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Promote Inline Skating & Cycling Like a Bacon Explosion

Have you heard of the Bacon Explosion? If so, how did you learn about it (really, post a reply if you feel up to it? For me, it was one of my favorite places, the "most-emailed" section of the New York Times website. But for many, it seems it started with Twitter, then was boosted by StumbleUpon and probably Digg.

You may be saying, "huh?"

OK. First of all, a Bacon Explosion is a food item, some would say, and a very pig-oriented one, as it is made of...

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Greensboro NC Making a Bid to be the Home of the U.S. Cycling Hall of Fame

Another sidebar news item...WRAL reports that the Greensboro News and Record reports that Greensboro has "made the cut" in bidding to become the new home of the United States Cycling Hall of Fame. Supposedly GSO is in the "final four." Who knows how significant this could be, but at least it shows there are people in Greensboro trying to bring more visitors to the city, especially those who are interested in bicycling and other forms of active transportation. Thanks to Neil Belenky and the rest of the Greensboro task force involved in making the application.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 4' 24.5964" N, 79° 47' 24.576" W
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Help How To Apache2 Server Access Log Lists Only IP Address 127.0.0.1 (Every Line): Squid, Varnish or Other Reverse Proxy

Pulling through the trees of Ubuntu Server 8.10 (aka Intrepid Ibex), Memcache, Squid, Varnish, APC, PHP, Apache, MySQL and other LAMPmines, it's easy enough to miss a note here and there. One of those sour notes I hit continued unnoticed until I checked the server logs and every line began with 127.0.0.1, the local loopback address.

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Georgia Cycling Grand Prix Series to Visit Gwinnett County Northeast of Atlanta Georgia in 2009

Gwinnett County, bisected by I-85 northeast of Atlanta with the modest water tower reading, Success Lives Here, or some such, is showing signs of wanting to be involved in local and regional pro cycling events. The Gwinnett Sports Commission is a cosponsor of the ten-event Georgia Cycling Grand Prix. According to the Gwinnett Daily Post report:

Location

Lawrenceville, Georgia
United States
33° 57' 1.7136" N, 83° 59' 23.2872" W
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Joey Mantia Slow Motion 300fps Inline Skating Speed Outdoor Track Video: What do you notice?

Check out this video of Joey Mantia on an outdoor track, in slow motion video... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9jbxcxJELQ Notice anything specific? (Other than muscles, I mean!) Anyone know where the video was getaken? [Later: I think I found it and have it pinned on the map. I'm sure eebee can help with the meaning of the title...sounds like community health insurance commission or similar, but the googlemaps note says it's an outdoor, covered, 200m track. Sweet.] Thanks to Brian R for posting that link on the skating social list.

Location

Gemeindeverwaltung Krankenkassenkontrolle?
Frauenfelderstrasse 10
Weinfelden 85700
Switzerland
47° 34' 5.6028" N, 9° 6' 29.1024" E
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Fresh Snow, Dreams Deferred, Two Young Friends of Decades Past, President Obama, the United States, and the Inauguration of 2009

After some days of often solitary study, testing, learning, failures and some successes (think Ubuntu Server, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Nginx, lighttpd, Memcache, Varnish, Squid, Alternative PHP Cache), I drifted to sleep as though it were the night before Christmas. Would there be snow? Would there be joy? So I awoke early on Inauguration Day 2009 with anticipation, and yes, my world had been treated to a fresh forgiveness of snow outside.

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United States Capitol Washington, District Of Columbia
United States
38° 53' 23.334" N, 77° 0' 35.8164" W
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Join Roadskater.net to Skate or Bike Tour to Tanglewood September 24-25 2009 in Greensboro NC

Hey to all. If you've missed it so far, Tour to Tanglewood this year is September 26 & 27, 2009. This is perfect, coming 2 weeks before Athens to Atlanta, so Tanglewood can be your last hard weekend of hills if you want to make it that way. Or it can be a leisurely group skate for you fasties who want a longer taper. Regardless, it's music for the soul so come join us to help people who can't.

Location

United States
36° 4' 55.0164" N, 79° 58' 1.0812" W
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Skating in the New Year 2009 in Glenwood Neighborhood of Greensboro North Carolina

This year we wimped a bit on the skating in the new year bit, but we did go out for 20 or 30 minutes in Glenwood neighborhood, eebee and myself. The temp was in the upper 20s so we didn't stay out too long. We took a few photos, and I'll probably include a couple of them here. Enjoy.

Location

United States
36° 3' 46.2888" N, 79° 48' 37.4652" W
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Roadskubuntu 64 Out for a Spin on the Slow, Crowded Internet Onramp with a $215 AMD 64 X2 Vista 32 Ubuntu 64 Box

Well after many months of running on empty on an overused underpowered system, Roadskater.net is rolling on the same slow road to the internet highway but with a faster machine...a dual-core amd cpu (not blazing, just 2.2 GHz or so), lots of hard drive space, and 3 gig of DDR-2 800 RAM (waiting to go to 8G soon). I'm not sure if this kit is a bit overclocked but my memtest reports moving faster than claimed. Anyway this whole kit (3G RAM version) ended up at $215 pre-tax as a demo sale so cross thy fingerettes me skateys.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
36° 4' 24.5964" N, 79° 47' 24.576" W
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Holiday Shopping Deals That Help Roadskater.net Too: Forerunner 305 for just $150, Much More

Some have asked if there's a way to help Roadskater.net other than donating money, and here is one that won't cost anything. In general, if you plan to buy anything on ebay.com or amazon.com, if you can visit roadskater.net and do the first search from the sidebar ebay and amazon search boxes, that helps (especially if you end up joining ebay and buying or selling something not long afterward).
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Where Do Those TSA and Other Security Confiscated Pen Knives, Manicure Scissors, Skate Tools Go? How About Stolen Guitars?

I bet you've had a skate tool taken now and then at airport security, right? I did. I had a somewhat sentimental first edition roadskater.net (home-branded) long handle Allen wrench taken when I boarded with my skates, forgetting to put the tool in luggage. They were entirely uncaring and unhelpful of course.

Maybe USPS could have Priority Mail boxes and APCs there and we could mail them to ourselves! The government would make some money but at least in the service of us keeping our personal stuff, instead of them making money off our personal stuff. Huh?

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Cruisin' in the Country (the first century I skated) Claxton, Georgia
United States
32° 9' 40.734" N, 81° 54' 14.6772" W
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Shani Davis Shows How to Skate: Full Extension, Heel Push

Check out this article on Shani Davis, who was amazing last year in the World Cup season (indoor long track) and has taken three of four individual events in his specialties this year already. The news may be aimed at the X vs. Y junk (now that elections are mostly over) between Davis and Hedrick, who joined with Trevor Marsicano to place 2nd in the team pursuit, but the most important part may be the photo (apparently from the 2006 Olys, eh?).

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Heerenveen
Netherlands
52° 57' 23.5044" N, 5° 55' 34.3884" E
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Tour de Georgia 2009 Pro Cycling Race Flats Out

It looks like I'll have a bit of extra free time, sadly, and a bit less life, particularly the life of watching cycling via internet streaming video...for 2009 at least. In the year that Lance Armstrong may be coming back, it seems he won't be coming back to the Tour de Georgia because it won't be there according to the foundation that owns the tour. 

Location

Switchbacks on NC-184 Beech Mountain Parkway Beech Mountain, North Carolina
United States
36° 10' 51.366" N, 81° 52' 17.2884" W
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Greensboro Downtown Greenway Plan Includes 40-Foot Stainless Steel Rod Artwork

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United States
36° 3' 47.1672" N, 79° 47' 57.606" W
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Carolina Century 2008 Photos 102-Mile Bike Ride Inline Skate Roadskate Greensboro NC

Check out my 570 photos from the Carolina Century at: http://roadskater.net/photos/carolina-century-2008-greensboro-nc-102-mil... The photos are from three cameras in time sequence, the vast majority (510) from my road cam and the rest at the start/finish at Gospel Baptist Church. Here's the kmz file for Google Earth for 510 geolocated thumbnails from my road cam (additional photos available on the above collection):

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Bethany FIre Station Rest Stop 2 Bethany, North Carolina
United States
36° 18' 40.5612" N, 79° 50' 55.4748" W
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