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We’ve been flipping coins wrong

Actually, the title is a bit misleading. We have been using our coin flips incorrectly. A paper entitled, Dynamical Bias In The Coin Toss [PDF] came out in 2009 by a group from Stanford...

Me vs. A Tour de France Rider, by the numbers

I spent the afternoon getting caught up on the most recent stages of the Tour de France, meaning I had a lot of time on my hand. One of the thoughts I’ve had this...

I do not have a real bike

Yesterday I went on my first group ride (I do not count the Santa Fe Century) with the local Santa Fe Road Riders.  They are a fairly large and organized Santa Fe cycling club...

Kicking it up a notch

Today I got a chance to ride with my cycling instructor. Adam is not only a young guy almost half my age but he is also a local triathlete. When he said he wanted...

My First Century Ride – The 2013 Santa Fe Century

This past Sunday I finally attempted and completed my first 100 mile bike ride, the Santa Fe Century. (Photos taken during the ride can be found here.) I awoke at 4:30 am, a half hour...

A Geek Explores Nutrition Aspects of Cycling

As I train for my first century ride (coming up May 19) I have focused lately on finding foods that work well for long rides. By work well I mean sit in my stomach without...

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

That book was publish by Dr. Seuss in 1990, a mere two years before I would figure out just how awesome a feeling the “Oh” signified. (Sadly, it would be Dr. Seuss last work.)...

Neutrinos that travel faster than light

Since I have been asked about this twice now, I’ve decided to write up this note about what’s going on lately in the world of neutrino physics. What is a neutrino? A neutrino is...