Monday, July 21, 2014

Commute Report: Riding is Racing

New Rule:
If I pass you up a climb, and you accelerate to pass me back, you have to then ride hard enough to drop me. Otherwise, you have no right to look shocked / angry / surprised that I've held your wheel up the rest of the climb, down the next descent, and around the corner, only to destroy you as we sprint to the line in the Park.  

In the case I've just described, you are the one who started racing. All I did was bring it home hard enough to show you who was boss. 

Weekend Round-Up: Dreaming of Maine

It's Monday, and that's a bummer, but we've got less than two weeks until we leave for Maine. That is awesome!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday Reading Room: What I'm Reading this Summer

The news is all crap this morning, and I refuse to share any of it.  I don't want to talk about the jet--you can read about that everywhere--and while the NYT has an interesting article about part-time employment trends, I have no idea how to summarize it effectively.  This morning's Saturday Reading Room is therefore actually what it claims to be--a reading room.

Here are four books I'm planning to read in the next few months.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Five Things on a Friday: Super Changes with Superheroes!

Happy Friday!  
It’s supposed to be gorgeous this weekend, and I don’t mind telling you that I cannot wait.
1. Thor is a girl
The gender-switching plot is a common
trope for comics.  Stephanie Brown's
"Girl Robin" is my favorite version of it.
The thing about making Thor a girl is that it’s been done before.  In one of the ancient stories (Prose Edda?  I can’t remember), Thor loses his hammer to a frost giant, and Loki turns him into a woman, so that he can woo it back.  In female form, Thor agrees to marry the king of the frost giants, who then throws an enormous feast in his new bride’s honor.  But the giant cannot impress his new bride with anything under the sun, until he finally brings out Mjolnir, which is his greatest treasure.  Thor grasps the weapon, and his female form is dispelled, after which he and Loki slay the frost giants.
My point in all of this is not that Marvel shouldn’t have run this particular story—that Thor becomes unworthy to wield the hammer, that Odin then assigns it to someone new, and that this new someone is a woman.  That may well work, and if it does, that’s great.  I’m all for new storytelling as long as its good.    

Thursday, July 17, 2014

I Hit the Wall Yesterday

It wasn’t a particularly hard day or anything, but I was stuck at my desk all day, and perhaps as a result, my back hurt by the time I got home.  I’d already decided to swim, though, and with Sally and the girls out for the evening, I stuck to the plan and headed for the pool.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wanderhaven Sourcebook: The Priestess of Artemis and Background: Temple Orphan

As we were setting up our D&D Characters last weekend for our upcoming vacation campaign, my daughter Emma announced that she wanted to play a priestess.

Me: What kind of priestess?

Emma: I wanna be a priestess of Artemis.

Me: Um… what?

Emma: Artemis!  You know, she’s the goddess of the moon and hunting.  Oh Daddy, you’re so silly.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Bastille Day!

Stage 10: L'ouch!

I don't know how much the General Classification is going to change today, but there's a pretty big battle brewing for the Maillot à Pois.  

I'm expecting to see Joaquim Rodriguez finish with the polka dots today, but we may also see somebody like Tommy Voekler attack.  With it being Bastille Day, we're guaranteed to see a bunch of French riders go right from the start.  Should be pretty entertaining.