Close to the Racers in Georgia

I’d love to be down in Georgia right now, watch the Tour De Georgia as it rolls through the state. Becase the sport isn’t as popular here as it is in Europe, there’s an opportunity to get very close to the worlds best racers, as this picture of Mario Cippolini shows. For cycling geeks like me, it would be the equivalent of seeing a Tiger Woods / Phil Mickelson shootout on a public course with no crowds or TV.

Getting Ready for My Trip to France

I’ve been meaning to get up to speed on my french, but there have been too many diversions (the slow, spiraling fall of the national prestige, Nipplegate, IRS suits knocking at my door). So, thanks to the Internet, I’ve learned what I need to know:

I understand your language perfectly.
Je parle français comme une vache espagnole.

Stupid uncultured lout.
Stupide beauf inculte.

Where can I find the dissidents?
Où se trouvent les dissidents ?  

It’s nothing compared to our shopping centers.
Ça ne vaut rien à côté de nos grandes surfaces.

I’m a personal friend of the Ambassador.
Je suis ami[e] intime de l’Ambassadeur.

I know I’m naked, could you just tell me how to get back to the hotel?
Je le sais bien que je suis à poil; je veux simplement savoir comment rentrer à l’hôtel.

Don’t you speak English?
Vous parlez pas anglais ?

It’s better in the States.
C’est mieux aux Etats-Unis.

Weird or Porn

Guy makes himself a light-emitting Tron suit for a convention. But, really, isn’t this taking your love of Tron just a little too far?

The biggest deficiency was that none of them attempted to capture the green tint of the characters’ outfits in the computer world. Yes, I know that was added in the digital animation process, but, still, a white costume just doesn’t look right. Many of them also used black for the circuit patterns, one more step away from the costumes the viewer saw in the movie.

I decided I could do better, at least to my own way of thinking. This is not a slam on those who have gone before by any means, just an observation that I could resolve what I saw as deficiencies.”

This is what might happen to you if a) you’re a geek b) with a special talent for stitchery and c) a predilection for groundbreaking sci-fi, (not the dumb stuff, though). But, mostly, d) a trip planned for a convention where you really want to strut your stuff. Literally.

(I might have to make this a special category for this…. )

(Bonus: He lives in Fairmont, MN!)