Sunday, July 29, 2007

Sore de France

So USA Cycling sends me a sample copy of Road Bike Action Magazine. Reading anything with a pro on the cover feels illicit nowadays with all the doping scandals. But this one is slightly different. More of a high-end Bicycling Magazine, more about everyday riders and training tips (with top-shelf bike porn to keep publishers happy) . What's really cool, though, are the pages dedicated to the readers in a section called "Why We Ride." Like this gem:

In the beginning I had no worries
In the beginning I was healthy
In the end I'm diabetic
In the end my child's autistic.
Now, in the beginning and the ending, I ride.

--Albert Galatan

Speaking of cool magazines, check out Rouleur. From their banner: "Rouleur is a quarterly cycling journal. It is beautiful, rich and deep - an antidote to conventional cycling media." Gotta love publications that describe themselves as "journals." This is what Wax Poetics is to hip-hop.

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A Scanner Darkly
1408
The Lives of Others

300
Curse of the Golden Flower
Babel
The Departed
Pan's Labyrinth

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Tonight I Burn Brightly
, Bill Ricchini
Both Sides of the Gun (disc one), Ben Harper
Man With a Movie Camera, The Cinematic Orchestra
Languidity, Sun Ra
Sound Grammar, Ornette Coleman

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Maverick Supersonic

So anyhow. I try to keep these entries short just so I can get them posted. But they wind up longer than anticipated, meaning they take longer to prepare, meaning I end up not having enough time to do it.

But, today calls for a post - however long it might become. I contributed a special edition 13"x19" Perhaps poster to yesterday evening's Galleon Trade Ship Launch, a silent auction to support the Galleon Trade's three-country (PI, US, Mexico) arts exchange program. Being without a date I didn't stay long, but when I left, my print had a couple bids, the last one a $50 jump from the previous bid ($20 being the minimum increment), so I was sufficiently flattered. My faves from the auction were by Megan Wilson, Jennifer Wofford and Michael Hall


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With summer is in full swing I'm more likely to be out enjoying the nicer weather than indoors doing art stuff. And the bike lust is in full force. I did complete May's Grizzly Peaks Century with its 9,000 feet of climbing over 109 miles. Exhibit A:


I'd also flirted with the idea of organized racing, and abruptly learned (by lasting just 10 painful minutes in my first race) that it's a whole other ballgame. Group rides and tours, even alley cat races, are one thing. Riding in a pack of 50-75 riders bent on spitting each other out the back is another. Whoa.


So, as it's said, if you can't be fast, you can at least look fast (or ironic). Two new jerseys that increase my power output:


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Flick List


1408
The Lives of Others
300
Babel
The Departed
Pan's Labyrinth


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Reads

Ten Points, Bill Strickland
The Stranger, Albert Camus