Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

A conservative I can agree with.

From the popular conservative blogger Charles Johnson of "Little Green Footballs" comes this piece on what it wrong with the right. 

Why I Parted Ways With The Right

Mon, Nov 30, 2009 at 6:49:45 pm PST
1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)
2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)
3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)
4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)
5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)
6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)
7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech (see: Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Birthers, creationists, climate deniers, etc.)
8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)
9. Anti-Islamic bigotry that goes far beyond simply criticizing radical Islam, into support for fascism, violence, and genocide (see: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc.)
10. Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies, into racism, hate speech, and bizarre conspiracy theories (see: witch doctor pictures, tea parties, Birthers, Michelle Malkin, Fox News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, and every other right wing source)
And much, much more. The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff.
I won’t be going over the cliff with them.

Friday, November 20, 2009

11-19-09 dirt road ride

The white lines with red dots (in the lower left corner on the first pic) is the route I took. 

I left work a couple of hours early yesterday to ride some dirt/gravel roads and crushed limestone like trails by my house.  Ever since getting my cyclocross bike I have been looking for quiet country dirt roads and am pleasantly surprised to find this one so close to my house.  Thank you google earth.   I didn't see pavement or a car until the very end of my hour long ride.  I did however see 6 big turkeys fly higher and longer than I have ever seen turkeys fly.  They must have flown at least 50 feet high and a hundred meters long up into some trees.  Lesson of the day is that country roads are steep hilly roads compared to near by paved examples.  I need lower gears or a lower body weight. 

Saturday, November 07, 2009

They don't make them like they used too

 Thanks to Heath for the blog post idea. 

1978 Lamborghini Countach LP400S
325 hp @7500 rpm
0-60 5.9 secounds
0-1/4 mile 14.6 seconds
0-100 14.4 seconds

2009 Hyundai Genesis 4 door sedan
375 hp at 6500rpm
0-60 5.9 seconds
1/4 mile 14.0 seconds at 103mph

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I can't think of a good title

The top photo is from Jose Luis Rodriguez.  The ant one is from Andras Meszaros.  I discovered both on this site that has a few more great wild life pics.  

Friday, October 16, 2009


  The axolotl is a Mexican neotenic mole salamander.   Why would such a seemingly cute little thing creep the heck out of me?
Pic from the Huffington post.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Lucey Gucey about this ride.

It's time for the Luce Line Bike camping trip.  From some comments on John's site it sounds like the plan is to meet at or near my in laws home at 11AM on Saturday.  We can do a cell phone meet up when you get close or just plan to have the people riding from Minneapolis meet Heath and I at Vic's house.  Last year I took a GPS reading at the tent site.  I found the exact same coordinates on Google Earth and here they are for your viewing pleasure. 

Monday, October 12, 2009

New Chicago Kimchee

I have been searching for a good Kimchee for the last three years after finishing a great container of it and assuming I would remember the brand.  I didn't remember it and as a result I have wasted a lot of cabbage in my search for a great Kimchee.  I found a Kimchee I like as much or more on Saturday in the Wonderland of Asian Delights....Heath's fridge.  Big jar, cheap price and a wonderful Kimchee experience.  So I looked the company up on the internets and found it is a small deli in Chicago.  A Yelp reviewer said, "I walk by this store every day and noticed that they do make the kimchi in the store.  I've seen boxes upon boxes of Napa cabbage piled high inside.  The woman who works there is usually busy picking through the cabbage, preparing it for kimchi"  Could the Kimchee found in the Wonderland of Asian Delights I found have been made by this same woman carefully picking through the napa cabbage?  Is she why it tastes so good?
The person below is one of the coowners of New Chicago Kimchee.  Since it is very small and I assume the other owner is her husband I have to believe she is the maker of the Kimchee.  The store is apparently quite small. How do they procuce enough Kimchee to be found as far away from Chicago as the Wonderland of Asian Delights?

New Chicago Kimchee
3648 W Lawrence Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Friday, October 02, 2009

Pugsley's got a new pair of shoes

 From the blog Coastrider It looks like the new Pugsley has a lower top tube, a cool new mustard puke color and a new tire option that will help the front not wash out.  A new tire option would be a great. 

Monday, September 21, 2009

What are you?

I have seen this a few times out on the internets and thought it time to put it here also. Not sure of the origin but thanks.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Yike Bike

The YikeBike is a 22lbs, super portable electric penny farthing?/recumbent?/Segway killer that folds up in about 15 seconds. It has headlights in the hand holds and brake/turn lights in the back. It currently can go only 6 miles on a charge but only needs 30minutes to charge. In what I assume is an attempt to get it to be made legal to use in England it is electronically limited to just under 13 miles per hour. The portability of this seems to be the best benefit over an electric bike or segway. You could fly with it and bring it inside whereever you went with it. It isn't for sale yet but I think the concept of an ultra portable electric personal transport device is very appealing. This yikebike made me realize that in addition to dorks owning them a big reason why Segway's are not more popular is the relative lack of options for storing it when you get to a destination. It can't freely be taken in or left out side but future generations of this sort of yikebike sure could. This link takes you to their website and has video of people using it.