{link} Federal judge in Houston lets Lyft, Uber continue to operate – San Antonio Express-News

U.S. District Judge Vanessa Gilmore, who is based in Houston, declined to issue a temporary restraining order against Lyft and Uber. She set a July 15 date for an injunction hearing, which could result in stopping the companies from operating or give city ordinances — which currently don’t allow Lyft and Uber to operate — a chance to catch up with the technology.

via Federal judge in Houston lets Lyft, Uber continue to operate – San Antonio Express-News.


Swedish Earworms – The Sounds

I’ve had this song stuck in my head for a few weeks now:

I picked up The Sounds’ album Weekend recently and quite like it.  It’s pretty 80s-pop-ish, but in a good way. The album seems a bit more put together too compared to the past albums too.  Dang earworms.

I was thinking about the Sounds and the Hives, and Maskinen and some other Swedish acts though and it made me  wonder why there aren’t more (any?) Norwegian acts? Anyone know?

As a side note, this song was slightly Mumfordized:

What’s mufordized?

That all began to change in 2012, when the Mumfords’ album-sales success began to have a radio trickle-down effect on other campfire-hootenanny-style acts. Top 40 programmers started rotating twinkly, strummy tracks by the likes of Imagine Dragons (“It’s Time”) and Of Monsters and Men (“Little Talks”). By the start of 2013, one-trick-pony act the Lumineers rode the stomping, positively Mumfordesque “Ho Hey” to No. 3 on the Hot 100.

via Slate

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Stolen Bike Update (no news) – Mental Anguish Pt 2

Worrying about what replacement I’ll get for the Gunnar Fastlane is nothing compared to some of the other thoughts that were going through my head when thinking about the bike theft recently.

I’ve been trying to stop thinking about it- but I keep wondering the same things about the theft and thieves. And most of the questions will ever get answered:

Why Me by n14l

Why did they pick my apartment’s garage? Was the door left open? Did they have a garage door spoofer? Had they seen me riding and case the place out? If so, why didn’t they steal the fixie-hipster bike too? That bike is the easiest to flip/sell again. Why didn’t they take one of the neighbor’s mountain bikes? Did they not see it? Are they parting out the Gunnar or re-selling it? Should I go case out the druggie flea markets on Market Street near the Civic Center? Etc…. It’s a never-ending spin.

The other problem I have is that now whenever I see someone walking a bike a tiny part of my brain wonders if they’re a thief- Why is that guy walking the bike, is there a lock on it he couldn’t cut off? Why is that dude over there riding on a 58cm bike when I can see from my seat on the bus that his elbows are locked out so the sizing is wrong, he should be on a 54, so it must not be his, is he a thief? Is that bike stolen? What about that one over there? Ugh.

I’ll slowly let it go. One day.

Stolen Bike Update (no news) – Mental Anguish Pt 1

gunnar-fastlane-tomalesI don’t have any updates since my last post. The bikes are still stolen. I did file a police report and start the insurance claim process at least. But it will take a while to replace the Gunnar, and I haven’t even started that process officially yet (rather, the claim is being processed, I meant the official replacement process).

The replacement should be pretty easy though as my bike shop (American Cyclery) has all my measurements and the original build list on file should I want an identical bike. Or pretty identical as Gunnar has already updated their color schemes for 2014.

Part of the minor mental spinning I’ve been going through has been on replacement bike selection. I’ll add another post soon about other themes that have been spinning in my head.

I’ve never had to file an insurance claim before so I’m not sure exactly how it works or how much I’ll get back (supposedly everything minus a deductible (and I assume depreciation?)). But that makes my spin my head around bike ideas. And the ideas are the same stupid ones I had before I picked the Gunnar at the end of last year- what kind of bike should I get?! Do I go with steel, carbon, yadda yadda? Do I go custom again or look for an end-of-year deal on a production bike?

I’ve decided to just calm down. My riding needs haven’t changed – I still do 85% commuting, 10% long weekend rides, and 5% speedy group rides. No reason to start shopping the carbon (I’m also still too chunky for that) unless I fall in love with a Volagi that’s on sale or something similar soon. In fact, I was looking at …

Ugh- see what I mean, it’s easy to fall into the trap again.

I should have more news by the end of next week about the insurance process and then I can start planning for an official replacement.

In the meantime I may need to pick up something to get me through winter. It’s been too nice to not ride.