Did you know that the Vancouver Olympic medals contain recycled electronic waste?
The 2010 medals are making Olympic and Paralympic medal history because they are the first to contain metals recovered from processing the circuit boards from end-of-life electronics (ewaste).
The Olympics start August 8 and I plan to be glued to the TV set (Thank you Tivo) for the next few weeks.
Having been lucky enough to attend the Sydney Olympics in 2000, some of my old friends will be competing (go Dara Torres). If yo want to some information about the medals for the Beijing Olympics, you can read more here.
Animated Knots is one of the best web sites I have come across in ages. The website does exactly what the name suggests: it shows you how to tie dozens of knots using step-by-step animation.
Organization: The knots are grouped by area of interest which means that some knots will appear in more than one place. Select the area of interest you need with the buttons or the pictures above, or go to the The Knot List to find the knot by name. If you know what you want to do, but don't know the name, look in the Uses page for that area. For example, if you want to secure a boat's mooring line, go to the Boating Uses page and look under Secure Mooring Line.
Animation: Each knot automatically "ties itself" when the page opens. Fast and Slow buttons allow each animation to be replayed. Many of the animations can also be reflected left for right or inverted with the Normal, Mirror, Inverted, Rotated buttons under the title. To study each stage, the animation can also be played step by step: just move the mouse over the row of numbered buttons under the knot. For many knots an extra button, Structure, shows a picture which helps understand the way the knot "fits together".
You can also buy the animations on CD Rom if you want to practice without an internet connection. Thumbs up for a great web site!
Ron and I have a friend named Trevor. Trevor is crazy. His idea of a vacation is going to Costa Rica to run in a 150 mile, 5 day race though the jungle. Or going to the Grand Canyon and running down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side.
Yesterday Trevor participated in a relatively tame event: Jackson Hole's 33rd Pole, Pedal, Paddle. Here's what it's about:
Alpine Ski Leg: The alpine ski leg is held at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. All Classes ski a 3,500 giant slalom approximately 3 miles in length, following the Women's World Cup Downhill course. Sponsored by: Teton Village Sports.
The Cross-Country Ski Leg: The cross-country ski leg consists of 10 kilometers of prepared track at the base of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort over rolling terrain. A 3-5km running leg will replace the Cross-Country leg if there is insufficient snow. Sponsored by: Skinny Skis.
The Bicycle Leg: The bicycle leg is a 19.8 mile course that begins at the exchange area in Teton Village parking lot. The route follows Teton Village Road, Wyoming Highways 22 and 187/189, to the exchange area beneath South Park Bridge. Sponsored by: Fitzgerald's Bicycles.
The Boating Leg: The boating leg is on the Snake River and includes 9 miles of Class 1 and 2 moving water with small waves and strong eddy lines. The stretch is from South Park Bridge to Snake River Sporting Club Bridge (formerly Astoria Hot Springs) Sponsored by: Rendezvous River Sports.
This is Trevor's equipment for the race:
Oh, and it was snowing yesterday. Did I say Trevor was crazy?
You can read Trevor's first person account on his blog Denali2030.
My friend Adam Radley is crazy enough to plan on running in the London Marathon (conveniently he lives in London so he won't have to deal with jet lag). He's raising funds for a children's charity and would like to support the cause. If you'd like to donate here's the link:
Here's a little about the charity:
National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
The NSPCC is the UK's leading charity specialising in child protection and the prevention of cruelty to children. It is the only children's charity with statutory powers, enabling it to act to safeguard children.