Airbrushing

I continue to put together more models. Another pandemic coping mechanism of mine. The part of the process I’m enjoying the most at the moment is painting by airbrush. There are so many layers of fun in painting. First, what color? I spent some time on the internet, looking up what colors real Lamborghinis are…

Kohsuke’s virtual bike trip

To clear any confusions I might have created, let me clarify how I’m organizing this virtual bike trip. I sleep every night at my home in San Jose. Everyday, I take my bike out and ride it around my neighborhood. Usually in the morning, about 10-15km, to switch into the work mode. In the weekend,…

Seward, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and I’m in the middle of nowhere. One thing I always wondered about American midwest is how the roads are forming a perfect grid. I can imagine how one city can do that, but playing with the map for this trip, it’s clear that the grid stretches much bigger areas,…

The Archway

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I went through the Archway. It looks like a bridge over I-80, and it sure draws attention. How did they manage a permit from the DoT!? I have a feeling random Joe wouldn’t be able to pull this off! Turns out this whole project was conceived by the…

Pony Express Museum

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m visiting Pony Express Station & Museum in Gothenburg, Nebraska. I travelled more than 80km this 3 day weekend, including one 48km trip, so I’m here a lot earlier than I originally anticipated. Pony Express was a courier service in 1860. They built 184 horse stations along the…

Ogallala, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Ogallala, Nebraska. This weekend I racked up almost 60km and so I feel like I’m making a lot of progress, but when I map it to the size of Nebraska, it’s really not much. Maybe I’m 20% in? One thing I learned when I moved to…

EF66

Overnight sleeper services are all but gone today in Japan, but it used to be a vital transportation mode. I don’t remember how old I was — that ’s how small I was. Once my father and I traveled together to where he was from, which is a southwestern island in Japan. Just two of…

Sidney, NE

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Sidney, Nebraska. Wikipedia says the city is named after a president of the Union Pacific Railroad. The origin story of my previous stop, Pine Bluffs, WY, also involves UPRR. Clearly UPRR had a huge influence in this region. It makes me wonder what it was like…

Pine Bluffs, WY

I’m biking east along I-80 and today I’m in Pine Bluffs, Wyoming. OK, not really physically, because of pandemic, but virtually I’m there. I’ve been riding a bike since the beginning of the pandemic every day, and the virtual oddmeter on that bike just passed 2000km, and if I map that to I-80 trip east…

Rusting beauty

I built a model F-14 while back, and my friend pointed out that I can see a real F-14 not too far away from my home. So I paid a visit to USS Hornet. This 70 year old aircraft carrier was buoyed as a museum in a rather unassuming harbor near Oakland. Perhaps because we…

Biking for 1000km

I’ve been riding a bicycle around my home for the past several months, and yesterday the cumulative total distance went past 1000km. That’s about going from San Jose to Portland, or from Tokyo to Hakata, For a guy who never got into the habit of doing any regular exercise, this is a major accomplishment. Back…

Come Hear Me Talk about What We’ve been Cooking

I realized I haven’t really talked about what I’ve been up to since the Launchable launch post back in Jan. Well, that’s because we’ve been heads down busy building. I’m happy to report that we’ve made more progress, and the time has come to talk about this more publicly! On Aug 6th, I’ll be hosting…