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by jess
Sun Sep 28, 2008 1:13 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Ride Report: CANNONBALL RUN
Replies: 37
Views: 3204

Rob - I am ultra-impressed at your accomplishment on Cannonball. It sucks that it died so close to the finish line, but please know that we were all rooting for you and were all awed by the amount of saddle-time you were putting in every day.
by jess
Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:56 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: modern vespa hacked?
Replies: 40
Views: 4334

Hey, Jess, what's up? Nice to see you. Have a nice Cannonball? It was particularly exciting from the sidelines. Inspiring, even. Yeah, it was fun. Well... actually it was hard work and a grueling race, but I'm certainly not sorry I did it. In retrospect, though, it would have been nice to have seen...
by jess
Sun Sep 28, 2008 12:53 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: modern vespa hacked?
Replies: 40
Views: 4334

Wow... I was kinda thinking it was more about some of the postings than an actual hack attack. Been watching a few get outta control the last week or so. But shut down the entire site? That is not the answer... just weed out the wienies messing it up for the normal people with self control. Yeah, b...
by jess
Sat Sep 27, 2008 9:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: modern vespa hacked?
Replies: 40
Views: 4334

Not hacked. I got fed up with all the infantile adults sniping at each other. It's offline until I convince myself that there's any point to keeping it up.
by jess
Mon Jun 30, 2008 5:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: A Fond Farewell
Replies: 17
Views: 1827

A Fond Farewell

All, I've just finished moving Modern Buddy from my account (where Modern Vespa is hosted) to a new server, owned by Eric. <doctor> Well, actually, it's the same server. Well, actually, it's the same thousand or so blades in a grid. At the same hosting company. The IP address even stayed the same. B...
by jess
Wed Sep 12, 2007 7:01 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Modern Buddy -- Change in Ownership
Replies: 22
Views: 1979

Modern Buddy -- Change in Ownership

All, Effective today, Modern Buddy will be changing hands. It's clear to me (and has been clear to me for a while now) that I've got too many things on my plate to continue to give Modern Buddy the support it needs and deserves. MB's own Eric Almendral has agreed to take ownership of the site. Eric ...
by jess
Sat Jun 16, 2007 5:23 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Possible to make this commute?
Replies: 21
Views: 2177

Tbone- The Vespa LX150 is legal on the freeway in California. According to the CHP officers and other law enforcement agents my wife spoke with at the CA capitol, the Vespa LX 150 is actually a 149cc and thusly considered a motorized bicycle which is NOT legal on the freeway. The LX150 is actually ...
by jess
Wed May 09, 2007 5:55 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: What happened to the Stebel horn post??
Replies: 15
Views: 1723

Re: What happened to the Stebel horn post??

He then tore down the thread. The thread was taken down because it got argumentative. For the record, jrsjr was right: you cannot (reliably) wire a Stebel Nautilus air horn directly to the existing horn wiring. I installed one of these in a Vespa GTS a week and a half ago and put a 5 amp fuse in th...
by jess
Tue Mar 13, 2007 5:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy, Kymco or Vespa?
Replies: 31
Views: 8740

Speaking as someone who owns and loves a Vespa GTS, I would suggest crossing the Vespas off your list. Not because they're bad bikes (they're certainly not) but they're expensive to buy, expensive to fix, and attract unwanted attention when parked outside. I suspect your future scooter is going to l...
by jess
Fri Mar 09, 2007 12:00 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Spotting: Cupertino, Stevens Creek & De Anza
Replies: 1
Views: 844

Buddy Spotting: Cupertino, Stevens Creek & De Anza

Spotted someone on an orange buddy today at lunchtime headed East on Stevens Creek @ De Anza Blvd. I was on my Moto Guzzi, sitting at the light as you whizzed by.

Anyone here?
by jess
Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Worst Drop Yet
Replies: 10
Views: 1374

Oh dear. Always sorry to hear about someone going down. I hope you heal well. I'm still recovering from a nasty spill myself, and it was a month ago.

(Ibuprofen, Ibuprofen, Ibuprofen).
by jess
Sun Feb 11, 2007 4:17 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Buddy Sized Tires- In Colors!
Replies: 16
Views: 2128

paige wrote:I heard somewhere that the colored tires, for cars, are illegal in California. Something about deposits when they wear? Just random hearsay, but doublecheck.
I think it had to do with their use in burnouts at illegal sideshows...
by jess
Fri Feb 09, 2007 5:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advertising on Modern Buddy
Replies: 24
Views: 2749

Fixed. Sorry about that, folks. And apologies to Barry, too...
by jess
Fri Feb 09, 2007 4:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advertising on Modern Buddy
Replies: 24
Views: 2749

Okay, I must be stupid. Let me go fix that.
by jess
Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Tech Reference
Replies: 4
Views: 1034

Re: Tech Reference

How about a tech reference section of the forum? Something like the one on MV. I've been resisting doing so because turning posts into complete articles, even when the posts were pretty good to start with, is a lot of work, and I don't have a lot of time to devote to it. Even the TechLib on MV hard...
by jess
Mon Jan 29, 2007 8:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Buddy Seat Cover Template
Replies: 4
Views: 2089

If it helps at all, Crystal (of scooterseatcovers.com) will happily work with you on custom fabrics and other customization...
by jess
Thu Jan 25, 2007 10:58 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To MODERATOR: Is there a problem with older postings?
Replies: 9
Views: 1330

Okay, I think I might know what was causing the problem. We had a similar problem reported some time ago on Modern Vespa, and I made a change there that seems to have fixed it. I believe the problem was with pages that had attachments (anything with a paper clip next to the subject). I made the same...
by jess
Wed Jan 24, 2007 9:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: To MODERATOR: Is there a problem with older postings?
Replies: 9
Views: 1330

Try it now.

Google suspended our AdSense account yesterday, but won't say why. We were still serving up ads, and they were blank, apparently causing a momentary screen flash.

Of course, that might not be it at all...

jess
by jess
Wed Jan 17, 2007 3:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advertising on Modern Buddy
Replies: 24
Views: 2749

Jess - I run a community website as had a similar problem with google ads not having any clue what my page was about. I've had a lot better luck with Project Wonderful than Google Ads... Project Wonderful is similar in that users bid for space, but you bit on specific spaces not specific words. We ...
by jess
Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advertising on Modern Buddy
Replies: 24
Views: 2749

tam wrote:d'oh, just realized that you have them already, at the bottom of the page..
:)

Unfortunately, Google AdSense is having a really hard time figuring out what we're talking about in this forum. Apparently, Buddy Miller ringtones is what we're really talking about here.
by jess
Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advertising on Modern Buddy
Replies: 24
Views: 2749

Re: how does the advertising work?

Jess Do you get the same amount of money for having the ads on the site even if we never click on them? If you get more money for the number of people who click on them, I am not opposed to helping out with the occasional click or two, just let us know. Google pays by the click. HOWEVER, before any...
by jess
Mon Jan 15, 2007 5:45 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: $$$ lesson replacing 1156A rear turn signals. Prev. Thread
Replies: 21
Views: 2045

Civility, gentlemen. Please let's have some civility.
by jess
Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: I'm Going to Get Loud
Replies: 62
Views: 7345

I second the vote for the Posi-Lock connectors. They're not especially cheap, but they're very effective and re-usable. They can also be disconnected without cutting any more wire, so it makes wiring more flexible if you want to change something later. They come in three sizes, and in regular and wa...
by jess
Sat Jan 13, 2007 3:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: My First Accident
Replies: 11
Views: 2006

Ouch, casey, sorry to hear that. Heal fast.

As is usually the case, we all would really like to know what gear you were wearing. Not to criticize, but to do a kind of post-mortem on what worked and what didn't, for our own benefit.
by jess
Sat Jan 13, 2007 6:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advertising on Modern Buddy
Replies: 24
Views: 2749

I may be imagining it (or perhaps my computer is just old and tired), but it seems that the reload after posting is a bit slower now. Perhaps because it's fetching a new ad from somewhere? I would be willing to believe that page reloads across the board were slightly slower, due to pulling a new ad...
by jess
Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advertising on Modern Buddy
Replies: 24
Views: 2749

Besides Teh Google, I've got one advertiser lined up and ready to advertise here. I don't have banner artwork for them yet, though, so Google will have to suffice for the moment.
by jess
Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Advertising on Modern Buddy
Replies: 24
Views: 2749

Advertising on Modern Buddy

I'm experimenting around (as I have been on Modern Vespa) with some advertising. It's an experiment, and if it proves too intrusive, I'll pull it. Besides paying for the hosting for MB and MV, this is primarily geared toward generating some revenue that we can use for promotions and shwag. We now re...
by jess
Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bay Bridge Buddy
Replies: 12
Views: 1704

Meanwhile, I will continue to practice simple street-crossing. :lol: :oops: I think I should shoulder some of the blame or that. It was my brilliant idea to sneak through San Francisco's rather random traffic restrictions by walking our scooters across the street. Sorry... But thanks for letting me...
by jess
Mon Jan 08, 2007 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bay Bridge Buddy
Replies: 12
Views: 1704

Re: Bay Bridge Buddy

I don't even like going across that bridge in the car! I always end up with visions of collapsed spans going through my head :shock: Only one or two road panels from the Bay Bridge collapsed during the Loma Prieta quake. The nasty damage was on the Cypress structure (in Oakland) where the whole dam...
by jess
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bay Bridge Buddy
Replies: 12
Views: 1704

How many scooters does your wife have, or do you have more than one wife? Two. One stays in Oakland and one stays in San Francisco. Which was 1st, the LX150 or the Buddy? Not sure if you mean which one did she buy first, or which one did I ride first. The answer to both is the LX150. Which scooter ...
by jess
Mon Jan 08, 2007 5:09 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bay Bridge Buddy
Replies: 12
Views: 1704

Bay Bridge Buddy

I had the opportunity (and necessity) to ride my wife's Buddy across the San Francisco Bay Bridge this weekend. Legalities aside, it was an easy ride. As it happens, I had ridden my wife's LX150 the other direction across the bridge earlier in the day, and the Buddy was actually a good deal faster a...
by jess
Sat Dec 23, 2006 3:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Red Buddy
Replies: 41
Views: 3584

Image
by jess
Fri Dec 22, 2006 5:44 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Moderator!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 1170

Kudos to Ellen for handling this.
:clap: :clap: :clap:
by jess
Mon Dec 11, 2006 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who is this dodo
Replies: 8
Views: 1161

ericalm wrote:Jess, looks like some are still coming, all from same IP. Can you block?
Which one? Did I miss a spam account?
by jess
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who is this dodo
Replies: 8
Views: 1161

rajron wrote:I just play here on this site and I am entertained with the clean fun

thanx you guys for keeping fun and clean.
Thanks go especially to Ellen, for doing all the heavy lifting of removing the spam attack.

:clap: :clap: :clap:
by jess
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: New Outfit for Hobbes
Replies: 18
Views: 2039

After seeing Hobbes' new outfit the other night at the Toy Drive, I've decided "Spike" definitely needs a style upgrade. He's currently exhibiting an Oakland Raiders vibe (thank you Jess for pointing that out! :D ) with the black/silver theme, so this needs to be remedied ASAP. See, I was...
by jess
Mon Dec 11, 2006 5:15 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Who is this dodo
Replies: 8
Views: 1161

It's a very specific kind of spam attack, where the user registers and posts exactly five times before moving on to a new account.

Trying to come up with a filter...
by jess
Thu Dec 07, 2006 3:11 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scooter Trailer
Replies: 9
Views: 1529

I drive a Subaru Stationwagon and it has a hitch. I'm actually not sure what the rating is on it. I'll have to check. I like the idea of not needing a second person to get the scoot on the ramp. I'm nearly certain that your hitch is a Class I, which is not sufficient to hold a Versahauler or a Tilt...
by jess
Sat Dec 02, 2006 6:51 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Bike Barn?
Replies: 2
Views: 975

I've been thinking of getting a couple of them, but guess I must have missed the free shipping. Bollocks.
by jess
Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:06 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: its not a buddy buttttttttt
Replies: 3
Views: 1055

Nothing wrong with Kymcos. Good scooters, by all accounts. Have fun with it!
by jess
Thu Nov 23, 2006 3:24 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving
Replies: 15
Views: 1502

vitaminC wrote:Is it so wrong if not only do I love the look and style of old cars, but I also love the smells they exude?
The Blackhawk museum is a real treat, and definitely not to be missed on an extended tour of the Bay Area. For anyone who lives here who hasn't been: Go! You will be awestruck.
by jess
Wed Nov 22, 2006 3:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: mirrors
Replies: 36
Views: 3415

Re: Mirrors -

So you work for the company and are against a recall on mirrors. Just say so. Don't start an arguement with me on something that doesn't even affect you, unless it does (that's what causes I think you work for the company). You don't have a dog in this race. I and many others do. Making accusations...
by jess
Mon Oct 30, 2006 11:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: 2500 in the (almost) buff....
Replies: 9
Views: 1500

What, no pictures?
by jess
Thu Oct 12, 2006 4:16 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Damn the Fuzz!
Replies: 12
Views: 1612

Nearly every motorcycle or scooter speedo is optimistic. They never underestimate speed, always overestimate. It seems to be an industry standard for all two wheel vehicles. I once heard a (possibly apocryphal) story of a Kawasaki that accidentally got shipped with a speedo that was accurate. They r...
by jess
Mon Oct 02, 2006 7:54 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "deceptively high confidence"
Replies: 11
Views: 2677

I actually think there's more to the overconfidence factor with the Buddy. For one thing, a lot of people say the Buddy is much lighter than a Vespa or Kymco, when, in fact, the Buddy weighs almost the same as an LX150. But the way the weight is distributed makes it feel lighter and much easier to ...
by jess
Mon Oct 02, 2006 12:48 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: "deceptively high confidence"
Replies: 11
Views: 2677

Excellent points, guys.
by jess
Thu Sep 28, 2006 4:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: crash. darn.
Replies: 31
Views: 3762

Youch, sorry to hear it, Eric. Glad it wasn't worse. Still, a torn ligament sucks. The one time I wrecked (this past April 15th, on my motorcycle) I had the same reaction -- I jumped up from the ground before I had really taken inventory of my limbs and whether I was in one piece or not. I think it'...
by jess
Wed Sep 27, 2006 9:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone on the West Coast have accessories yet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1688

Already got the rack and the basket mounted. Ha!
by jess
Wed Sep 27, 2006 12:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Has anyone on the West Coast have accessories yet?
Replies: 18
Views: 1688

brat wrote:I did give Barry a call and still nothing.
Barry got a shipment of Buddy accessories today. My wife picked up a rack and a basket.
by jess
Mon Sep 25, 2006 5:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: LET'S TALK ABOUT FASCISM!
Replies: 30
Views: 3063

Re: I'm gone

Jess, I notice by your language that you are just not my kind of people. I' gone. I'd love to hear what parts you find objectionable, Bert. Honestly, I've been asking myself if it's worth continuing to run this forum. I don't get anything for doing this, I set up this forum solely as a service to t...