Archive: May 24, 2009
Yesterday I successfully completed the Heartbreak Double Century, 202 miles and 15,500' of climbing. Whew. And actually I got lost at the end, blundering about in the dark, so I actually rode over 210 miles. It was a really hard ride, but beautiful and really fun (now that it's over :)
The middle hundred miles are the Heartbreak Hundred, the third-leg of Plant Ultra's King of the Mountains competition, and I had previously ridden the Mulholland Challenge and the Breathless Agony, so I completed the KOM successfully. Can't wait to see where I ended up, I was in 21st overall after the first two...
I took a bunch of pictures yesterday, they are posted here for your viewing pleasure...
Here's the route:
And here's a happy rider at the finish:
Next up, the comparatively mild Ojai Valley Century next weekend...
I'm sure it's happened to you; you're sitting on a 'plane, waiting to take off or whatever, and you idly pick up the SkyMall magazine in the seat-back and glance through it. I did this recently, and I was struck by the amazing inventor's parade on display. All of these weird and wonderful gadgets were invented by someone, and after they had the idea they built a prototype, iterated, tried to get someone to make it, iterated, and finally found someone to distribute it. Whether the idea is great or horrible, each product in the SkyMall catalog represents a lot of work. Impressive, really.
Consider these things, if you will:
- Pen which records video.
- Eyeglasses which display video on the inside of the lenses.
- LP record to CD recorder.
- Tiny universal cell phone charger.
- iPod to iPod media transfer device.
- A 7'x7' crossword puzzle.
- Keychain WiFi signal locator.
- Tabletop photo studio.
- Automatic water dispenser for cats & dogs.
- Pump-action gun that shoots mini marshmellows.
- Swiveling deck chair.
- Insect repellent hat.
- 'Birdwatchers' motion-activated camera.
And that's just the first twenty pages. Who said innovation is dead?
A quick filter pass, before grabbing a blue drink and sitting out by the pool...
I suppose I should get back to my Windows 7 experiment - I have the weekend available - but I'm feeling lazy and it just doesn't appeal to me. I have to debug a non-booting hard drive which would require, you know, actual thinking, and that doesn't feel like it is in the cards. Maybe tomorrow.
Wow, a quick check of my RSS reader, and after two days there is nothing to blog about. So be it :) off to the pool...
Return to the archive.
Correlation vs. Causality
The Tyranny of Email
Aperio's Mission = Automating Pathology
Try, or Try Not
Books and Wine
God and Beauty
Moving Mount Fuji
Rock 'n Roll
IQ and Populations
Are You a Bright?
The Joy of Craftsmanship
The Emperor's New Code
The Return of the King
Religion vs IQ
In the Wet
the big day
solving bongard problems
the nuclear option
estimating in meatspace
On the Persistence of Bad Design...
Texas chili cookoff
almost famous design and stochastic debugging
may I take your order?
New Yorker covers
Death Rider! (da da dum)
how did I get here (Mt.Whitney)?
the Law of Significance
Daniel Jacoby's photographs
the first bird
Gödel Escher Bach: Birthday Cantatatata
Father's Day (in pictures)
your cat for my car
Jobsnotes of note
world population map
no joy in Baker
where are the desktop apps?