Friday, December 31, 2010

Tschüss 0x7DA

Abnormally balmy 55° for the last day of the snowiest December on record, so I did a photo-wander around town:

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OG skater turned tap handle meister:

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John at Champaign Surplus graciously unpacked his sewing machine and sews a stop in my Ortlieb strap after replacing a broken clip. Today is his last day in a 41 year career at Champaign Surplus.

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Santah, Common Loon, The Dirty Feathers or Ryan Groff warming up for tonight’s show ?

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photo op alert heard loud and clear:

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favored warming of the innards spot: 602. E. Daniel

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Special K with red sauce, Framboise, and Moylan's Nor Cal IPA at the Pig; life is good.

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few more in the set for the adventurous…..

Thursday, December 30, 2010

38.8 @ 18.6 max 32.6

Mid to upper 40’s, winds in upper teens gusting to low 20’s and moderate threat of precip.

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I bravely removed my balaclava when the ride over to the start caused me to feel a bit warm. After my ears quit yelling, I was pretty comfortable and enjoying the balmy conditions.

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North of Tuscola:

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A rare occasion that I’m in front:

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Festive 500 total – 111.2

If you havn’t seen it, A Sunday in Hell - Paris - Roubaix from 1976 is a great film.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

30.2 @ 18.1 max 31.9

30°, 16 mph from the SSE, fog and incoming freezing rain ? Let’s go for a ride!

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Checking the radar at Sadorus revealed pretty pink bits arriving soon which signaled the time to surf tailwinds home.

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I made the mistake of watching some vintage Merckx TT footage today. It’s probably the main reason I agreed to today’s ride. Seems like he’d be in the big ring here though.

via simonk:

a most excellent table via milanofixed.com

2010 fail compilation

If I had to put my finger on a favorite funny video in 2010 it’d be this one. Yes, the song is on my sansa clip.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmastide

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Meanwhile, 5 or so years ago ….

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Rest of the set here.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Oh Night Divine

Snowww and low motivation to push pedals so I guess I’m out of the Festive 500. Meh.

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mmm bokeh:

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Found this pic of a buddy's Bengal and thought I’d repost since the photo has come to mind in the past and I’ve wished there was a way to easily see it:

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Not yet, but soon …..

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

42.2 @ 17.5 max 29.8

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Stage 1 of the Festive 500 in the books. Martin and I were the only responders to the challenge despite multiple email attempts to roust riders. Temps in the mid 20’s and winds in the low single digits.

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Breaking the math down for us who still use miles and inches it looks like I/we need 44 miles a day to hit the 310.7 by the 30th. With snow forecasted for tonight, my hopes aren’t too high. I *could* make a go of it on the commuter but without a computer (no computers on commuters) I’d be hard pressed to track it. Fixed gear in Highland Perthshire anyone? yikes.

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Dog Fort sorties were out en mass cheering us on. One so enthusiastically he was pretty much under the front bumper of a passing car before getting it in reverse and outta there.

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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Extraordinary Eternity

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from this

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Skylands spruce hiding in the snow:

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Howell’s

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superlinear scaling and 300 million blue whales

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Neural North

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Not sure if I’ll still like this oil paint filter in a month but for now I do.

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Segway-toting priuses are invading:

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Stitched and tone mapped Altgeld:

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Filtered verdigris wall:

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and DCL wall:

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rest of the set.

Meanwhile, on the internets:

need to retry this tilt shift tutorial

Very nice vid and pics of the lunar eclipse on winter solstice

I dunno….


I’ve wondered for years if someone, somewhere will fix STI levers. Looks like a couple guys will!.