Toscano Enduro Series #3 – Monte Brugiana (MS)

Oggi il Monte della Brugiana è stato animato da quasi un paio di centinaia di rider che hanno disputato la terza tappa del Toscano Enduro Series.
Lo start era fissato a Massa per le 9.30 e puntuali cominciano a partire i primi partecipanti. 
Dopo 4 km di risalita asfaltata si arriva nel vivo del percorso: un bosco ricco di castagni, pini felci ma sopratutto tanti cavalli. Le tre speciali erano caratterizzate da sessioni tecniche con ripidi e curve a gomito e tratti più veloci ma comunque molto guidati. 
Alta affluenza da parte del pubblico che ha riversato tutto il suo calore sui partecipanti durante la gara.
La gara se l’aggiudica Lazzoni Giorgio del team Green Planet Bike.
A seguire l’inossidabile Claudio Barreca che ormai ci ha abituati a vederlo sui gradini del podio
mentre il terzo posto va a Davide Carissimi a soli 4 secondi dall’atleta di Speed Point.
La mia gara invece si conclude in 59esima posizione a seguito di un paio di entrate un pò troppo lunghe su un paio di curve.
Il risultato non è stato dei migliori ma comunque rimane un bel sorriso per il tanto divertimento per la giornata appena trascorsa fra amici, sponde e salti.
Si ringrazia per le foto Marco Biso e Daniele Carrucoli.

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No Worry On Decline… Yet

Is there cause for concern after the latest Architectural Billings Index fell again this past month?  The headlines surely give you pause, but when you dig into the report, it does not look as negative as you may think.  The “New Projects” rating was positive again as was the “Design Contracts” index.   Plus the winter weather may have left a bit of hangover when it comes to the overall performance.  I not only see, but also continue to hear too much positivity and confidence in the economic future of our industry to raise the red flag yet.  Obviously this and the other indexes bear watching but for now, I wouldn’t consider this last report anything but a blip on the radar. 


–  Congrats to Tubelite on celebrating their 70thyear in business.  Really an incredible and impressive run through some volatile territory and times.

–  Excellent article in the new Glass Magazine on ergonomics in the workplace.  It is a must read, especially when you are talking health and welfare of your plant personnel.  Kudos to Lisec, AGNORA, and all others engaged in this excellent process.
–  Minnesota is home to some of the best minds in our industry.  And now that state has a city that is going to really do something fascinating.  Rochester, MN is working to transform itself and doing so with an ambitious 20 year, 6.5 Billion dollar renewal, that will surely need a lot of glass.  Fast Company magazine has the insight and it’s a great read. 
–  As many know, I am big fan of solar, and I still believe in it.  But even though solar performance is growing and products are improving there’s still a massive reluctance to use it.  The big utilities still stand in the way of solar growth and there are a few states that are letting that happen.  It’s an unfortunate battle that is not good in the end for our environment or energy needs.  It also does affect many in our industry that supply to it, though I do know much of it does come from off shore, it’s still a tough one in any form.

–  For those of you in my generation, a fun documentary to watch… “Atari-Game Over”  is a good one chronicling the rise and fall of Atari with regards to one game and its burial in a landfill.  Technology on gaming has come so far in such a short time, and this documentary was a pretty neat walk through the 80’s and the initial gaming explosion.

–  Last this week, just downloaded a new book I am looking forward to reading.  Losing the Signal: The Untold Story Behind the Extraordinary Rise and Spectacular Fall of BlackBerry” is now in my queue and while I will never go back to a blackberry (I love my iPhone) I have a feeling this insider tale may be one to immerse myself in and enjoy.  Once done I’ll provide a review.  Still finishing the current book “Becoming Steve Jobs” which has been solid read for sure.


–  Interesting graphic on what your hourly wage would need to be by state to afford a 2 bedroom rental. 


Being a media sort of guy I really enjoyed this piece on layouts gone wrong.  Yikes.  Gotta feel for the people involved here!

–  Never knew this existed and it’s wild.

My good friend Dave Gillikin passed this one to me and its awesome.  It’s the incredible Eminem anthem “Lose Yourself” in sign language.  Extremely impressive. 

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Check out R.E.D. MARK x INFLAMES 1/6th SWORD In THE WIND aka Guts 12-inch figure

Berserk (Japanese: ベルセルク) is a manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired fantasy world, the story centers on the characters of Guts, an orphaned mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the Band of the Hawk. Themes of isolation, camaraderie, and the question of whether humanity is fundamentally good or evil pervade the story, as it explores both the best and worst of human nature. Both the manga and anime are noted for their heavy violence.

Guts (ガッツ Gattsu) is a wandering warrior and former Raid Leader of the renowned mercenary unit known as the “Band of the Hawk” (鷹の団 Taka no Dan), who hunts demonic creatures called Apostles, humans who have made a deal with a group of archdemons known as “The God Hand” that entails sacrificing whoever or whatever is closest to them in exchange for incredible supernatural power. Guts himself bears a Brand of Sacrifice from this very ritual; he is one of the only people to have ever survived it, but still has demons ceaselessly drawn to him wherever he goes, with the Brand becoming more painful and bloody the closer and more powerful his adversaries are.

This is the soon-to-be-released R.E.D. MARK x INFLAMES 1/6th SWORD In THE WIND 12-inch figure which does bear a strong resemblance to Guts from Berserk. Medicom Toy has also released a Guts Band of the Hawk figure – you can see the preview pictures posted on my toy blog HERE. Dragon Models Limited (DML) had also released a 1/6th scale Berserk Guts Black Swordsman 12-inch figure way back in 2003 as a Japan exclusive. You can check out the review posted HERE and HERE.

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Preview World Box 1/6th scale collectible Mortal Kombat – Scorpion 12-inch ninja action figure

“Vengeance will be mine!”

Hanzo Hasashi (波佐志半藏), now known as Scorpion (全蠍人, “Full Scorpion Man”), is a resurrected ninja in the Mortal Kombat fighting game series. He is one of the very few original characters, debuting in the first Mortal Kombat arcade game. He holds the distinction, along with Raiden and Sub-Zero (in one form or another), of appearing in every generation of Mortal Kombat games as a playable character.

Scorpion is a hell-spawned spectre, inexorably seeking vengeance against those responsible for the destruction of his clan and the death of his own family. Scorpion appears human when masked, though this is merely an illusion. Only his skull remains when in his true form, sometimes ablaze. Scorpion’s most popular and recognized skill is his famous spear attack, which is used to draw an opponent toward him. This attack will also stun the opponent for a short amount of time.

The World Box 1/6th scale Mortal Kombat – Scorpion 12-inch Collectible figure features: Three (3) head sculpts, each one is specially hand-painted. Approximately 30 cm tall Fully realized 1:6th durable body covered with Scorpion armor body, weathering effects on the figure. Four (4) interchangeable hands including: One (1) open hands, One (1) clenched fist, One (1) pair of hand for holding sword.

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COSTUME: One (1) golden ninja vest, One (1) pair of arm protectors, One (1) pair of boots
WEAPON: Two (2) Sword, One (1) Kusarigama
ACCESSORIES: One (1) Broken head of Kung Lao, One (1) Blood soaked, One (3) Flash for magical effect, fireball.

Release Date: Late Q3, 2015

Related posts:
July 21, 2013 – World Box 1/6 scale “Mortal Kombat ” SUB-ZERO 12-inch ninja collectible figure posted HERE
May 22, 2014 – Check out WorldBox 1/6 scale “Mortal Kombat” Kung Lao 12-inch action figure (pictures HERE)

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A New Entrance to the Backyard

We have recently redone both sides of the backyard.  Last week I showed the arbor we put in HERE.  This project is where we added a path, DIY curbing and a new planter.  Now we have the entrance to the backyard that we always wanted!
Here it is in March. 

After we added the arbor, we tore out about a third of the grass.

I wanted to keep the grass here so I could get the mower to the backyard.  Well, setting pavers is a lot of work.  Setting pavers in cutouts of grass is a TON of work!!  My back and hips are just now getting back to feeling normal…

We added the forms to make our own curbing.  I called around and the minimum charge for curbing was $275.  Since we only needed 20 feet, we decided it wouldn’t be worth almost $15 a foot to have someone come out.  Instead, we bought boards and concrete mix and did it ourselves for $24.  And I think it looks just like the professional curbing!

We left the forms on for 24 hours.

We then added a couple of new sprinklers to the planter.

And lots of flowers–Rose of Sharon, Peony (already blooming!), Cosmos, Daisies, Lamb’s Ear, etc. and of course a birdhouse!
It shouldn’t take too long for the grass seed to fill in the empty spaces. 
Thanks for your visit!


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