Thursday, October 14, 2021

Still here.


I exist. I am real. Well, real enough to cause myself some damage. 

Apologies for not staying up to date and posting more often, but, well... Life.


No excuses. I'll be back. 


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Friday, July 23, 2021

Still at it, just not so much right here...


Sorry about the ongoing failure to post, but I have plans to get back to something more consistent... soon. 

In the meantime, you may like to follow me on Quora. I do post there (almost daily) on many topics, including finance, business, economics, society, and science.

Stay well, keep safe.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Yes, I'm still here and there's always new content...

Just scroll down and you'll find new stuff.... trust me!


Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blog-all catchup summary

Thursday, April 19, 2007

A quick browse

Just did a quick browse around the web... you may enjoy it, don't know...

  1. Started with Wikipedia - cycling
  2. Osteoporosis and master's cyclists (that's me): "Weight-bearing exercise performed during teen and young adult years did not appear to influence BMD, as there were no differences at any site between those within the upper and lower 50th percentiles for weight-bearing exercise during the 12-18, 19-34, or 35-49 year time periods. These data indicate that master cyclists with a long history of training exclusively in cycling have low BMD compared to their age-matched peers. Although highly trained and physically fit, these athletes may be at high risk for developing osteoporosis with advancing age."
  3. Back to Wiki - Bicycle
  4. Dartmouth's cyclewiki
  5. Would you believe it - the UCI's official ProTour mediaWiki
  6. Not sure about this one - worldnakedbikeride Wiki
  7. Back to Wikipedia - Aussie cyclists
  9. Interesting Aussie site, Spinopsys
  10. Biocrawler... on McEwen
And back to work for me!

Wednesday, February 21, 2007

So what's new?

Well what can I say? After snapping my seat post and rubbing my lycra-clad body along the road I managed to patch myself up and heal - if slowly. Then I dealt with the infection that set in a bit later. Tiresome? You bet! I have had a good run or 2 in the Alfa, and have patched up bike number 1, so all's not too bad. And I have been riding the track bike (in lieu of road!) So you want pics? Well they are right here!

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

My recent mythoblogia links...

Burning Harry Potter
Forbes mag reports here on book-burnings , especially of Harry Potter novels . Now these fundamentalist views are right - author J K Rowling is indeed influenci..
One basis for religious myths
It's not hard to guess why we have epic myths about creation, but religion goes much further. The typically well formed religion offers buffers against all sort..
I can't not write about Revelations. It's apocalyptic. It's about the end of the Earth. Or of our days on Earth, maybe. Supposedly written by John, Revelations ..
Months of the calendar
A bit Anglo-centric and Western I know but I've always liked the history behind seemingly simple things like the calendar. Firstly there are some contradictions..
Another snake's tale - Indra and Vritra
The Yahweh vs Leviathan story is all about slaying that pesky old religion and asserting the power of the new over the old. Same with Zeus defeating Typhon. It'..
Flood tales
You may have read or heard of Noah and his ark , or Utnapishtim and the Gilgamesh epic , or the even earlier Sumerian Epic of Ziusudra , and of the great flood ..
Kali and Medusa
No, they weren't flatmates in some sordid uni squat. But they do have some interesting parallels. Medusa , the Gorgon with writhing snake-hair, feared by all, o..
Tiresias, the blind seer
Another fascinating story that I have marvelled over for decades is the story of the blind seer, Tiresias. It's got it all. It goes somewhat like this (there is..
More on Goddesses
There's a long history here and it's natural that man, struggling in the wild, fighting tooth and nail for a niche in the wilderness should take special note of..
Griffins, Gryphons and their ilk
Griffins can be simply eagle-headed men or women, but more usually are lion-bodied and can have an eagle's wings as well as equine ears and - sometimes - even ..

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Bush recognises need to move to alt fuel

George W. Bush. Given the guy has an MBA I would think he's able to see that the Western world - indeed the whole world - needs to move off fossil fuels for economic reasons, if nothing else. I still can't see hydrogen making the cut any time soon, but there are some reasonable alternatives. The one cut not mentioned is simply driving less. See what George W. says here at Carconnection.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Astounding 2,000 year old geared calculator

OK, it's the most advanced technology known from times BC... it's the Antikythera mechanism and you can read about it here.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

OK, I'll go riding instead

I haven't driven the Alfa for 2 weeks or more... will it start? Yes, I have charged the battery... maybe I should ride the bike instead.. less carbon emitted into the atmosphere that way. Or maybe I should just walk somewhere closer. Decisions, decisions. It's just I'm feeling a bit cooped up. The good news is that bike racing is about to recommence here on the Central Coast (Lucca Rd, North Wyong, from December 1 - at 6pm). Yes, the crits are on! The bad news is that (a) I haven't raced since May and (b) I haven't actually ridden for 4 weeks. Hmmm.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Blogging away

I was asked the other day why blogs were interesting to me... so I had a think and this is what I thought:
  • Done well, it's more personal - it's a window into someone's thinking and their life
  • It can also be a portal to new ideas, interesting info, instruction or a collection of some sort
  • Blogs present a more balanced view than the general media - you see more people writing about more subjects in more styles (admittedly both good and bad)
  • Blogs present life in more depth - this can be really passionate stuff about important causes or just an insight into a personal daily dilemma, but it's now revealed, rather than hidden.. it's an open door
So why do I blog?
  • I want to share a lot of info that I have collected
  • I want to revisit my past - as I delve into my interests and collections of images and documents I unearth something about me that I had forgotten, or had submerged
  • I want to clarify my thoughts - and writing helps me do that
  • I want to know more, and my blogs give me a reason to research a topic I may have otherwise neglected.
You may have different thoughts... but that's it from me, for now.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Now I always wanted a VW Scirocco, but...

Back in the late 70s, early 80s I hankered after a car that never made it to Oz... the VW Scirocco. A swoopy coupe, it was the better looking alternative to the boxy Golf Gti. Which we also couldn't get here, so I souped up a Golf GLS instead. (Honda ripped the Scirocco styling off for the original Accord, IMHO). Anyway, via the - the new Scirocco? Maybe. It's looks OK but my heart still says 'Alfa'...

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Been driving

I've been driving. Well, about 800km, give or take. In a Mazda Premacy, which is a 2.o litre inflated hatch sort of thing. With wife and 3 kids on board plus luggage we managed to average about 10l/100km at just under 100kmh. Not too bad. The trip was improved by the standard of the roads, which has improved markedly over the last decade or so, although you'd never know it if you read the local newspapers which go on and on about how bad the infrastructure is. Many of them are toll roads but that's OK with me as it was worth paying for. What I do despair about is the amount of land taken up by roads. What were 2 lanes meandering through the countryside have become 4 or even 6 lanes barging through the bush, plus a 'nature strip' in between. I know it has resulted in improved driving safety but it's also resulted in greatly increased driving boredom. And a fear within me that we have ripped up too much of the country, removed too many trees and diverted too much land from the healthy business of maintaining natural balance to the less healthy business of, well, just business. When do we stop and reflect on what is a good balance?

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The Who - Pictures of Lily

It's 1967 and The Who are trying to record Pictures of Lily... it's funny... it's great!
That'll Be The Day

A little something to remember drummer Keith Moon of The Who by...

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Been riding

I've been riding the (push) bike a bit. You see more things than you do in a car and I tend to wonder: "was I like that/did I do that when I was 20?" Sometimes I wonder "am I turning into an old fogey?". I also wonder how long we can do this to ourselves before the environment gives up and collapses.

I have seen/felt:
  1. The wind, fresh air and sun (and wondered if car-dwellers realise they are missing out?)
  2. The coolness of the forest (we have some tall trees here and when you ride through them the temperature drops 2-3 very noticeable degrees and you wonder about nearly treeless suburbia and all the air con running to cool what could be cooled naturally)
  3. The smell of foul exhausts - we really haven't fixed this one, have we? Drivers may be unaware, but walk or ride along a road and take a look and a whiff of what still spews out the exhaust - it can't be improving our environment, can it?
  4. The idiots on the roads
    • the P-plater in the massive V8 tank who overtook me at full throttle doing at least 90 in a kid-filled 50 zone - why?
    • the same P-plater who spun and almost smoked the inside real wheel on a tight left hander - showing off to the 6 and 7 year olds playing nearby what his foot can do with an accelerator?
    • the Mitsubishi sedan that had rolled (or was just poorly parked?) across 2 driveways, sideways, the unfortunate thing being the brick retaining wall in between - and the front wheels high in the air
    • another V8 driver who chose again to do around 90 in a 70 zone and come within a metre of me and another rider (riding legally on the shoulder, single file). Yes, my friend, you are a weak coward, an intimidating bully and a complete loser - or just completely unaware of what you are doing and a danger - in any case - to us all

Saturday, September 16, 2006

The Who - Join Together

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

I've been busy

It may not look like it but I have been busy. Apart from working for a living - which is not what you see here - I have been creating or updating a few blogs and image galleries... like...

My portals
My Alfa pages

My bike racing pages
My myths and Legends pages
My sustainable business pages
My overly long list of blogs
My image galleries
Community and networking pages
Sponsors and other pages

Surely that's enough for now!

Friday, September 08, 2006

How can you resist?

A rust-free guarantee... wow. I can't resist.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

It's not about the bike, it's the marketing

What is it about the Vuelta that makes it sink without a trace in the Australian media? Why does Le Tour de France get such a boost and the Tour of Spain disappear from view? Was the Giro reported any better? Or worse? My personal feeling is that Aussies have to be winning, but they win lots of races and don't get a run, so that's no the whole story, is it?

Doesn't help that it's September - the footy finals season. Yes, it matters to plenty of people, but we can think and read about more than one thing at a time, surely? We can thank our lucky stars for the WWW. And the click-thru revenue that could stay in Australia drifts offshore...

Friday, August 25, 2006

Alfa GTV-6 at Spa

I can't resist a nice-sounding GTV6...

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

My reading list

Way out but worth it

Because I can, I will share here some weirder choices from my personal bookshelf. You may not agree with 'weird', indeed weird is the wrong word. Nevertheless I use it advisedly in the sense that I will cover subjects beyond literal truth. And I use truth advisedly as mathematics is the only provable truth. Everything else is either awaiting a mathematical proof or is a belief, a theory or an assumption.

Just to explain my thinking: you may believe in what you can see, hear and/or touch, and that's cool; but it's not necessarily a literal truth. Even if a thousand people see, hear and/or touch that thing it doesn't make it true. It may be real enough to the people concerned but it's not an incontrovertible truth. It may be an illusion. It may be a shared thought. It may be a shared assumption. It's something, but it's not a literal truth. To be a literal truth requires proof. To my mind we can only be certain of mathematical proofs, as I haven't seen any other proof that convincingly lives outside the mind or perception of man.

And I could be wrong about maths. Perhaps there is no independent proof? Ahhh, but that's an undiscovered country from whose bourne no traveller returns....

So to the first installment of my 'way out but worth it' booklist, in no particular order:

  • Bill Shakespeare's works in full. An essential lesson in the use of the English language, up there with Fowler's.

  • The Elegant Universe (by Brian Greene. Post-Einstein string theory to get you thinking.)

  • Anything by Richard Dawkins or Stephen Jay Gould. As I said, there are mathematical proofs and there are theories. Some theories are more compelling than others.

  • The Torah (the Pentateuch, the Book of Moses: a lively read, basis for Judaism and the Old Testment and a fascinating read on any level)

  • The Bible (Greek for 'Books'; The Old and New Testaments: basis for the Christian cults and a brilliant read)

  • The Koran (Arabic for 'Recital': another excellent piece of writing and the basis for Islam. I have the Dawood translation)

  • The History of Magic (by Eliphas Levi: a great, compelling read. Spot the a ha! 'Harry Potter' moments and see the footprints of Rowling's research)

  • The Theory of Celestial influence (by Rodney Collin: immensely detailed, it wallows around trying to 'prove' a case scientifically but falls magnificently short. Can be heavy, clumsy and painful to read... but still worth it for the determined!).

That's just for starters. Let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Does it ever stop?

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Brown wins Stage 4 in Germany

Graeme Brown finally delivers for Rabo (Cyclingnews quote and link): However, with 500 metres remaining, the field came back together, just in time for one last suicidal attempt from Jens Voigt (CSC). With that over before it even started, Australian Graeme Brown threw his bike across the line and took his first victory of the year, beating Schumacher and Zabel to the post.

What a relief! He's had his ups and downs, but he looks pretty happy about winning a stage of the Deutschland Tour. Renshaw was in the Top 5 and Zabel has taken the lead. Can he hold on over the mountains? You'd like to hope so, but with Vino one of many contenders just 48secs back, highly unlikely.

On Landis: It's hard to know who's clean, what with masking agents and autologous transfusions, and we have to trust the integrity of the sampling and testing procedure. So is it as robust as we'd like? Cyclingnews gives a rundown on the B sample result here:Christian Prudhomme, Director general of the Tour de France, said Landis is no longer considered champion of the 2006 event, but added: "Until he is found guilty or admits guilt, he will keep the yellow jersey. This is normal. You are not sanctioned before you are found guilty.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Aussies in Germany and Denmark

A good result for 2 Aussies in Stage 3 of the Tour of Germany, as reported by Cyclingnews:
1 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Wiesenhof Akud 4.56.22 (41.16 km/h)
2 Erik Zabel (Ger) Team Milram
3 André Greipel (Ger) T-Mobile Team
4 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team CSC
5 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Credit Agricole

And O'Grady takes yellow in Denmark, again reported by Cyclingnews:
Stage 3 - August 4: Kolding - Odense, 203.7 km Förster scores for Gerolsteiner, as O'Grady takes yellow

Friday, August 04, 2006

Aussies in Denmark

Some Aussies are doing well in the Tour of Denmark... stage 2 - see Cyclingnews for the report: 2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team CSC 0.21, 4 Cadel Evans (Aus) Davitamon-Lotto 0.23, 5 Baden Cooke (Aus), 14 Gene Michael Bates (Aus) Team L.P.R. 0.39

Monday, July 31, 2006

Other sports and doping

Because I can, I will comment on drugs, doping and what have you. It's just my opinion but I personally realised something was truly happening - as against being told by press or dodgy friends what "was" happening - when I spent time in an eastern suburbs gym in Sydney, building up for bike racing (more of a psychological boost than a physical one). This was the mid 1980's. These big, shiny, oily pimply guys were always there lifting massive weights (and gazing into mirrors) and they could sell you "stuff". It reminded me of 'under the stairs' deal at high school, actually, but different stuff. That other stuff you got at the pub and was detrimental to sports performance, or general sanity for that matter. (Not that I did, but some people did do that other stuff, anyway!)

So you could buy any sort of body-building drug at that particular gym, in my experience. Presumably other gyms as well. I also "knew" about the occasional cyclist's drink bottle ("bidon") that (it was suggested) contained alcohol, to give some sort of kick up hills or before a sprint. Don't know how effective it was, but a few people seemed to like it and claimed to "know". Bikes of course are build to carry bidons as well as riders and musette bags, but what about other sports?

'No-Doze' was also big in the '80s for that caffeine kick, and coffee itself gained notoriety in sports where being "aware" and awake was important. Again in cycling there were "special" bananas to be eaten just before a race finish. Now these were reputedly spiked with amphetamines, but who knows the truth? No-one did a laboratory analysis on this sort of stuff at the time and it may have been riders just bragging. But very, very few people were drug tested pre or post race, even at elite State level back then, so anything could have happened. (And I have yet to see a club-level drug test, even now. Tell me if you've seen one!)

So I can imagine, and it is just imagination fueled by innuendo and availability (particularly via the Internet), that some bike racers are using performance enhancing agents to "get noticed"; firstly at club level (basically weekly racing thoughout the year) and probably at State level. They would effectively get away with it. Testing remains something done at higher levels of the sport, not below. Not often, anyway, in my experience, would they get caught. On the other hand I have never myself seen a culture of drug use in cycling at first hand, beyond caffeine and stories of what other riders did. I heard about but didn't see the evidence.

Nevertheless we quite possibly get riders started on this stuff early and then they either chicken out, or get smarter. Or dumber? If there's money involved there's temptation. Of course cycling is not as "wealthy" as some other sports.

So what happens in other sports?

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Web resources - Roadcycling UK

An interesting take on the UK road and TT scene is to be found at RoadcyclingUK. Worth checking out. Here's a snippet on starting road racing in the UK:
Road Racing from scratch By RCUK "I could do that!" Almost invariably it's around the time of the three great tours that many occasional cyclists get so carried away by the unfolding drama, passion and competitive spirit of the Giro d'Italia,Tour de France and Spanish Vuelta that they picture themselves flying along in the midst of an illustrious bunch or riding with relative ease up steep mountain climbs with cheering crowds lining the road. At least that's what appears to be the case, even though you know that the apparent ease at which the riders are "flying" along at an average speed of 45k per hour is deceptive and the whole idea, in fact, may seem totally mad and completely and utterly out of my league - even more so as the prerequisite is incredibly hard training, unbelievable talent and a super-human physique. But cycling is all about sticking at it.

Monday, July 10, 2006

The Bike Content... not the contented bike

This all started in 1995 - the website, I mean. And I started with bikes. As in push bikes. I'm still riding, although most of it is done on an indoor trainer (located outdoors, as it happens!).

My original intention was to help get the uninitiated out on their bikes, riding and racing. That intent is still with me. With that in mind, try these links for starters!
  1. Bike racing 101. The beginning.
  2. Bike racing 101 - part 2. Motivation and Goal setting.
  3. My earlier work loosely called From E to A grade and back again
  4. The Addicted2wheels blog
  5. Mustknow Bikelinks
Look around the site and explore. Hope you find what you are looking for.

Monday, June 12, 2006

The Colnago file.. since 1995

Hi there! You've stumbled upon Rob Russell and Nicki Klausen, purveyors of fine web pages since 1995. Well, it's mostly my work, not Nicki's, and it's not so crash-hot but it's OK, isn't it?

Oh yeah, colnago is just my email address. I don't claim to represent Ernesto Colnago, his children, his bicycles or anything like that. I have owned a Colnago Mexico; I do own a Colnago track bike and a Colnago-engraved stem. Does that count?

Anyway, there's lots to read or look at, so please do. It's mainly focused on bikes, planes, trains and automobiles but there are politico-social philosphophical ramblings as well. It's updated almost daily, so come back again - it gets better ;-)

Cheers, Rob.