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 email@example.com. With that said, here is the original announcement from 2002!
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!
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!
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.
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.
I’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!