June 20, 2008

The flip

By popular demand, our son doing a diving roll off the arm of a chair.

Some people talk big about selling their kids to the circus. But what price will the little'uns fetch without job skills?


I just got tagged by the Primate Brow. Pick up your nearest book and go to page 123. Find the fifth sentence, and post on your blog the next three sentences. Acknowledge who tagged you, and then tag five more people.

The nearest book is Philip Pullman's Bärnstenskikaren. You have probably heard the English title The Amber Spyglass. Our 11 year old is reading this book in Swedish. A translation of the text on page 123:

'The knife is also from here?'
'From Torre degli Angeli,' said the girl and pointed at the square stone tower that raised itself above the red tile roofs. It glimmered in the evening light.

I's gonna tag:
3-speed blog
church of the sweet ride

Too much

Too much work lately has left me feeling numb. Luckily I have a week's vacation coming up which will give me a chance to figure out the new phone I bought with my tax refund.

Here's a picture I took of my feet with the phone. That's Anikin Skywalker on the tube.

I work with a guy from Poland. On the train home he was telling me stories about the communist days. His grandpa worked for the state railroad and even after he retired he had a free rail pass. His grandpa knew where to get things. My friend's town only had one kind of bread but his grandpa could get better bread by taking the train two towns away. One time my friend needed a new bike tire so he asked grandpa, who thought about it, and then knew just the town that would have a store with a tire in stock.

I got home from work yesterday, tired after giving a presentation to investors, and our four year old said 'look Dad!'. And before I could open my mouth he stood up on the arm of a chair and jumped off it onto an air mattress. After the bounce he leapt into a summersault and landed perfectly at the end of the air mattress. I was speechless. Perfect execution and a high danger factor. Praise or scorn?? I told our little circus flea that it was really impressive but that he couldn't do it again.

June 11, 2008


If at least 90% of this music doesn't kick your butt there is something wrong with you:

1. Nashville Skyline by Bob Dylan w/Johnny Cash
2. Al Green, Greatest Hits
3. Hank Williams, The Hit Collection
4. hôtel costes quatre mixed by stéphane pompougnac
5. The Essential Fripp and Eno

Hank, Al, Bob and Johnny'll set you straight. Brian Eno, Robert Fripp and the right honorable stéphane will expand your horizon.

June 10, 2008

Music, classic vs. classical

Once one of my brothers went on a campaign around the house to find some music for me. I was 7 or 8 and my brothers and sisters were in their teens. He scraped together my first record collection:

The Monster Mash (45)
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (45)
Let It Bleed and Goat's Head Soup by the Stones
Inna Godda da Vida by Iron Butterfly (45)
Meet the Beatles

Now's my chance to return the favor-- I just ordered some music for my son, for summer listening, to celebrate the last day of school:

Let it Bleed
London Calling

I told my wife I had bought some classic music for our son, but what she heard was classical music.

June 01, 2008

Some quotes.

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. -Albert Einstein

Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades. - Eddy Merckx

The bicycle is the most efficient machine ever created: Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand miles per gallon. -Bill Strickland

Cycling is like church. Many attend, but few understand. -Jim Burlant


Fossil Reserves

Here is the figure of fossil fuel reserves we were shown Friday. The units are 'bnboe', billions of barrels of oil equivalent. Taking oil for example, if you divide how much we know we have (reserves) by the current rate of use (production), we will run out of oil in 41 years. Unless we find some more. Econophiles will point out that the price will go up before we run out slowing the rate of use and leading us to look for unconventional oil and shifting consumption to other alternatives. Nobody knows how much oil and gas there is that has not been found, but the rate of discovery has been declining since around 1970. Nobody has ever had to look for coal, and so nobody knows really how much more might be out there.This figure shows how much oil there is from different sources (x-axis) against the price of production (y-axis). As the price of oil goes up it becomes profitable to produce it in unconventional ways. The length of the red box ('cumulative needs to 2030') shows what the world requires for the next 22 years.

....we have plenty of energy, plenty of energy, take all you want....there's not that much we can do about greenhouse gases anyway...your eyes are getting heavy...


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