Saturday, October 25, 2014

Simple solutions to complex problems

I must like projects and after a big one, like building a home, my current one is creating a cove lighting setup for my daughter's apartment in Washington, D.C.

For a couple of months now, I've been racking my brains to find a solution that is elegant, durable and easy to execute. Thank to the internet, Youtube and a few forums, I have almost narrowed down my options and found a solution that I feel comfortable with. 
Best of all, I've learned so much in the process! Since that job is taking place 2,000 miles from my home and all my tools, I need to get my act together and I plan to write an assembly/manufacturing process to make certain my bases are well covered, something I haven't done for the past 50 years, back in the days I attended the engineering school in Cluses, France.

This should be interesting!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Skibola virus

Following decades of research on the subject, scientists at the University of Utah have finally isolated the skibola virus. This is an extremely dangerous and highly contagious form of virus that can lead to a disease characterized by a high level of addiction, even though the ailment only seems to be seasonal in nature.

Unlike most harmful pandemics, this one can be passed not just by exchanging body fluid, breathing airborne particulates or just touching. It also can be caught by visual and auditory senses, such as watching a ski movie or listening into a skier's conversation.

Boasting about one's achievement on a pair of skis has also been found to exacerbate the gravity of the ailment. As of now, no effective treatment has been found.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Middle East Mess

If there was no Middle East, life might be better on earth. Much better in fact. Religion, the usual suspect, fuels this never-ending conflict and maintains chaos on the planet. At this point, it's the tug of war between two branches of Islam and the Jewish religion that keep the flames burning and the civilized world on edge.

Are their respective Gods so different to warrant this? Should the West – which is highly responsible for facilitating the chaos – take up arms and attempt to achieve the impossible, namely reason with irrational people, or stay on the sidelines? I think the later.
Again, religions, that fuel the conflict, are the poison and presently, the (mostly) agnostic or secular West is held hostage by this collection of irrational populations in the Middle-East. These people are dogmatic, set in their ways, armed and dangerous.

There is no proven way to handle these folks, because insane behavior defies any logic. That is why, in my view, one course of action would be to let them hit upon each other, remain at a safe distance and watch until they totally self-destruct or eventually realize that peace isn't such a bad idea after all.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Roland Cattin, 1948-2014

Road biking is dangerous, not just for the falls caused by car traffic or other reasons, but because many a mature rider has lost their life due to the shear efforts the sport demands.

This happened this past Sunday, October 19, when Roland Cattin, CEO and founder of Time Sport International, passed away near his home in Paris, following a bicycle ride. The cause of death was a heart attack.

Roland was my boss for two years when I still was working with Look ski bindings and I remember him as an intensely passionate business person. He landed into the ski business through his first marriage to the daughter of Look founders and did the very best he could to save the company before it was acquired by Bernard Tapie.

He was a good and very fair boss to me. I'll never forget his stark intensity and commitment to his mission. He'll be missed an awful lot.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From Dongguan, China to Park City, Utah

Yesterday, we received some custom window coverings ordered through Blind.com.

For a week, we've been able to follow their whereabouts from the factory that manufactured them to size, in Dongguan, about 50 miles north of Hong Kong, to Shenzen the border town to that city.

They were flewn to Osaka, Japan before being put on a plane bound to Indianapolis, Indiana. From there, they got to Memphis, Tennessee, the large Federal Express hub, before their last flight to Salt Lake City.

The two parcels left the Dongguan assembly line on October 13 and were in our hands on October 20. That's right, just one week!

The cost was incredibly competitive and shipping was free; a deal very, very hard to beat. The process is called globalization.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Aie ! Svindal sur la touche ...

Un autre top skieur se fait mal, et cette fois, Aksel Lund Svindal ne pourra pas briller sur son théâtre préféré à Beaver Creek en Février prochain. Les accidents arrivent toujours, mais celui-ci n'avait rien à voir avec le ski.

Bien sûr, il n'est pas rare de se casser le tendon d'Achille en jouant au ballon, mais on peut se demander si ce n'est pas aggrave par le fait que les athlètes d'aujourd'hui sont tellement musclé qu'os est tendons ne peuvent plus faire le poids face à toute cette puissance développé par le réseau musculaire qui les entourent ?

Cela pourrait bien être possible et pourrait marquer une limite supérieure dangereuse à ne pas dépasser ...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blinded by too much technology

Yesterday I had another flat while riding my bike down the mountain. I heard a loud “Ffffff!” coming from my front wheel and I stopped; I just had another flat.

Now that I'm getting used to that sort of incident, I thought I could change my inner tube in a snap. Wrong! I couldn't even get my wheel out of the fork. You see, my new bike is equipped with a RockShox “Thru Axle,” and I couldn't figure out how to remove the wheel.

I hand-carried my bike down the mountain and my wife had to meet me on the road below, with the car. I searched online, looked up on Youtube, but still didn't understand how to proceed. Finally, a couple of hours later, tired, desperate and frustrated, I drove my crippled bike to the sport shop and they showed me. I observed, I understood and I won't ever forget.

Embracing modern solutions is also welcoming continued education and becoming a learning sponge!