Rocketships, Inc.

Writing about what I’ve learned

Success with Stripe

In a previous post, I remarked on my difficulty with getting Stripe running.  I see it's been almost 2 months since I posted that. Boy, I take a while sometimes, but I get stuff done. I finally found success with the help of an excellent tutorial by the handsome and...

How to build a flatland BMX bike

How to build a flatland BMX bike

A flatland BMX is a little different from any other type of BMX. The mods that make it great for doing tricks make it essentially useless for any other purpose. Even a polo bike (stay tuned for "How to build a polo bike!"), with it's silly low gear ratio, can be...

Screw you world, I finished a project

    It is a moderately useful Android app that you are welcome to download from here. The app does some very simple math - given the size of an engine, the maximum RPM of the engine, and the volumetric efficiency of the engine, it tells you what CFM value...

Skipping School

I stayed home from school today. I thought all my classes would be cancelled because of a teacher's strike, but it turns out that my teachers have no objection to crossing picket lines, and classes went on as usual. However, by the time I found out, I was already lost...

New Phone Time

A couple weeks ago, my Blackberry started acting up. When the battery was low - not very low, like maybe half - I would get a white screen. All the buttons stopped working, I couldn't turn it off, just bright white screen with nothing on it, until the battery died....

Getting a little further with Stripe

Edit: I had some success getting it running with C#, read it about it here.   Ok, so now I've got the code for the payment form and the action for it on my server and running, and I can at least tell whether stuff is working or not (it's not). Check it out at...

Writer’s Block?

I'm teaching a kid to ride a bicycle. "Be careful not to run into that mailbox", I tell her. She doesn't know how to steer yet, so she zeroes in on the mailbox, focussing so hard on not hitting it that she rams it head on. If I hadn't said anything, she'd be fine. You...

KZ305 Carburetor Removal and Inspection

First, a question and an answer. Is it safe to use red Permatex to seal a carburetor? NO IT IS NOT. This tutorial details the removal and inspection of carburetors from a 1982 Kawasaki KZ305b LTD. This is the carburetor. Remove the seat. Remove the air box and tool...