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How to look like a biker.

To ride a Harley, you need the look.

No. Shut up. To ride a Harley, you need a Harley. That’s it, everything else is optional, well except the helmet because it’s the law. So what’s all this about? The biker look.

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The Stereotype according to Google (Note. This guy also looks like your uncle. Weird)

I’ve been riding for a little over a year. It’s been fun and I haven’t died. Yay!? But I’ve also been told I don’t dress like a biker. Wrong. I’ve never been one to follow a trend, but to make them! OK you’ve caught me, I’m not a trend setter. Well sometimes the trends come back for a while and I’m cool again (Remember the nerdy look? You’re Welcome)… Anyways. In this article we’ll be analyzing the biker stereo-types as found on this WikiHow.

http://www.wikihow.com/Look-Like-a-Biker

“Old Leather Jacket”
Let’s begin with the “Bikers wear leather jackets”  Yeah leather jackets are cool, I can’t argue that. Even if you don’t plan to get a biker look, you should always have at least one, they are so practical.

“Leather boots.”
Ugh I personally don’t like boots when riding. I prefer biker sneakers. Check these out.
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You might like boots, but they can get uncomfortable if you wear them all day, and sometimes they’re not even safer than a pair of converse. (If you get the wrong boots) These look good but don’t protect where it matters.

“DooRag?”
Headsock. I prefer headsocks cause they also keep my neck warm and stop all the little rocks and pebbles from hitting my neck and pecking at my wind pipe. You can also make it into quick neck gaiter when off the bike. The typical paisley bandanna is so overused that it just screams tacky, but if you can pull it off discretely, why not? But the DooRag is fine, not mandatory.

“Demin.”
I’m a 90’s kid. I love denim. you can’t go wrong with denim, except….. when you’re in an accident. Denim is not as tough as leather and won’t protect as well. But putting holes and making your jeans distressed on purpose, come on…. that’s like a #1 sign you’re not a biker. We like to keep the skin on our bones, not on the pavement. If we can see your knees, goodbye kneecaps. Poser. I rarely see bikers with hole in their jeans, this one’s just dumb.

“Chain wallet”
Actual quote from the website. “There is nothing a biker fears more than having his wallet fall out while riding.”
Haha, no. It’s stupid cars. We hate getting run over by cars driven by distracted and cellphone using drivers. That’s my biggest fear, well that and getting run over by a semi. If you’re wearing a proper pair of jeans or riding pants, your wallet will not fall out. Wearing skinny jeans on the other hand, will. This is not however, your typical biker wear.

“Get a tattoo”
No, why? When you’re covered from head to toe in proper riding gear no one notices that dorky Metallica tattoo. Sometimes they don’t even know the color of your skin! Just watch, no one’s racist when you’re on a bike, because they don’t see you, they see the motorcycle. And everyone will equally hate you when you cut in between them at 60mph. Off the bike, maybe you wanna “look” tough, well a tattoo can’t fix that, sorry buddy, you’re still a wimp.

“Bikers need to have tough hair to match their tough persona.”
Stop this. Tough persona? That’s a quick way to spot a poser. Some of the nicest people you meet ride motorcycles. In regards to hair…. that’s really anything you want. Most people keep it short and practical, log works as long as it’s not flowing all over the place smacking you when you ride. Beards are optional though. I imagine they’d be good for keeping that neck warm. But a scarf does the job well. However I don’t recommend using hair gel when wearing a helmet, it flakes, so keep the hair product to a minimum

“Consider purchasing a motorcycle”
Well duh. This should be step 1. If you wanna look like a biker, ride a motorcycle. Please seriously consider buying one. It’s fun!

“Get a biker physique”
To be honest, this is actually a helpful tip for everyone. Long distance riding requires strength and stamina. It’s really tiring riding a motorcycle and you won’t last long if you’re a weak chub chub or thin skin mint. Shape up because it’s 500 pound on two wheels, and it doesn’t come with training wheels, baby.

“Frequent biker establishments.”
Motorcycles are lined up outside the old Mill Biker Bar establishment, Harley’s, Indians, and Triumphs, gleam in the sunlight outside the bar.
Inside the fan slowly spins as the heavy metal music plays in the background.
Tough biker guys are inside drinking beer and being rowdy.
Then, a lone ranger, the leather chapped, boot strapping, helmet carrying young man walks in and everyone notices him. The cool biker dude.

This never happens by the way. No one will notice and if you’re among friends they don’t mind.

But that’s up to you, when you ride often it’s pretty normal to get into biker meet ups, bars, midnight rides and Sunday trips to Daffodil Hill with the guys, (for reals that’s a thing). This just happens naturally when you make biker friends. Ask questions about their rides, any adventures, be a kind person, that’ll help get into the biker look. But if you’re a poser, you can’t fake it. If someone asks why you dress like a biker without a motorcycle, just admit that you don’t ride yet and you’re just wearing leather and denim because you felt like it.

Plus, bikers come in all looks and you wear what you like. I dress for safety, sure it makes me look fat. Yeah but I like black, flannel and denim. Does this make me a stereotypical biker? no, sometimes i wear a suit cause I have to go to a meeting. Is it safe? absolutely not. So what makes a biker? The bike.

If you’re worried about how you look rather than safety or comfort, then someone’s trying to sell you something. I’m not telling you you can’t do that or real bikers don’t ignore safety. But looks account for very little of the biker mentality.

Real bikers don’t care.
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Teletubby jumpsuits, black leather, retro-reflective vests that can be seen from space, mens bathing suits…. (ok that lst one might get you pulled over for other reasons, you get my point). A biker wears anything he or she wants. Not everyone has to look like they just came out of a “Sons of Anarchy” episode. And even the bikers that dress like that, just do it cause they like it and don’t really tell you you should dress like they do. It’s no one’s business to say what your style is.

Kind of puts things in perspective, huh?

But pay attention to the last part of this video.

So yeah, it’s fine to dress like a wannabe cool biker, we get it, you wanna be cool, but being cool is all relative and any true biker would say do what you wanna do. There is no true biker look, it’s all about riding. So if you don’t ride a motorcycle yet and start hanging out with those who do, eventually you might get the courage to actually ride. so yeah dress up, make friends, have fun and be safe.

Let’s take a ride.

As some of you may already know, I have taken up motorcycle hobbies such as minibikes, dirt bikes and street cruising. Why because fun that’s why. It’s also something I’ve always secretly wanted to do, but never had the money for nor the ambition, let alone a need. Until now. After working a stable 8-5 job for years, driving a boring electric car after working on cool/fun auto-mechanic stuff and giving up on the old Dodge Dart, I thought it was time for a change.

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Natural scrolling and reverse scrolling. A complaint.

 

From the beginning of time, or at least since computers have been created, the mouse was a tool that came into this realm with the intent to make things easier, and eventually we upgraded to touch screen and it was bliss.

However, in the transition, we’ve developed touchscreen habits that have us moving pages of content up and down. Do we swipe the page down like a natural page? Do we scroll it like a mouse? Or should we touch on a scroll bar and pull the bar down like the blinds of a window? (That was a bad idea, please see Windows CE) It’s a user interface design nightmare! What would the user naturally do?!!!

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HHKB LITE 2 (Insane in the Membrane)

This is going to be a test of the emergency escape system. The first thing I noticed on the happy hacking keyboard was that the backspace key, which I sadly seem to rely upon a lot in life, (Like most things) is right where the `~ key is and it makes for a lot of mistakes, its not something I’d like to get used to. But the regular keys typing is really something of a natural feel though the mushy rubber dome keys are not to my liking.

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What happened to the ScreenSaver?

Oh the joy of navigating a Starfield, the adventuring through a maze with the rat, flipping rock and it’s dead ends, only to find a trophy and begin all over again. What happened to all the cool ScreenSavers?

 

I remember my Elementary school and the computer lab had these amazing distracting images of scenes that would flicker ALL day long until school was over and the teacher shut them down for the night, only to start them up again the next school day.

What has changed? Technology that’s what changed. Let’s start with the reason screensavers existed before.

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Quick Tips and Tricks

I usually run into situations where people are amazed by the quick and simple things we do and take for granted on a computer. I’ve decided to make a list of my daily used shortcuts that I use working on a Computer. Windows or Linux. Just for my personal reference and to share.

The Basics on Documents

Ctrl + C to copy lines of words or pictures. This is so common that it’s not a waste of memory to remember this one, it just saves so much time from clicking.

Ctrl + X to CUT lines of images, it removes but saves in an imaginary clipboard for later use. be wary as this clipboard only holds one thing and not for very long. At least until your next reboot.

Ctrl + V paste whatever you cut or copied using the Ctrl + C or X commands you used previously.

Ctrl + S Get into the habit of saving often. Saves your work with a simply tap.

Ctrl + Z undo your last mistakes! I need this button for real life. And for computers it’s limited on how many times you can undo, especially on paint and word documents. In fact, sometimes save will override this function and you can only undo until your last saved file.

On Windows or Linux GUI

ALT + F4 will close any window you are currently on. Very handy if you know what i mean.

ALT + Tab changes the Windows you are working on, it helps when you’re switching back and forth from the same two windows. Like when you need to copy and paste little bits of data a piece at a time.

ALT + Shift + Tab is similar to the last one, but in reverse. Keep holding the ALT button to see what’s currently running.

DELETE have you actually used the delete button on your computer? It does exactly what it says and works better than right clicking on something and clicking again to delete.

Home, Page UP, Page Down, End. Since the invention of the web browser we’ve relaid on the mouse to help us scroll through pages of information, but give that wheel a rest as you can now scroll sections at a time with page up and down! Need to see the bottom of the page? End. Need to go back to the top? Home.

Two Finger Scrolling. My goodness! Laptops with touchpads have needed this for ages! When two finger scrolling came into practice my only thought was “About time!”. Enabling this is only a quick google guide away, but not difficult as most laptops have this feature enabled by default, as the old method was incredibly obtrusive. Quick Guide on enabling Two Finger Scrolling

On Google Chrome

Ctrl + Shift + T brings up the previously closed tab, keep pressing T to bring up the one before that.

Ctrl + T just bring up a new empty blank tab

Ctrl + W closes current tab

Ctrl + Tab changes the tabs ONLY in the web browser. Remember the SHIFT button to put it in reverse as well, try it.

Addons: While we’re on the topic of Google Chrome… For years there have been amazing addons that make your web browsing experience either terrible or much better. A popular addon that’s been floating around for years is AdblockPlus. It’s self updating with every Chrome version so it’s very out of the way and does a great job of helping clean up ugly ads that get in the way. very recommended for safer web browsing on Windows and Linux.

Finally

You can already know these and many more depending on the work you do in the office or on a computer, but the basics remain and this list is something everyone who works daily on a computer system should know as it facilitates our computer experience.

Blue Screen of Death (Windows)

BSOD Debug

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When you get a blue screen of death there are a few things you should try to figure out why this happened. A blue screen of death means your computer or machine has crashed beyond the point of recovery and MUST be rebooted and/or fixed. When you see this problem, it will not be fixed on it’s own. EVER, on maybe rarely. But this is a Windows specific thing since Linux and Mac aren’t common enough to have buggy software or crummy hardware fail them considering quality and build specs are usually custom built by the user or manufacturer. But since Windows can be built on shoddy hardware and be mis-configured easily, let’s see a common troubleshoot checklist.

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SupraaaaaaPaaaaad!!!!

The name’s SupraPad…. iView SupraPad…….. iView SupraPad 1700Qw Windows 8.1 x86 Intel Atom. Edition.
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It’s like the Toyota Supra of tablets! Well not really, more like the Ford Fiesta of Fords, but like bad cheap cars, they exist for a reason.

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Ode to the Debian User

A true Debian user will not care what desktop he chooses,
The hardware he has or the monitor he uses
The system will never get in my way
It is something every person should be able say
It’s clear that the widgets, bars and nonsense
make us hate the desktop when it is a mess

The Linux kernel can be anything you like.
So pick and choose, there is no strike.
Does it work, does it run, does it work with your printer?
Investigate, look in forums, someone did it last winter.
We don’t use all the features. Or the latest software.
As long as it works, it’s out of our hair.
We are the users who despise automatic updates
We enjoy doing it manually, we’re never that late.

The terminal can be whatever,
and it’s never frustrating to use,
Debian Linux, is a dream come true.

But then comes reality,
when things fall apart
you’ve tried something new
that wasn’t so smart
You’ve broke the Debian
and now it’s been shart
You’ve come to decide.
A fresh install I will start.

Leopold FC 660C 66 Key Electrostatic Capacitive Mini Keyboard

This is a quick review on a keyboard someone let me borrow for a full week.

Using the Topre keys. Rubber dome with springs under them. This keyboard feels like the best rubber dome keyboard I’ve ever tried. If I actually had one of these before I had my Blue Switches I would have been perfectly happy. But Blue switches are the best in my opinion. Besides that I promised myself I would not compare this keyboard to my Das. But I still do…
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