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John Clarke
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Beautiful 49-mile ride through Yosemite Park and up Glacier Point Road to (almost) Badger Pass ski resort.

Started at Tenaya Lodge, a nice hotel with a not-very-helpful concierge: having advised sticking to local MTB trails ("Don't go on 41, you'll be roadkill) she shrugged her shoulders and told me I was crazy.

In fact, Highway 41 through Yosemite is (at least in October) very quiet and beautiful. The few vehicles gave ample space during the ascent, and during the descent I could easily keep up anyway (Park speed limit is 35, *cough*). The one irritation is that even cyclists have to pay their $10 at the gate. "You mean you're going to charge me the same as them?" said I to the ranger, pointing to an SUV full of fat people. "You work for Google, you can afford it" came the reply. -1 to wearing a Google jersey...

At mile 20 I opted for Glacier Point Road, and avoiding likely overcrowded (and boringly flat) Yosemite Valley. I set a goal of reaching Badger Pass, where the family enjoyed skiing a couple of years ago. In the event my legs and lungs gave out at mile 25 (7,085ft), one bend short of my objective and I turned back to enjoy the long, fast descent: 35mph most of the way down. The Wawona & Mariposa climb out of the park seemed never-ending but I made it back to the lodge just in time for the complimentary massage. Who needs pancakes anyway?

Little wildlife - a couple of deer, several dead squirrels (the only good kind) and no bears. Weather was fabulous, sunny but cool enough to leave the sleeves on.

Yay - my first KOM.
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So cool to see Kirk Originals featured here. +Graeme Kirk, get Jason on g+, will you?!
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Sigh. This just says it all...
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Got to love this.

Note for Americans: read as "Swedish Pharmacist"
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And your memory has conveniently removed the hours of dross you watched in between ...
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Great timing to get some winter gear if you're in the US.
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I've not seen these before, this is great stuff - a fascinating thesis (that more monetary rewards do not increase performance, but autonomy and purpose do) and a knockout animation that captures the essence of the talk while entertaining the other side of the brain!
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I love RSAnimate. Here is one of my favorites. Time well wasted....
J'adore RSAnimate. Voici un de mes favoris (en anglais). A temps perdu....
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Kudos, search team!
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Why I Use Google Instead of Bing and Yahoo. Pretty amazing!

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hilarious! I love box 3 in Bing's search results
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If you loved the music on Danny McAskill's Industrial Revolutions video (http://youtu.be/ShbC5yVqOdI)... well it was Wolves by Ben Howard, whose new album Every Kingdom was released last week. Check it out - and go see the tour if you're in the UK or France!
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So this is wild - twice in two days I've been in close proximity to President Obama: yesterday he was at the Computer History Museum, two blocks from my office... and today his motorcade flashed past us on the freeway between Denver and the airport.

I never quite realized the size of the entourage needed by a president. Must have been literally hundreds of cops, Secret Service and mysterious black vehicles with flashy lights.

I hope he got to see some of Denver. It's very pretty at this time of year!
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I don't use this profile so much (it's tied to a Gmail address I rarely use). You can find me instead at https://plus.google.com/u/0/110355445857739616224/about
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    Chemistry, 1987 - 1991
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