It’s been a pretty hectic week here in the racing world. The rumors finally started playing out this weekend and were officially confirmed on Monday, Red Bull is pulling the plug on its NASCAR effort. Details of the actual demise are still hazy and it’s likely some outside investor will purchase the team (hopefully not to just liquidate), it’s just not clear when this will all happen! I guess all good rides have to come to an end!
I’ve always been fascinated by the underground city. What makes a city tick? What is beneath your feet as you walk down Michigan Avenue? Who was the person that laid the sewer grate down that hundreds of people walk over every day? Mr. Chicago poet Carl Sandburg often talked about the guy who put a nail in the corner wall that you are looking at and asked who was the man that pounded that in? What is he doing now? Everything we see and touch has a story behind it. And what has a richer and longer story then the underground of city you live in? It’s like a historical archive of an entire city, built by some of the original habitants, and maintained by the current occupants, yet few get to see it. Here is your chance, check out this video of the underground of New York…
So on my way to work on Thursday I heard a little blurb on NPR about the new laws in NC mandating that energy companies get at least 10% of their energy from renewable sources. One of the sources outlined as “renewable” was biomass. According to the political definition this includes trees in general and the waste that is produced while cutting them down. So Duke Energy in their infinite wisdom has announced that they will begin clear cutting a vast amount of the trees on the properties they own so they can say they are using renewable resources. Why? Well they said that currently all the byproducts from the lumber industry in NC would not be sufficient to produce enough tree waste (biomass) to get them to their 10% mark. Hmmm, and how long will it take for those trees to grow back? Renewable? huh???
As you may or may not know, Microsoft is about to make available their new phone…I like it, and I like the song (the Luna version is better though), and I thought it was an interesting choice…It’s gonna gain market share and kick a bit of Google ass which is good….
So I recently picked up and savagely read George Martins Game of Thorns and the subsequent books only to find out that it will shortly be turned into a HBO series. WTF!?!?!?!? I’ve watched True Blood, and I’ve tried to read the books behind that series (they suck ass) and I’m finding myself lost. GM is an incredible writer and has created an amazing array of characters over several hundred pages, you could not possibly recreate that in a movie series without some serious omissions, yet the author himself is behind it. Is he looking to cash in on his Asimovie (nothing beats the legend of Hari Seldon) ? I personally would prefer if GM would just ask multi-vac what to do!!!
Sorry, I have to make one more quick post….I’m a big fan of Ira Glass and he recently ran a story about a guy who had a really hard time with an Apple iPhone and it hit home. I bought a MacBook Pro about 8 months ago. It recently broke, and when I went to the Apple store I fought for 2-3 minutes to get to the Genius Bar, and I was immediately asked if I had an appointment. I didn’t, and quickly I was informed that the next appointment was in two hours. I stormed out, telling a few people not to buy Apple computers (ok, maybe I was a little more pissed off). I’m just glad, I haven’t been on facebook for a while!
Based on a recent email exchange between several authors of EMP I would like to come back from the dead with a new posting. My apologies for being absent….home life turmoil including my wonderful toddler, my just as wonderful wife getting a new job, me going through a couple re-orgs at work, and us trying to sell our house has made a very hectic past year. Backstrap? What is it? Well according to according to my boss (the hunter) it is the cut of meat that runs along the top side of the spine. Often confused with the tenderloin (filet mignon) that runs on the inside of the spine. As the hunter put it, “If I were standing in front of you and you took a knife and gutted me, the tenderloin wood be all the meat attached to the spine facing you. If you turned me around so my back was facing you, all the meat on the topside of the spine would be the backstrap.” He wasn’t sure if humans have a tenderloin and backstrap, but based on the fact that he has gutted oh so many deer in his garage (and his vegan wife apparently has no issues with this), he assured me that deer, cow, pig, etc. all have a tenderloin.
Maybe these guys are trying the find the backstrap?
After spending some time googling the topic, it appears that backstrap is associated more with venison, but could also mean something completely different….here is the number two image returned from google:
So in the end, I’m not entirely sure what backstrap really is!
I have to be honest, I haven’t read any posts on EMP in a very long time, but I plan on jumping back in. See you all around soon!