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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Team Ober Notes

A quick note here on Team Ober MTB. After months of testing and negotiations, we have agreed to terms with Specialized tires. This doesn't mean we aren't still running Gary Fisher bikes or Pearl Izumi gear. It simply means we have jumped ship from IRC tires to Specialized.

Most riders here, including yours truly, are now running the Roll X Pro D2. We found the tire rolled wonderfully, gripped well, provided fantastic stopping power, and was an excellent climber. The Roll X Pro D2 was highly rated by just about every MTB mag on the planet but happened to also offer a great price relief to riders on a budget ($37 per tire).

Earlier this year, I noted that Mark and I changed our chains on all of our bikes to the SRAM PC-89R. After a season of review we have found the move to have paid dividends. We liked the weight reduction, the ease of maintenance, and feel we got a performance boost. Durability - knock on wood - has turned out to not be the issue we both thought. The SRAM PC-89R chain for MTB is probably something into which you should at least look.

CBS Preaches Understanding – about Murder and Rape

Normally, we think of sport broadcasts as family-friendly affairs. Foul language is avoided by proper microphone placement, with the exception of Joe Namath, sex is kept to a minimum, and violence is relegated to that which is part of the sport itself. Even the most granola-eating-Berkley liberal would have to admit NFL violence isn't like that which we see on TV and in movies.

On CBS though, viewers are treated to a truly family-friendly experience; the joy of having to tell your 9 year-old what a "snuff" film is. CBS is certainly not the only network that has violent programming. But when I think of sport on TV (and that's all I really watch) CBS' broadcasts are the only ones that feature ultra-violent programming advertised on family-friendly shows at family-friendly hours. That's right; we're talking about violent advertising here not the actual programming itself.

What is my definition of violent (or ultra-violent)? How about a corpse in a trunk? How about kidnapping and torture? Dismemberment anybody? Yep, CBS wants you and your children to know that all these important issues and more can be seen on their network. Is really necessary though to show adverts for violent shows like CSI:(name your city) at 5:30 PM central time or earlier?

It isn't that I want to get rid of these programs; I truly couldn't care less is someone chooses to vegetate in front of such drivel. But such violent advertising for violent programming should be relegated to both later hours and non-family shows.

Update: In the initial draft the word "relegated" appeared in last sentence. However, at time of print, the incompentence fairly came and changed it to "regulated." Damn those fairies!

Thursday, September 22, 2005

USGP '06!

Get ready to buy some tickets
(for which Michelin already compted you)! Still no word on long term plans though; cross your fingers.

This just about makes my day.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

An Apology Will Do Just Fine

What does Trent Dilfer have to do? Perhaps he needs to save a cat from a burning building? Perhaps he needs master the mystical art of Feng Shu? Maybe he needs to help lead a team to a Super Bowl victory. Oops, he's already done that. Now, it appears that Dilfer is on the road to redemption with the Browns. Perhaps now Dilfer will get just a schtickle of respect.

I'm not claiming Dilfer is a great quarterback. Hell, I'm not even claiming he's a good quarterback. In my opinion, Dilfer is a mediocre-plus quarterback with great leadership abilities and with one ability I like more than any out of my quarterbacks; first, he'll do no harm. (One wonders if the reason his numbers haven't been great is the systems in which he has played; I'll entertain that theory).

Dilfer isn't a risk taker. He has rarely been a game breaker. But Dilfer avoids large-yardage sacks. He avoids costly interceptions and he rarely loses fumbles. (yes, in Seattle, he had disproportionate numbers of interceptions. I chalk that up to extenuating circumstances). Dilfer is a team leader that can learn and run your offence. So where's the love?

In a league of Patick Ramseys, Kyle Bollers, and Joey Harringtons isn't it time to give Trent two things; An apology and a starting role. He's got one but if you need to give him the other, please do.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Ranum's Stupid Six

IT Security practioners need know introduction to Marcus Ranum or his work. Recently he posted The Six Dumbest Ideas in Computer Security.

Good Stuff.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Science Reporting

Via Slashdot - a few days ago - this article at The Guardian discusses the [sorry] state of reporting on science. ...science is just a theory though!

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Alas, Not the Watershed Event I Thought

While I could write pages and pages on hurricane Katrina, I think others are doing just fine. I have always been a fan of The Daily Howler and find its "coverage" top-notch as usual. War and Piece has been pretty decent these days too. That being said, this will be my last Katrina-related post.

Originally I believed, like David Brooks, that this anti-9/11 would be the straw that broke the camel's back. I thought like Brooks that "all we can be sure of is that the political culture is about to undergo some big change."

I don't believe that today. Rather than point the blame where if appropriately lays - with both parties at all levels - partisans run wild trying to gain political advantage. The worst of the worst are Matt Drudge and Atrios.

Atrios' calling of the political right "the heartless racist fucks we always knew they were" was perhaps the dumbest thing I've seen in a while. Drudge, on the other hand, did what Republicans (and Bush administration supporters / cronies) do best; attack! Drudges "News Flash" regarding CNN president Jonathan Klein's Nantucket vacation was text-book partisan attack – but also pointless and irrelevant. The problem is that both Atrios and Drudge have tonnes of readers. Worse, people consider both reputable news sources.

As thousands lay dead due directly to the failures of their democratically elected officials, I foolishly thought Americans would storm the Bastille and demand better government; a government that protects all equally. I think I'm wrong. But I know that what was once kitschy - New Orleans' notoriously corrupt government - isn't so kitschy anymore. But then again, political favouritism in appointments to key government posts isn't so kitschy either.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Katrina Timeline

Here's a link to the Hurricane Katrina timeline.

Even at this late date, I'm without much to say. Disgust, shame, horror, and sorrow are just a few emotions I've got running through my head. There is no doubt that government - local, state, and federal - failed the people. Hopefully, people will rethink the role of government in their lives. (Like the post below).

I thought it was ironic that Bill Frist was going to hold up debate in the Senate on the estate tax so Hurricane relief could take center stage (sorry, no link found). ...Ironic because the estate tax benefits the rich. Ironic because those that would get no benefit from that "relief" are the ones suffering and dying in New Orleans. I know it is a simplification and does miss the important differences between local, state, and federal governments but the irony is relevant enough to note for my taste.

California Schools' Junk-Food Ban

I caught this article over at the Monitor the other day. At first, I thought of legislating junk-food away was a great idea. Being the militant health and fitness guy that I am, I figured getting that garbage out of children’s systems was a good thing.

After further inspection, I can't help but wonder if this is really the right thing. As we investigate our relationship with our government, is this the sort of decision we want the state government making?

Friday, September 02, 2005

The President's "Brain"

I about soiled my knickers listening to this today:
The good news is -- and it's hard for some to see it now -- that out of this chaos is going to come a fantastic Gulf Coast, like it was before. Out of the rubbles of Trent Lott's house -- he's lost his entire house -- there's going to be a fantastic house. And I'm looking forward to sitting on the porch.

Yes, the President and Commander-in-Chief said that today. I'm not trying to make a political statement here; far from it. I'm just saying that this guy is such a bumbling goof it's truly staggering.

CBGB to Close - Probably

Those of you either not living in the New York City area either missed this or don't care. You may promptly piss off. For those of you familiar with CBGB you probably know it is closing. Pitchfork notes it here and the Village Voice rattles on here.

Nostalgia runs deep in situations like these but Nick Sylvester from the Village Voice wonders if CBGB shouldn't "go happily."

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