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Monday, August 21, 2006

Liquid Terror

I found this article at The Register a few days ago and hadn't had a chance to post it until today. The article discusses the feasibility of the liquid explosive attacks "foiled" last week. You should take a gander for yourself. One interesting quote was this one towards the end of the article:
For some real terror, picture twenty guys who understand op-sec, who are patient, realistic, clever, and willing to die, and who know what can be accomplished with a modest stash of dimethylmercury.
You won't hear about those fellows until it's too late. Our official protectors and deciders trumpet the fools they catch because they haven't got a handle on the people we should really be afraid of. They make policy based on foibles and follies, and Hollywood plots.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Formula 1 to US in 2007!

First, Juan Pablo gets shit-canned then I hear F1 is back in the US next year! Not bad at all.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Team Ober Cycling Notes

As Hockey season approaches, I thought I'd put out some notes on a few lessons learned and products enjoyed so far this season.

First, I'd like to note that my road bike has changed my life. The amount of riding I'm able to do - in both time and miles - has soared. I've put 1,000 miles on my bike in about 4 or 5 months including 160 miles in 9 hours across the horrible state of Indiana. It has improved my endurance, allowed me to save wear-and-tear on myself and my mountain bike, and been more fun then I could have ever thought. In fact, since returning home from Crested Butte, I've put in 14 miles on my mountain bike. Those miles were put in last night!

I suppose the biggest addition I made to the road bike was a set of Look Keo Sprints and a new pair of pimp-tastic white Sidis to boot. The shoes are great (all Sidis are great!) and the pedals are super light and cheap when compared to Shimano.

On the MTB side of the team, there have been more pronounced (see: expensive) changes. I upgraded to a new set of Mavic XC717 wheels in or around May after crushing a tree at Renaissance Park...or maybe it was the other way around. The 717s are light and durable and a pleasure to ride (or show off).

I've completely given up on Pearl Izumi full-finger MTB gloves. Instead, I'm sporting Garneau these days. I've been riding with the XDH model for several months now and I'm very satisfied. The are thicker then most gloves but break in nicely. They have ample padding and give you a great feel in the fingers. Plus, as a bonus, they don't self-destruct like other gloves.

On the apparel side of the house, I grabbed an Addidas Response jersey the other day and remain surprised by its quality. It fits snug but not tight. The fabric is soft and breathable and doesn't rub or irritate after long rides. The zipper is well placed and the collar is nicely constructed.

Finally, after years of ambivalence about chain lubrication, I've gone to use one lube (or type of lube) exclusively. But the main point here is that White Lightening should never be purchased, spoken of, spoken to, used, or considered with relation to chain lubrication. These days I'm using Finish Line wet lubricant. After previous lubes failed in the dry conditions of Crested Butte and continuously gummed up my drive train, I went in search of something better. For now, Finish Line is it. Most important, White Lightening is not.

Happy riding.

Hey, Hey; Ho, Ho; Evolution's Got to Go

...according to Americans (and Turks). Here.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

DoJ, ATT Surveillance Case Update

This article over at Ars Technica provides a nice synopsis of the latest goings-on with the "Domestic Surveillance" proceedings. The last paragraph is compelling:
It's hard to refrain from pointing out that the precarious course the DoJ now finds itself following could probably have been avoided if the NSA had only utilized traditional court oversight in its monitoring program. While many citizens probably agree that there are times when the government needs to conduct investigations into suspicious activity, it is the blanket avoidance of such oversight which raised privacy concerns in so many quarters and prompted the AT&T suit in the first place.

There is a lot going on with this issue that is not grabbing the headlines.

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