Monday, February 28, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Kamloops Express

British Columbia

Up there. Somewhere. Skiing. Lots of it.

Friday, February 25, 2011

One thing on my mind

Starts with a 3:33pm Narita Express..

Thursday, February 24, 2011

via MR

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


"If you were the President of the United States and, on camera, you were asked

If there is an uprising in Saudi Arabia the likes of which we have seen in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, will the United States stand by the protestors and ask the regime to leave?

how would you answer?"

Playing for real - Cheap Talk

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Team Pursuit

North Columbia Bulletin

Nice one.

Fly on Friday. Just a tad excited.

Because it's PRO

The mornings are getting lighter, the temperature is rising, a new riding season beckons.

"As cyclists, almost all of us shave our legs. Why? Whenever this question comes up from non-cyclists we all know the unwritten code: Easier for massage, cleaning and healing of road rash, it saves 5 seconds over a 40km TT, so the hair doesn’t get caught when you’re riding in the BIG RING, etc. We all know none of this is true however. Let’s be honest. What good reason would weekend warriors like us have to shave our legs? Because it’s PRO, that’s why. It’s all about your dedication and commitment to the sport. Shaved legs are the trademark of a serious cyclist.

During the Tour Down Under I was introduced to Sean Yates (Team SKY Director Sportif and British cycling legend). We had a good chat and as usual the conversation turned to, “Hey…I got a good tip for you…”. Yates got right onto the topic of shaving. He swore by shaving in the bathtub under the water if you’ve got a lot of hair to deal with. This way the hair doesn’t get clogged up in the blades. Also, use a women’s razor. They’re made for the legs, not the face.

It’s a frightening thought thinking of Yatesy sitting in the bathtub by the candlelight whilst shaving his legs with a pink razor, but I can see the logic in it.

There are benefits to not shaving the legs however. First of all, you’re given much more room in the peloton. No one wants to go anywhere near a guy with hairy legs. Also, your wife won’t complain about you feeling like a porcupine in bed after a few days of growth."

To Shave Or Not To Shave? - Cycling Tips

This year? Can't decide.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The 4-Hour Body

I picked this book up after a Wired magazine article caught my attention about learning to hold your breath for 5 minutes. Not that I wanted to hold my breath for that long, but the premise was interesting. It is definitely 'an uncommon guide', written well with wit. I managed to read most of this one traveling to and back from HK this week. Worth a read, some interesting stuff.

Friday, February 18, 2011


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


'because who doesn't like a visual'

Cosmetic differences

"President Obama's basic budget for fiscal 2012 is mostly a done deal, supported by the entire political establishment. The hyped choreography of forthcoming battles between Democrats and Republicans is a very secondary sideshow. The battles clothe basic agreement in a disguise of fierce oppositions – perhaps aimed to mollify each party's none-too-discerning militants.

Both sides agree that the US private economy is in such a poor and dangerous condition that it needs massive fiscal stimulus from the federal budget: classic Keynesian policy. Washington thus plans to spend roughly $3.5tn, while taking in tax revenues of roughly $2tn; hence a deficit of $1.5tn. In the light of such numbers, the debates of Democrats and Republicans over spending cuts likely to be of the order of $40-60bn are inconsequential. They become yet more inconsequential in light of the fact that the federal budget's projected deficit of $1.5tn will carry an annual interest cost of $40-60bn. That interest will be an additional budget outlay offsetting the likely cuts arrived at the end of loudly publicised debates over spending reductions.

This capitalist crisis is being "resolved" the way they usually are. As unemployment deepens and lasts, wages and benefits decline. As businesses close, the costs of secondhand machines, the rents for office and factory space, the fees of business-serving professionals (accountants, lawyers, etc) drop. Eventually, when those cost declines proceed far enough, capitalists will see enough profit in resuming production to generate a broad and sustainable economic upturn.

In short, just as the crisis was brought on by the profit-seeking investments and speculations of the private sector, so now we wait until the private sector sees a profit in resuming production and thus ending this crisis. The federal government fusses and fumes about it all. It throws public money at the private sector to keep it afloat. It debates details with great fanfare. But all the while, the mass of people tighten their belts, do without and wait for this economic system to rebound.

The vast social and personal costs of this irrational economic absurdity – tens of millions unemployed, one third of US productive capacity unutilised (rotting and rusting), and vast quantities of needed output foregone and lost – are ignored lest they raise the uncomfortable question: why do we retain a system as dysfunctional as this?"

The revenge of trickle-down economics - Guardian

Monday, February 14, 2011

Making Bungee Jumping Look Sane

Perpetual Liabilities

"Imagine the perpetual loan, a loan that no matter what you do, you can never pay off. To help conceptualize the idea, think of it as a perpetual interest-only loan in which you are forbidden to completely pay off principal.

If you own a house, you are in exactly that deal, except it conveniently not called interest. Instead it's called a property tax.

Perpetual Liabilities: An endless note on your house you can never pay off - Mish


Microsoft Buys Nokia for $0B

"I was still at Apple when Nokia announced it was turning its stake in Symbian into full ownership. The iPhone was days away from being a year old. I emailed my team and said something to the effect of “We’ve won, and our competitors know it.”

Enough about Nokia, because the “Nokia” we knew is a thing of the past. Today’s news is all about Microsoft.

All in all, this was one of very few choices Nokia could have made; it’s certainly better than staying the course, which is what I feared we would hear today. For Microsoft, though, it’s huge.

I have absolutely no qualms about calling this new regime at Nokia a puppet government. This is far and away the most brilliant move of Ballmer’s tenure. Whether it pays off is another question entirely."

Microsoft Buys Nokia for $0B - Apple Outsider

Or. Maybe not.

"Nokia on Sunday hinted that Microsoft essentially won a bidding war against Google to supply software to the world’s largest handset maker and that the software giant agreed to pay “billions” of dollars for the privilege."

Microsoft to pay out 'billions' as part of Nokia deal - CW

Comparing Recoveries: Job Changes

"The chart shows economy-wide job changes in this recession compared with recent ones, with the black line representing the current downturn. Since the downturn began in December 2007, the economy has shed, on net, about 5.6 percent of its nonfarm payroll jobs. And that doesn’t even account for the fact that the working-age population has continued to grow, meaning that if the economy were healthy we should have more jobs today than we had before the recession." NYT

Sunday, February 13, 2011


"Personally, as details of this horrifying tale emerged on Tuesday night, I couldn't help but wince at some of the invective being sprayed Riccò's way. Dim-witted and immodest, he was an easy target for his peers' outrage the first time around, and the attacks on the Cobra in the past few hours have been even more venomous. If the UCI added Schadenfreude to the banned list, there'd be no one left to race in Qatar or at the Tour of the Med."

The Perfect Pariah

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Temper Trap

via Trix

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

Tuesday, February 08, 2011


 "In January 1998, a struggling 23-year-old standup comedian known only by his stage name Nasubi (Eggplant) heard about an audition for a mysterious “show-business related job” and decided to try out for it.

The audition was the strangest one he’d ever been to. he producers of the popular Japanese TV show called Susunu! Denpa Sho-Nen (Don’t Go For It, Electric Boy!) were looking for someone who was willing to be locked away in a one-bedroom apartment for however long it took to win a million yen (then the equivalent of about $10,000) worth of prizes in magazine contests.

Cameras would be set up in the apartment, and if the contestant was able to win the prizes, the footage would be edited into a segment called “Sweepstakes Boy.” The contestant would be invited on the show to tell his story, and, with any luck, the national TV exposure would give a boost to his career. That was it- that was the reward (along with the magazine prizes).

As if that wasn’t a weak enough offer, there was a catch -the contestant would have to live off the prizes he won. The apartment would be completely empty, and the contestant wouldn’t be allowed to bring anything with him -no clothes, no food, no nothing. If we wanted to wear clothes, he had to win those, too. Nasubi passed the audition and agreed to take the job."

And the rest is fascinating.. read on The Adventures of Eggplant - Neatorama

Monday, February 07, 2011

Green Bay

"In 1923, the Packers were just another hardscrabble team on the brink of bankruptcy. Rather than fold they decided to sell shares to the community, with fans each throwing down a couple of dollars to keep the team afloat. That humble frozen seed has since blossomed into a situation wherein more than a hundred thousand stockholders own more than four million shares of a perennial playoff contender. Those holding Packers stock are limited to no more than two hundred thousand shares, keeping any individual from gaining control over the club. Shareholders receive no dividend check and no free tickets to Lambeau Field. They don’t even get a foam cheesehead. All they get is a piece of paper that says they are part-owners of the Green Bay Packers." Those Non-Profit Packers - The Sporting Scene

Sunday, February 06, 2011



Friday, February 04, 2011

Like a meerkat


A Workout Ate My Marriage

"As the wife of an endurance athlete, Caren Waxman wakes up alone every morning, including holidays..." A Workout Ate My Marriage - WSJ

"In the same way I hope she learns to love exercise, to love good food. I hope she sees how her father and I try to work through our problems productively, and that going to therapy isn't a sign of weakness but of a willingness to live a better life." For my girls - Dooce

Thursday, February 03, 2011


Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Home Owner Elitists

"Eleven percent of the houses in America are empty. This as builders start to get more bullish, and renting apartments becomes ever more popular. Vacancies in the apartment sector have been falling steadily and dramatically, why? Because we're still recovering emotionally from the toll of the housing crash.

Younger Americans have seen what home ownership has done to their friends and families, and many want no part of it. Credit has become very nearly elitist. Home prices, whatever your particular data provider preference might be, are still falling"

Nearly 11 Percent of US Houses Empty - CNBC

US Homeowner Vacancy Rate is 2.7%, Not 11% - TBP