Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Saturday, June 25, 2011
In 1995 ebay began with the single sale of a broken laser pointer. Many years passed before the troll became aware of the treasure trove that lay within the caverns of the bay (by then a slick trading machine for collectors as well as servicing the general public in search of more mundane essentials). Currently ebay hosts about a hundred million items at any one time.
Thankfully the troll was there early enough to catch a glimpse of some products that might not make it on ebay today (patronised by a more sophisticated clientele of buyers/ sellers/ browsers, not to mention a tightening of ebay’s fee structure). One item that piqued the troll’s interest in those early days was this:
Hands free mobile phone kit making the rounds in 2005.
The troll managed to procure one such item from his workplace (where it is commonly referred to as a very large elastic band). A little too tight to place around the troll’s bulbous head and in any case placement of the phone would preclude the application of a helmet on aforementioned bulbous head (if you are a middle aged male that chooses to wear full lycra in public then Australian law mandates that you ride a bicycle and wear a helmet). So the hands-free mobile phone kit was put to good use on the handlebar.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Bicycle Guide, October 1989
Taken from the go-to reference source for all things Masi: Bob Hovey's superlative website http://www.bhovey.com/Masi/index.html. There is nothing quite like the educated enthusiast and, even better, one who freely shares his knowledge. Outside of Masi lore be sure to check out the link to Bob's collection of magazine articles, catalogues and books http://www.bhovey.com/Masi/Scans/index.html. *sigh* The troll has whiled away many a happy hour wandering through this website...
Monday, June 6, 2011
And so we turn our attention to the United States.
...to the 1963 Schwinn Sting-Ray.
Goes to show that, big or small, relevant or nugatory to the way we go about our daily lives, and whether we like it or not, what happens in the United States matters.