This month's bike party theme was
"science". Truthfully, this theme wasn't embraced with the enthusiasm
that some of them get. There was quite a bit of creativity, but finding
some of it required some careful looking. If I missed your
contribution, I'm sorry.
I think that tattoo is the actual
digital message that some SETI group has been blasting out beyond the
edge of the solar system or something like that. Anyhow, real science
went into figuring out the message. That contrasts with the growth in
the petri dishes, which was yummy Jell-O shots with food coloring and
I found out later that Katie grew a
tail after consuming the GE goop in the petri dishes. Science.
Regina explained that there was intense
science in the pigments on their coats. I said okay. Science.
Bunny suits or lab coats were the
science costume of many.
John was roaming around looking for his
It doesn't show in the picture, but the
woman by the green light is not a fan of tamarinds. Science.
ET was there to put the Science Fiction
in the science ride.
That blue hologram of a peace sign was an awesome sight close up. Very
three dimensional. The other cool thing about Bob's setup was that the
light was throwing a neat puddle of purple light about a yard square on
the ground behind his bike. I didn't notice that until much later
The other thing I was doing was
collecting signatures to help get that oil severance tax on the ballot.
Thank you Lisa for signing! It's hard to tell from the picture, but she
is wearing a genuine astronaut jumpsuit. Science.
The periodic table of the elements was
a science motif I saw only a few times, but this was one of them. I'm
thinking element "eN" might be a bit more imaginary than Helium, but
that's just a minor technical detail. Science.
I like the message on that sign "San
Jose Bike Party! Every 3rd Friday Night of every Month of the Year.
Everyone is invited!" Science.
I asked why these bikes had tinfoil
hats. The woman explained that it was "protection from cosmic rays."
This guy had a taco stand that was
nothing but a bike trailer. He had a line of customers waiting, so the
he used must have worked out right.
The kid with the afterburners on his
bike didn't stop long enough to explain the science in his project to
me. The guy on the recumbent explained that his gismo was a "flux
Paul gave me a ride
home, so I didn't get
there exhausted at 3 AM the way I am when I pedal the whole way, but
something about riding with a few thousand of my closest friends just
gets me excited. I
had trouble getting to sleep. Later I found out that there had been a
nothing too serious. No big fights or anything like that. It had just
been a fine evening for many, many people. Magically wonderful.