Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Femmtastics (and the MereCats)

Number 4! Numer 4!  Woo hoo!  Way to kick @$$, LADIES!

Wtf, you say?

Since I've not allowed myself to train the last few months and may or may not doing any more racing, I've scratched that itch virtually by playing FSA's directeur sportif game sponsored by Podium Cafe, which does a great job covering women's racing.  Yes, that's right.... a fantasy cycling league.  When you sign up, you get a certain number of points that constitute your budget, then you have to hire a certain number of riders. You only get to do it once - no trades, no do-overs.  You're stuck with who you picked and can only cheer or groan accordingly.

The riders are priced according to the previous year's ranking, so as you can imagine, top racers are incredibly expensive and one realizes the budget is woefully inadequate in about 30 seconds.  I decided to play at the last minute and selected both a women and men's team in a couple of days.
So, without further ado, let me introduce you to The Femmtastics  who a currently ranked 4/308.  YAY!  My Mere Cats (709/917) are much lower, but Contador did take his second Tirreno-Adriatico stage this morning, so I have hopes.   Who knows?  Maybe even "On-Sale Andy" will pay out later in the season, and you'd think anyone with "Steel" or "Stig" in their name should at least win one race this season.

The Femmtastics
Country Trade Team Rider Price Prev Score ↓
1. GBR DLT Elizabeth Armitstead 20 1126 780
2. SWE GEW Emma Johansson 60 6104 690
3. USA ALE Shelley Olds 20 1437 275
4. GBR GIW Lucy Garner 6 336 200
5. NED RBW Thalita de Jong 1 310 170
6. USA SLU Carmen Small 14 1276 0
7. USA DLT Megan Guarnier 10 562 0
8. AUS LBL Amy Cure 6 786 0
9. AUS GEW Gracie Elvin 4 90 0
10. GER WHT Charlotte Becker 2 315 0
11. LTU RVL Inga Cilvinaite 2 195 0
12. GBR WHT Laura Trott 2 90 0
13. USA TIB Amanda Miller 1 55 0
14. AUS WHT Peta Mullens 1 0 0
15. GBR WHT Joanna Rowsell 1 100 0
Total: 15 riders 150 12782 2115

and The Mere Cats
Country UCI Team UCI Cat Rider Price Prev Score ↓
1. SVK CAN PRT Peter Sagan 40 3580 240
2. USA BMC PRT Taylor Phinney 14 552 100
3. ESP TCS PRT Alberto Contador 16 904 80
4. FRA BEL PRT Jonathan Hivert 2 160 40
5. GER TNE PROF Paul Voss 1 80 15
6. GBR MOV PRT Alex Dowsett 4 195 2
7. GER GIA PRT Marcel Kittel 20 1150 0
8. USA BMC PRT Tejay van Garderen 16 875 0
9. LUX TFR PRT Andy Schleck 8 15 0
10. COL GRS PRT Janier Acevedo 6 330 0
11. UKR AST PRT Andriy Grivko 4 431 0
12. GBR OGE PRT Simon Yates 4 140 0
13. POR GRS PRT Andre Cardoso 2 145 0
14. USA BMC PRT Peter Stetina 2 100 0
15. ESP EUK CONT Carlos Barbero Questa 1 70 0
16. BEL LTB PRT Stig Broeckx 1 30 0
17. USA UHC PROF Ken Hanson 1 80 0
18. BEL OPQ PRT Iljo Keisse 1 50 0
19. GBR GRS PRT David Millar 1 50 0
20. KAZ TRK CONT Andrey Mizourov 1 100 0
21. SLO LAM PRT Jan Polanc 1 70 0
22. COL CAN PRT Cayetano Sarmiento 1 20 0
23. BEL TSV PROF Stijn Steels 1 50 0
24. AUS GRS PRT Steele Von Hoff 1 45 0
25. USA OPM CONT Tom Zirbel 1 100 0
Total: 25 riders 150 9322 477

Selecting the men's riders was difficult because points can be earned in minor races too, so you really have to know not just the pro tour guys, but everyone to do well.  In any case, I enjoyed watching racing before, but the emotional investment of selecting someone for "my" team has rendered it even more entertaining.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sheclismo Herstory Hustle...more info

Sheclismo Herstory Hustle...more info: Meet up at Pepe's Bistro (if you haven't visited in awhile, he's moved to the south side of town) at 7:30 with your lil' lady B-doll. The race starts at 8, but you'll have some things to do before you can leave Pepe's, so being there at 7:30 is strongly encouraged. Hey, you could even show up earlier and have some dinner!

Question: Can I bring a Ken doll, or does it have to be a Barbie?

Answer: As long as your doll will help you express your inner diva, you can bring whatever sort of little doll you'd like. 

Cost of race: $5

SHEnanigans abound. Check back later for a beautiful spoke card designed by Berly.


Saturday, February 23, 2013

Herstory Hustle next Thursday

That's right, it's time for the SHECLISMO hustle: Herstory
Study Up.  

Friday, January 25, 2013

Happy (belated) birthday, Internet

I've been employed in an Internet-centric way since 1995, I think. That's a long time, but it's all because a teacher way back when noticed my interests and told me about a presentation on Mosaic. He said it was going to be important and I should pay attention. It was and I did. Thanks, G. Tuck.
Marking the birth of the modern-day Internet: Today is the 30th birthday of the modern-day Internet. Five years ago we marked the occasion with a doodle. This year we invited Vint Cerf to tell the story. Vint is widely regarded as one of the fathers of the Internet for his contributions to shaping the Internet’s architecture, including co-designing the TCP/IP protocol. Today he works with Google to promote and protect the Internet. -Ed.

A long time ago, my colleagues and I became part of a great adventure, teamed with a small band of scientists and technologists in the U.S. and elsewhere. For me, it began in 1969, when the potential of packet switching communication was operationally tested in the grand ARPANET experiment by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

Other kinds of packet switched networks were also pioneered by DARPA, including mobile packet radio and packet satellite, but there was a big problem. There was no common language. Each network had its own communications protocol using different conventions and formatting standards to send and receive packets, so there was no way to transmit anything between networks.

In an attempt to solve this, Robert Kahn and I developed a new computer communication protocol designed specifically to support connection among different packet-switched networks. We called it TCP, short for “Transmission Control Protocol,” and in 1974 we published a paper about it in IEEE Transactions on Communications: “A Protocol for Packet Network Intercommunication.” Later, to better handle the transmission of real-time data, including voice, we split TCP into two parts, one of which we called “Internet Protocol,” or IP for short. The two protocols combined were nicknamed TCP/IP.

TCP/IP was tested across the three types of networks developed by DARPA, and eventually was anointed as their new standard. In 1981, Jon Postel published a transition plan to migrate the 400 hosts of the ARPANET from the older NCP protocol to TCP/IP, including a deadline of January 1, 1983, after which point all hosts not switched would be cut off.

From left to right: Vint Cerf in 1973, Robert Kahn in the 1970’s, Jon Postel

When the day came, it’s fair to say the main emotion was relief, especially amongst those system administrators racing against the clock. There were no grand celebrations—I can’t even find a photograph. The only visible mementos were the “I survived the TCP/IP switchover” pins proudly worn by those who went through the ordeal!

Yet, with hindsight, it’s obvious it was a momentous occasion. On that day, the operational Internet was born. TCP/IP went on to be embraced as an international standard, and now underpins the entire Internet.

It’s been almost 40 years since Bob and I wrote our paper, and I can assure you while we had high hopes, we did not dare to assume that the Internet would turn into the worldwide platform it’s become. I feel immensely privileged to have played a part and, like any proud parent, have delighted in watching it grow. I continue to do what I can to protect its future. I hope you’ll join me today in raising a toast to the Internet—may it continue to connect us for years to come.

Posted by Vint Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

The Recycled Orchestra

The Recycled Orchestra:
David Haglund is moved by the above trailer:
If you do not lose it a little when 19-year-old Juan Manuel Chavez starts playing Bach’s Cello Suite no. 1 on an instrument "made from an oil can, and wood that was thrown away in the garbage," then you are made of sterner stuff than I.