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By ad hoc (Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 10:01:36 AM EST) cycling, movies, weekend (all tags)
I skipped it. Well, most of it anyway.

Saturday was the parade and other main events and I had a ride. A friend and I did go to the Stuart Street block party for about a bit, but it was sort of tedious and the only drink choice was Bud, Bud Light, and Bud Select. I mean, those new insulated cans are cool and all, but it doesn't make up for what's inside. I drank two and couldn't stomach any more. We adjourned to a nearby watering hole for a few more, then called it a day.

On the way home, I ran into The Arborist and we chatted a bit. He's been trying to get Pink to move out of their apartment so he can keep it. That's probably the best thing as her family is very wealthy and she can afford to live anywhere with just a little call to daddy. The new GF, "Bunny"¹ didn't work out, so he's now back on the market. Apparently, this is not a good thing, as he would much rather settle down. Sort of. But not get married or anything.

So, ladies, if you're interested in a 35-year-old Arborist who makes a pretty good living, is very good looking and in great shape, friendly, good sense of humor, likes to dine out and go clubbing, and lots and lots and lots of sex,² PM your CV and I'll pass it along.

¹ her real name
² opinion of long romantic walks on the beach is unknown; however, if it ended in sex, I'm sure his opinion would be AWESOME.

Attention CRwM and Kellnerin infidels: Opine, please.

Footie fans: Adidas Chapel in the Köln train station.

Saturday was King’s Tour of the Quabbin. I didn’t tour the Quabbin, I cut it short.

What a miserable day. And it didn’t start off well. My phone went out,  (although the DSL is still working), I forgot my camera, I forgot my fenders, I forgot my glucometer, and I missed my exit off the turnpike which meant I had to meander through Worcester on 122 the hard way.

I got to Rutland shortly after 7 and stood around waiting for the rain to stop. It didn’t.  I’d planned on doing the 100 mi., but wanted to get started earlier to finish earlier since high winds were supposed to kick in around 2 pm. The 200k was supposed to start at 7:00, the 100mi at 8:00 and the 100k at 9:00. Several people standing around bagged it for the day and didn’t ride at all. I finally rolled out at about 7:35. In the rain.

I had to decide by mile 34 while route to do. That’s where the 100k splits from two longer rides. But by the time I got to the first (and only!) rest stop, I’d pretty much made up my mind that I wasn’t going to full 100 mi. It’s a good thing, too. I had zero energy left by the time I got finished. Two guys, Bill and Tom. rolled up while I was trying to decide, and I rode with them for most of the rest of the day.
I swear there are as many hills in the 100k as the 100mi, but compressed into 40 mi less. I will be mapping out the 100k shortly, so we’ll see whether that’s true. The 7Hill site says the 100 mi has about 7500 feet of climbing. All I know is I was completely wiped by the end of the day. I didn’t help, either, that the day’s high temperature was 56 degrees. Did I mention it was raining?

There were one or two very, very brief periods of no rain. In one place, the pavement almost got dry in spots, and the sky started to lighten. But that only lasted a few minutes and it was back to rain. I have a Fassa Bortolo cycling cap that I wear under my helmet when it rains. By the end of the ride, all I could do was grind out the hills watching that little bead of water sliding back and forth on the end of the bill. And now that I think about it, I must have left my cap in Rutland. I can’t find it.

The wind also started kicking up, but since so much of the ride (or at least the 100k) is in the hills, you’re pretty much sheltered from the brundt of the wind by the trees. In the 100mi you’re pretty exposed out there on US 202.

I got home around 3:30 or so, and had the car reserved until 11:00 pm, but didn’t have any energy to do anything else. It was a cold, rainy, miserable day. I have a 200k ride next weekend that I’m now wondering about. It’s much flatter ride (Boston to P-town) but it is 130 miles.

I spent Sunday cleaning the bike. It's all sparkly now.

Since the ride Saturday was supposed to be a long one, I took the dog over to my friend who is also a contractor at the same client. He vented for nearly an hour about $manager. She's really worked my last good nerve fairly often, but I never work in the office, whereas he is physically there two days a week. I guess there are a few times when it's nearly come to a shouting match.

That's actually good to hear. I was starting to think all this issues were communication trouble on my part, but it seems it's a systemic thing. I tell myself I should feel better about that now, but really, what it means is that this is as good as it can get.

Bought a bunch of stuff for the bike today. It should be here next Monday.

4D Man
[Netflix] [IMDb]

Tony Nelson (James Congdon) (no relation) develops an amplifier that allows objects to pass through each other. I’m not sure what the amplifier is amplifying, but it might be brain waves or something. In true scientific spirit, Tony's older brother, Scott (Robert Lansing), experiments on himself and he’s able to pass through walls and whatnot. The cost is that, as he’s apparently doing this by transitioning into the 4th dimension (time), he ages rapidly but he’s able to stave off the aging by passing through other people and reclaiming their energy but killing them in the process.

There’s a potential story here, but this isn’t the way to do it. The movie is too disjointed and badly acted, with attrocious beat music (bongos and high hat cooldom) that’s it’s really tough to watch. "No! Scott! Don’t!". William Shatner would be proud. And Speaking of Mr. Shatner, Scott Nelson is played by the guy who played Gary Seven. This also has a very young Lee Meriwether and an even younger Patty Duke.

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Happy Pride | 19 comments (19 topical, 0 hidden)
Ah, the train station... by Metatone (4.00 / 1) #1 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 10:12:21 AM EST
I used to commute through there sometimes.

Bet it's impressive to look at when you're there.

The credit Gary 7 as 'Robert Lansing' by DesiredUsername (4.00 / 1) #2 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 10:18:25 AM EST
I guess the cover story is that he, James Coburn and Steven McQueen are three different people, otherwise the temporal agents would be alerted.

Now accepting suggestions for a new sigline
Did you try the phone number? by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #3 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 10:20:26 AM EST
I wrote it up on "Atypical" with a link to an author defending the practice.

I don't have strong feelings either way. If an author does it voluntarily, then that's their call. They want to sell ad space in their novel, so be it.

What the article doesn't mention, and what I'm not cool with, was a reported '03 deal sci-fi/fantasy publisher Baen made with Coke and Microsoft. Supposedly, Baen's author contracts state that the publisher can unilaterally write in product placements. So, Coke and Microsoft get their plugs, Baen gets the money, and the writers get their books littered with ad copy whether they like it or not.

Oh! by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 10:31:37 AM EST
That must be where I saw it! Damn this Bloglines, every site looks the same!

I have very mixed feelings. My purist side loathes this as just another step in the long swift march to non-stop consumerism. I mean, ads on the back of fortune cookies?

OTOH, there are sometimes it's actually kind of cool, at least in movies and if it's handled well. I love the product placement in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Then again, that may not have been product placement per se, since they used iconic companies that would surely be around come 2001 like Pan Am (oops), AT&T (oops) and IBM.

Still, in a book it's different. It reminds me of a Monty Python sketch. You know, the one where the minister for $some_department is here to talk about $serious_topic wearing a fetching pink floral design from Armani ($350.00) and a matching Gucci bag ($225.00).
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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Not sure how that'd work by ucblockhead (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 10:47:42 AM EST
Given the sort of military SF Baen publishes, I'm not sure how they could do it.
[ucblockhead is] useless and subhuman
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I've been had. by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 11:18:32 AM EST
I'd put in the "reported" and "supposedly" because it sounded fishy. I'd never seen any of Baen's contracts nor seen any back up stories. Turns out the Baen story was an April Fools cooked up by Locus Online.

Looks like they caught me. Shame on me.

That aside, I stand by the general concept. Voluntary product placement is an author's choice. Not one I'd make, but then I don't try to make a living by writing. Forced product, if it indeed happens, would not be cool.

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funny you should mention this by Kellnerin (4.00 / 2) #6 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 11:00:33 AM EST
When discussing another controversial book with D (one which is no longer in circulation), I was mentioning the preponderance of brand names in it. (That other book is pitched as an adult book, but it's YA at heart.) D's mind jumped to product placement, although it's unclear if that was really the case, or just part of the landscape of the narrative.

Ethical issues aside (and on those, I basically agree with CRwM), I think too-specific brand names tend to shorten the shelflife of the book. I'm guessing "Lipslicks" is going to sound a little silly/weird/incomprehensible rather soon. The same issue exists in any medium, but I have a sense that the novel is a form that's meant to last, or at least has the potential to be more than "of the moment."

The interactive stuff, the websites and phone numbers, all sounds kind of cool, but it's the same issue. How long will they commit to maintaining them? Maybe "Cathy" isn't the stuff of lasting classics (or maybe it is, I dunno), but it bothers me that the book as currently conceived will likely deteriorate over time. The pieces will start to disappear or become inaccessible so that eventually it will no longer be "whole," so to speak. I think that's shortsighted and downright irritating.

But that's just me.

"later" meant either "when you walk around the corner" or "oatmeal."

What would be placed in a Dickens novel? by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 11:06:24 AM EST

I mean, I like looking at the ads in old magazines, but that doesn't mean I want it in a novel. It just blurs the line too much. You end up with something like the MSNBC Movie.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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Dickens Product Placement by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 3) #9 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 11:36:00 AM EST
"Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show. People who believe I turn out to be the hero also purchased Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer, which the Publisher's Weekly called "topflight storytelling." People who feel these pages show that somebody else is the hero of my life purchsed The Barbeque! Bible by Steven Raichlen. The average customer gives The Barbeque! Bible four and a half stars."

- Charles Dickens, David Copperfield: To the X-Treme!!!, a Penguin Deluxe Classic Edition.

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Sounds like a new FC by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #10 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 11:40:32 AM EST
First there was the Bulwer-Lytton contest. Then, there was the WFC. Now, the best of both: Rewrite the opening line(s) of your favorite novel with product placement in the NRPPFC (Novel Rewrite Product Placement Fun Challenge).
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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It is weirdly addictive. by Christopher Robin was Murdered (4.00 / 2) #12 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 11:56:21 AM EST
"It was a bright cold day in April, and the precision-crafted Jeger-LeCoultre Reverso Gran' Sport Men's Watches were striking thirteen."

- George Orwell, 1984

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of Jaguar XK Convertible, with Bosch® Servotronic 2 power-assisted, speed-sensitive, variable-ratio rack and pinion, Enhanced Computer Active Technology Suspension, 3-point front safety belts with pyrotechnic pretensioners, and 7-in. touchscreen for audio, telephone, climate, navigation, personalization, and valet standard."

- Jane Austen, Ride and Prejudice

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A screaming came across the sky. by Driusan (4.00 / 2) #14 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 12:53:05 PM EST
It was not the first time it happened, but nothing gave Slothrop a hard-on quiet like the thought of a Boeing 787.

Vive le Montréal libre.
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It is by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #16 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 01:38:45 PM EST
The studio was filled with the rich odour of roses delivered by a participating local FTD® florist, and when the light summer wind stirred amidst the trees of the garden, there came through the open door the heavy scent of the Highland lilac from Rochester, A Timeless Frangrance, Inspired by Nature[tm], or the more delicate perfume of the Kabloom® pink-flowering thorn.

-- A Picture of Dorian Gray
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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It is, redux by ad hoc (4.00 / 1) #17 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 01:51:35 PM EST
Buck did not read the Seattle Post-Intelligencer "The Voice of the Northwest since 1863"[tm], a part of the Hearst Corp. family of papers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle toned with the AB-Swivveler®, and with warm, long hair, kept soft and easy to manage with White Rain® shampoo and conditioners, from Puget Sound to San Diego, where you, too, can spend a fun filled weekend for the whole family at the Hotel del Coronado - A KSL Luxury Resort.

-- The Call of the Wild
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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already there. by garlic (4.00 / 2) #19 Wed Jun 14, 2006 at 05:54:33 PM EST
You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain, and he told the truth, mainly.

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Wait a minute by Bob Abooey (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 11:47:26 AM EST
He broke up with Pink, but they continued to live together while he then dated Bunny?

That has the makings of a bad sitcom.

Warmest regards,
--Your best pal Bob

You got it by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #13 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 12:32:27 PM EST
Apparently, apartments are hard to find that girlfriends.

Has that been your experience?
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.

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Wow. Type much? by ad hoc (2.00 / 0) #15 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 01:11:26 PM EST
Apparently, apartments are harder to find than girlfriends.
Close friendships and a private room can offer most of the things love does.
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not mine by alprazolam (4.00 / 1) #18 Mon Jun 12, 2006 at 07:16:21 PM EST
it's easy to find a lot of low quality for either.

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