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Sunday,  03/15/15  10:01 PM

Whew, a long and interesting weekend ... with a long and interesting week ahead!  And then I'm off for two weeks, on a long and interesting trip to Boston (business) and London (pleasure, visiting my daughter Alexis, who is studying there for a semester).  But meanwhile, it's all happening...

The pic at right is a Renovo beauty.  Just couldn't resist :)

I have to confess, with March Madness impending I am not feeling it.  I don't have a rooting interest and I haven't watch a single game of basketball this year.  I have a Tivo with four tuners which has been recording game after game after game but I just can't feign interest.  Not sure why. 

Easy to do: Imagining Scott Walker vs Hillary Clinton.  Quite a contrast. 

Yikes: California has just one year of water left.  And then what? 

Well this is exciting: Tesla promises to end 'range anxiety' on March 19th.  Calendar, marked.  They've said it will be a software update available to all current cars, so I suspect they'll have a new feature which automatically reduces the car's power to get you where you need to go.  Sort of like a cruise control but for power instead of speed.  (I've asked them for that already :) 

Congratulations to Richie Porte for winning the Paris-Nice stage race.  He won in fine style, by winning the final time trial up the Col d'Eze.  I rode up that in a car once, and wow, what a climb. Good for him. 

Are streaming music companies about to bite the dust?  An overly dramatic headline - the article isn't nearly as skeptical - but it does raise an important issue; even the most successful of these companies like Spotify and Pandora are not growing.  They're good businesses but perhaps not VC-fundable revolutionary huge-IPO businesses...



Iditarod day seven: racing across the ice

Sunday,  03/15/15  10:35 PM

Now the race is really on, as the leaders in the 2015 #Iditarod have reached the coast.  There's still well over 200 miles left to go, but after today there are only a handful of teams racing for the win.

Aaron Burmeister was the first to reach Unalakleet, at 3:45 this afternoon; he rested about 4 1/2 hours and then took off again.  (that's his team, at left; beautiful!)  Aliy Zirkle was second in at 6:06, she rested for 4 1/2 hours also before heading for Shaktoolik.  But Dallas Seavey came in at 6:06, rested 5 minutes, and was the first one out; he seems to be driving the team to beat.  His father Mitch was fourth in and third out after resting just 12 minutes in the checkpoint.  One of those four teams is going to win.  Jess Royer is racing a strong fifth but is probably too far behind now to win, still, congratulations to her on a great race so far.

The conditions up the coast are considerably warmer than they were on the portage (and significantly warmer than the sub-forty-below conditions along the Yukon River!), and not as windy as feared.  Good snow is falling on the ice making it easier for the teams to make progress.  We'll have to see who's the fastest across the bay and who has gas left in the tank for the final push West to Nome!

That's DeeDee Jonrowe at right, with her easily identified team all in pink; she's presently running about 25th.

In the GPS Trackers shot below, Dallas is #46, Aaron #63, Mitch #18, and Aliy #32.  Jessie is #3, her flag is underneath the TOT flag for the Teacher-on-Trail.

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