy to say I’m wrong about that thought. I still fat-shame myself from time to time, but then I think back to what I told my fitness coach at Anytime Fitness when she asked me about why I joined:

Exercise and weight loss are cheaper than healthcare here in America. I want to get back to a point where I don’t need a $700/month prescription just to stay healthy. I’m lucky right now to be still able to get around on my own two legs, but if I don’t at least try now to lose weight, I am going to die as a fat man, and I’m going to die early. I ain’t ready to go yet.


I remember this, and I make myself go. I make myself do. I make myself be.

Losing weight by yourself is anything but easy. Don’t let anyone convince you otherwise. But, losing weight is not something that has to be a lonely battle, fought behind house doors with loneliness, desperation, and a knife and fork in hands.

I’m guilty of stress eating, of poor dietary choices, of being very sedentary and I guess today, I’m calling myself out on it right on my own blog that isn’t read by anyone. But it’s at least out there on the wires, where maybe someone will come by, and keep me accountable in addition to the support group. Or maybe someone will read this, and think to themselves that this was that last push they needed to get off the couch and go, do, be.

I’m Jayel, and this is my weight loss journey. As of this morning, 20 April 2019, I was at 282.8 lbs (128.28 kg), down from 295 lbs (133.8 kg) when I started this.

I’m using step goals to work on this. I started with 10 pounds as my target. As I hit the target, next target’s a little farther out at 12 pounds. I’m aiming for reasonable amounts of weight loss per week (a pound), and so far, so good, minus the upswing during birthday week at the top of the month.

To do: buy greens to dehydrate for smoothies.

Good night, Ancheer.

So, in March of 2018, I had posted that I bought an Ancheer folding electric mountain bike.

I bought it so that I could cycle more, get to places easier without requiring the use of a bus, but still potentially have the backup option of loading onto a bus should weather or health necessitate said choice.

And ride that bike I did. I would sometimes just go out for 12 mile rides with no rhyme or reason, just a strange need to be in the moment, making the pedals spin. I was able to enjoy cycling again, because I could go much further, much longer, and be in far, far less pain overall. It was exercise that I didn’t dread, and I had fun taking those Saturday trips into downtown for sushi, then going nuts along the river trails and through neighborhoods.

Turning heads when I ride was actually kind of nice. Hey!, someone would shout from a vehicle or at a crosswalk. Is that one of those electric bikes? And I’d turn and reply that it was. People loved it, because here’s a big person, cruising along on a bike that you could see they’re putting pedaling effort into, but not looking winded, and cruising along at up to 20 miles per hour.

I like to think that older folks, upon seeing this, feel more inspired to go out and spend some cash on an electric bicycle, whether they build it themselves, or pick up a pre-fabricated machine. With the number of folks I’ve passed this summer and fall, riding their own electric cycles, I think it is true. Seeing someone do it daily gets them to think, Well, sheesh. If that person can do it, then I can do it.

I noticed somewhere in late Summer, maybe early Fall, there was a crease in my frame in a spot that didn’t make sense. The frame was seemingly cheap and weak, prone to damage, even with careful riding. I didn’t replace the bike then, because other than that weird crease, it seemed I could at least probably get to the end of the year, maybe even to tax season where I could consider replacing it with a better performing e-bike, or even converting another bike.

I had even thrown money at someone to build a new battery for it recently as the existing battery started to just hold less and less of a charge.

Well, with less than two weeks left in the year, my bike decided to give up the ghost. On my short ride to work today, I heard an unusual pop, and felt the bike geometry shift.

It’s a folding bicycle… that was now in danger of folding while I’m trying to bike to work. The hinge latch had popped, unsecuring the bike’s hinge while I’m cycling up a bridge that I cross every day. The front wheel is now about an inch to the left of where it should be.

I can’t use my front brakes at this point, lest the front of the bike slow down quicker than the rear of the bike, forcing it to fold rapidly and toss me off.

I switched immediately to twist throttle mode, so I could at least limp it the rest of the way to work, with judicious application of only the rear brake and short bursts of throttle — pedaling would likely cause enough lateral motion that the broken clamp situation would have only been exacerbated.

With the last half mile covered, I did at least make it to work on time, but it tells me this bike is at its end. Safety-wise, I would not trust the bicycle for anything beyond harvesting its parts and building a new e-bike or e-scooter up from that, and even this might be questionable as I need to have a look at the various components.

In the interim, this leaves me without my daily machine to get around. I do have my previous bike, which I never did sell. This is a moment in which I’m glad I had NOT done so, because I can at least use it to get around, albeit at a much reduced rate.

Also, with having been under the weather really bad in the past couple of weeks and missing work, it’s really not in a happy place of my budget to just buy a new machine. 😐

I’ll figure stuff out, though, I guess.

Settling in with the new host.

I’ve had a few weeks now to get settled in with my new host, BigFoot Servers. I picked up a reseller account, mostly because it gets me the split between self-managing (like a VPS), and having someone I can go to when stuff just isn’t working the way I think it should.

Getting set up was pretty easy, though I did need to learn about how to use WHM. Once I got that sorted out, I’ve been able to migrate both this domain (hi from the new host!) and one of my other domains over.

This weekend, I’ll likely work on the biggest one, because I’ll need to get email sorted out for that domain, and email has historically been a big mess for it. There’s no real ‘clean-up’ for it, but there’s a lot to watch for to ensure I’m not missing out on anything important.

Once it’s all settled in, then webmail for the domains and importing years of old email would be next. If that works out as expected, I’ll be that much closer to being free of Google’s grasp, as I can then ditch Gmail, like I’ve wanted to for YEARS.

Friday night, and new things.

It’s Friday evening as I sit here, accompanied by five small glasses of beer from a local brewery.

I’ve never done a beer flight before tonight, but it’s actually a pretty nice experience.

Tried five different beers, liked three of them enough to finish the sample glass; fourth one is okay, and the fifth one is truly not one I like.

Specifically: Ninkasi Brewing’s Helles Belles, Yours Truly, and Vanilla Oatis were all delicious. I didn’t care for the Pacific Rain at all, and the one in the middle is named for the neighborhood that the tasting house is in, and part of the Whiteaker Series. I am fairly certain it’s #3, Sage Wit.

I might have to make this stop more often, but I really would like a beverage buddy to do this with.

Also, alcohol sets in fairly quickly. Whoops.

Purge and Flow.

With my needing to move from my old web host to a new one, I find myself restarting my entire weblog once more.

I’m not too surprised — I sort of jumped the gun with the domain name re-point, and didn’t really export my old blog posts in a format that’s easy to import. … at first.

A little database pokery, and I’ve managed to get my old posts out of the old install, and into this one. I just need to go grab the old ePubs, attach them to the relevant entries, and find a theme that doesn’t make me want to dig my eyeballs out. 🙂

The search for hosting continues…

I’m looking into a new hosting provider.

With a grateful hat tip to Surpass Hosting for putting up with me for the last decade, it’s time for me to look for new territory to hang out.
A secondary hat tip to the folks over at Scaleway is due, as well.
Both teams of folks are outstanding in their own ways, but my needs have changed.

Wherever I go, I’ll need the following:

  • A monthly bill of $10 or less.
    •  This one’s non-negotiable. I’m wanting to consolidate my web hosting solutions into one host. I’m currently paying about $8 each month.
  •  50 GB of storage.
    • Gotta have storage space for my email, because I’m ready to tell Google to Go Ogle the brown eye somewhere else. It doesn’t have to all be in the same machine — hell, separation of machines would be nice, really.
  • SSH access.
    • There are just some things I find easier to do via SSH, like download and install things. Occasionally, a torrent would be seeded. It also ties into…
  • Permission to run programs like ZNC and Deluge.
    • Not every host allows users to run persistently connected applications like an IRC bouncer or torrent client. While I really only sort-of need-want this, I have a couple of places I hang out on IRC where this is the easiest solution.
  •  Payment processor in the USA preferred.
    • Note: Preferred. It’s easier to pay someone in the USA than it is out of the country — I have to put money on a Bluebird card to pay Scaleway, because it’s a right pain in the ass to pay them otherwise thanks to most banks in the USA.

This pushes me into VPS land, but it makes things tricky.

I really like DigitalOcean as a company, but their pricing is higher than what I’m willing to pay for what I’d get.
While I can get 50 GB of storage and a monthly bill within my willingness to pay, I’d only get one vCPU if I didn’t spin up two separate machines with 25 GB of storage each. I’d still have two machines with a single core.

Linode and Vultr offers are much the same as DO, but:

I could spin the smallest Vultr instance with 1 CPU, 20 GB of storage, and half a terabyte of monthly bandwidth for $2.50.
This would be sufficient for hosting mail. A separate similar machine for my IRC bouncer would be nice, but it’s that last bit for hosting that leave me a bit shy — I’ve been putting off spinning up my own Mastodon instance, and I wouldn’t want to do it on a single core machine, which would be all that’s left in the budget if I went to Vultr.

I’ve been perusing Low End Box for suggestions.

BigFootServers seems appealing up front, though their VPS cannot run Docker.
At $49 (4 cores) or $99 (8 cores) for a year, though, the price feels like a steal.
After being screwed by CloudAtCost, though, I’m wary of a deal that seems this good — I could spin four or eight separate instances with the plan design they offer, which for the 8-core machine would let me do a single core IRC box, a dual core mail box, and the rest of the cores could go to web hosting and Mastodon. I’m just afraid that I’d get settled in, and when the year is up, the renewal cost of the plan would be three times that.

HyperExpert could also work, in theory: I could have two machines, which means Masto would have to live with the rest of the web stuff separate from email. I haven’t finished reading their ToS, though, because that’s important: I need to know that I’m not going to have trouble because I have adult furry artwork posted.

UMaxHosting also seems interesting, particularly with the yearly prices posted up, but my earlier worries are still present: How temporary is this low price that would entice me to pay for two machines, even if it gets me KVM instead of OpenVZ (which seems to cause issues with Docker)?

And that’s just the tip of the reading iceberg that’s had me stuck for a week while I try to find what I’m willing to risk.
I just want a replacement host that I’d be happy with for five or ten years, is all I’m asking for.

It just feels really difficult to pick now, and whatever decision I make affects this blog.



‘Jayelatitude’, or ‘The Scraptop Rises’.

Wow, two posts, this close together! I must be on a roll.

So, a few months back, I was at our local electronics recycling shop, and saw this pile of old laptops. All of them were $15.00 each, missing hard drives, batteries, and power adapters. By old, I do mean about a decade old — late Dell Latitude D and early Dell Latitude E series machines, several HP laptops, and a few other brands mixed all in to the pile.

Since I did that stint of supporting Dell machines back in 2007-2013 (of which I’d like to tell a few stories about sometime), I figure that hey, I can pick up one of the early E-series Latitudes, as I can source parts, and probably pick up a Dell-specific Windows 7 install disc if I decided to go that route.

$15.00 lighter and several pounds heavier, I have a cherry red Latitude E6500 in my bag to work on. I’ve since bought a platter based hard drive, power adapter, and battery, so all in all, I’ve spent about $55.00 on this machine.

It took me a little to pick out an operating system I think I could tolerate, and with that, I installed MX Linux at the suggestion of a fellow Mastodonian.

Why MX? No systemd.

I’m considering picking up a low cost solid state drive – something that’s 32 GB would be perfectly fine for this machine, because it’s really only intended for when I want to go out somewhere and work on writing a little bit. I took it out one Sunday to go write at a place over breakfast, but never did complete that mission, simply because the restaurant was so packed that I didn’t want to be that jerkbag that sat at a table for 45 minutes, pecking away at a keyboard when someone wanted to sit their group of three down.

It should, thankfully, get me back overall into writing, by giving me something I could do this while out, though. I had hopes for my Chuwi Hi10 Pro to be that machine, but those fell flat with how shoddy both the keyboard and the tablet both were. It’d have been lighter in weight and easier to port around, but those advantages mean nothing when the hardware lacks reliability and easy access for repairs — issues my Latitude laptop doesn’t have.

I’ve affectionately named it Jayelatitude, after a portmanteau of my first and middle names, and the line of laptop.

Maybe I’ll post a photo of it someday. 🙂

The loss of Project Wonderful.

Hey folks.

A quick bite before I get to sleep here.

I got this email early today from Project Wonderful, an ad service that’s been running for more than a decade, detailing that they are preparing to shut down.

In the past, when I was heavier into blogging and really trying to maintain an online presence, I fell in love with their service. The way bidding on ad slots worked was a beautiful thing. It had a delicate balance allowing for smaller folks like myself to have a number of places to advertise, while allowing the bigger fish who had more disposable income to bid on some of the high end traffic.

I could run a small ad campaign one week to get a few new readers, and it would cost me little to nothing. In exchange, I also offered an ad space, to let folks have that same opportunity to get the word out about perhaps their small webcomic, or a book they’re writing, or a tiny, handcrafted items shop that sells on eBay needed a chance to get in front of more eyes — all were welcome in the eyes of Project Wonderful’s ad boxes.

I’m rather saddened, even though I no longer run an ad box on any of my domains, but I can certainly understand why. In the age of advertisement filtration systems, it is hard for folks to get those eye minutes. Some folk don’t even know how to configure exceptions, so Project Wonderful, who already had the smaller viewership, was likely seeing further dwindling of that. Add on sites with mobile themes that may not show the ads, and the increase of using cellphones and tablets for day to day tasks, and it just takes away potential revenue sources, along with new viewers to random edges and corners of the internet.

I know that whenever I installed an ad blocker, I would go check the rules to make sure that Project Wonderful was not being filtered out, because the ads didn’t make me want to beat someone with their arms — heck, I’ve discovered a few new things with their ads. I’m actually kind of certain that I discovered Buy Me a Coffee through a PW ad, now that I’m thinking about it… 🙂

Anyhow, I’ve taken the time to toss up one or two last ad campaigns on Project Wonderful before they fully shut down the ad servers in July; a bit of a last hurrah of sorts. If you’re here because an ad told you it’s high time to Lick the Blue Things, welcome along. 🙂

Two months of Ancheer.

Hey folks.

It’s now been a couple of months since I’ve purchased the ANCHEER folding mountain e-bike.

It has been my daily rider, to and from work, the mall, grocery shopping, and so on.

Right now, I think it is safe to say that this is actually a pretty good beginner’s e-bike, a solid place to get your feet wet and experience the concept of getting around with a battery assist.

I realized, after running Strava for a week or so, that I actually ride my bike a LOT MORE than I thought I did: I was estimating that I ride about 13-15 miles a week. I’m riding about 30 miles a week. The estimate I had made prior would be accurate for my old bike, which is in a storage closet right now.

This bike does give me more freedom than I had on the previous one, knowing that I can toss it onto the bike rack of the buses here if I’m not able to ride back under my own power, while still being able to get somewhere faster than taking the bus. As an example, I wanted to treat myself to Chipotle one Saturday. The closest one is about three miles away by car or bicycle, but well over 30 minutes away by bus, as it requires two buses to get there.
A short, twelve minute bike ride later, I’m pulling up in the Chipotle parking lot, only slightly winded because I decided I was going to race a ghost in Strava for part of the trip (and be soundly whipped by it, of course, because we’ve got guys and gals here who can do 20-40 miles per hour on pure leg power, no augments).

The important thing is, I now have more freedom to go places, limited only by bicycle parking options when I arrive, and overall battery capacity.

Here’s another example: If I had to go to the bowling event work was having by bus a month ago, I’d not have gone, because getting there by bus is extremely tedious. It takes upwards of 70 minutes to get there: the layout of our bus system necessitates me taking a bus to downtown, to catch a connecting bus that comes back out and over to the bowling alley. By e-bike, it was a twelve minute journey which didn’t leave me winded and pained at the end. On a regular bike, I’d need to add several minutes to this, as part of the trip requires a bridge climb.

All things said before, there are things that I would change overall about this bike:

  • There’s this nub of a center stand underneath the center bracket. It is USELESS when you have the bike folded, as it doesn’t sit high enough — the chainring barely clears the ground, and the bicycle tries to tip over. A folding center kickstand would have worked far better for what Ancheer was attempting to do: Keep your chainring off the ground while the bicycle is folded for transport.
  • The screws that were used for the chainring guard (to keep your pants leg clean, of course) were made out of really soft metal. When my chain jumped on an uphill climb, the chain sheared through two of the screws holding the guard on. That was a pain to rectify.
  • The gearing ratio is a little low. I figure the bike could use a forward ring that’s got another dozen teeth on that top gear to give me a little more legpower space to work with…
  • But the bike oscillates precariously at 31 miles per hour, which I can hit on the downhill leg of my trip to work daily. Therefore, finding a happy midpoint of about 24 miles per hour would also be necessary with said change. This would get me 6 mph more speed on top of what I was getting with the pedal assist system.
  • The lack of an easily detachable cable for the hub motor makes replacing the tubes difficult++. Easiest way to do it is to turn the bike upside down, unbolt the tire, lift it up to unseat it, then lay the tire onto the upturned frame.
  • The overall lack of documentation on how to effect repairs and troubleshoot issues needs a change.
  • Puncture resistant tires would be wonderful. The lack of them on a mountain bike is interesting.

Would I buy this bike now with what I know about it, and the work I have put into the existing hardware?

The answer is Probably. It lands mainly on budget as a deciding factor. I would certainly prefer a bike with a 48 volt, 500 watt system, because while this bike does flatten the one hill I encounter daily, it’s not something I would use for trying to ride up the local buttes with the pedal assist or throttle systems active. The sound the hub motor makes when strained is concerning enough that I know I don’t want to try it for more than 20-30 seconds at a time since it’s an air cooled system.

If I could cool the hub motor in some fashion (oil bath? ferrofluid/Statorade? spoke radiators (heatsinks)? something?), then trips like that would be less worrisome, but the current hub motor designs seem to be compact. While it’s good, because super short spokes are bad, I feel that the center space between the long spokes could have been put to better use, like what BionX did with their BionX D hub: Large housing in the center, with spoke lacings close to the center of the wheel to allow for longer, stronger spokes.

Housing something to dump extra heat would be good, especially as we start to get into the hot part of the year with three digit temps.

If I didn’t go with the Ancheer, I’d consider building my own e-bike, simply because it has the potential to save me money compared to buying something already mass produced and on the market. Buying a pre-built regular bike and upgrading with e-bike components would be the way to go, whether I go for a front-mounted hub motor and a push-button throttle, or something more robust and positioned toward the rear.

I’ll also not make this one mistake again: No more folding bikes, and no rear suspension.

A few weeks with the ANCHEER folding electric mountain bike.

Hi, folks.

I mentioned in a recent blog post that I had purchased an ANCHEER Folding Electric Mountain Bike.

I’ve had it for a few moist Oregon weeks now, and have taken it out in all of the weather the state has offered me recently. High winds, cold rain, and bleary sunlight admixed with clouds… yep, I’ve been out and about!

Let’s start with the important bits: this is an actual mountain bike (MTB) with a battery-powered pedal assist and twist throttle system. It works just fine with the electric systems turned off, but is noticeably stiffer to ride when the electrics are turned off when I compare it to my 2013 Giant Cypress DX hybrid road bicycle that I’ve rode faithfully for nearly half a decade now. The hub motor and battery do add weight to the overall chassis, making this bicycle about 60 pounds. Again, compared to my Giant, this bike is deceptively heavy, which has lead to an interesting conversation with a bus driver.

Where I live, if you have a folding bicycle, you can board buses with the bike folded up, as long as you do not prevent a senior citizen from having a seat, and must give up the space if a wheelchair boards and you are in the way. I had a nearly flat battery, but needed to get from downtown to a destination about five miles out, plus come back at least three miles to get home. The bicycle rack was empty, but again, the overall weight is capable of damaging the rack.

With the bike folded, I approached the bus and asked, “May I board with my bicycle folded, please?”, having let everyone else board first, and having a couple of minutes until the driver needed to take off. Driver, ostensibly, balked at this because the front bicycle rack is empty, and asks me to load my bike there.

“This bike weighs about 60 pounds, and can damage that rack.”

I was reminded that I’ll have to deboard or otherwise move out of the way if a wheelchair or senior citizen needs to board in the wheelchair well on the bus, which I’m okay with — getting several miles down the road before I have to deboard is perfect, because I’m more likely to be able to finish up the trip on the limited battery capacity. Amazingly, we made it the whole way to where I wanted to deboard the bus, and got there a few minutes early. Driver asked me a little about the bike, because he was curious since I mentioned the weight and that it was battery powered.

Things to know: The bike’s battery is not the best, but it is realistic. In a mixture of pedal assist and twist throttle modes, I’m covering about 15 miles (25 km) on a single charge, which includes at least two bridge climbs per day as part of me getting to and from work. I’m also near the bike’s upper weight limit of 150 kg (330 lbs), which while the bike certainly handles decently with my weight, it has an impact on the battery life overall. On days where I skip the bridge climb, and go the long way around to get to work, it has less impact on the battery capacity, even though it adds half a mile to the trip.

The default seat post is too short for a person of my height, as well. I’m 5’10”. The post doesn’t raise high enough to allow for proper leg extension while riding. I had to hit up the local bicycle shop for help finding a post that fits, and is long enough to allow me to raise the seat higher. $12 later, I had a part from the local shop.

The saddle that the bike ships with is uncomfortable to use after a handful of minutes, which made my trip from Eugene to Springfield by bike uncomfortable enough that I rolled the bike onto the Emerald Express (our local bus rapid transit line) to get a ride most of the way back. I shortly replaced it with a saddle from Parateck, which I picked up on Amazon. Said saddle has a built-in strobe light, powered by CR2032 batteries. If you have a supply of these for low cost, you’re easily set. I’m tempted to tinker about and see if I can retrofit the battery socket with an 18650 battery, so I can just swap those out with the few of those I have around and on hand as needed. If that works, maybe I can add a few more LEDs in there, too — that’d ensure I’m that much more visible.

The fenders that ship with the bike, be ready to throw them away or put them on a smaller bike. For the 26″ wheelbase of this bike, the fenders do NOT stop water/mud from being flung up your back and in your mouth at any speed. They’re too short to offer protection if you’re using the bike for city commuting like I am.
I’m using an SKS X-Blade Fender on the rear of the bike, which I pulled off my previous daily rider. The front fender is still the one that came with the bike, but I’m looking for something that would work for the front, both to guard my mouth from flying roadjuice (bleh!!), and to stop the overall spray of muddy water at the controller box located on the downpost.

At some point, I strongly desire a bigger battery for this bike, because I know 36v, 8Ah is not enough. I’d like to have enough battery power for a full day excursion over into Springfield and back, which would be about a 22 mile round trip. This would be my primary goal to obtain.

My secondary goal would be an adapter: SAE J1772 to IEC-60320-C5. The former is the standard that most US sold electric vehicles use at public charging stations. The latter is what you see most on laptop power bricks: the Famous Mouse ears, as some would call them. If I could find out what would need to go in the box to make this work, so that I could connect it to a charging brick (or the gutted contents thereof), that would be totally swell.

Yes, I’d love the charging components to be separate from said adapter, because if it’s easy to make, it would be the most useful thing — folks can connect it to their existing bricks, or to a spare brick that they’ve picked up, or have hacked up into a box, or anything, really.

Enough rambling for now, though.


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