Above is our new kitten, a eight-week old female. We have decided to name her Voltron. She is kind of skittish but enjoys some attention. Our adult cat seems unhappy about this and has been hiding under the bed all evening. We hope they’ll eventually get along and be friends. For now we’re going to keep her in a box when we’re not interacting with her.
In just over one month I will turn 28. An anniversary of this magnitude deserves appropriate celebration and grandeur. You can make your contribution to this in quite a few ways:
- One T-REX 600 Nitro model helicopter & Spektrum DX7 radio kit, plus a nitro starter.
- I would love to have my own personal helicopter.
- I’ve had my current road bicycle for six years. I think it’s time for a new ride. This bike will do. 60cm, please. (Note: I know I asked for this last year. Ahem.)
- I’m hoping and praying that my Golden Bears will make it to the Rose Bowl this year. They haven’t since 1959. I would like to attend the event. Two tickets will do, thanks.
- I don’t really need it, but I won’t turn down a new car.
- I really liked making the cycling video. I would like a high definition video camera of my own to make more videos with.
- As long as you’re buying me a high definition video camera, you might as well buy me a HDTV that has full 1080i resolution. I need to see my videos in all their glory – I want none of that 720p junk.
- Full HD video requires a fast computer and nice monitors to work with it properly. Thank you.
- My cell phone contract is ending soon. I hear that the iPhone is a nice gadget.
If you think everything on that list is too expensive, here’s one more thing I’ll accept:
- A tasty cake that is exactly the same as the one pictured above, down to the sprinkle.
This is my 28th birthday, people, either you’re gonna spend some money on me or put in some ridiculous effort.
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Above is a video I put together documenting the 2007 Collegiate Track Nationals. I put this race together over the last 10 months (along with a great deal of help from others, especially Chris Nekarda). Held at the San Diego Velodrome, over 100 collegiate cyclists from around the country competed over three days. My team, UCSD, did quite well, and at least one UCSD rider was on every podium.
You can watch the video by clicking on the image above, or if that’s giving you problems, right click here and select ‘save link as…’ (or something similar depending on your browser). Then you will play the movie off your hard drive. You’ll also need the most recent version of Quicktime on your computer for either method. If you have a reasonably fast connection, clicking on the image above will start playing the video right away.
Some notes: If I had planned my video a bit more before the event, I could have had done a better job (imagine that!). In particular, a few of my teammates are under-represented in the video, which was purely accidental. I would have liked to have a more even coverage of everyone.
I hope you enjoy the movie. Thanks to Chris Schroeder for letting me borrow his DV video camera, and Chris Nekarda for a few still photographs in the movie.
As you can see above, my bike looks fast! I just hope that looking fast will make me fast.
I finally have my Pro-Lite wheels on my track bike. The rear wheel has an interchangeable hub for road and track setups. It came with the road hub installed, and it was supposed to have come with the track hub part in the box. It didn’t. It also didn’t come with the front wheel skewer, and brake pads, which it should have. I am borrowing the missing parts for the the next week so I can actually ride my wheels.
Speaking of nice bike stuff, take a look at Anna Lang’s new ride below. Her sponsors are having her ride a $9,000 Look 496 Track Frame, which is just plain crazy. She’s a graduate student like me, so that’s a large portion of her yearly income. There’s no way she would be riding it on her own means. Here’s an article about this unique frame.
While watering our neighbors garden, as they are gone to yet another wedding, Melissa and I saw this bright red dragonfly. It appears to be a male King Skimmer (scroll down for a picture). Every minute or two, it would take off from its branch, hop around in a few circles, and land on the very same stick again.