Local Road Work




Local Road Work

Originally uploaded by sebrenner.

Tonight around 7 o’clock I noticed these two kids pull up in front of our house in a plain pickup truck with a flashing light bar on the roof. They get out and set a few cones on the street and started directing traffic. I am thinking, “What is this all about?”

They set a 2×4 in the middle of the road with one of the kids standing on it. The other kid pulls a paint bucket and a paint roller from the truck and starts painting the dividing lines on the street.

I realize Madeira is a small town but I expected the road maintenance would be handled by a little bit large outfit than two teenager with a 2×4 and a roller.

I was especially surprised by their very casual one-hand, no-flag technique of controlling traffic.

A Simple Google Earth Hack

I saw this cool map of ancient Rome overlayed on Google Earth and I thought to myself I bet I could do that.


Rare-Maps.com Boulder 1910So I took a few minutes and looked around for an old map of Boulder, Colorado. Rare-Maps.com, a local Boulder gallery had a cool map from 1910. I then open Google Earth navigated to Boulder and used the Add Image Overlay function.


The overlay function is pretty straightforward. You can zoom in and out, resize the overlay, and skew it if you need to. It took me a few minutes to get the correct sizing and positioning on the map. I think it helps to align a feature that is on both Google Earth and the overlay. Once the feature is lined up I scaled the overlay until most of the features matched. I say most because I noticed I couldn’t get everything to lineup. I think the overlay may be a little off on scale and we are use a flat image to represent a curved surface.


Here is the Google Earth file if you are interested in taking a look.

Sea Kayaking in Baja

I spent one week paddling from Loredo down to Agua Verde with Outwardbound. It was a great time and a great way to learn to sea kayak. I was a little disappointed by the lack of challenges. I didn’t think the paddling was tough nor was the camping.

After the Outwardbound trip I traveled up the cost a little. Staying on various beaches and enjoying the sun, surf and Coronas.

I grew up in Boulder

And I can’t say enough good things about the city. It has great weather, great people, great activities and it is difficult to imagine a more beautiful city.

A Good Day of Snowboarding at Copper Mountain Colorado

Last season I put a gps on my arm and tacked a good day of snowboarding. I then overlated the track onto a topographic map of Copper Mountain.

Obviously it isn’t earth shattering but it is interesting that we rode 28 miles and 13,000 vertical feet. I don’t recall it being a particularly hard or fast day. Next year I think I will track more days and see how they compare.

No Faith in data for Bush Administration

For all their talk of faith. They sure don’t have any Faith in Data.


Bush vs. Science: “‘Is the Bush administration anti-science?’ asks Daniel Smith in The New York Times Magazine.   When Donald Kennedy, a biologist and editor of the eminent journal Science, was asked what had led so many American scientists to feel that George W. Bush’s administration is anti-science, he isolated a familiar pair of culprits: climate change and stem cells. These represent, he said, ‘two solid issues in which there is a real difference between a strong consensus in the science community and the response of the administration to that consensus.’ Smith cites a number of other scientists and advocates who are fed up with the right’s distortions of and interference with science, including Chris C. Mooney, author of the new book The Republican War on Science (watch for a Grist Q&A with Mooney coming up soon). But Smith also gives a fair bit of space to presidential science adviser John Marburger, who continues to defend the admin’s record. Guess which side makes a stronger case.”

I want to build one of these bike

I love riding my cruiser bike around town. It is easy, comfortable and a great way to get to know your community. A tall bike might not be quite as comfortable but I am sure it would help your community get to know you. At least by reputation.

Tall word of mouth: “My sister in Minneapolis spotted one of these today. I have yet to spot one of these on the streets of Chicago, but apparently the community of tall bike enthusiasts is thriving in the Twin Cities, she says. Apparently, it’s beginning to thrive in other parts of the country; there’s even a tallbike convention with — yikes — jousting. I…”