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Thursday, June 16, 2005
 US Pro Championship - Velonews article 
Velonews online is carrying a good article on the US Pro races in Philadelphia a few weeks ago. It was an exciting finish, with three Americans in a long breakway. One of the three was Chris Horner who just won his first European stage race in the Tour of Switzerland.

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Monday, June 13, 2005
 George is still the man 
George Hincapie won the final stage of the Dauphiné Libéré. He's finally getting his due after so many years of supporting Lance in his bid for Tour de France wins. While his final place in the overall standings was not great (32nd), winning the prologue and the final stage are great achievements that he'll long remember. I bet the folks down in Greenville, SC are dancing in the streets.

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 Dirty little secret not so secret 
Among most traffic police, there's been a dirty little secret that motorists are not stopped for traffic violations unless they exceed the speed limit by more than 10 mph. This effectively makes the speed limit 10 mph higher than the posted limit. Police generally say that unless the violations are gross, they are not upheld in court. This practice was confirmed in a report in the Post:
This practice creates an unsafe comfort level at high speeds and is a potential safety hazard, according to the report being released Monday by the Governors Highway Safety Association. The group found that 42 states allow drivers to regularly exceed the speed limit before they are stopped.

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Wednesday, June 08, 2005
 Another American leads the Dauphine 
Levi Leipheimer now leads the Dauphiné Libéré, by 12 seconds over Botero. Lance was expected to win today's time trial but he finished third behind Botero and Leipheimer. Floyd Landis, who now rides for the Phonak team, finished fourth. Cycling in America has come a long day since the days when it was rare for someone from the U.S. to even enter the big European tours.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005
 George is the man 
George Hincapie is leading the Dauphiné Libéré after two days. It's great to see him finally able to take the lead in a major race with the support of his Discovery team. There's a great photo of Lance supporting him as the team chases down a breakaway just before the sprint finish. George won the opening prologue on Sunday and finished with the pack yesterday to hold onto the lead.

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Monday, June 06, 2005
 US Pro Championship 
Finally, a USA citizen won the US Pro race in Philadelphia this weekend as Chris Wherry of the Health Net/Maxxis team became the US national cycling champion. The final lap contained a three-man break that ended with the three USA riders in a sprint finish. Chris Horner, one of the favorites, decided to play the waiting game with Danny Pate to see who would catch Wherry's break with about a mile left in the race. They both hesitated, which was enough to give Wherry the win.

Philadelphia is a great place for the race. There's a very active cycling community in the city. There are several miles of bike lanes, mapped on-road bike routes, and off-road trails. This year's crowd seemed to be the biggest we've seen in the past 7 or 8 years that we've attended the event. We rode the course in the Fun Ride that started at 7 am, climbing the Manayunk Wall on our recumbents, passing many people on uprights who were walking. As we sat and watched the race it was fun to watch the passing parade of cyclings, roller bladers and pedestrians walking along the trail that parallels the route. There were many single-speed bikes, more than I've ever seen in one place.

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Sunday, June 05, 2005
 Digital Beethoven 
I plan to download the BBC Philharmonic recordings of Beethoven's symphonies over the next month. It's a great deal: free.

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Thursday, June 02, 2005
 Bigger PDA's 
Now there is finally a PDA with a large disk drive, the PalmOne LifeDrive. It contains a 4GB drive and has built-in Internet capabilities (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth).

The Nokia 770 is another small, powerful PDA, although it only contains flash memory with much lower capacity (64MB).

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 New Yorker on DVD 
Every last one of the New Yorker editions ever printed will be released on a set of 8 DVD's for $100.
The collection, titled "The Complete New Yorker," will consist of eight DVD's containing high-resolution digital images of every page of the 4,109 issues of the magazine from February 1925 through the 80th anniversary issue, published last February. Included on the discs will be "every cover, every piece of writing, every drawing, listing, newsbreak, poem and advertisement," David Remnick, editor of the magazine, has written in an introduction to the collection.

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I recently ordered the movie Sideways from Netflix. I hadn't planned to watch it; I could tell from some reviews and clips that it wasn't my kind of movie. When I saw it listed under new movies I decided to check it out anyway. Most of the reviews had been good, so I thought I would give it a chance. I hated it. I hated it almost as much as I hated My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Both were well-reviewed small movies that stunk. The acting was lousy, there were cheap visual cliches, unlikely encounters, etc. Next time I'll trust my instincts.

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