Archives for: December 2006

Vauban Firsthand

December 22nd, 2006

Image by Matthew Wyneken. Some rights reserved. Matthew Wyneken lives in Vauban. Initially, he commented on my post about Vauban to tell me (gently) that I had goofed when I describe Vauban as "carfree." He writes again to describe how he came to… more »

Why I Read Don Crowdis

December 22nd, 2006

If you have a partner that you plan to stay with through good times and bad, thick and thin etc., you should read this this touching reflection by Don Crowdis. more »

The Morning Funnies

December 22nd, 2006

As Freewheeling illustrates, 'tis the season for nutty (and funny) blog writing. Usually I read gezellig-girl because she writes with rollicking grace and wit. She is not as graceful (unless you are one of those whack jobs that thinks Mel Gibson is… more »

Denver Detours Cyclists

December 21st, 2006

Denver's idea of a bike detour - a three and a half foot wide cage for runners, cyclists, and walkers. This is in Denver's City Park, a park used by runners, walkers, and families with strollers. (And today by cross-country skiers!) The park sits… more »

Visibility Does Not Run Over Cyclists

December 21st, 2006

On Tuesday, a driver in Lafayette, Indiana killed a cyclist. I can only find one paper's reporting, the Journal & Courier, about the killing. Those reports leave the facts unclear. Nonetheless, the report - written by Sophia Voravong… more »

Reading ULYSSES for the first time

December 21st, 2006

Blocking a broken air vent on a Greyhound bus using a page torn from Ulysses. Caption and image by mike.benedetti. Some rights reserved. Richard Lewis resolved to read Joyce's Ulysses in a year. His wisely humble approach: I'm going to read every… more »

The Snow of Childhood?

December 20th, 2006

Snow at noon. Today was to be a day of last minute errands and then, in the early morning, a dash across several states to grandmother's house. Instead, today's story is snow and snow and more snow. And this is the kind of snow I love. The snow… more »

(Mostly!) Carfree Vauban, Germany

December 20th, 2006

Image by Matthew Wyneken. Some rights reserved. The Christian Science Monitor has an introduction to Vauban, Germany - a carfree community near Freiburg, Germany. I find two things about Vauban exciting. First, that Vauban exists at all. I enjoy… more »

Driver Kills Gail Alf

December 20th, 2006

From the Seattle Times: A judge strongly lamented the limitations of state law Friday as she sentenced a man to the maximum term possible for driving into and killing a cyclist in Redmond last year. King County Superior Court Judge Julie Spector… more »

The Ten Most Dangerous Toys Of All Time

December 19th, 2006

A very funny article by Paige Ferrari at Radar Online lists and discusses the "The 10 most dangerous toys of all time." Can there be any doubt about the winner? Removable parts? Suffocation risk? Lead paint? Pussy hazards compared to the… more »

I'm A Cartoon

December 19th, 2006

By Bill Watterson via Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips more »

It's The Lycra That Did It . . . .

December 19th, 2006

Lycra: the mark of a killer. Maybe Jim's anti-lycra rants at oilisforsissies were right all along. From the Scottish Daily Record: WEIRDO WANDERED ROUND DIGGING HOLES IN GARDEN WEARING JUST TIGHT LYCRA SHORTS THE prime suspect in the Suffolk… more »

Christmas Gifts Should Stink

December 19th, 2006

Original image by thevoicewithin. Some rights reserved. Spicey Chicken Cartel has an idea for returning Christmas gifts to their roots: I have a proposal to Stop The Madness and Return Christmas To The Way It Was Meant To Be: I urge all readers to… more »

Keeping The Elvis In Christmas

December 19th, 2006

I think Zimmerblog is a parody site, but maybe it's not. Either way it's amusing. Check out Christ and Fast-Food: Thus Chic-fil-A is an example of Christ Above Culture fast food. It is taking advantage of a cultural phenomenon- namely fast food-… more »

Keeping The Zombie In Christmas

December 18th, 2006

We don't enjoy the holidays. We stagger through them like zombies. We do brain dead things. I give people I love plastic junk that I loathe. Gerty bestows carefully handmade presents on people she could care less about. We sustain relationships… more »

Driver Kills Scott Peoples

December 16th, 2006

Australian rider Scott Peoples winning stage four of the Tour of Southland last month. Photo from Wheels of Justice. If you shoot a pistol down the middle of the street and hit someone, is "I didn't see him" an excuse? Would any rational person or even… more »

9,000 Bikes For Christmas

December 16th, 2006

Ikea gave all its 9,000 employees a bike for Christmas. How cool is that? From the Independent: Ikea, the Swedish retail chain, showed its green credentials yesterday by giving all 9,000 of its workers a free bicycle. The store handed out the … more »

Gerty's Lament

December 15th, 2006

Image by Andreas Reinhold. Some rights reserved. Our household is as twitchy and tense as a coffee-wired drunk with the jimjams. The holidays, college applications, end-of-semester final exams, friends newly diagnosed with cancer, and house repairs… more »

But Does It Have A Corkscrew?

December 15th, 2006

Gerty calls me eccentric for carrying a Swiss Army knife. Wait until I get one of these babies. From an amusing article by Andrew Martin The Guardian: Just as you can't be too rich or too thin, I'd always thought, so you can't have too many tools on… more »

Faint (And Funnny) Praise For Bolton

December 4th, 2006

The expression "damning with faint praise" springs to mind when I read the comments of the Chinese and Greek ambassadors in the NY Times story about John Bolton's resignation as U.N. ambassador: Asked about achievements of Mr. Bolton, both Mr. Wang… more »

Killer Driver Charged With Improper Lane Use!?

December 1st, 2006

This is unbelievable. I am truly unable to say anything. From the News-Gazette (via travis swicegood): Woman is sentenced for bicyclist's death By Mary Schenk URBANA ? Jennifer Stark wiped away tears and nodded that she understood the maximum… more »

Two Boobs

December 1st, 2006

Image by lee cullivan. Some rights reserved. What do Pamela Anderson and Kraft guacamole have in common? From the LA Times: Peanut butter is made from peanuts, tomato paste is made from tomatoes, and guacamole is made from avocados, right? . . . . .… more »