Обаме придётся расстаться с BlackBerry

[en] We've seen one bad habit - smoking - been battled by the president-elect Barack Obama. The next one is expected to be mobile email with crackberry.

Как курить бросил, вступая в президентскую кампанию в прошлом году, так и с другой дурацкой привычкой – мобильной почтой на БлэкБерри – придётся завязать новоизбранному Бараку Обаме. Президенту США, как главнокомандующему, запрещается пользоваться электронной почтой и текстовыми сообщениями SMS.

Барак Обама с Блэкберри

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Bike: the Gallery of trademarks

A bike can bear a dozen (sometimes a good few dozens) trademarks.
Often times every one of them is depicted in many many ways.

Here’s an example of such a heavy “trademarking” – some shots of my own bike.
Take a look.

(click pictures for larger view)

The bike is Merida brand.
So the first TM is just that – seen on the steerer cap…
Next to it is the stem.

Very steep, very long, just the way it should be 🙂

One nifty feature on my stem is the gear speed chart – shows speed in KPH@80RPM.
Know your cadence!
Stem holds
the handle bar
It is …
The word behind the cyclocomputer bracket is “Tripple”
Bar ends (“horns”) is a stylish and handy compliment to the handlebar
Another TM on the front of the bike – the computer…
…rider sees it like this.
(On the photo: displays my yet another speed record 🙂
Handle bar from the rider’s view
An important thing which makes the computer work is…
the wheel magnet
Another gadget a rider sees – shifter window.
Here comes Shimano.
Shifters are integrated with brake levers (ugh… how un-pro)
Though they look more cool compared to the separated version 🙂
Brake lever
– bottom view
Ok, now, let’s move down.
Front of the head tube (the one holding the steering column inside of it)
Top of
the fork
Fork blades
I agree, this fork is for kidz.
But it’s got an adult-serious warning sticker 🙂
More fatty tubes…
The seat tube
Same tube,
rear view
Seatpost quick release.
Now see why the frame is rated 19″? 😉
Top tube
Merida’s main theme
Back to Shimano. The crankset
…from the opposite side.
Also shown: front derailer. Yeah, Turney, it’s a shame.
But some people consider using any of Shimano a “shame” 🙂
Merida once more.
In the top-left: the famous Shimano chain connecting pin (the 3rd one counting from the left)
Cassette sprockets. Alivio as well.
Too dirty to get a good shot of a TM
Rear derailer
Rear derailer’s tensioning pulley.
8 speed! 🙂
RD, bottom view
Freehub
Mavic rim
So many stickers on that poor rim…
They must be waighing more than the rim itself
Front wheel
hadn’t been upgraded to the day of shooting – the original from the time of bike purchase
…as well as the tires…
…and the rear break pads. Not replaced in like couple years!
But I don’t use rear break anyway 😉
Watch another TM!
More shitty heritage – pedals (should go for SPD some day?).
What the TM is anyway??
Additional equipment is also trademarked…
Flask holder.
The flask itself is the same TM, AFAIK.
BTW that’s a bad flask. Gotta dump it in favour of a simple 0.5L Mirgorodska mineral water bottle

The whole thing:

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Written Jul 15 2003, Updated 3/26/04. Shots taken circa 6/12/03.
© 2003 Alexander “Top Cat” Stcheblikin. All Rights Reserved.
Camera courtesy b0ris.



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