Archive for April, 2012

Crash

Monday, April 30th, 2012

First crash of the season; about 25 miles into Saturday’s ride I hung up the front wheel on the trolley tracks downtown and went over sideways. Ouch. The bike is fine, but I left most of the skin from my left knee on the pavement.

Good times.

Shirt Design Contest 2012 – Extension

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Since I’ve received absolutely ZERO submissions for this year’s shirt contest, I’m pushing the deadline back from May 1 to May 15. Hopefully, that will give people a little more time to get something together. As always, just send your entry to my email.

Sheesh, you’d think we were all busy with our spouses and kids or something.

Primary Day

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

It’s Primary Day here in the Empire State! Of course, there are no Democratic primaries for any of my representatives, so I’ve got no reason to vote. My Republican peers, though, get to decide whether or not to endorse Mitt, the GOP version of John Kerry ’04 who will be getting the nomination, or throw a vote away on Ron Paul or (inexplicably still in the race) Newt Gingrich.

Democracy Fever – Catch It!

It’s so strange to me that the primaries in the country’s third most populous state happen so late as to be irrelevant. There’s got to be a better way to manage this stuff.

The Bunny Business Trail

Friday, April 20th, 2012

A while back, I wrote a blog entry about the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a bike path under construction in Greenville county, SC. Travelers Rest is the northern trail head (and the nearest town to my house) and the local tribune had an interesting article about the economic impact of the SWT.

“The economic impact of the trail was found to be dramatic, with nearby businesses reporting 30 to 85 percent increases in sales or revenues. Businesses also reported advantages associated with the trail such as easy advertising and more recognizable branding.”

Trail construction continues, and the plan is to connect something like 25 miles of trails together into one continuous system. It’s been a real boon to the community- businesses are thriving along the route, people are getting outdoors and exercising, and recreational bikers have an option over the often-shoulderless and dangerous country roads.

The New Commute

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Biked in to work this morning; first time at the new job. It was a bit longer of a haul, four and a half miles instead of my old one.

Fortunately, most of the ride is bike path, so there are no sleepy motorists to contend with until the four mile mark. I could actually do ALL bike path, but the path veers north for a while before heading south again, so I’d be adding a mile or so to the ride.

(Kevin – took the orange bike this morning. The Donkey will ride next week.)

Raise the Crime Rate

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

An interesting article in N+1 Magazine, arguing that the low crime rates we now enjoy in America are the result of transferring all of that violence into the prison system, turning a blind eye while prisoners savage one another, and that the only moral thing to do is to abolish prisons and accept the consequences. I don’t know that I agree with more than, say, a quarter of this piece, but it’s certainly an interesting stance to think about.

Gated Communities

Monday, April 16th, 2012

An interesting piece on gated communities in yesterday’s Buffalo News. These things are all the rage, especially out West, but as the author points out, they are built on a very adversarial stance. When the heck did Americans all get so scared of each other?

Open Trap Make Happy Jap

Friday, April 13th, 2012

The cultural insensitivity (at least, in retrospect) of the WWII propaganda posters never fails to amaze me. We went out for pizza last night, and the restaurant had one of these period reproduction posters hanging on the wall.

I can’t believe they had the gall to post that in public- at least nowadays. ┬áBack during the second WW-II, I realize we were at war with these people.

How to Sell a Car Online: Part II

Friday, April 13th, 2012

This girl really knows how to sell a car online.

No, this brute comes with the things us testosterone-fueled super action junkies need. It has a 4cylinder 1.6L engine to outrun the cops. It’s got special blood/gore resistant upholstery. It even has a fire extinguisher in the back. You know what the fire extinguisher is for? Fire! The Feroza also has a removable roof so if you’re being chased by Libyan terrorists, you’ll still be able to shoot your machine gun out the back and drive with ease. It’s saved my bacon more than once.

Reminds me of Cougar from a little while back.

Imperial!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Cool ad, spotting of a ’67 or ’68 Imperial, too!

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