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Thursday, July 28, 2005

happy consumerism day!

Yes! We'll she's finally here. My new steed, an Airborne Thunderbolt. What a road bike! Happily the longish wait (3 extra days because they ran out of stems, then the full 6 day ground ship from DHL) just increased my excitement. While a was a little worried when I saw that

  1. the DHL guy had just left it sitting in the middle of my parking lot,

  2. there was a big hole in the box,

  3. the box had sprung totally open...

So 'D-' DHL, but as nothing seemed to be too damaged I was off and running. Of course it was also darn tempting to have somebody collect this clearly "abandoned" bike from the parking lot and have DHL buy me another one, but my friend says the most important thing he learned from his father was not to commit insurance fraud, and besides I wanted to get biking.
Next up was throwing it all together, which was just fine, although I had to go run out for some lube from the $$$ LBS. Happily this gave me an opportunity to verify that their pedals and bikes are still a terrible deal. Anyway, soon it was together and I was off for a ride... just to find that it needed some serious deraileur work. Essentially it shifted continually back and forth across most of the cassette. I have to hand it to the ultegra though, I could almost have ridden it in that state. Coming from my old bike where you've just about got to stop pedalling to shift nicely, this is pretty amazing.

So sadly it was back to work for me, but all was not lost as I scored myself a lovely deal on some look pp-206 pedals from Brands Cycle & Fitness who were good on their word of shipping same day, and for free no less.

Anywho, finally rode it this morning up into the Norwhich hills and it was just lovely. You can't imagine the difference between brand-spanking new ultegra 10 speed and 8-year old marginally maintained Trek 470 RSX 7-speed. At least all that friction got me in decent shape though, right? Anyway, she rode lovely. I was worried about the shock of stiff aluminum, but it was fine as far as I'm concerned. Need to figure out what to do about my seat though, my old one had a hole in it and I forgot how numb the bits n' pieces can get.. not sure if she's up to snuff from a snazzy-looking perspective however.

now I just need a couple cool jerseys...

Monday, July 25, 2005

sell sell sell!

Nothing like selling a stock who's volume is so low that you can see your order make it's own personal spike on the ticker!

Well nothing like it unless you're doing it to buy some stock you overheard somebody mention at a dinner party, right?


awesome how-to on fixing your road bike derailleurs here.

best list o'links around... don't miss the world tetris champion video...

Stick Figure

Stick Figure
the music of Scott Woodruff

"Stick Figure possesses a unique style of music which combines a creative blend of upbeat reggae, dub, blues,and funk."

Spent last night in this kid's studio. I can't imagine being this talented. Oh, and it's all free music, so you might as well go download it, right? That way you can say you knew him when.

Friday, July 22, 2005

star wars scripts

How cool are these? The first 4 drafts of star wars. I'm surprised they even exist, but they're amazing. Very different from the final versions. Anakkin Starkiller?

Until the recent Great Rebellion, the Jedi Bendu were the most feared warriors in the universe. For one hundred thousand years, generations of Jedi perfected their art as the personal bodyguards of the emperor. They were the chief architects of the invincible Imperial Space Force which expanded the Empire across the galaxy, from the celestial equator to the farthest reaches of the Great Rift.

Now these legendary warriors are all but extinct. One by one they have been hunted down and destroyed as enemies of the New Empire by a ferocious and sinister rival warrior sect, the Knights of Sith.

from The Star Wars - 1st draft

Three years in the workforce

Comments under Three years in the workforce from someone close to home..

Bansky has some amazing stuff on here. Top shelf and legit.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

vader read my mind!

have lord vader read your mind...

or get your patriotism on,


Check out http://moon.google.com/

just don't forget to zoom all the way in...

Monday, July 18, 2005

My new Airborne Thunderbolt!

Sweetness! Here's what's on the way to a doorway near me. I kept considering the Tomasso, but with such a dirth of reviews on the web I had a tough time feeling comfortable with it. Then I found this deal and things started happening pretty quickly. My Navy friend loves his Zeppelin and with the positive reviews, the friendly guy I talked to about sizing and the generous reutrn policies I feel pretty good right now. I just wish I'd got it shipped last week so that it could've travelled over the weekend... I want my wheels!!

Frame 2005 Thunderbolt 6061 Double Butted Aluminum, Road Frame
Components Shimano 2005 Ultegra 10, FC-6600/3 Crankset, 39-53T
Wheel Set Bontrager Select 700c Wheelset, 20/24, 835g/1020g
Tires Bontrager Race Lite RD (700 x 23C) Road Tire, Black/Grey, Kevlar Bead
Seat Post Bontrager Race 20mm offset Seatpost, 27.2mm, 330mm Length, Black
Saddle Selle Italia C2 Saddle, Manganese Rails, Black Cover, Embroidery
Fork Airborne AILERON SL Carbon Fork, 1 1/8 Carbon Steerer, Carbon Dropouts

arg! they ran out of stem's!

Sorry Jeff. We ran out of stems and are having them overnighted for

Friday, July 08, 2005

BS Industries - Bringing Officework Alive!

BS Industries - Bringing Officework Alive!
BS Industries is the local leader in positive work environments. As the result of our negligible-output initiative we have successfully produced nothing but intra-office cheer for the past 7 years.

At BS you can expect the best water-cooler banter & professionally managed office pools for all professional & NCAA sports as well as championship bull riding, nascar, and the tour de france.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Middle East map

Fantastic middle east geography test here at


thank you stumbleupon!

With regard to whisky, the comedian W. C. Fields once offered the following advice: "Always carry a flagon of whisky in case of snakebite, and furthermore, always carry a small snake."

Tommaso TRC 500 2006

The Tommaso TRC 500 2006 here at http://www.rscycle.com/ looks like the best deal around, but I'm suspicious. Why can I find just 1 review of a Tommaso bike?


# Aluminum Frame with Carbon Seatstays
# Tommaso carbon Seat Post
# Tommaso Carbon fork
# Shimano Ultegra Full 10-speed Group Components
# Ritchey Road Race Comp Aero Wheelset

NYTimes: The prosecutor, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald responded to Miller's refusal to name her source by saying "we can't have 50,000 journalists" each making their own decision about whether to reveal sources.

"Journalists are not entitled to promise complete confidentiality -- no one in America is," Fitzgerald wrote.