Meanwhile Back In Madison: The End of Research in Wisconsin

The End of Research in Wisconsin


Music: Juanbook Picks From 2000's Billboard Hot 100

  1. Santana - Maria Maria ft. The Product G&B
  2. Lonestar - Amazed
  3. Eminem, Dr. Dre - Forgot About Dre (Explicit) ft. Hittman
  4. Toni Braxton - He Wasn't Man Enough
  5. Creed - Higher
  6. Madonna - Music
  7. Dr. Dre - The Next Episode ft. Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg
  8. 'N Sync - Bye Bye Bye
  9. Macy Gray - I Try
  10. blink-182 - All The Small Things
  11. Eiffel 65 - Blue (Da Ba Dee) (Original Video with subtitles)
  12. Sting - Desert Rose
  13. JAY-Z - Big Pimpin' ft. UGK
  14. Kid Rock - Only God Knows Why [Official Video]
  15. Britney Spears - Oops!...I Did It Again (Official Video)
  16. Train - Meet Virginia
  17. Jennifer Lopez - Waiting For Tonight

Of Interest: Woah... Matt Lauer did journalism?

The Davis Experience: Manetti Shrem Museum

Manetti Shrem Museum will open in November

It's nice to be a part of a community that still values art enough to build something like this;  Architecturally interesting and will contain interesting pieces as well!

MotoGP: Zip Your Lips!

What was Jorge's "zip your lip gesture that he made multiple times post-race celebrations about?
This, I think...
“To sign with Ducati you need to be brave, you need big balls, So because of this, I think Lorenzo stays with Yamaha.”
~Valentino Rossi


Current Events: Firearm Violence Research Center at UC

"Do I have to do everything around here?!?"

MotoGP: Valentino Rossi Continues With Yamaha through 2018!

Rossi & Yamaha confirm 2-year contract extension

They said he would decide in 5-6 races, they were WRONG! This is GREAT News!

Found Coolness: Bowman's Odyssey

The most enjoyable reading that I have been doing as of late has been written by Zach Bowman, an (former?) associate editor for Road & Track and contributor to The Drive who sold everything he owned, and has hitched a camper to his high-mileage (nearly 300,000) 2003 Dodge Ram and has taken his wife, Beth, and their infant daughter on the road. They’re touring America, working and discovering, and sending periodic updater to The Drive.

I have been thinking that I should share this with my friends for a while now but his latest piece: "Running Toward the Fears of Fatherhood" the nineteenth installment, really struck a chord with me.  Maybe it's because of the parallels we share; he is a new father (his daughter is 13 months old) and he has left everything behind, taking his family into the unknown. More than that though it is his writing style he was able to put into words feelings that I thought could not be expressed:

"And she’s ours. I lack the language to describe what that means beyond the truth that, for the first time in 31 years, I know the full meaning and dark depth of the word, “precious.” How it cannot be said or conveyed, only felt raggedly in the chest like a gasp, a stutter of the heart. How the vastness of my desires is reduced to this: keep her happy, safe, healthy. And how I’ve gambled that by casting us to the road.

No one’s kind enough to tell you that parenthood is another word for worry. That the first nine months in the womb are a preamble, the gamut of tests and screens for possible complications just a preface. The odds seem so impossible that she could come out perfect that when she does, you don’t quite believe it. I didn’t. I waited and I watched and I knew. Knew. Something would be wrong.

And when it wasn’t? It felt like a gift I didn’t deserve. A thing to say thanks for; it’s as close as I’ve come to understanding prayer."

There are ghosts of my own personal sentiments and feelings littered throughout his writing and If you have a moment and the interest take some time to read through Zach's adventure thus far and maybe follow along.  You won't be sorry.


Funny: Real-life Wile E. Coyote

This reminded me of Chuck Jones’ 9 Golden Rules for the Coyote and the Road Runner:

Rule 1: The Road Runner cannot harm the coyote except by going “beep-beep”

Rule 2: No outside force can harm the coyote—only his own ineptitude or the failure of the Acme products

Rule 3: The Coyote could stop anytime—if he were not a fanatic (repeat: “a fanatic is one who redoubles his effort when he has forgotten his aim.” – George Santayana)

Rule 4: No dialogue ever, except “beep-beep”

Rule 5: The Road Runner must stay on the road—otherwise logically, he would not be called a road runner

Rule 6: All action must be confined to the natural environment of the two characters—the Southwest American desert

Rule 7: All materials, tools, weapons, or mechanical conveniences must be obtained from the Acme corporation

Rule 8: Whenever possible, make gravity the coyote’s greatest enemy

Rule 9: The coyote is always more humiliated than harmed by his failures

Found Here: Jalopnik

The Cali’ Experience: Davis A Town Of Understated Genius (SFGate)

Remember that friendly, down-to-earth, modest person you went to high school with? Smart and likable but maybe easy to take for granted? Then you go to your 10th reunion and discover that she/he has just spent six months orbiting the Earth on the International Space Station, or won a MacArthur Fellowship or is having a career retrospective at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Or all three.
It’s the same with Davis, the university town 75 miles east of San Francisco, 15 miles west of Sacramento. At first glance, this 66,000-person city seems tree-lined and pleasant, but maybe not glamorously unforgettable. Give it some time — like two minutes. Then you’ll discover one of the most enjoyable places in California.
And we call it home...
Found Here: SFGate

Found Coolness: I Want to Believe

"The image above has been splashed all over the net over the last week. It looks like a scene out of The Flight Of The Navigator, but really, that tarp could be hiding the future of American air power.
The image was taken by Arizona resident Charlene Yazzie on Arizona Route 77, with the convoy of trucks and black SUVs from the Department of Public Safety heading south toward the town of Holbrook, Ariz."

Found Here: Foxtrot Alpha

Funny: Hillary Clinton Pleasantly Surprised (The Onion)

Hillary Clinton Pleasantly Surprised After Finding Old $20,000 Donation Check In Coat Pocket

Hey... we've all been there...