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Encouraging Results in Early Safety Trial of DNA Vaccine for MS

Reports this week from the BBC, the Washington Post, and the Telegraph, among others tell of a promising result in an early trial of BHT-3009.

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Joey Cheek Keeps On Fighting for Darfur

Latest news on Olympic speedskater Joey Cheek: Having collected 42,000 signatures on petitions calling for China, Sudan's largest international trading partner, to help in putting an end to the genocide taking place in Darfur, he personally delivered the petitions on July 25th to the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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National Champions for Slipstream-Chipotle, Another Positive for Astana

So apparently the Discovery Pro Cycling Team will be no more after the end of this season. But meanwhile things are looking pretty good for Slipstream, the US's newest international team.

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Tour de France Rest Day: My Favorite Anecdote from Week One

During the rest day, I've been speed-reading through various reports and blog entries for the first nine days of this year's Tour. My favorite story so far comes from David Millar's Stage 5 diary account of rookie British sprinter Mark Cavendish on his first-ever hilly TdF stage:

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Stained Glass Colors and Churches in Prague

Rambling blogging and reminiscences follow, mostly triggered by Blake's comment on stained glass colors. It got me thinking of the glass in St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, begun in the 14th century but not completed for almost 600 years.

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Hey, Entrepreneurs: Free Seminars

I followed a link to the Small Business Center at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College because they're offering two seminars on biodiesel fuel, which is what I'm working with in my current graduate research.
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Joey Cheek Honored at 14th Annual Iba Awards

It's nice to see the honors still coming for local skater guy Joey Cheek, and that his good works continue. Looks like this award was received on June 4 in Tulsa, OK, and was presented by the Rotary Club of Tulsa in memory of the legendary Oklahoma State basketball coach Henry P. Iba.

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Test of Image Tags: My Goofy Fixed-Gear Funnybike

This is a test of using an IMG tag to include a photo in a post.

I have a fixed-gear bike that began as my younger sister's Raleigh Record, which she got in 1973 when she was 10 years old.

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Jerseys Choices: Bland, Tacky, or In Between

Since getting my supersweet 2006 Roadskater.net jersey last fall, I now have exactly one really nice cycling/skating jersey. (The blue one that I'm wearing in my avatar image was borrowed for the photo. I only own a leafy green one.) I was riding last Saturday and noticing how comfortable it was on a warm and humid almost-summer late morning, and entertained thoughts of getting one or two more good ones to be able to accomodate workouts on back-to-back days and such.

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Thinking About Stuff

Things that have been on my mind, none big enough unto itself to warrant a blog entry:


Knoppix recommends having at least 128MB of RAM "to use the various office products," but even 256 can be pretty painful if you do much of it, and 512MB is way better.

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Helmets: Is Cheaper Safer?

From The Recumbent Blog:

There is growing evidence that the new crop of hyper-ventilated helmets that are so popular these days are potentially less safe than traditional smooth-shelled designs. These "racing" helmets may pass the current Consumer Product Safety Commission drop tests, but recent accident reports suggest their squared-off edges and aerodynamic "tail" can grab the road, increasing the possibility of rotational brain damage, neck injuries, and helmet dislodgment.

Links from that post point to several articles on helmets.org, website of the independent and non-profit Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute.

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Found Poetry in my Email

Kinda slow here lately posting-wise so... I've been keeping a file of odd phrases in spam emails when they caught my eye for a while. Together they made a little random poem. (No "poetry" tag for InlineCafe?)

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Does being a Brave Soldier help road rash?

I was browsing a list of products on the Bike Nashbar website and something called "Brave Soldier First Defense" caught my eye. Blurb says that it was "originally designed to treat road rash at bikes races," and that it "cleanses and removes debris with a powerful, yet soothing antiseptic wash that doesn’t sting."

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Café si vous plait

True Inline Cafe post here, nothing whatsoever to do with skating...

I think it was last Thursday or Friday when I watched most of the old comedy The Mouse the Roared on TCM. It's a really funny film, with Peter Sellers giving terrific performances as three different characters. But I didn't recognize who the female lead was and I looked it up on IMDB.

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Peer Pressure and Finishing the Ride

I liked this little piece that appeared on Cyclingnews a couple of days ago:

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