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Old 01-15-20, 11:10 AM
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I was invited to join a Facebook group of riders who raced before 1980. They know I didn't race but I guess I'm guilty by association.
They have cool pictures like this one from Wembley in 1980.

Who is the cyclist signing the autograph?
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Old 01-15-20, 11:47 AM
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Who is the cyclist signing the autograph?
It's clearly Burt Reynolds.
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Old 01-15-20, 03:48 PM
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Who is the cyclist signing the autograph?
Danny Clark. 5 time world champ on the track and Aussie Hall of Fame member.
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Here is another one. Jerry Ash winning the Westwood Grand Prix in 1975. I met him several years ago while riding in the Santa Monica mountains and he couldn't have been any nicer. We talked about mutual friends and he waited for me at the tops of all the climbs.


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Here is another one. Jerry Ash winning the Westwood Grand Prix in 1975. I met him several years ago while riding in the Santa Monica mountains and he couldn't have been any nicer. We talked about mutual friends and he waited for me at the tops of all the climbs.

Tell me that isn't Andr Greipel in second place
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Old 01-16-20, 10:11 AM
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Tell me that isn't Andr Greipel in second place
Considering how he wasn't born until 7 years later maybe it's his father.

It's this guy. https://www.riversidesporthalloffame...-skip-cutting/

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Old 01-16-20, 10:15 AM
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Considering how he wasn't born until 7 years later maybe it's his father.

It's this guy. https://www.riversidesporthalloffame...-skip-cutting/
Padre Greipel.
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There's this Italian guy who is in his mid 50's and was a former pro back there, but nothing big. Anyway, you talk to him about racing or power meters, and his replies are always so old school its hilarious.

"These things (pointing at my power meter) they do nothing. I know how fast I go because I pedal fast. The bike is light because I put nothing on it."
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Old 01-16-20, 02:37 PM
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There's this Italian guy who is in his mid 50's and was a former pro back there, but nothing big. Anyway, you talk to him about racing or power meters, and his replies are always so old school its hilarious.

"These things (pointing at my power meter) they do nothing. I know how fast I go because I pedal fast. The bike is light because I put nothing on it."
Is he still fast?
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Old 01-16-20, 03:52 PM
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Is he still fast?
He's completely retired from racing, only rides wit the senior group, so no.
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Noooooobody got my joke in the "hopping on a stranger's wheel" topic. I am disappointed.
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Noooooobody got my joke in the "hopping on a stranger's wheel" topic. I am disappointed.
I can't find the post. Was it a separate thread? A post in this thread? :shrug:
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Noooooobody got my joke in the "hopping on a stranger's wheel" topic. I am disappointed.
I found it and..eeewwww. post 129
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Old 01-17-20, 01:22 PM
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I found it and..eeewwww. post 129
I admit childish humor, but man.........it was way too easy to pass up. Like hitting a beach ball with a bat.
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Old 01-17-20, 03:51 PM
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Junior got his job assignment today. 10 more years.
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Junior got his job assignment today. 10 more years.
Big!
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You know what, **** shipping companies. My delivery has been in California for 7 to 8 days bouncing around, with a final destination of NC. Like, seriously? WTF.

It isn't hard. Origin ->hub->hub->maybe a 2nd hub->local->house.
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You know what, **** shipping companies. My delivery has been in California for 7 to 8 days bouncing around, with a final destination of NC. Like, seriously? WTF.

It isn't hard. Origin ->hub->hub->maybe a 2nd hub->local->house.
Which carrier? i was discussing this with a friend of mine the other day. It used to be that we'd dread seeing USPS as the carrier, but now it seems to have flipped. Over the last two years or so, USPS is the fastest, most reliable, and cheapest carrier. FedEx/UPS are dragging ass while also being more expensive and always seem to have unforeseen holdups/delays.

When USPS can get a small box across the country in 2-4 days for $7, why would I pay UPS ground $16 to take a week and a half?
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Junior got his job assignment today. 10 more years.
Congrats! Do they really put a Jedi and x-wing fighter on his commission? Does the air force pay royalties to Disney for that?
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Congrats! Do they really put a Jedi and x-wing fighter on his commission? Does the air force pay royalties to Disney for that?
Shows how non observant I am! Good eye.
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Junior got his job assignment today. 10 more years.
Awesome. Huge.
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Congrats! Do they really put a Jedi and x-wing fighter on his commission? Does the air force pay royalties to Disney for that?
That is a cute thing done within the squadron. I believe the commission is a letter.
This year, rather than the announcement coming in a sealed letter, they had squadron based ceremony. Each of the 40 squadrons is about 100 cadets with about 25 receiving job assignments.
About 50% are "pilot qualified". Those not getting their 1st choice of jobs were spoken to earlier.
Squadron 39 is the Jedi Knights. Most of the squadrons have names of characters, many owned by Disney. I understand they do not pay royalties, and understand this has been the case for decades.

Not being a trademark expert, I recall lots of little league teams used to use trade marked stuff. As this is a school, and there is no profit associate with it, maybe the trade mark laws are different, or just overlooked.

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I think the government is technically immune from copyright law. I'm not a lawyer though and I'm too lazy to find a citation.
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I think the government is technically immune from copyright law. I'm not a lawyer though and I'm too lazy to find a citation.
I worked at an IP firm while going through college, so I'll take a crack at it...

The government isn't exempt from copyright laws, but the artistic rendition of an X-Wing "probably" won't elicit any legal response from Disney. It'd be legal busywork for the lowest IP guy in the company. No money is being made off of the use, so Disney would have another reason to go into litigation. Worst case: Disney suddenly takes on a stout anti-military stance and finds out about the use (they may have no clue). They'll send a C&D to the Air Force, and the Air Force administration will send a dry order down the chain of command to pull the image. Sadly, the only people that would notice or care about the change would be the underpaid IP guy at Disney and anyone under E-5.

Now here's where it gets odd: Because the image is now on a government document, it could erroneously be considered "fair use". BUT, it's fair use of a copyrighted image, so technically Disney could pursue action against both the government and the person attempting to distribute the image they got from the Air Force.
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Three people got laid off this week. One of them with 22 years of service. Two that I know of had had some performance issues, but nothing super major, and they had been told that they work on it and stuff is fine. But their overhead charges were high and they were expensive, so they're gone.

And there isn't a plan to send any sort of notification to the greater company, or tell the managers what to tell people (I'm going to tell my people they're fine, because they're billable and good) but that's how you incite a panic and get people looking for other stuff for real.

I'd have something lined up in 48 hours if I got let go, so I'm not really worried, but it's just incredibly stupid to not put out any sort of communication at all. I don't get it.
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