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Using the mileposts in the Capitol Hill LINK tunnel
i mapped landmarks on the surface.
(Mar 2020)

During the pandemic i walked some interesting shapes and then i covered every block in the seven neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, walking 4,500 blocks in a 6 km area, many more than once. I walked 784 km (487 miles) not including errands.
(Apr 2020 through Apr 2021)

I finally walked the
Solar System one million miles per step!
(Aug 2020)

I've been tracking the sunset behind Olympic Peaks.
(Sep 2020)

Despite the biggest voter turnout for a
Presidential Election, in 120 years
a third of the electorate still didn't vote!?!
(Nov 2020)

I accidently made a stunning graph of the date and time of Solstice.
(Dec 2020)

My detailed chocolate website
(Nov 1998, updated 2009)
120 mostly timeless essays
mostly about bicycling,
but also transit, Seattle Reign, Brexit & more.
(2007 - 2016)

(Oct 1994, updated 2004)
The plug i made for an overnight radio show i did
at WAMH, Amherst College Radio.

Testing 1-2-3
(Mar 1985)
I maintain an NWSL statistical database.

I frequently post infographics.
(2013 - 2019)
I created a bicycle law reference for the Bicycle Alliance.

          Bike Laws in Washington State
            Bike Laws in City of Seattle        
Pedestrian Laws in Washington State
(Feb 2008)

I created a basic guide for using the
Yaseu VX5
handheld tri-band Ham Radio.
(Aug 2004)
I wrote an extensive history of legendary rock radio station WZZQ.
(Sep 2009)

Includes audio of the last set!!
(Jul 1981)
I build
Data Structures
in FilemakerPro
(Sep 2019)
I host a site for a riding buddy.

Kent Peterson's
Randonneuring Pages
(1998 - 2005)
I built & host a database to manage HAM radio volunteering.
(2011-2019) login required.
I built & host a database to manage a private art collection.
(2014-2020) login required.
I host a site built by
my brother,
for my father.

Canizaro Art
© 1962-2013
Total Solar Eclipse!

Slideshow of my magnificent week in the eastern Oregon desert.
(Aug 2017)
Travel Pages!

A big collection of maps and lists and statistics of trips and states
and nations visited as well as mileage on different modes.
Also the much anticipated tipping point!
E2K I spent 14 months traveling in Europe.

  1. full itinerary and some travelogues.
  2. This timeweighted, slug trail map.
  3. early travelogues formatted by Amber
  4. A pretty blog to extend the stories
  5. A year traveling cost only $1,000!
    (Aug 1999 - Sep 2000)
bicycling Hauling things:
mattress, banana tree, pie, lumber, kayak, large mailing, framed art, another bike!, folding bike, really big grocery run (2007 - 2017)

The project to buy a bicycle kayak trailer. (2004)     Got one! (Jan 2005)
I was actually featured in
Bicycling Magazine.
(Oct 2002)

An Amazing Human Powered Vehicle
The Spirit of Muckle Flugga!
(Feb 1999, update 2005)
For a full year (2011) i cycled with GPS tracking, these maps show all the streets i covered: statewide, citywide,
central Seattle,
my neighborhood.
(Jan 2012)

car bike deficit

(2004, updated 2019)

ridden in 12 months

(2004, updated 2019)
45 years later!
Interesting and pretty daily mileage bar graphs:





(Jan 2014)
annual miles bar graphs

by year

by bike

(Jan 2002, updated Nov 2019)
Lifetime trend

train vs bicycle

(updated Nov 2019)
Sunset times
(Jun 1996, updated 2008)

And Seattle Henge
(Mar 2012)

My Eclipses

A few
Ham Radio
Including licensing.
(1998, updated 2019)
People are often confused by radio power radiation.
I made this device chart to clarify.
(1998, updated 2012)
Radio alphabetic phonetics
by syllable
(Sep 2018)

(Dec 2007)
When this bizarre merger was proposed i immediately sent them this missive.
Does LAB belong in Bikes Belong?
They cancelled the merger.
I'm sure lots of people responded,
but i like to think i made a difference.

Euro and Euro cent coins have imagery from the nation of minting on the reverse.

My collection is almost complete,
please help me finish it!
Images or Cheat sheet.
(2010, updated Sep 2015)
After the fun, collectable State quarters, the US Mint started a 10 year program of National Parks quarters, one for each state.
This graph
shows the number minted for each state and (in purple) the ones i have.
(updated Nov 2019)
19% of national currencies are actually named for the country itself,
  7% are named after animals and
70% are called gold, silver or just coin.

I analyzed a list of over 1,000 (past & present) currency names for the meanings of the words.

oil priced in gold

scale is barrels of oil per ounce of gold, to remove currency fluctuations
(2007, updated 2019)
Euro vs Dollar:
(Dec 2000, updated 2019)
Seattle's Steepest Streets Slip Up
The city removed the inaccurate page after the 3rd time i sent this.
(2010, updated 2014)
Comparisons of the size (area) of the
city of Seattle.
(Apr 1994)
Washington State and Oregon superimposed
on New England
with correct latitudes
A few Salish names of Washington places
Some brief observations on
area & density of the western US.
(Mar 2001)
Some misc. useful Geography statistics downloadable
data tables
(Feb 1995)
The European nation of Georgia is in the news, so i compared the size to Washington State.
Area of German Länder vs US States: superimposed
and closest match.
(Jun 2008)
An Earthquake is Coming! ...and it starts early
(Aug 2011)

Slow Quakes
(2007, updated Oct 2019)
What can we learn about current politics from a graph of 350 years of inflation?
(Aug 2006)

A brief history of Sicily.

(Jun 1995)
Someone asked how many monkeys there are in the world.
I decided to find out.
(Sep 2010)
Statistics That Shape Our Life
(Dec 1986)
Flying Sails is a wonderful piece of art. It helped me
to a greater understanding of perfectionism.
(Jul 2012)
I was trying to learn more about tide cycles, but mostly what i came up with is beautiful
Tide Graph Art.
(Feb 2010)

Dead Car Artwork

(1970 / 1994)
My bedtime database covers 42 years of every time in bed and out. Monthly average time in bed
and Ave time slept
(Apr 1978, updated 2019)
Mark was an unpopular name until after WWII when an actor named his son Mark.
It grew in popularity into the top 10.

I was named at the height of it's popularity.
There were SEVEN of us in my 8th grade class. Now it has dropped into obscurity again.
(Apr 2005)
We're all related. The number of possible ancestors in each generation doubles each step back in time. Shockingly you only have to go back to the 1200s before your ancestors in that generation alone exceed the number of humans who've ever lived.
For 30 years i wore a meaningful T-shirt daily. In 2002 i switched to plain shirts, but i wanted to do something interesting with my large collection that meant so much to me.

quilt plans

T-shirt quilts side by side

With help from my friend Lori, i made a quilt! Actually two. I use them daily. One image is the plans, the other is the finished quilts.
Mitch Benn
loves the BBC.
So do i.
(Dec 2010)
Radio show

(2006, updated 2012)
Panelist Statistics for the radio show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.
(Mar 2005, updated 2010)
17 Reasons to
(Feb 1988)
Some of my

favorite albums

(Sep 2005 updated 2019)
Church of Baseball

(Mar 1994)

Fluxx keeper values

When i worked at Pacific Science Center in the mid 1990s we invented an addictive game in the break room; we called it
Speed Scrabble.
(May 1999)
The Earth wobbles. We're tilted 23.5° and that tilt is the reason we have seasons. And it's the reason the pole star changes, because the axis precesses (Wikipedia) like a top, slowly rotating over 24,000 years. And that turning creates the The Great Year which is real, but some people foolishly use it to predict your fortune.
Periods with NO HUMANS in Space

Portion of year with humans in space.
Missions to
I just heard another news story on NPR that repeated the silly urban legend that world population is going to naturally level off and stabilize at 9 billion by itself.
Simple math suggests that is unlikely. The population would have to do this, which is hard to imagine, but the rate of growth would have to do this, which is impossible without a horrific catastrophe.
(May 2005)
I did extensive research on microfilm at the library to learn about Lake Washington and the ill-fated
Black River.
I created some popular info pages about car-free travel in Seattle and western Washington.
(1994 - 2007)
All Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes, ranked.
(Feb 1994, updated 1996)
All Red Dwarf episodes, rated.
(Jun 1994)
Thoughts on the much anticipated Red Dwarf
Series Seven.
(Dec 1998)
Harry Potter
book statistics
(Apr 2007)
Fascinating graphic charts of the political landscape.
(Sep 2004)
Meet the new Pope, same as the old pope.
(Apr 2005)
Why to backup
The correct order of right of way on city streets
(Aug 1994)
underway: Inventions YP17
miles per decade

(2010, updated 2019)
And why they are
the ultimate
cycling food
(Dec 2009)