Archive for September, 2009



UCI to Phase Out Radios

The UCI has taken the decision to phase out radios in the coming seasons. I think that it’s a good idea. The race will be less controlled by the racing directors and more by the cyclists. Sure, teams are going to be annoyed, but if some basic precautions are taken, it should be really interesting.

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Astana pro license under scrutiny. It’s not looking good for Astana, which had it’s pro license revoked in 2008, enabling Spaniard Carlos Sastre of the Cervélo TestTeam to win the Tour de France because Contador couldn’t defend his title. The main concern is because of doping issues. Vinokourov has come back to Astana, and the Kazakh team was made for him. Lance Armstrong is already gone to his new Radioshack team. This leaves Contador on a team that’s going nowhere quickly. I think that Contador should join another team and have them buy out his Astana contract. Apparently, Vinokourov will also be the team director, which is just bad news all around.

This makes Astana a very unstable team. From being on the top of the world in 2007 with Contador’s win of the Tour de France, to having their pro license revoked in 2008 because of doping issues, to winning the tour again in 2009 with Contador and Armstrong getting #3, to once again possibly getting their team license revoked.

If I was on the Astana team, I’d bail ASAP.

Polanski Arrested In Switzerland

After having been on the run for 32 years, Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland. He plead guilty in 1977 for having sex with a minor, a 13-year old girl, whom he didn’t rape. The director has been living in France. He’s been a fugitive since 1978. However, even his victim has been saying that the charge should be thrown out. Personally, I think it’s wrong for adults to have sex with kids. It’s pedophilia, no matter what you say. It’s been so long that my guess is that if and when he gets extradited to the US, which isn’t sure since he is still in Switzerland, he’ll serve some token time.

6.6 Km Night Run

Tonight, I decided to go for another run. I was a bit sore from yesterday’s run, but I need to train, so I told my wife that I was going out. She said that she would join me. I was surprised, but liked having company.

We took the same riverside route. It was along the Xindian river until the Huajhong bridge. It took me 18:30 to get there and I completed 6.6 km in 35:07. It’s slower than yesterday, but I wasn’t surprised. It was hard keeping accurate time yesterday. Today, it was more focused. We took some breaks, but we did well. I felt that I was dragging more bulk along and that my legs were sore. Not very sore, but slightly sore. Cardio-wise, it’s not a problem. I don’t feel exhausted or winded afterward. That means that my bike training was worth it.

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On Defying Gravity

It looks like ABC all but canceled the series. Episode 9 didn’t air on ABC, but did air on CTV. CTV has gotten rid of it as well. It’s absent this week from their scheduling. From what I can tell, the remaining episodes will be aired on Space starting October 2nd. Annoying, but predictable. I was surprised that such a show was airing on one of the main networks. It will probably do better on Space or Syfy.

Martian Dust Storms

A great first hand account by Dan Hill of the dust storm that hit Australia last week. Tom Coates put together a Flickr gallery with some of the best shots. Dan Hill’s tweets made Tom Coates start his project.

6.6 KM Night Run

After Chad bought some running shoes, I suggested that we go run together tonight. I hadn’t worked out for about a month and was jonesing for some endurance sports. Having someone else run with you holds you accountable.

It’s been a while since I seriously ran. I really love biking, but it’s not as good as a cardio exercise as running. I am always prepared though. I had a frozen water bottle for this run and it came in handy. The run was good. Chad brought his husky Ash along, and he was getting pulled most of the way, though by the second half, he had calmed down. I kept a steady pace.

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Vue Personal Video Network: Easy Home Security

092509_rg_vuesec_01.jpgIt’s always prudent to install some kind of security system in your pad or home. It’s not just for rich or people with big houses. It’s for everyone. For example, if you’ve got pets and you want to check up on them while you’re at work, some kind of wireless camera would be great.

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