Archive for January, 2014


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The Flurrious! Festival is in Delaware Park this weekend; they’ve got face painting, beer tent, snowman building contests, and a bunch of interesting sports going on. Perhaps best of all, there’s a snow bike race at 1:00pm on Saturday.

The race is laps on the unplowed cinder running track inside the ring road.

I did it the first year of the festival, and it was a blast. Anyone else interested? I might swap the mountain tires onto my bike and ride over for it.

Importing Pollution

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Years of demand for cheaply- made Chinese good has wrought a completely unforeseen and utterly unpredictable side effect: Pollution from loosely-regulated factories in, say, Beijing isn’t just hovering over Beijing. It blows- literally- over thousands of miles away, and seems to be, according to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, increasing smog in Los Angeles and other areas in the Western U.S.

I wonder if all those ineffective-looking face masks people are wearing these days are made in China, too?

Polar Vortex

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

It’s the Polar Vortex Blizzardgeddon End Of The World! Everybody PANIC!

Things weren’t too bad here in the city; lots of wind, icy roads, but that’s about it. Cold as heck, though. Dean got a couple of snow days.

How’s everyone else doing?