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TDF stage 11 / sprint - Cavendish beats Greipel, takes green

Wednesday,  07/13/11  11:06 PM

Today's stage 11 of the TDF was the most boring yet; a long flat ride through the middle of France which ended in a bunch sprint and Mark Cavendish winning again, giving him the green jersey.  Ho hum.

But tomorrow there will be fireworks, as the Tour moves into the Pyrenees and we have the first real climbing stage.  It will be the first real selection with the GC contenders battling on the final climb.  Alberto Contador is going to have to take time back somewhere, and I suspect he'll try to do it here.  Cadel Evans will just need to stay close.  And Frank and Andy Schleck, well, they need as much time as they have and more to hold off Alberto and Cadel, who are better time trialers.  Actually the next three stages are all killers; the whole complexion of the tour will be different by the end of the weekend.  (See John Wilcockson's analysis for more...)  I can't wait!

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one week to go

Wednesday,  07/13/11  11:17 PM

Today was a great day; got up, watched the Tour, worked out, did a little coding (!), went for a great ride with a friend, had a dinner date with Alexis (but ran out of gas :), and then ... blogged!

One more week and then ... we're off to Paris and Amsterdam!  Cannot wait...

Yikes: 20% drop in housing to cause recession in 2012.  I wish I didn't really believe this is going to happen, but I really do.  Sigh. 

And so the last NASA spacewalk marks the end of an era.  So cool ... we must get going with more space missions somehow.  If only to have more of these amazing pictures :) 

Reminds me of a joke, that it was cheaper to send men to the moon than to make a movie about it.

Have you ever wondered what is HTML5?  Now you know :) 

PayPal announces NFC phone-to-phone payments for Android.  Cool.  You might not know, but PayPal's original product was PDA-to-PDA payments for Palm Pilots using IR.  Only incidentally did they build a web interface to allow users to make payments to each other without their Palms, and the rest is history.  I don't think there's a significant market for phone-to-phone payments, but there's a huge market for phone-to-merchant payments, especially if PayPal can disintermediate the exchange fees. 

Truth is stranger than the Onion: Pastafarian wins right to wear colander in license photo.  You cannot invent this stuff, it's too crazy. 

Five insane vehicles that go like hell.  A great list that includes Oracle's amazing trimaran ... and Lance Armstrong's "butterfly" racing bike. 

Onward... tomorrow we have the Tour's first mountain stage (yay!), and then Shirley and I are off to Pasadena as tourists for a couple of days...  stay tuned.



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