Friday, July 14, 2006

The modern "Sword into plowshare"....errrr Guns into Bikes

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/5180144.stm

If you really need an excuse to eat 17 Big Macs



"The Tour de France's status as the world's most physiologically demanding event is largely unquestioned. The riders cover 2,272 miles at an average speed of 25 miles per hour, roughly the equivalent of running a marathon almost every day for almost three weeks. In the Pyrenees and the Alps, they climb a vertical distance equal to three Mount Everests. They take in up to 10,000 calories per day, the equivalent of 17 Big Macs, elevating their metabolic rates to a level that, according to a Dutch study, is exceeded by only four species on earth. All of which transforms Landis into the embodiment of an intriguing question: Is it possible for someone with a ruined hip to win the Tour de France?"

http://www.parsonssun.com/news/articles/robbins071306.shtml

International film explores the American Dream

The film tells the story of a group of six friends, their dreams and aspirations underpinned by a common dilemma, to go or not to go abroad. It's the young Indian's view of the American dream, the subtle conflict between people who stay behind and those who get away. Priyankaa Vir, Actress said, "My character is extremely Indian. She wants to work for India and wants to make India better in whatever way she can contribute to it."

http://www.ndtvmusic.com/story.asp?id=156

Book recommendation

"Throughout the years of collecting the paychecks to make his way through life, Robbins has pondered the American dream - the benefits, and the costs, of what Americans deem progress.

From his home in Red Lodge, Mont., where he has lived the last 14 years surrounded by the beauty of nature, Robbins stepped out of scholarly writing into the world of creative writing, to examine the struggles man faces within himself in a consumer-oriented society that often excludes values we deeply need.

In two novels, "Heart of a Gorilla" and "The Benteen Treasure," Robbins examines the struggles man faces between living in a society driven by greed and accomplishment, and his elemental connection with the earth and the universe.

"Each reader asks what am I capable of? What are the moral boundaries of my actions with the environment and my own greed?," Robbins said."

http://www.parsonssun.com/news/articles/robbins071306.shtml

Thursday, July 13, 2006

The American Dream slipping away?




"The rising costs of health care, the unaffordability of a college education and the need to self-finance your retirement leaves most Americans today caught in an affordability crisis," Schoen said.

"Americans from all income groups are simply saying life as we know it, has become unaffordable and that the promise of achieving the American dream is simply out of reach for too many people."
He added: "There is sadness in the country."



http://www.aspendailynews.com/article_14911

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Bike pic of the day: 7/12




Geiger Grade summit...on the way to Virginia City

Bike hero of the Day

"“bicycling can save the world — it’s healthy, it's alternative transportation, and it’s fun.”

A quote from this article about yet another life changing experience due to biking. More here:
http://www.thestate.com/mld/state/news/opinion/15017900.htm

Monday, July 10, 2006

Requiem for a cyclist

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/07/10/BAGT1JSHJE1.DTL

Team Spine has now lost two cyclists in one year. One to a falling tree, the other to a "cager."

This is not your brain on drugs


Mogul, NV

What's your pirate name?

Everybody wants to be a pirate but will anybody ever be as cool as Captain Jack Sparrow? I don't think so.

Walk the plank here:
http://www.mess.be/pirate-names-male.php

Self-Portrait

Why is it that most articles trumpeting the increased use of bicycles for transportation focus so much on the dangers? Fear, uncertainty, and doubt. How is it at all relevant to bring up erectile disfunction when talking about fixed gears? And
spending so much time talking about crashes? It's the standard propaganda: bikes are dangerous, planes are dangerous, buses are for poor people, driving a car is the only rational choice. Except people are starting to see that it's not.

More here (subscription req'd):
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB115223891658800331-search.html?KEYWORDS=fixie&COLLECTION=wsjie/6month

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Bike pic of the day


off to bibo

reality check

"In addition to the three thousand people who died on September 11th, 2001, at the hands of terrorists, another 24,000 died from hunger and related causes." - John Perkins, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.