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The Cuban Missile Crisis. Famous. Castro, Khrushchev. We've all heard the stories, know the names, and what they stood for.

This is why I was more than a bit puzzled to see this poster, referring to a letter from Castro to Khrushchev in the lobby of Invest Ottawa, a bastion of modern capitalism.

Anyone want to take a crack @ the decode? I think it says 'Comrade'. Maybe the decode of what its suggesting to me in the lobby?

If you've not watched the installation of the projector screen, the video is below. But sadly I discovered that the lights in the place are all on a single relay... no local dimming. Undeterred I snooped around, these are LED panels, you would think some sort of PWM or other dimming would be possible, right?

Turns out they implement a crusty old standard called 0-10V. The panels are from Earthronics. OK, so now I need a way to get 0-10V up there on the ceiling, with me on the floor. Interestingly, the standard calls for being either a source or a sink, its kinda fuzzy, you have to know. The power supply is an XZ-LK50B (here). But, the xz-power site is down. Hmm. I'll assume we are sourcing.

A little googling, and some credit card, and I am the proud owner of a Keilton PPA101S. Sweet. Got ladder, screwdriver, and a desire to muck w/ the lights, which may or may not dim once done.

So I got caught out yesterday, we got a bunch of snow, and I still had the summer tires on the bike. Here it is this am w/ the snows loaded on the back to get installed.

The ride home was much grippier!

You may remember these tires from last year, "I am the new snow stud" and the positive affects they had. Chance of living to see next spring? Now improved!