13 minutes of adrenaline

November 9, 2009

Usually, I grab lunch in the cafeteria, run back to my office and continue what I am working on. Sometimes, I permit myself a little perusal of the world’s news, specifically cycling. Today, I trusted a friend of mine with 13 minutes of my day. It was well spent.

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US To Olympians – B.Y.O.

February 11, 2008

When a caterer working for the United States Olympic Committee went to a supermarket in China last year, he encountered a piece of chicken — half of a breast — that measured 14 inches. ”Enough to feed a family of eight,” said Frank Puleo, a caterer from Staten Island who has traveled to China to handle food-related issues.”We had it tested and it was so full of steroids that we never could have given it to athletes. They all would have tested positive.”

So begins an article is yesterday’s New York Times. While over 25,000 pounds of lean protein to feed some 600 athletes is being shipped from stateside, much of the food eaten will be sourced locally. Nowadays, the food must pass nutritional and other guidelines.

So athletes beware, if you are feeling a little stir crazy in the athlete compound and want to get out for a little sightseeing, watch what you eat. That reminds me of a story when my wife and I left the hotel in Cancun for a little ‘authentic’ Mexican food… Never mind.

The long tail may help cycling

January 7, 2008

One of the new mantras post “Tipping Point” is the Long Tail. The theory is that technology is allowing us access to such a wide choice of items. We are no longer bound by the physical limitations of a retail store. Using an example of music, a retail outlet can only hold so many CDs. Therefore, it stocks the CDs that have the broadest appeal.

Now with iTunes and other digital music stores, I can search for any arcane piece of music and since there no physical limitations of packaging, shipping, housing, etc., I can find it and purchase it. The Long Tail theory states that the sum of all these one off songs surpasses the sales of the popular songs.

For the upcoming Olympics, Microsoft is poised to announce a deal where they will show an additional 2,200 hours of live coverage and 3,000 hours of on demand coverage of Olympic sports. The coverage will focus on those sports that tend to get short changed on network TV.

Since cycling is a “Long Tail” sport, we should be getting access to some cycling footage. I don’t know about you but I’m pretty sick of the highlight shows to get my cycling fix.