Tuesday, December 29, 2009
New Years Day Ride, The Search for Captain Look-Out. Jan. 1, 2010. 9 a.m. Starting at Carpet Mart, Downtown Redding. Please join us as we ride, rain or shine, to try our best to catch up with the enigmatic icon of Shasta County mt. biking, Captain Look-Out. Games, Prizes, and bell ringing... Cowbell that is!
Monday, December 28, 2009
The Furnace Creek Inn has a pair of outdoor fireplaces beside its spring-fed swimming pool, and they are lighted every evening at sunset. After dinner, on a cold December night, it was a treat to go down there and throw a few logs on one of those fires. I sat and basked in the radiance and warmth, the smell of the pinyon pine logs like incense. Above, a gray plume of smoke streamed from the stone chimney and traced across the starry black sky. While looking through the day’s photos on my camera, I started messing with the self-timer, and set up a self-portrait beside the fire—laughing at the very idea. A Christmas card from Death Valley. Love, Neil.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Listen to fellow Web-Foot rider, Mr. SanFranCup's comments on, weekly rides with the "WEBBERS!" "I really put a lot of training and preparation into this years Cyclo-Cross Series and now, well, we all know what a bunch o' lies that's turned out to be!" Actually, I said that. I don't need some doggone lawsuit from mis-quoting or plagiarizing my friend. You see, I am just a coward who hides out behind a key-board stirring up shat and then calling on my Big Buddy's to back me up! That's why I never ride alone.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Sitting here asking myself that age old, English question: Is it time for another cuppa tea? I have just finished up reading that icon of 70's literature, Venus on the half-shell. I am a slow reader. I read at night while lying in bed, so usually, I only go a half-an-hour (tops) before I'm dropping the book on my face, nodding off. But I'm a tenacious little Son-of-A-gun and after a fortnight's worth of reading I have an answer to that age old question: "Why is man born only to suffer and die?" The answer is, of course, "Why not?!"
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
About two o'clock the mist cleared away, and we beheld, stretched out in every direction, vast and irregular plains of ice, which seemed to have no end. Some of my comrades groaned, and my own mind began to grow watchful with anxious thoughts, when a strange sight suddenly attracted our attention, and diverted our solicitude from our own situation. We perceived a low carriage, fixed on a sledge and drawn by dogs, pass on towards the north, at the distance of half a mile: a being which had the shape of man, but apparently of gigantic stature, sat in the sledge, and guided the dogs. We watched the rapid progress of the traveler with our telescopes, until he was lost among the distant inequalities of the ice.
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Finished up the Blue Hard Rock Bike after going to "Seat Post 101" at Bikes Etc. Who'd a thunk that there was 57 different sized seat posts out there! I am here to tell you folks, Bikes Etc. is your ultimate source for not only great deals on bicycles and parts, but they also have so much knowledge and know-how and they are happy to share it with you. I like a bike shop where the employees actually ride bikes!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Everybody needs to just chill the hell out! The above photo shows clearly that the "Board of Directors" are diligently working on getting us some high quality races going. Besides, what's the big deal anyway? It's still 116 degrees out there. Hopefully our first rains of the season will be arriving soon!
Monday, December 14, 2009
If you happen to know of any upcoming bicycle events that might need a nutritionally-balanced and delicious food service, please contact me. Our fee is $125.00 per event, plus the cost of food. We offer a large varity of on site prepared foods for groups of ten to one hundred people.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Now that's what I call a winning combination! Fifty to ninety percent of the world's languages are predicted to disappear in the next century, many with little or no significant documentation. Much of the work that has been done, especially on smaller languages, remains hidden away in personal research files or poorly preserved in under-funded archives.
As part of the effort to secure this critical legacy of linguistic diversity, the Long Now Foundation is creating a broad online survey and near-permanent physical archive of 1,500 of the approximately 7,000 languages on the planet.
There are three overlapping goals for the project:
* To create an unprecedented platform for comparative linguistic research and education.
* To develop and widely distribute a functional linguistic tool that might help with the recovery of lost or compromised languages in unknown futures.
* To offer an aesthetic object that suggests the immense diversity of human languages as well as the very real threats to the continued survival of this diversity.
The 1,500-language corpus expands on the parallel text structure of the original Rosetta Stone through archiving ten descriptive components for each of the 1,500 selected languages.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I wish I could go out on this Sunday's Web-Foot Ride on a really trick, Co-Motion Tandem. Of course, I know this is just a silly dream but who knows? If anyone knows of anyone who might be able to make this dream come true, please tell me how, so we can make this dream come true!
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Announcing a very special Web-Foot ride, coming this Sunday, Dec.6th. Come on out and meet Team Web-Foot as we gather at Carpet Mart 9a.m. to ride out to Swasey Rec. Area for a pre-ride of the "Timed-Group-Ride" course set for Sunday, Dec. 13th at 2p.m. We still have plenty of autographed Tyler Hamilton postcards, so be sure to ask for yours, included free upon paying the 67 cent, annual membership fee.