Thursday, February 26, 2009

Now This Is How To Go Down A Mountain

Speaking as someone who falls over (a lot) when going down hills on a mountain bike this video gave me the chills. An amazing descent down the French alps.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Critical Mass Gone Wrong

This video got lots of play last July as an example of police brutality against CM. The good news is that the the officer was fired or "resigned" depending on who you believe. An excerpt from the article is below.

A New York City police officer has left the NYPD after being featured in a YouTube video hit that showed him knocking a bicyclist to the ground.

Local news channel New York 1 reported that Patrick Pogan's attorney said the officer resigned, but the NYPD said he was dismissed.

Pogan, 23, was captured on video knocking a bicyclist to the ground during a demonstration in July.

An anonymous bystander posted the 70-second video on YouTube, and it was viewed more than 260,000 times during the next two days. The video showed bicycle riders in Critical Mass pedaling through the streets of Times Square first in real time, then in slow motion.

The officer stood in the street as some cyclists passed by, then walked briskly toward the sidewalk as another cyclist approached. The bicyclist attempted to swerve out of the officer's way but the officer slammed into him, sending the bicyclist crashing to the ground.

The person who shot the video appeared to be about 30 feet away and, although the sound of the bicycle crashing was clear, the video did not pick up any verbal exchange between the officer and the bicyclist.

Police arrested Christopher Long, of Hoboken, N.J., for attempted assault and disorderly conduct and said he provoked the incident. Once the video surfaced, authorities dismissed the charges against Long and placed Pogan desk duty pending an investigation.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Sunday Morning Music - Blowing the Doors Off

I remember seeing this on tv when the Experience Music Project opened in Seattle. What better way to get the blood moving on a Sunday morning. Pretty lame that Sony doesn't seem to want to allow folks to embed code for the official Eurythmics video.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

A Nice Little Write-Up on the Stimulus Package and It's (potential) Effects On Bicycling

To read the full article go here:

...“New bike projects put lots of people to work,” Blumenthal said. “This is where people that care about bicycling can get involved.” Blumenthal added that bicyclists should get in contact with their local politicians and state officials to confront this very matter.

Not only can these bike projects be funded through transportation funds, but also through the energy efficiency and schools part of the stimulus package, with programs such as Safe Routes to School, Blumenthal said.
The photo is from Copenhagen Cycle Chic (love the shoes!).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Wednesday Night Pick Me Up - Skyway

My favorite track from the last Apples in Stereo album. This is a rough and ready live version and the description says it's "with members of Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Gerbils at the Chicago stop of the E6 Holiday Surpise Tour on 10/21/08." I can neither confirm nor deny this from the amateur video. The song still rocks though.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Self Awareness is a Good Thing

Taken on 2/16 near Virginia Lake. "BAD MPG" and proud of it apparently. Although I suppose the driver must think everyone else is an imbecile since one look at an old Cadillac would have been enough to tell it's a gas guzzler.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Sunday Morning Music - Enjoy the Silence

My Facebook page has become a bit of a high school reunion of late which has been strangely nice given that I'm not the type to go back to reunions. It feels sort of like Grosse Point Blank only, you know, I'm not a hired killer. And I have dental. I suppose the value is I can reconnect with just the folks that I'd really like to know how they are doing and not just the ones that were boring before and are now selling used cars in Nebraska or something. (I feel a little bad because that sounds so snide but apparently not bad enough).

One of the bands that seemed so important at the time was Depeche Mode. I'm not really sure that DM was ever a particularly great band but they certainly captured an era. This is by far my favorite song of theirs and it contains all the best ingredients of a DM song. Simple with a melody that sticks with you for days. Two versions, live and the official video:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Has Winter Arrived?

Well, at least in the mountains. This photo is from Copenhagen where apparently they got a good batch of snow last week. If it's going to snow, I expect at least 2 feet on the valley floor. Those are my conditions (are you listening Mother Nature?).

Monday, February 09, 2009

Ban Republican Marriage

Saturday was one of those perfect days full of fun. Yoga, errands, a nap, a cupcake from the new cupcake store, wine with friends at the West St. market, and a breakfast at Josef's. But the best part of the day was seeing this bumper sticker on the back of a VW van (how perfect). This is a bad photo taken with my cell but in case you can't read the small print it says:

Ban Republican Marriage. Hatred is unnatural. And disgusting.

Apparently there are t-shirts available here.

Since I have extended family who support the Mormon church and, by extension, its funding of Prop 8 I can't help but take a bit of delight in this. Especially since one of the aforementioned family members recently confessed that she was feeling like her beliefs are now "under attack" with the rise of the new administration, etc. I'd almost feel sorry about that except that I DIDN'T FEEL LIKE I BELONGED IN MY OWN COUNTRY FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS of anti-intellectualism being crammed down my throat.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Sunday Morning Music - Of Montreal

This is what happens when you mix campy fun with bubblegum pop. Damn if it isn't one of the catchiest songs ever.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Pepsi Logo vs. Obama Logo

I knew I wasn't the only one thinking this. When I first saw the new Pepsi Logo I started having campaign flashbacks. Not necessarily a bad thing.

Which one is which?

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Where's Winter?

Apparently it's in New York. This was taken yesterday on 14th street and Broadway (from Hollywood favorite film dishing blog). Forecast says we might get some rain but I'll believe it when I feel it pelting me in the face on the way to work. Maybe it's time to be thinking about ripping up that lawn because the summer is going to be hard to handle if the Truckee doesn't have any water in it.

Monday, February 02, 2009

The Stimulus Package - Thinking Little to solve a Big Problem

I realize that there are far more qualified people who will be able to breakdown what exactly all that money is supposed to be spent on in the upcoming year. But it seems only a few people (many of whom are working tirelessly) are looking at the stimulus package as a way to do a total rethink of our aging infrastructure and our outmoded ideas about how to move people around our urban and rural landscapes. Of course, I think a big component should revolve around bicycle and pedestrian needs.

But how about thinking even bigger such as the interstate rail system pictured below?

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Sunday Morning Music

Just a reminder that there is a big sporting event going on today. I'm of course talking about the UCI Cyclocross World Championships. Here's a fun sampling of some cyclocross action with a little OK GO.