Monthly Archives: July 2011

Contador Goes Down Swinging

I’ve never been much of an Alberto Contador fan. It’s not that I “like” or “dislike” Contador; it’s simply that I have a hard time relating to a fully-grown man who weighs about 125 lbs. I can’t imagine what racing … Continue reading

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NEW PLANKS!

My latest attempt at purrrrrfection: Dynafit Stoke, 191 cm, 134/108/122, 24.8m radius. I currently own about a half-dozen pairs of skis, but my 188 Coombas (right) are by far the best skis I’ve ever been on. Nevertheless, I carry on … Continue reading

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Really, REALLY Cool Engineering Project

A 200-mph, remote-control model car. http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/remotely-hobbyist-takes-control-of-a-tiny-200-m-p-h-super-car/# I wonder how the speed is captured? You’d have to put your photocells directly on the tarmac. At 100 m/s, the vertical tail fin isn’t large enough to trigger a circuit closure in an … Continue reading

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"Thou art a boil, a plague sore, an embossed carbuncle in my corrupted blood."

Show them how truly pissed off you are, in iambic pentameter. Shakespeare‘s most vitriolic insults: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/17/shakespeare-insults_n_900193.html#s309660&title=You_should_be No wonder the Poms were so appalled by John McEnroe. They hadn’t heard anything like his infamous “YOU CAN’T BE SERIOUS, MAN” rant since … Continue reading

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PLANKED!

For those of you who may be wondering what my ingenious nephew is up to these days, he’s finishing up his PhD in computer science and is well into his 2nd summer fellowship at Microsoft Research. Beats the hell out … Continue reading

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When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Weird

Prior to the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, I had a difficult time explaining to my friends on Austria Ski Team how in the great State of Utah (“the beehive State”), one can walk into a store at … Continue reading

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The Most Expensive Golf Shirt In The World?

Joe Saward, my favorite F1 journo, posted this mind-blowing photo on his blog today. http://joesaward.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/img_0837.jpg Currently the Louvre is hosting an exhibition entitled “L’Art de l’Automobile”, featuring Ralph Lauren’s personal car collection. Joe stopped by to see it. He (as … Continue reading

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