Saturday, January 31, 2009

Reflective tweed urban cycling suits!

Long ago, there was a company called Zoza that made a cycling suit with little features like hidden trouser cinches to prevent oil soils. They went bankrupt before I could snap one up. I've been waiting for someone to make fancy dress clothes for cycling.

A shop in Brooklyn (I think) is selling gorgeous trousers: Outlier. Rapha has some nice stuff but it's more performance oriented.

But I just found, via The Epicurean Cyclist and a Flickr photo from the "Tweed Run", this site called Dashing Tweeds.

What a great idea to weave reflective thread right into the pattern of a tweed!

(Too bad the bike doesn't do justice! That's like having a fashion model posing next to a bottom line Subaru Impreza.)

Oh! And these convertible trousers are brilliant too! (LINK to their blog.)

Monday, January 19, 2009

I just have to say . . . we're not safe . . .

I just have to say it, because I have to say it: the idea that somehow Bush43 has kept us "safe" these last seven years is just such ludicrous nonsense.

First, our state security apparatus and our military has undoubtedly been successful in thwarting any number of terrorist attacks. But what really has that success to do with the administration over the last seven years?

What the administration did NOT do is anything to anticipate the "economic Pearl Harbor" that has occurred, to quote Warren Buffet (LINK). Perhaps most of us were living with blinders on with respect to this Pearl Harbor, but if a comparative analysis were possible, I am sure that many Republicans and Democrats would have at least paid better attention as commander in chief and raised a higher level of concern earlier. The fact that we haven't suffered a military terrorist attack under Bush43 does nothing to prove that he prevented one. This economic Pearl Harbor however does definitively prove that he didn't keep us safe and that an "attack" much more effective and insidious has occurred than any terrorist could have devised. And we've done it to ourselves. During the watch of Bush43.

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THE treatise on social networking

THE treatise on social networking, a PhD thesis by danah boyd who has emerged as a leader in thinking about social networking, and was just hired by Microsoft Research in Cambridge. It's 406 something pages, and no, I haven't read it yet . . . but if you want to know the latest thinking on social networking . . . LINK

Other thoughts here: LINK
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

How to plow

"Our" little sidewalk plow, finishing up on our sidestreet. To our "wet" coast friends, that's how it's done. Because it's a Sunday, they didn't get this done until early afternoon.
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