Today I got some bad news. Tom Teesdale died of a heart attack while riding his bike on Ragbrai in Iowa. Tom has quietly built thousands of bikes for hundreds of different bike companies. He built early Gary Fishers, the Kona Hot and his own custom frames through the hay day of mountain bikes. Tom’s shop was 4 doors down from my first girlfriend’s house in West Branch, Iowa and I spent a lot of time watching him work as a bike racing teenager. My first custom frame was built by Tom in 1995 and I raced for years on that frame. I will be thinking of Tom, his family and his contributions to the bike world today. Peace.
So… Yeah, Dark Energy.
We can’t see it and we don’t know what it is. So are physicists just making it up? Not at all: here are four good reasons why we think the universe is being warped by the dark side…
(via New Scientist)
Arthur Allen's book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, tells the story of two scientists—one Christian and one Jewish—who battled typhus and sabotaged the Nazis during WWII.
Transmitted by body lice, typhus killed untold numbers of soldiers and civilians during the war. Today’s interview explores the labor-intensive process of making the vaccine and the way the lab sabotaged the Nazis by weakening their vaccines and sneaking doses into Jewish ghettos.
Allen explains how the Nazis used lice imagery after they invaded Poland:
"The Nazis … always described the Jews as "vermin" and sometimes used the word "lice." …And this was an ideology that was belittling and obviously also associating Jews with sort of filth and contamination, parasitism — all of these things that you metaphorically can link lice to.
[The Nazis] made it very concrete after they took over the first Polish cities, that there were signs that went up all over Warsaw, for example … that would have a picture of a bearded Jew with a louse that said, “Lice, Jews, typhus,” to make that association in the minds [of] Poles — the idea of keeping them from protecting Jews, [of] seeing Jews as part of this invasive, parasitic, dangerous force that they had to avoid and exterminate.”
German anti-Jewish propaganda: “Jews, lice, typhus.” Poster printed in Warsaw in 1941 and distributed throughout the GG. Courtesy of ŻIH.
“I thought I had it,” he said. “I realised in the last 50 metres that I didn’t.”
Jack Bauer on almost winning stage 15 of the Tour de France which saw him and Martin Elmiger in a two man breakaway for nearly the whole stage and being caught 24 metres out from the finish line. The Cor Vos photograph comes from CyclingTips' coverage of the New Zealand rider's efforts.
The look of gutted. He’ll never forgive himself for that final 500 meters.
It is high summer. Tall grass grazing season.
Pasture clearing on-the-hoof. Goats as farm equipment as well as livestock. The way farming used to be, and should still be.