Also, many great tips on how to ride and many other topics surrounding the revolutionary cycle of things You ever see a dude on a fixy, full sleeve, keys on a caribeener and wonder- what if that guy wrote a book? Here ya go. But to be fair, Tracy knows his shit. This book is about real world repairs, not the shop manual.
I wish there were more pics and diagrams but I'll take it. Apr 22, Eric rated it it was amazing Shelves: sports , how-to. If you love everything about bikes, especially the minutiae, this a mechanics dream. Written in a down to earth, engaging style. Jun 19, Annie rated it it was amazing. Great book, very informative. I also have How to Rock and Roll and this one has better pictures : helped me fix my bike and also a very good read.
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Aug 21, Melanie added it. Bikes rule. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. How To. About Sam Tracy.
Sam Tracy. Sam Tracy began producing the zine Biker Pride in the early s, and the project later broadened just enough to become the urban cycling-focused Multiplier. He is the author of Bicycle! Having toiled as a bicycle mechanic and messenger for more than a decade, Tracy is now taking a break from the industry to serve as the office Sam Tracy began producing the zine Biker Pride in the early s, and the project later broadened just enough to become the urban cycling-focused Multiplier.
Having toiled as a bicycle mechanic and messenger for more than a decade, Tracy is now taking a break from the industry to serve as the office manager for a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending homelessness. He lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts, with his wife, Kerri, and their intrepid cat, Kozmo.
Books by Sam Tracy. Trivia About Bicycle! No trivia or quizzes yet. Altavista remedied this problem by trying to crawl all reachable sites to form a giant automated index; while useful for targeted search, the numerous results for more general queries rendered it difficult to use as an exploratory tool. A breakthrough in increasing search result relevance came from the development and implementation of PageRank, as outlined in Brin and Page The basic idea behind PageRank is to estimate reputation of a page using both the number and quality of other pages it is linked to [ 4 ], building on insights from citation analysis and information science.
The crucial feature of all this link information is that it summarizes a huge number of independent choices. Certainly not. More sophisticated search algorithms are continually under development Roush, Similar search dynamics play a part in many other information resources, from academic citations to searching for new music to the market for books.
While library catalogs are still as useful as ever, in Amazon. User rankings and the way that Amazon orders query results influence which items people are likelier to buy. This is part of a general pattern: when others are seeking positive search results to reward, we naturally emphasize ourselves and discount others; conversely, when others seek negative search results like blacklisted businesses to stay away from, we naturally try to stay off their radar. Like a masquerade ball, we seek to present the best appearance, while trying to imagine what might lie behind the masks of others.
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Frequently people modify their pages in a deliberate attempt to improve search engine rankings. The possibility of inflating rankings has led to an arms race where Google updates its algorithms to counter abuses, another weakness is found which Google again combats, and so forth.
Clearly, being a gateway to the Web provides an opportunity for influencing what gets found and what gets ignored. The most obvious temptation is to skew search results based on payment, so that those Web sites that pay more appear earlier than they otherwise would.
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This has been tried by some search engines. Making a site just modestly more difficult or easier to find can have a major impact on its popularity, since people usually stop looking after relatively few results. The challenge for Google and other top engines is thus to keep answering the question, "Who evaluates the evaluators?
As Simon pointed out, we usually "satisfice" instead of optimizing difficult problems due to limited time and insight, settling for a solution that is good enough. The search applications we have seen so far are only the tip of the iceberg. Classical information retrieval and many Web search tools deal with finding exact matches to specified queries. The better search engines modestly generalize exact matching, by also considering limited forms of approximate matching and quality indicators. Personalizable search engines of the future will find items satisfying more general properties:.
A big part of transaction costs in personal, commercial, and civic life is finding the right challenge to tackle, or the right partners. Finding high quality options requires active search. What were the public places where people once formed reputations? Taverns, town squares, bazaars, and places of worship.
Now, the Internet "idea bazaar" is creating many oases of discussion, and a few of real community. From our point of view as observers and developers of reputation mechanisms, a key connecting thread is the varied solutions developed to the problem of raising discourse quality. Another thread is motivation for contribution; common rewards include peer esteem, making social connections, and the natural pleasure of helping others. To the degree that a conversational community has stable and important reputations for individuals e. Mailing lists and newsgroups formed some of the earliest online communities, and are still quite active; their history and social functions are described in Rheingold Those who organized such communities had to solve many problems which characteristically arose past a certain size.
Flaming is the term given to rude, overly emotional, or excessively argumentative replies to a posting; flamers may be socially shunned, or each reader may individually choose to place them in a "bozo filter" so that the reader is automatically shielded from their future postings. However, moderation introduces its own problems, such as time a busy list may require a lot of supervision from moderators , and taste moderators have their own preferences and agendas which may differ from the rest of the group.
Another type of moderation is by restricting access to the community as a whole, perhaps by requiring a recommendation from an existing group member or by voting on new admissions. At the other extreme is participation in a large, open chat room, where drivel seems to scroll unendingly on the monitor.
Usually, taking part in a restricted access conversation increases the potential level of trust, especially if the identities of the participants are known. Worthwhile communities are emergent phenomena. SMS and instant messaging services form an interesting special case of chatting, usually being terse yet accessible anywhere. These tactics have been seen in protest movements, and are reminiscent of swarm models Bonabeau, et al.
See Rodzvilla for a collection of blog perspectives. Tools have been developed to derive ratings, with a simple method inferring higher ratings for items referred to more often. This in turn can feed back to the community and focus attention of other bloggers; a blog is only as powerful as its reader base.
Those blogs that specialize in current events and analysis can be seen as complementary to mainstream media, with a smaller but more focused audience. Enabling technologies for blogs allow easy syndication of articles, so that one can easily track new stories from a personally chosen selection of dozens or hundreds of other sites Rittenbruch, et al.
No discussion of online discourse would be complete without looking at Slashdot. The operation of the site is straightforward: anyone can suggest a news item to be featured on the front page, but only a small number of suggestions are chosen by the site administrators. Due to the large number of visitors, stories routinely receive hundreds of comments. Clearly these are not all of the same quality, so how can some ranking be done? Asking administrators to read and rate all comments, for all stories, is i not feasible due to the large volume, and ii not desirable since for any comment there are probably many readers who know more about that comment than an administrator.
So the Slashdot administrators innovated out of necessity and set up peer moderation of stories: users themselves vote on the quality of each comment.