LA loses to the Kardashians

This is about LA, Lance Armstrong and it’s definitely not about the bike.

One of the people that I follow on the web is Dan Zarrella.  Dan compiles data about social web sites like Facebook and Twitter.  What I like about Mr. Zarrella’s work is that he generates data from linguistic/cultural structures and social networks, something he refers to as Memetics  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memetics.

Dan recently published a list of rankings for Twitter Celebrity Clickthrough  Rates of various well know Twitterati; one of those ranked was Lance Armstrong, a well-know cyclist, cancer survivor and a leader in the battle against cancer.  Dan often talks about “influencers”, the personalities that other people follow and listen to.   Unfortunately (in my view) most of the people that were ranked were people without a message; just reality-actors, musicians, etc. Only a few of the ranked celebrities fell outside this circle.

Twitter Celebrity Clickthoughs

Twitter Celebrity Clickthoughs

Visit Dan’s website: http://danzarrella.com/celeb-ctrs.html#

It was good to see that Lance ranked fairly high on his ability to influence Twitter followers.   What surprised me most was the overall low response all these people had, <2%.    I would have expected better results for the likes of Mashable which has more informative content links rather than the reflective tweets of most twitters.

Why is it so cold?

Why is it so cold?

Check out this 300mb jetstream graphic from the atlbike.org Weather page, Monday 12/6.

http://atlbike.org/index.php?name=Atlanta-Georgia-Weather

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jetstream

jetstream

The jetstream is pumping cold arctic air into the Southeast.  Brrrrr!

Cleaning the Silver Comet Trail Report: Friday 20101203

A cold morning with frost on the ATV windshield and saddle.  I needed to wait for sunrise before heading to Rockmart, fortunately everything had thawed by the time I got there.   You certainly can’t run the blower with a frosty windshield and no defroster in the ATV.

Stats for the day: 50.48 miles, average speed 9 mph.  Normally the average speed is higher but the huge quantity of debris in Polk County was a major problem.  The section of the trail cleaned ran from downtown Rockmart to the Alabama state line.

Polk County has been trimming shrubbery along the trail and leaving a huge quantity of hazardous debris on the trail.  Thank goodness we have the blower running, there was so much mess I couldn’t get everything like I usually do, but I got probably got 98% of the debris off the trail. At least when you blow the trail, what gets missed is visible and easy for others to avoid or remove. The GRITS guys do a great job of following up and fixing things, in fact I saw Junior out riding Friday and we discussed the follow-up.   I’m very proud of the work that the blower does.  Here are a couple of before and after photos.

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This is how one of the worst debris strewn areas of the Polk County section of the trail looked.  Hundreds of debris chunks that are a serious hazard to bike and rider.

Debris on the Silver Comet Trail

Debris on the Silver Comet Trail

Of course the trail blower did a great job of cleaning up the mess.   This is how it looked on the return trip.  Quite a difference.

After the cleanup.

After the cleanup, note all the debris adjacent to the trail.

After the cleanup, note all the debris adjacent to the trail.

Finishing in Rockmart I get to treat myself to dinner at Frankie’s.  A good way to finish a hard day of  work making the trail safer and more enjoyable to ride.

Moonrise on the Silver Comet Trail

Cleaning the trail, heading back to Cedartown late Saturday evening, I enjoyed watching this beautiful full moon rising.

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Moonrise on the Silver Comet Trail

Moonrise on the Silver Comet Trail

a cleaner place

I don’t know that I’ve left the trail a better place, but certainly cleaner.

I ran the trail blower from dawn to dusk today.  Unfortunately my Garmin 305 locked-up today so I don’t know how many miles of trail I cleaned, but I’d guesstimate at least 35 miles.

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Silver Comet Trail

Silver Comet Trail

The trail blower really does an amazing job at cleaning the trial.

Here it is with it’s new winterizing accessories.

Trail blower with witerizing accessories.

Trail blower with winterizing accessories.

Trail blower with windshield and lights; rigged for winter running.

I don’t know what they call this location west of Landfill Hill, but it is a scenic stop with a panoramic view and some Fall color.

Panoramic view and Fall colors.

Panoramic view and Fall colors.

Winterizing the Trail Blower

Jim Brannan has added lights and a windshield to the trail blower.  I’ve run at night before when we did the GRITS Ladiga ride, but the blower blocks most of the light coming from the standard headlights.   I asked Jim if he could add some headlights.  So he fished through his collection of motorcycle goodies and came up with two halogen headlights, a side light to illuminate the left side and a windshield to reduce the effects of those early morning pre-dawn temps.

Thanks Jim, after the freezing rain two weeks ago, the wind screen will be a big help.

Photo taken this evening at the Hiram trail head on the Silver Comet Trail.  (click image to enlarge)

Winter accessories for the trail blower.

Winter accessories for the trail blower.

Cleaning the Silver Comet Trail Oct10,2010

Finished cleaning the trail between Rockmart and Cedartown today. Two very tough days of work. Completed all the trail sections between Rockmart and the Alabama border.   Jim and I have now cleaned the entire trail from the Cobb County line to the Alabama border.  It’s like a new trail in places.  I’ve included three videos from today’s work, which show the power and speed of our ATV-blower.

My favorite for the day was video #3

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Video #1

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Video #2

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Cleaning the Silver Comet Trail

I spent most the day helping the GRITS organization of Polk County cleanup the western section of the Silver Comet Trail. There were several horribly dirty sections on this remote portion of the trail, but our Billy Goat blower cleaned them up. This is a good demonstration of the power and speed of this blower/atv combination.

This isn’t a great video, it’s not easy to control the ATV and shoot video.  I asked Hollywood (Mike) to bring his camcorder out, however,  he couldn’t make it today, but I think you’ll get the idea of how well it works.

Be patient, it takes awhile getting to the “dirty parts” of video.

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This is what our Billy Goat Honda ATV looks like:

Our Billy Goat and Honda 350 ATV

Our Billy Goat and Honda 350 ATV

Sunset on the Trail: Florence Rd

Forrest and I had returned to Florence Rd a bit late.  Forrest ran off to check his Ebay bid for some geeky uwave power meter.   I stayed to enjoy and photograph the Sunset.  The scale of the image is fairly large as the final result was three images, digitally stitched.

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Sunset-SCT-Florence

Sunset-SCT-Florence

Thanks Paulding County!

Dwayne Cochoran from Paulding County Parks and Recreation came out with their New Holland loader and helped move out all the excess dirt we had from the tunnel work.  He worked most of the day and moved a lot of dirt.  This was very important because the excess dirt had the potential to generate mud and foul the drainage.

Amazing what this equipment can do.

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