Well… maybe, it involves high voltage, motorcycles and leather suits.
My name is Brandon Miller, on the track I am known as the Electric Cowboy. I have been the first person to do many things on an electric motorcycle including being licensed to race on a 2012 Zero S with Chuckwallah Valley Motorcycle Association.
Starting September 15th 2012 for several days, I will be at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, attempting to set the world and national records for partially streamlined, and/or non-faired electric motorcycle under 150kg. This will be my first time setting either a national or world record, and is very exciting.
What is even more exciting is that I will be setting these records on a production electric motorcycle, a 2012 Zero S ZF6, which anyone can buy. The bike is slightly modified with a single bar end mirror and a tail chop by Hollywood Electrics. On my first few runs, I plan to set the record using the bikes default settings, straight from the factory. After I have proven the bikes factory settings, I will modify the controller software settings and possibly make some small hardware modifications to see how much power and speed I can really get out of the bike.
From the factory the Zero S should do 88mph on a flat asphalt surface, and with my modifications I have had the bike to 100mph. The salt may slow my speeds down, however, I will do my best to compensate for that slowness by finding and utilizing more untapped power in the bike, hardware or software.
Thank you for your support, and I will be sure to thank each and every one of you personally to express my deepest gratitude for your help in supporting me to make history.
Local celebrity Natalie Miller, Looper’s Grille and Bar owner from Bethlehem PA. is making quite a stir about the upcoming visit from Food Network Star, Bobby Flay. Well actually it is her fans and followers making the stir about his visit to a local Wegman’s grocery store for a book signing on Sept. 28th. She has a group of 500 and growing people from the Bethlehem Allentown area clear to Japan all trying to get Chef Bobby to meet her for a little competition. All this commotion is even starting to be picked up by the local news stations and papers. It seems tweets have been going out from various members of the media calling on Chef Flay to go head to Head with Mrs. Miller.
Mrs. Millers supporters have even made a facebook group called Bobby Flay & Natalie Miller Throw-Down!!!. For the most part the crowd seems to be after a good clean competition between two amazing chefs all in fun. There are the occasional call outs to try and “egg” Chef Flay on, but all in all it is a very respectable crowd. Which is quite astonishing for such a large group gathering in just a few hours. The group description reads :
This group is made to show our support for a throwdown between Natalie Miller and Bobby Flay. Both are GREAT Chefs and good competitors. It would be an amazing show, and make many many people happy.
Chef Natalie has brought her children up on the Iron Chef starting with her oldest ( me, Brandon). They used to stay up late after his bed time and watch the Japanese version before it became popular in the US, and both remember the day Bobby was Crowned Iron Chef!
I later went on to study in Japan, as well as marry a lovely young Japanese lady. The early versions of the show peaked my interest in the language and obviously had a great impact on me and my future. Iron chef is part of who I am.
Natalie, the best Mom in the world as I like to call her, is also is very charitable running many fundraisers for cancer and those in need. She, family, friends and clients even raised over 5K with my Japanese host father & the Kanuma Higashi Japanese Rotary club to help with efforts after the March 2011 quake in Japan.
We all believe she deserves a chance to compete with another chef of her caliber. Her recipes can be found in many restaurants including one of Emeril Lagasse’s.
She has earned it, and we all love her for it!
Who knows what will come of this mothers challenge, but it seems that the people are speaking up with what they want, and that is to see Mother of 4, Natalie Miller up against Iron Chef Flay in an exciting, competitive, and fun throw-down.
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Japanese officials raised the estimated death toll from the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the country’s northeast to more than 10,000 Sunday, as hundreds of thousands of survivors salvaged what belongings they could and sought food and water at emergency centres.
Friday’s quake and tsunami damaged key nuclear plants and left entire cities demolished in their wake. Police in the northeastern Miyagi prefecture, one of the worst affected by the disaster, estimated Sunday that more than 10,000 people had been killed in the region, which is home to about 2.3 million people. So far, the number of confirmed dead is 1,400, which includes about 200 bodies that were found along the coast on Sunday. But thousands more are still missing.
Hundreds of thousands of survivors have sought refuge at emergency centres, which quickly ran low on food, water and other supplies. An estimated 1.4 million households were still without water Sunday, and at least 1.9 million homes did not have electricity.
The Japanese government doubled the number of troops dedicated to rescue and recovery operations from 51,000 to about 100,000, and ramped up the shipment of supplies to the affected areas. Aid included 120,000 blankets, 120,000 bottles of water and 110,000 litres of gasoline, as well as food.
Rescue teams from Germany, the U.K., China and the U.S. have arrived, while two U.S. aircraft carriers are set to begin operations in the affected region. Rescue crews have been searching for missing people along hundreds of kilometres of the Japanese coast.
Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan announced Sunday that the capital and other major cities will suffer rolling blackouts starting on Monday as Tokyo’s electric company rations power.
Tokyo Electric announced on Sunday that it will begin rolling blackouts in three hour windows to help make up for a severe power shortfall. Officials say 25 per cent of the country’s capacity has been removed from the system.
Kan called the disaster the worst crisis since World War II, and appealed in a television address for the Japanese people to come together to rebuild.
“This is Japan’s most severe crisis since the war ended 65 years ago,” Kan said.
Pope Benedict praised the “dignity and courage” of the Japanese people in coping with the tragedy. In a Sunday blessing, the Pope encouraged aid workers to help those still reeling from the disaster.
Meanwhile, Japan’s Meteorological Agency upgraded the magnitude of Friday’s quake to 9.0 after analyzing seismic waves. The agency earlier measured it at 8.8 magnitude quake.
The quake was the biggest to hit Japan since record-keeping began in the late 1800s. The agency warned Sunday of more strong aftershocks after Friday’s quake, which unleashed massive tsunamis.
The U.S. Geological Survey has measured the quake at magnitude 8.9. The agency’s estimate remained unchanged Sunday.
Meanwhile, strong aftershocks continued Sunday, including one with a magnitude of 6.2 that originated in the sea, about 179 kilometres east of Tokyo.
Communities survey ‘so much destruction’
While the official death toll may not be known for days, or weeks, CTV’s Tom Walters, speaking from Narita, Japan, said locals on the ground have little doubt that the death toll is much higher than the estimates being released by officials.
“There really is so much destruction, so many areas of debris that are difficult to search, so many areas were we are told rescuers have yet to reach,” Walters told CTV News Channel on Sunday. “I don’t think there is any confidence here on a full accounting for the human toll of this disaster.”
In the town of Minamisanrikucho, about 10,000 people, or two-thirds of the population, have not been heard from since the tsunami buried the town. Images shown on state broadcaster NHK showed only a handful of tall structures still standing in the town, including the local hospital.
In the port city of Sendai, firefighters sifted through the rubble, recovering bodies. Survivors in the town sought shelter in local community centres, schools and at city hall.
Outside the city, a large refinery remained on fire, with 30-metre flames shooting into the air. Plumes of smoke hovered over the town.
Working to help in any way the Japan Help fund will be sending donations to the Kanuma East Rotary Club to help ease some of the burden. Any donations, small or large are welcome. If you can’t donate, please spread the word.
Do this! Ze Frank has created an awesome pumpkin-carving interface. If you are artistic, there’s a version where you can draw your carving directly onto the pumpkin. If, like me, you have more physical beauty than design skillz, the webcam pumpkin will help you to carve a silhouette of yourself. Pick one, and upload the results below!
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