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The Return of Slope Trash Magazine

If you remember past iterations of slopeflyer.com, you may remember a section called Slope Trash Magazine. When I ported the old content to a new system I lost that part of the site but just found, on an old computer, much of the content dating back to 1998! I will be rebuilding that section of the slopeflyer.com site over time including a separate site look for Slope Trash Magazine stories. Meanwhile I’ll be posting blasts from the past but wholeheartedly encourage new submissions to greg@slopeflyer.com. With that said, here is the original announcement from 2002!

Welcome back, Slope Trash Magazine!

Solar Eclipse 2017 is Tomorrow!

The family and I are on our way to Douglas, Wyoming to take in the total eclipse of the sun (sing it with me!) I was checking out the Sky and Telescope Market Place and came across an invitation from Boy Scout Troop 1935 enjoy the views of the eclipse from Douglas Middle School in Douglas, Wyoming. According to the ad, the school campus offers more than 10 acres of lush lawns and practice fields and is situated next to the North Platte River with vistas of Laramie Peak and surrounding mountains. Sounds good to me! The total solar eclipse will last for two minutes and twenty-three seconds in Douglas. We are looking forward to it!

Wisconsin Bike Bigwigs Meeting with Scott Walker

Via Facebook from Wheel and Sprocket’s Chris Kegel: He, Trek’s John Burke and Wisconsin Bike Fed’s Kevin Hardman are meeting with Governor-elect Scott Walker today. Their goal get? Get Walker’s support to help make Wisconsin more Bike Friendly. As a $1.5 billion part of the states economy Walker OUGHT to be friendly towards biking and cyclists!

Economic impact study – http://www.bfw.org/education/index.php?category_id=4746

Spectrum Solutions Painting Company Website

Did a quick website for my friend RC. Nothing fancy yet. We need more content and let the site tell us what it wants to be but we have a start at – http://spectrumsolutionspainting.com

From RC:

Spectrum Solutions is a painting and fine finish contractor in Southeast Wisconsin specializing in interior and exterior painting, cedar staining and many other types of finish work on homes in the greater Southeast Wisconsin region including the counties of Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, Waukesha and Ozaukee.

Flipboard for iPad

I’ve been using the free Flipboard app for the iPad that agregates Facebook posts, Twitter tweets and news from various organizations like ABC News, Huffington Post, Washington post Magazine and a bunch of others and displays the info into Magazine-like pages that you flip through. The presentation is engaging and it works well.

Flipboard displays galleries in Facebook as thumbnails that look great and it pulls in articles that users link to and displays them too. Cool!

Flipboard lets you “zoom in” on a specific article or post and will allow you to comment if that feature is available from the site you are using. Facebook, for instance, allows you to comment on posts.

It would be cool if you could post a status update from within Flipboard but either you can’t do that of I haven’t figures out how yet.

Santa Cycle Rampage 2010 in MIlwaukee

santa cycle rampage

The time is near for the 2010 edition of the Santa Cycle Rampage bike ride. The guys from Schlick Cycles will again be attending. We will meet at Cafe Hollander at 10am dressed like Santa! There will be free coffee, route information and Fat Tire Beer! Bike Fed members and newbies get drink specials throughout the day. (Make sure you bring your Bike Fed membership card).

There are a few pre-ride meeting points if you’d like to join other Santas for the ride to Hollander. The roll-in rides depart the following locations  at 9:30am.

  • Riverwest: Fuel Cafe
  • Tosa Village: Cafe Hollander
  • Bay View: Anodyne Coffee Company

Stops on the list this year include:

  • Cafe Hollander on Downer
  • Lakefront Brewery
  • Rehorst Distillery
  • Kochanski’s Convertina Bar
  • Cafe Centraal
  • Mystery stops!

Here is a link to a PDF of the flyer.

Website for Metallurgical Associates Failure Analysis and Testing

material testing engineerI’ve been working on a new website for the engineers are Metallurgical Associates, Inc. MAI is a testing lab that is set up to determine why mechanical parts fail and what can be done to prevent future failures.

After visiting the shop about a dozen times over the last few months I am gaining an appreciation for their failure testing and analysis methods. The work reminds me of being a detective but on a microscopic level. The fact that MAI investigates material failures in everything from beverage can “pop tops” to aircraft gas turbine blade failures means there is always a new challenge and new discoveries to be had.

While failure analysis is the core work the methods used vary but always seem to include some really cool equipment like their Scanning Electron Microscopes that can magnify to over 200,000X! Whoa!

Well, I hope the new site does well for MAI because I believe they are very good at what they do. If you are a manufacturer and need to know why a part or product failed you’ll find you answers at Metallurgical Associates.

New Website for B2 Construction

I am working on a site for our friend Bob from B2 Construction. Bob has helped us with several projects around our home and has done super work at very competitive prices.

So far it is a really simple website. The main goal will be to showcase some of the projects Bob is working on or has completed while allowing me to check out the new default theme in WordPress.

A bit more about B2 Construction:

B2 Construction specializes in home remodeling in the greater Southeast Wisconsin region including the cities of Milwaukee, Shorewood, Whitefish Bay, Bayside, Fox Point, Mequon and Germantown.

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