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Marco off the Mark. A guy who likes to hang out with family and friends, pedal his bike, dig in the dirt, and live life healthily and happily.

The Young and Restless. 22 year old kid who loves to ride his bike.

Happenings in SoCal. Ass-kicker extraordinaire...

On The B Team. The Chicken Ranch aka B Team's site for local cycling information and trash talk.

Pedal More. Overweight Underpowered Nor-Cal Pack Fodder.

George's Epic Adventures. Ultra Cyclist and father who recently completed 2- Person Race Across America (RAAM) and Furnace Creek 508 Fixed Gear.

Suffer-O-Rama. Eric’s blog about cycling and bike racing

Riders Ready. Jamie Smith's blog devoted to roadies, road cycling, and his book, Roadie: The Misunderstood World of a Bike Racer. Go buy it NOW at VeloPress.com!

Think Fast. Quarq

Old Guy Racer. You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll write bad cheques.

Wheels Rolling. Brandy

Sprinter della Casa. Carpe Diem Racing

My Shaved Legs. The fine art of failure. Ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies.

To Be Honest With You. Thirty something and searching for my next obsession.

The Tour de Chris. This blog is all about Chris. Fueled by espresso and metal.

The Incidental Cyclist. Cycling in and around Union County, NC

Everest Challenge x2. My wife and I have committed to enter the [Everest Challenge] Tandem division this year. This blog will chronicle our preperation, and ultimately our race experience.

Cycling in Seattle. The ride is the destination

As the Crank Turns. I attmept to ride bicycles...often

Delusions of an Amateur bicycle racer . The announcers butcher his name, but he's used to that

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Platinum. The Platinum Performance Cycling Team is a Santa Barbara based team with a diverse group of talented riders.

Echelon. Echelon Santa Barbara is a road bicycling club based in Santa Barbara, California. Echelon welcomes dedicated new riders and experienced racers, men and women, old or young, and all those who want to expand their cycling horizons. With a history our History in Santa Barbara bike racing since 1984, we are a USCF registered club.

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NCNCA. Northern California Nevada Cycling Association

BiciCORSA. An online group for cyclists of all levels--from recreational riders to weekend warriors to aspiring and professional racers.

Yehuda Moon. Yehuda Moon works at the Kickstand Cyclery, lives on his bicycle, and dreams of a day when everyone does likewise.

Everest Challenge. The hardest two-day USCF race. With the spirit of the "Death Rides" and the dramatic scenery of the Eastern Sierra, this bicycle race and ride will test your perseverance going uphill. We have three climbs each day with gains of 2,600 feet to 6,200 feet.

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Santa Barbara Independent. Delivers fresh news, arts, and entertainment news and information online all day, every day. The weekly newspaper is published every Thursday morning, with Santa Barbara county's largest circulation of 40,000.

Edhat. One subscriber suggested that the name came from "Every Day Happenings Around Town".

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Mar 31, 04:06 PM by Steve | One of Those Days...

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Sometimes I hate working with computers. The project I have been working on suddenly refuses to compile. It is so stubborn, it kills the development environment with an internal compiler error. It did this about a week ago, and research on teh internets led me to a dependency that was digitally signed (supposed to be a good thing). I replaced it with an unsigned version and everything was happy, until today. I made one simple little change and the next time I compiled, poof. I’ve rebooted, cleaned everything, started rebuilding all of the dependencies from scratch, but still poof. Kill me now.

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Dec 17, 12:58 PM by Steve | Tecolote Holiday Party Pictures

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Dec 12, 11:34 PM by Steve | Release Notes

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We finally got the latest release of our project out the door today. The release was approved at noon yesterday and we got 65 CDs out of 300 burned, packed up, and shipped for distribution to customers. Today we finished burning the remaining CDs and I celebrated by taking the rest of the day off and climbing all afternoon. Tomorrow I’m taking the morning off and doing the Thursday morning ROCO ride. Thanks to the team for all their hard work.

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May 8, 10:13 PM by Kimberly | Day 2

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Well, it’s day 2 of my business trip.

I was going to go ride after work, but Dan, who is training me, invited me to go along to his yoga class. So I tried Birkram yoga today. I never thought I would be glad to be outside in the desert! I think the studio is kept at about 98 degrees. It keeps your muscles warm and allows you to be more flexible, but I was sweating buckets! I liked the yoga class, but I don’t want to go to a special yoga studio when I have yoga free at my gym.

I plan on going on a long ride tomorrow. I’ll have at least 2 hours of daylight after work, so that should be enough to do a 30 mile loop the bike rental shop suggested. I didn’t think of bringing my GUs or Nuun, so I bought some electrolyte powder from a store called ‘Sprouts’, which is kind of like Lassen’s or Lazy Acres. I’ll see how that works.

I’ll try to take pictures tomorrow. It is hard to remember to do, because usually Steve takes enough pictures for the both of us!

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May 7, 10:19 PM by Kimberly | Day 1

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I took the 9:30 flight to Phoenix this morning. The flight attendant was rather entertaining. ‘Your handbags, man-purses and laptops must be stored under the seat in front of you, or the overhead compartments.’ ‘Put your seats in their most uncomfortable upright position.’

After that, it was a pretty typical day at work.

I rented a bike from a local tour company. I picked up the Trek 5000 TCT after work. I got some good advice for rides in the area. I then cruised over to Trader Joe’s and bought food for a few days. I carried back two bags full of groceries, one on each side of the handelbars back 2.5 miles.

I managed to lock myself out of my room on my first day. I brought my room key down to the hottup with me, and attempted to use it to get back in. But for some reason it didn’t work. I went to the front desk wrapped in my towel, and they fixed it. I wonder how many times I can lock myself out this week.

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May 3, 10:06 PM by Kimberly | Business Trip

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Tuesday, the company I have a temp assignment at asked me to be a temp-to-hire instead, and wanted to send me out to Arizona for training. In two days! I accepted, and ended up on a 6:00 flight to Phoenix this morning.

I got to the hotel after work, and soon settled in. I went down to the jacuzzi, then it hit me. I’m all alone, far away, in an isolated place. Without Steve. I don’t want to spend all of next week like this. (I am coming home tomorrow, and am scheduled to fly out again Monday morning.)

I am going to rent a bike next week, so hopefully I won’t feel so isolated. But I can’t wait to get back to SB, and fall into my hubby’s arms.

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Feb 15, 09:38 PM by Steve | Binary Incompatibilty

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I spent the last two days at work chasing my tail trying to figure out why a DLL, when recompiled with a trivial change, suddenly (and dramatically) stopped working. It still didn’t work when we recompiled it without the change. Things were complicated by the fact that the client of the DLL was in FoxPro^ick^, the DLL was VB6, and it called some .NET assemblies through COM interop. I’ve been around COM so long I know it very well, but FoxPro I know nothing about and .NET versioning and interop is still very mysterious.

Anyway, to make a long and boring story short, it turns out that the problem was caused by the .NET assemblies having been recompiled on the build machine at some point, without incrementing the version or build number. The interfaces in the type libraries for the COM interop had jumbled around and when the DLL was compiled against these, it was no longer compatibile with the original .NET assemblies.

You see, with “early binding”, the memory offsets for the function entry points (the vtable) are compiled into the DLL. However, since the new type library had jumbled things up, the entry points didn’t match the original type library and we were esentially calling the wrong functions. I extracted the type libraries from the released assembies, placed them on the build machine, and everything was happy.

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Feb 14, 05:20 PM by Steve | It Shouldn't Bother Me, But it Does

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This Lean Cuisine “Butternut Squash Ravioli” has been sitting in the fridge at work for weeks. The fridge!

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