So who is driving oil prices?

It's pretty obvious; everybody says it's China. But here's the graph to show it:

The 2008 TdF was great. Now what?

The Tour is the most exciting sports event of the year for me. I follow each day's stage with keen interest. It's a wonderful event to be a fan of, because it's such a long-lasting high. In contrast to the Super Bowl (which I do watch and love), the TdF gives you the gratification of competition for three straight weeks.

When the winner is announced (congratulations, Carlos!), it's all exciting and is the ultimate achievement. And all that's great.

But, the day after - today - the "What now?" feeling starts to appear.


The end of the ProTour. Long live Pro Cycling.

I've said before (look for the comment from "Jay") that I think the problem with the governing body of Cycling (the UCI) is it's leader - Pat McGovern. It's clear that he sees the UCI as a body that needs to be accountable to nobody except itself.A governing body only governs to the extent those who are governed are willing to accept the governance.

iBrick. Apple Fanboy swears at Apple.


My phone is an iBrick - unusable for anything but a call to emergency services.

I _LOVE_ the Tour

Every year, I say to myself "Yeah, it'll be nice to watch the Tour de France," saying so casually because I know I like it.

I don't just like it. I LOVE it.TDF-yellowPeople.jpg

Red Sox win

Went with Dries and his wife Karlijn to see the Sox play last night. Their first game.

Tix (for amazing seats!) obtained by the ever-fantastic Roger (red jacket), accompanied by my wife (pink sweater) and kudos to Chuck (left), who got to go because he scored our first revenue dollar. (Go Chuck!)

Jason Varitek hit an exciting long ball to center, but his sac-fly brought Manny home.

Oh; Sox beat the Rays. Of course. :-) Making them first in the AL East (as they should be).

Feats of strength

I'm not sure; maybe you have to be a cyclist, and know the pain that occurs after a long climb, and how fatigue has set into your legs, and how every pedalstroke is simultaneously a pain-generator, a motivator, and chinese water torture all in one.

Maybe only cyclists can appreciate the moment when somebody in a huge climb just pulls away from the rest of the pack, and conquers the pain with sheer strength.

But maybe you don't have to be a cyclist. If you can watch this video and not simply be amazed, then maybe you need to get your butt on a bike. ;-)

Wait for it....

I guess we've all spaced out at least once in life.

(Thanks to Boston Biker.)

The perfect race

This is why I love the BKW blog: for the beauty of the writing, and the understanding of the sport.

Tidbits from Davied Weinberger at ROFLcon

No major insights here; just tidbits from David Weinberger's speech:

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