Archive for May, 2006

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Congratulations to Ben and Rachel on getting married today! May 28 2006

Congratulations to Ben and Rachel on getting married today! Looking forward to more adventures with both of you soon!

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My Last Day at Vibe Solutions Group, moving on with my own business! May 23 2006

Thursday, May 18, 2006 was my last day as an employee of Vibe Solutions Group. I had a great time working there, and I’m very excited and proud of what we accomplished during my time there during the 6 years I worked with that group of people. Our recent launch of Vibe Journal and the work we did with video mail was pretty wonderful.

Even more exciting, however, is the opportunity to move forward full-time with my own business, continuing to design web pages and custom web applications. Hopefully this will mean that I can write more, spend more time with my family, travel more, and in general focus 100% on building the best business I can. I’m encouraged by the great team that we’ve been developing, including Ben, Ammo and a number of other cool folks who help out as needed. Onward and upward!

14 Awesome Bike Messenger Racing Videos May 21 2006

Bicycle Messenger Movies

Check out these insane bicycle messenger videos.

Insane Bicycle Messenger movies

The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour May 16 2006

This is the bicycle ride we were invited to go on this weekend up in Red Wing, Minnesota:

The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour

Now that the fourth 3-Speed Tour is history we have realized we have created something bigger than we thought possible. This is, arguably, the most memorable cycling event you’ll find. Why? It’s simple: time travel. If you are with us next May, you will be cycling through the Golden Era of English cycle touring: the 1930s.

The Lake Pepin 3-Speed Tour is based on cycle touring in pre-war England. It was a Gentlemanly time; few people owned a car and recreation based on automobiles was extremely limited. To get away for the weekend they would pack a few things, mount up and head to the country. Most every farmstead had refreshments or a room to rent, every little village had a family-run restaurant; just look for the “Cyclist Teas” or “CTC Recommended” sign. It’s a romantic image to be sure but firmly based in reality. It’s a reality that is fairly easy to reproduce given the right scenery, equipment and most important: attitude. One cyclist in a thousand will understand what I’m offering and that person, as you, will glaze over and say “I simply must go!”.

Now the funny thing is that I’ll be riding a racing-red Bianchi — kind of an entirely Italian bicycle, not English. Good thing Richard built a hub-shifting 3-speed and did a custom lacquered handlebar wrap for authenticity… 🙂

Should be a fun time for sure.

Update: Looks like we won’t be going after all due to some unavoidable work obligations for Richard and Chestnut. Hopefully next year will work out better!

4 restaurants I’d like to visit someday May 14 2006

These are some restaurants that I’d like to visit sometime. They’re all pretty pricey, but each promises to deliver an exceptional experience. Each features a “tasting menu” where you get to taste all of the flavors that the chef can imagine you will like, utilizing seasonal flavors and presentations. High-end service also seems to be a halmark of these restaurants.

The French Laundry – Supposedly THE best restaurant in America, at least according to Restaurant Magazine (and coming in at #4 in the world to boot). Super pricy for a dinner (when I checked it was $210 per person) but still sounds like potentially an amazingly awesome experience. Kottke said “It was the best meal I have ever had.” Thinking I might want to go there for my birthday (June 27) this year (though probably I’ll need to be chipping in on a dinner like that…)

Chez Panisse – in Berkley, CA. Known for starting the whole “California Cuisine” movement that focuses on super fresh, hyper-local food prepared in simple ways that emphasizes the individual flavors of each food.

Charlie Trotters – Located in Chicago, Charlie Trotter has an outstanding reputation for dedication to freshness and quality. I’ve enjoyed watching his PBS cooking show, and look forward to visiting some time.

Alinea Restaurant – has a reputation for really new style of cuisine. They were recently written up in Wired and seem to be THE cutting edge when it comes to experimental cusine. Also located in Chicago.

Leave a comment if you’ve been to any of these 4 restaurants or would suggest any others in addition or in place of these…

Chihuly Exhibition at Missouri Botanical Gardens May 14 2006

Just uploaded a bunch of pictures from our visit to the Dale Chihuly exhibit of glass artwork at Missouri Botanical Gardens. Neat to see this here at our local Gardens, since we also saw his work at the Royal Kew Gardens in England during our trip there for Miranda’s wedding.

Skateboarding Dog – Google Video May 14 2006

Skateboarding Dog – Google Video

(found it on reddit)

Dedi for Caseman May 8 2006

Got a dedicated box from these guys for the Caseman project.

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