This week in on the Magnificent Mile, downtown Chicago.

This week in on the Magnificent Mile, downtown Chicago.

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Westgate in Phoenix is what North Hills wants to be when it grows up.

Westgate in Phoenix is what North Hills wants to be when it grows up.

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Red Hydrogen One Ti pre-order customers will get a free Aluminum Hydrogen One

Anyone who pre-ordered a titanium Red Hydrogen One will get a free Aluminum model since the Ti have proven difficult to manufacturer.  They will also receive the Ti model they ordered once they start shipping.  Personally I’ve got to wait for the aluminum model to be available through Verizon and AT&T on Nov. 9th.  I haven’t been this curious about a phone in a while.  Especially interested in the camera.

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eBikes are an admission of weakness. Yes, only weak people ride eBikes.

There’s your answer.  That’s about as simple as it gets.  If you’ve finally made the decision to buy and ride an eBike you have no choice but to accept why you did:

  1. You’re lazy.
  2. You’re out of shape.
  3. You have a physical condition you cry about and use as an excuse.
  4. You’re a lazy commuter. Note; Commuting is almost the only excusable use of an eBike.
  5. You complain about your old age and geriatric condition.

I personally know people in their 80’s and others missing limbs who ride “analog” or “acoustic” bikes as the lazy hipsters no call them.  And don’t you dare for a fucking second say anything about how you can now “go places and enjoy cycling” because you’re “pedaling just like they are” in reference to those who are tough and have strength.  Ebikes are for the weak and therefore their riders must accept being labeled as weak.  So when you’re called a Pansy Cranker or Sissy Spinner you simply say “Thank You” and ride along.  You have no right to argue against your weakness and you will not be considered a real cyclist under any conditions.  Most likely you can’t or won’t even be able to handle the bike under speed because you are not a conditioned or disciplined rider who got yourself to that speed.  Motor+Pedals = Moped.  Amazing some eBike riders will argue this.   These are the ones who are physically and mentally challenged.  Understand that real cyclists don’t hate your eBike.  We hate their weak riders.

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SalesForce will FINALLY support SMTP authentication.

It looks like Salesforce.com will finally support SMTP authentication in their Winter 2019 release.  Well, at least they’re only a decade late.

https://releasenotes.docs.salesforce.com/en-us/winter19/release-notes/rn_sales_productivity_email_relay_auth.htm?edition=&impact=

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Why I quit cyclocross racing.

I spent a lot of time in my 20’s racing mountain bikes.  Then a couple of years ago I thought I found the best cycling sport to ever cross the Atlantic.  Short track, dirt, spectators, cyclocross has it all.  It also has the very thing that lead me to personally begin to hate the sport: barriers or barricades.  Man made reasons to dismount from the bike in the middle of heated battle.  Also the very same reason cyclocross racers have to learn to “re-mount” or jump on to a tiny saddle as smoothly as possible while trying not to destroy the very thing making them men, their balls.

I never had great “mounting” skills but in the last race I entered in 2017, I had a terrible mount right in the middle of a lead group.  Many other riders hoping over barriers behind me began to slam into me.  Their mounts failed as well.  I still have the scar on my knee from the impact it took with my left pedal in the pile up.  I was off the bike about a week, not up to speed again for a month.  For what?  A “good time”.  Nope.  I always HATED the parts of cyclocross races that were man made obstacles forcing me to jump off the bike.  Stairs and barriers mostly.  So much that I decided I don’t like the sport.

I imagine the interest in cyclocross might be greater if they adopted an even more grass roots approach to the sport, like gravel racing.  Here’s what I think would make a truly great off-road cycling sport for all ages.  Gravel grinding is not far away from achieving these exact specs with new 25 mile short track series emerging:

  1. Get rid of UCI and USA Cycling sanctions and license requirements.  Who needs the roadie rule elitist tainting off road trail blazing or discouraging participation with licensing fees?
  2. To hell with man made obstacles.  If you want to design the course so people have to dismount and carry a bike do it over natural terrain.  Not a couple of 14″ high boards to prance over like fairy.
  3. Sure keep the course a loop, make it a bit longer.  Why not 5 miles instead of 2.5 and a couple of laps instead of 3 or four?
  4. While you get rid of the UCI and USA Cycling rules let them take their equipment limitations with them.  Want to run 40c tires?  Fine.  Want to ride flat bars?  Bring ’em.  Bring your fat bike or a tricycle.  Who cares as long as you think it’s equipment that gives you an advantage in the race.

Like I said, short track gravel series are getting close to these specs so next year I’m taking any money I would give USA Cycling and heading towards the true grass roots gravel series.  Anyone who wants to put up what I call “prancing boards” for men to risk their manhood over can and will certainly argue how much fun it is.  Likely they’ll just downplay my skill at dismounting and jumping back in the saddle or the fact I can’t bunny hop 14″ high boards without risking hospitalization.  I don’t give a damn.  I’m not doing it because I don’t think it’s fun and it hurts me to watch grown men in an aggressive dirt sport prance over two little boards as much as it hurts them when they have a bad “mount”.  Prancing and mounting have no place in dirt cycling.

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Google is still failing at digital metric conversion.

Let’s see if they can finally get this correct.  It’s really starting to bother me.

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LinkedIn is a security threat.

Scammers, spammers and phishers all have a solid source of information they can call upon to find out who holds what position in a company. LinkedIn provides a reliable, updated corporate hierarchy for them to find the names of Principals and management so they can forge emails in their names for delivery to accounting and payable’s staff they find the names and contacts for where else? LinkedIn.

How do they know the email address to send the message to even if they know the accounting representatives name? There’s a good chance your corporate email address is firstname.lastname@company.com or tsingleton@company.com. Not hard to guess the syntax in companies that don’t use obscurity for security in email address syntax. So the information on LinkedIn is almost like free Lexus Nexus for those with ill intent.

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Google doesn’t convert Digital Storage correctly.

I clicked on “More info”….”Aaron is a Search expert and author of this help page”.

Well Aaron might want to let someone in a nearby nap pod know that there are 1024 bits in a Megabyte.  For about a year when I go to do a quick digital conversion using a standard Google search the answer comes back wrong.

The correct answer is of course 102400 MB in 100 GB.  I’m a little embarrassed for them.   Wait, should I be double checking how much Gmail storage I have left?

Here’s the more in depth explanation https://www.convertunits.com/from/100+GB/to/MB

“1 byte is equal to 9.3132257461548E-10 GB, or 9.5367431640625E-7 MB”.

 

 

 

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Yahoo is a bastion of old white trash, rednecks, fascists and deplorables.

Word is spreading about the place to hang out on-line if your a hyper-nationalist, fascist, hate the environment and enjoyed your 90’s listening to Rush Limpballs spread his Oxycontin driven madness during lunch while getting mad in a pickup truck.  If you’re a proud redneck and consider being twangy white trash a virtue, the Yahoo comments section is the place for you.  It’s a blissfully ignorant vacation from the Fox Entertainment Trump Propaganda network.  A land of dictator lovers and Russian admirers, racists one and all.  A true hive of low educated, low credit, truck driving inbreds who think the mid west is the “heartland”, not a vast wasteland of white trash hate to be avoided at all costs.  Fly over, don’t even drive through it.

A place where country music shitards and angry gun toting tough guys assemble with flag wearing Nazi’s and near geriatric angry old men to complain about brown skin and spew about how bad they want a border wall.   They’re the most disgusting people around us who think that by beating the other worst Presidential candidate in US history they are “winning” despite their King Drumpf winning only 27% of the votes from all eligible US voters.  Math isn’t their strong suit so they’ll never calculate 73% of eligible voters did not support their ignorant fool who saluted North Korean military officials giving them the best propaganda footage their state run media has ever acquired.  Then he commented about how he wants Americans to “sit up” and listen to him the way North Koreans are forced into patriotism.  Yes, Yahoo.  The place to be if you’re an angry, racist baby boomer looking to blame your life failures on anything and anyone other than yourself.  Truly a deplorable place for deplorables to reinforce each others fantasies of success.  Yet, they’re still loosers.  Always will be.

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