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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Monday, September 19, 2005
Neil Young interview on NPR There's a good interview with Neil Young on the npr Web site. You can also hear his latest album on the site.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Lenders propagate sprawl In the September/October Sierra Club magazine there's a good article entitled Loan Gridlock in the section Lay of the Land that describes how lenders propagate sprawl by their lending practices. Urban homeowners typically spend much less on transportation and a higher percentage of their income on a mortgage, up to 45%. However, many lenders require that their mortgages comprise around 30 percent of income, not taking into account the difference in transportation costs of houses in outlying areas from which residents commute long distances and pay more for transportation. Fannie Mae prvodes small "Smart Commute" bonuses in 40 urban communities.
The Sierra Club site also contains the Healthy Growth Calculator, which compares a typical sprawl community to 45 smart growth communities.
Sunday, September 04, 2005
20,000 steps I've discovered a great way to stay in shape when not cycling. Just work 8 hours in a bike shop, then go out dancing for another 4 hours. Wearing my pedometer on Saturday, I logged over 20,000 steps doing the above. Had a great time too.
Thursday, September 01, 2005
Heras leads Vuelta I've missed being able to watch stages of the Vuelta a Espana this year. In the past couple of years the race has been carried on OLN TV with Paul and Phil doing the commentary. Today Roberto Heras, a former US Postal star, took the lead. It looks like we'll have to wait until September 18, from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm, for highlights of the race.