Mountain Bike Shenanigans

Building
February 20th, 2005

Just a quick update today as I’m working on the new site. Some of the staff from Harry Halls are off to Nannarch today for some downhill racing. Here’s Gavin Lee getting some practice in from a few weeks ago.

Here’s something political – Pure Silk. He’s particularly popular up North as recent events have demonstrated. Here’s a fairly good use of technology to protect and serve your interests and meanwhile there’s increasing convergence in terms of what technology is offering.

Here are some Bike Blogs links shamelessly ripped off the latest DirtRag Web Newsletter that are fairly interesting and may noty have been seen by those that don’t subscribe to the American mag:

http://www.jeffkerkove.blogspot.com/ (Endurance racer at the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo–this weekend!)

http://www.gwadzilla.blogspot.com/ (Dismantling car culture)

http://athena.sas.upenn.edu/~david/weblog/ (Bicycles as a lifestyle)

http://fatguycycling.blogspot.com/ (Fat guy on a fixed gear)

Acronyms
February 13th, 2005

Well I’m working towards getting version 3.0 of rothar.com live at the end of the month and I think it’s going to be a big improvement. I’m not saying the whole thing’s going to be as it was in terms of all the content from this site being there immediately, but I think there’ll be enough to keep things interesting.

There’s some racing coming up just north of the border. It’s tempting:

We’re having an early season warm up event at Drumlanrig on the 5th March to coincide with the british husky sled dog champs. It’ll be low key, fun-tastic singletrack frolicking rather than outn’out blast (1hour 45mins +lap), starting at 14:00ish with party after and onsite camping. Bike-Orienteering on the sunday at 2:00. The course is a really nice woodsy singletrack loop which really rewards skillfull riders without scaring off newbies. It’s almost all hand built bench cut trail by the Drumlanrig ranger service and myself.

Do you think you could round up a few bods from up/down your way to come down/up and boost the numbers. There are plenty other things onsite : spectacular dog sled racing, a bouncy castle as well as the real one, a craft fayre, live bands etc

see www.dogsportscotland.com for official site or www.drumlanrig.com

One of the things that struck me when I was jumping through hoops on my way to getting offered a commission in the Army was that they really do have a thing for acronyms. MIA, AWOL, MLRS, FUBAR, etc. Which lead me to suspect that this was written by someone with a background in or fixation with military things:

The Company is now fully registered with BIDS which is the Combating Terrorism Technology Support Office (CTTSO) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) Information Delivery System (BIDS). The Technology Support Working Group
(TSWG) and Explosive Ordnance Disposal/Low Intensity Conflict (EOD/LIC) program use BIDS to disseminate BAA information and collect proposals. I check postings on this site on a regular basis so the Company can become an active participant in the rapid research, development and prototyping of technologies to combat terrorism. They have just issued the following news item.

Subject: News Item: The TSWG February APBI To Include JIEDDTF Requirements

The Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) is pleased to announce that,
during the upcoming Advanced Planning Briefing to Industry, we will be briefing requirements that support the Department of Defense Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Task Force (JIEDDTF).

The JIEDDTF is providing approximately $20M for current year contract awards
based on their requirements. These funds are in addition to those provided
by TSWG. MAY I URGE YOU TO VISIT THIS SITE https://www.bids.tswg.gov on a regular basis for funding opportunities which may be open to companies in the UK
who are registered to participate.

JIEDDTF? WTF? Just rolls of the tongue doesn’t it? Things are obviously going downhill because I’m even going to post this:

From: Katie
Subject: Frog Joke

A frog goes into a bank and approaches the teller. He can see from her nameplate that her name is Patricia Whack.

“Miss Whack, I’d like to get a $30,000 loan to take a holiday.” Patty looks at the frog in disbelief and asks his name. The frog says his name is Kermit Jagger, his dad is Mick Jagger, and that it’s okay, he knows the bank manager.

Patty explains that he will need to secure the loan with some collateral. The frog says, “Sure. I have this,” and produces a tiny porcelain elephant, about an inch tall, bright pink and perfectly formed. Very confused, Patty explains that she’ll have to consult with the bank manager and disappears into a back office.

She finds the manager and says, “There’s a frog called Kermit Jagger out there who claims to know you and wants to borrow $30,000, and he wants to use this as collateral.” She holds up the tiny pink elephant. “I mean, what in the world is this?”

The bank manager looks back at her and says…”It’s a knickknack, Patty Whack. Give the frog a loan. His old man’s a Rolling Stone.”

Mystery Kit
February 7th, 2005

Mystery Kit. Bonus points of guessing what this is without clicking the thumbnails to see the larger pictures. It’s taken a while to get here and now I’m not sure I want to fit it.

shiny kit _ shiny kit _ shiny kit

So it’s been decision time recently. Freeparking.co.uk quite possibly has the worst IT customer support I have ever come across. Thanks to them being generally crap I wasn’t able to renew two of my domains and Northwave-design has now been retired.

I think I always had the inkling that I might want to do some paid web-design work after my research and the new job has met that ambition in spades without the need to go freelance. With that site gone and ifrider now with over three hundred bikes registered I’m thinking about where I want to go with rothar.com over the next few months.

As my current hosting runs out at the end of this month I’ve decided to move on over to Shaun Murray’s hosting over at aegisdesign. That’s where ifrider’s been since its humble beginning and the service has been great. That’s not to say I’m disappointed with 34SP, I just think it’s in keeping to have a mountain biking website hosted by another mountain biker. Mmm. In keeping = clique?

This is Kelvin’s website. It’s nice.

IMBA: Long Live Long Rides