Thursday, March 15, 2007

Wiggles Freak-Out

I have two kids, ages 1 and 3. They love the Wiggles. So, this afternoon I was surfing YouTube for Wiggles videos with Mary, the 3-year-old, and found this video. It's very odd, somewhat disturbing, and hypnotically addictive. Don't ask me why, but if you know the Wiggles, you need to take a look.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

What is Your Ideal Religion?

I'm a little bit off of the subject of cycling for the moment, but it is a Sunday. What is the best religion for you? There is a way to get an idea. It's called (I'm not making this up) the Belief-O-Matic. The Belief-O-Matic is part of the Beliefnet website, and it's an online quiz that will rank 27 different religions (including atheism/agnosticism) based upon how compatible they are with your own beliefs. There are twenty questions to answer, and it doesn't take long.

Beliefnet seems to be a great tool for gaining a basic understanding of various faiths. They provide impartial descriptions of many religions along with resources to find additional information. If you ever wondered if you were in the right place spiritually, it might be worth checking out.

I'm no Bible-thumper nor am I looking to convert anyone (except maybe to the Church of Steel!). For a guy like me who gets turned off by hardcore proselytizing, it was a comfortable place to visit.

Monday, March 05, 2007

Nitto Stem Comparison

I've been asked about the quill length of the new Nitto UI-2 stems. It measures about 78 mm from the top of the quill to the minimum insertion line. This is slightly shorter than the quill of the Pearl stem, but since the UI-2s I received have a 90-degree extension, the clamp still winds up higher.

This photo shows the two stems side-by-side:

Here is the same view with a rod showing the height of the clamp of the UI-2 stem:

Another view shows the approximate installation angle: