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back at work (sorta :)

Wednesday,  08/10/11  02:48 PM

I'm blogging from my office in Vista ... where I am visiting for the day.  No, I'm not "back" yet - have six more weeks of vacation left - but decided to go down for the day, check in with everyone, and say "hi" to my friends.  I'm happy to report the business seems to be doing just fine without me.  And that's a good thing - it means when I do go back, I can focus on new stuff without getting too caught up in the day-to-day execution.

filming a commercial at the RockstoreSo yesterday night I went riding with the CVC Red Riders - man, they kicked my butt, I have been doing a lot of miles, but not enough of them at speed - and when we reached the foot of Rockstore they were filming a Nissan commercial right at the Rockstore itself.  (In case you don't know, The Rockstore is a world-famous old motorcycle hangout, which happens to be at the bottom of a beautiful three mile climb up Mulholland Highway; the climb itself has become known as "Rockstore".)  If you see a bunch of cyclists in a Nissan commercial, look for me; I was wearing my orange Rabobank kit...

Obama: Change (please?)Parsing the Internets, I can't believe how consistently President Obama is being criticized, by his former supporters as well as longtime opponents.  The new theme seems to be that not only are his policies not working, but he isn't willing to change.  How ironic is that?

[ex-Obama supporter] Dave Winer: Who cares if the stock market crashes?  "I think Obama has been pretty close to a disaster."  Me too.

[ex-ace conservative blogger] Steven Den Beste: What does Obama want?  Short answer: to be reelected.  Longer answer same as short answer.

These riots in London are scary, particularly because there doesn't seem to be an underlying reason for them.  A bunch of people have figured out they can riot and loot and the police can't do anything about it.  Yikes!

Congratulations to Glenn Reynolds on 10 years of Instapunditry!  "I've decided to observe it by just blogging as usual."  Heh, indeed :)

Opportunity reaches crater after 3-year trekExcellent!  Mars rover reaches giant crater after 3-year trek.  What an amazing scientific payout we've had from Spirit and Opportunity - and Opportunity is still knocking...

Cycling fans take note: Mark Renshaw signs with Rabobank.  Striking out on his own, after being Mark Cavendish' leadout man at HTC-Highroad, I wish him well!

John Taylor, world's fastest guitar playerThis is awesome, you must check it out: The world's fastest guitar player.  Flight of the bumblebee at 600bpm.  You can barely hear the notes - wouldn't call this my favorite rendition - but it is impressive.

So: Facebook gets into texting game with Facebook messenger.  Kind of like Apple getting into it with iMessage, but different.  I guess everyone can see messaging is a killer app, but this is a massive network effect; hard from anyone - even Facebook or Apple - to compete.  Facebook is outwardly compatible with SMS, but still, I predict general yawning.

new Zeppelin rolls off the "assembly line" :)A most excellent photo essay: Where Zeppelins are born.  I don't know if they make economic sense as vehicles, but they're photogenic!

So be it ... back to work for me :)

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