Strack to Lead New V-Studies Initiative at McMaster University

Strack to Lead New V-Studies Initiative at McMaster University

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La Vie Velominatus is set to become the subject of intense scholarly analysis next week, as Frank Strack will receive an honorary PhV from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario (chapeau to @ten B for the PhV). It’s been a heady week for the cycling types around these parts; Strack will close out festivities that included the Bike Snob and Mario Cipollini. Too fat and slow to overlap with and give Super Mario the reach around, Strack will settle for regaling an audience on the Rules, Lexicon, and the finer details of la Vie Velominatus as the second speaker in the McMaster Rolling Seminar: La Vie Vélo.

On Thursday, October 4, he will sit down with Herr Professor Doktor Steampunk for a conversational interview in front of an enthralled public audience in the lofty and musty confines of McMaster University’s University Club (bow ties & elbow patches are a part of the dress code and polysyllabic pedantry is the language of choice””word is Strack will be sporting an orange ascot). This is a big moment for the Velominati community; as you all know, recognition from within the ivory tower (in all its cloistered wisdom) is the quintessential symbol of success in some cultures. Of course, now that the Velominati are under the intellectual microscope, they will be scrutinized, deconstructed, and proven to be nothing more than some post-modern, fictitious expression of postcolonial angst that doesn’t really exist. Tant pis.

In addition, Strack will also spend an evening at Café Domestique to imbibe fine beers and share his wisdom with the locals in what should be a rip-roaring good time. Come one; come all. This is, in effect, an intellectual Cogal of the mind. Sort of. Not really. But it should be great.

The details:

Seminar Session (open to the public)

When: Thursday, October 4 @ 2:30pm

Where: University Club’s West Room, McMaster University

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Soirée @ Café Domestique (Millers Lane, Dundas)

When: Thursday, October 4 @ 8pm

Both events are free and open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. The series is sponsored by the Petro-Canada Young Innovator Award. Further inquiries can be sent to egan(at)mcmaster(dot)ca.

// Evanescent Riders

  1. @Steampunk

    Update on V-Studies. Frank’s YouTube visit to McMaster is available for public consumption:

    What the hell is that “thing” protruding into the picture bottom right? Surely not rule compliant? Frank is looking very casually deliberate by the way. Any guesses/suggestions as to what he may be describing? The minimum height one’s addle should be from the ground?

  2. Ontario version of Sasquatch!

  3. Hmm. Not sure why only half the screen showed up. Just me? Is it because Velominati’s page is working in imperial measurements (which would be a rule violation)? Full link here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFKnHavJGHg

  4. @Steampunk Watching the video on my TV, top marks on quality. I am really enjoying it.

  5. @Steampunk

    Hmm. Not sure why only half the screen showed up. Just me? Is it because Velominati’s page is working in imperial measurements (which would be a rule violation)? Full link here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFKnHavJGHg

    I think the embed function was trying to protect you from being connected to those god awful things you’re using as footwear…

  6. @Steampunk

    Yeah, me too.  This is a lot of fun to watch.  How many in attendance?

    I do think that folks are misattributing the appearance of your feet to banned footwear, whereas my training tells me this is an acute case of leprosy.

    There are pills for that.

  7. @Steampunk

    Update on V-Studies. Frank’s YouTube visit to McMaster is available for public consumption:

    Steamy.  I’m still kicking myself for missing Frank’s visit. But come on!  Yeti shoes?  Although your attempts at looking casually deliberate are admirable, the world already thinks we are running around wearing loin cloth and chucking spears. (By the way Oli, it’s beaver season!).Now you have them thinking we have webbed feet!  For shame,eh?

  8. @RedRanger

    Credit to Colin @ the Humanities Computing and Media Lab. He’s a real perfectionist with audio and visual. He spent a lot of time complaining about the sound and picture available to him (YouTube made a mess of the quality work he did).

    @xyxa

    Counting Frank and me, at least three. I may have leprosy, but you seem to have lost an X.

    @Mikael Liddy & @The Pressure:

    Don’t be hating. Most comfortable footwear ever. Function, function, function. Also, it irked Frank no end.

  9. @Steampunk

    @xyxa
    Counting Frank and me, at least three. I may have leprosy, but you seem to have lost an X.

    It’s what happens when you get older.  Wait until you’re Steampun.

  10. Good stuff. It made me nod my head in appreciation of this place.

    I say nothing about the question of profoundly disturbing footwear. (This is the rhetorical trope known as “preterition,” a word that also refers to an unlucky soul’s predestination to eternal damnation.)

  11. @Steampunk

    Most comfortable footwear ever.

    Wearing nothing but boxers is comfortable, but as a gentleman I do it as one should wear those shoes: privately when no one is looking.

  12. @xyxax

    Better a bad pun than a bad joke?

  13. @G’rilla

    You don’t have tenure, do you?

  14. @Steampunk Looking forward to viewing this over the holidays.

  15. @Steampunk

    @G’rilla

    You don’t have tenure, do you?

    Well played.

  16. @Nate

    Kidding aside, I thought Frank was terrific. Some good stuff here…

  17. @Steampunk I don’t doubt it.  I’ll be looking out for comic deprecation too, however.

  18. @Steampunk @frank

    Really nice job guys. Was a great way to pass an hour and half at work. Summed up a lot of why I come here.

  19. I was just promoting some of the events to come in the series next semester (Rising from the Ashes in January, Michael Barry in March, etc.) when I got this tweet from a twitterer who calls himself a triathlete:

    It took all my professionalism not to blast back: “Them’s strong words coming from a triathlete.”

  20. @Steampunk

    Ugh. Invite him for a ride and show him what’s what.

  21. @Steampunk

    I was just promoting some of the events to come in the series next semester (Rising from the Ashes in January, Michael Barry in March, etc.) when I got this tweet from a twitterer who calls himself a triathlete:

    It took all my professionalism not to blast back: “Them’s strong words coming from a triathlete.”

    First lesson, no tri bars on group rides…

  22. @Steampunk Probably his Speedo was ratcheted on too tight…

  23. @Steampunk Think you could have been going pretty quick off the mark there Steamy. Looks like it could have been a relatively genuine suggestion?

    I have been told that when you strip away their compression garments, triathletes have feelings too.

  24. @Marcus

    True enough. And I’m sure it was a genuine suggestion. And goodness knows teaching students how to ride properly and safely is a big issue. As a matter of fact, we’ll be running a host of CAN-BIKE road safety sessions and I’ll be putting students to work in the university’s cycle co-op.

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