A PACKET OF CRISPS.

31 10 2009

NOW. I WANT ONE.

NO I HAVEN’T BEEN DRINKING.

ONE OF THE HORRIBLE WALKERS FLAVORS WOULD BE QUITE NICE, THATS ALL.





Local advocacy group plagiarizes their “about page”

28 10 2009

From Yay Bikes!:

Mike Reed

Plagiarism is unethical. It is also the hallmark of a complete lack of innovation and original ideas. How bad are things going when the very words your use to describe your group are taken from another source?

courtesy of someecards.com – get some

Join me for a trip in the Wayback Machine to December of 2007 where we’ll learn that Bike PGH has used the language describing their organization for quite some time (Bike PGH circa 12/2007)

Let’s look at a local bicycle advocacy group, Consider Biking. This is just sad. I’ve bolded the parts that differ- they are hard to spot as they are so few and far between. I will break my own rule about not linking to this group in this one case to point out the plagiarism.

COBAC/Consider Biking’s about page:

Quote:
Consider Biking is committed to making Central Ohio increasingly safe, accessible, and friendly to bicycle transportation. The work we do is at the heart of urban environmentalism – raising awareness about oil dependency, pollution, congestion, safe streets, good urban design, and public health. We are partnering with local stakeholders to improve our streets, bridges, and trails in order to make riding to work, shopping, and exercising by bicycle safe and fun for everyone in the Columbus metropolitan area.

Bike Pittsburgh’s About Page:

Quote:
Bike Pittsburgh is committed to making Pittsburgh increasingly safe, accessible, and friendly to bicycle transportation. The work we do is at the heart of urban environmentalism – raising awareness about oil dependency, pollution, congestion, safe streets, good urban design, and public health. We are partnering with local stakeholders to improve our streets, bridges, and trails in order to make riding to work, shopping, and exercising by bicycle safe and fun for everyone in Pittsburgh.

Wait, there’s more.

COBAC

Quote:
Why Consider Biking Works:
Consider Biking has been here helping, asking, training and working to make Columbus a better place to live, work, and ride. We bring cyclists in the region together with the know-how to make bicycling a safe, convenient and fun way to get around. Our achievements rely on three key elements:
• A professional staff that meets regularly with government officials in the meetings that affect your cycling environment
• Dedicated volunteer leaders and a board of directors who meet regularly to keep us on track
• Active members who come from a multitude of backgrounds to combine the strengths of commuters, bike clubs, trail users, racers, and mt. bikers to create a potent constituency.

To find out in more detail what steps we are taking to improve bicycling in the Columbus area, please read about our projects and campaigns in our Events section.

PGH

Quote:
Why Bike Pittsburgh Works:
Since 2002, Bike Pittsburgh has been here helping, asking, training and working to make Pittsburgh a better place to live, work, and ride. We bring cyclists in the region together with the know-how to make bicycling a safe, convenient and fun way to get around. Our achievements rely on three key elements:

* A professional staff that meets regularly with government officials in the meetings that affect your cycling environment
* Dedicated volunteer leaders and a board of directors who meet regularly to keep us on track
* Active members who come from a multitude of backgrounds to combine the strengths of commuters, bike clubs, trial users, racers, and mt. bikers to create a potent constituency.

To find out in more detail what steps we are taking to improve bicycling in the Pittsburgh, please read about our projects and campaigns in our campaigns section.

Who knew that Pittsburgh and Columbus had the exact same kinds of cyclists with the same needs, and employed the same exact tactics for promoting cycling? Exactly.

Here are some original ideas- and COBAC even can have my permission to loot from these as they please. A strong cycling constituency begins with a group that has and is founded on integrity. Integrity means, among other things, not helping yourself to things that are not yours because you feel like it. To effect any real mode shift people are going to have to dig deep and muster up some original ideas. This group appears to lack them at the core. At the very least know what your organization is “about” and think up some of your own words to describe it. Respect ideas and intellectual property. It may seem like a small matter in your group to lift content from some other advocacy group’s site, but it suggests much about your organization. Finally, Columbus has unique cyclists and our cyclists have unique needs. Do them a service by doing your own work and thereby demonstrating that you have a clue about their needs beyond some boilerplate copy/paste text you took from someone else.

I love Pittsburgh and I’ve talked with folks from Bike PGH at BikeBike- they are an innovative, cutting edge advocacy group and don’t deserve to have their hard work appropriated in any way, no matter how large or small. I’ve sent them a quick note to let them know. I’m not sure if they’ll be outraged or not, but I get pretty miffed when people take the stuff I think up.

A word of caution. Know what you are getting into if you work with Consider Biking/COBAC- in my opinion this group lacks of original ideas and has demonstrated that they are not above taking ideas from some other source to fill that big, empty void… down to the very words that describe their organization.

Screenshot attached- these kinds of things have a way of disappearing or getting corrected once you shine a light on them.

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I’m really loving Mike right now, hes got me feeling that special feeling deep in my loins.





Foul Fixed Gear Velocipede

27 10 2009

From Married to the Sea

I totally know how she feels. I mean at least about getting off the fixie.





How is this any more disgusting than eating a dead bird in the first place?

22 10 2009

A story about a woman who was “disgusted” by finding the head of a chicken in the package with the rest of the bird she bought at a grocery.

“Miss Kirby said: “I bought it a few weeks ago and put it in the freezer but when I took it out and cooked it, I saw its head and neck were tucked underneath.”
“It was disgusting. It was cooked but I took it into the shop because they weren’t answering the phones.”

How is this any more disgusting than the carcass of the bird? People are silly animals.





Bike Lanes Are Bad Enough As It Is, But This…

21 10 2009

I mean, really. Clicky here.

No, really, like this:

Reasonable.

Reasonable.

In addition this quote from 70 year old footballer Roger Craddock :

“I’ve got one cartilage left in my knee, so it would be absolutely stupid to pack it in before I tear that.”

Pretty much sums it up. I’m thinking he know what its about.





Road Rage! Doctor on trial for hitting cyclists.

19 10 2009

http://velonews.com/article/99398/

“After one cyclist slammed into the rear of his car and vaulted over it into oncoming traffic, and another crashed through his rear window, Dr. Christopher Thomas Thompson called 911 and told the operator, “They’ll tell you they are seriously injured, but they’re not.”

Prosecutors presented a recording of the call on Friday during the opening day of testimony in Thompson’s trial on assault with a dangerous weapon and other charges. The trial continues Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Thompson, 60, a former ER doctor, purposefully braked in front of the two riders as they descended Mandeville Canyon Road on July 4, 2008.

Cyclist Christian Stoehr hit the back of Thompson’s Infiniti sedan and went over the top into the other lane. His injuries included a grade-3 shoulder separation and road rash. Ron Peterson went through the rear window; the impact broke his nose, nearly severing it, and shattered several of his teeth. More than 90 stitches were required to reattach his nose.”

Read the rest of the article here.





someone had better find this guy before the bike owner does.

15 10 2009
someone is a gonna get a hurt a reaaaaal baaad

someone is a gonna get a hurt a reaaaaal baaad