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Computer geeks compete in feats of strength in Wirld's Mightiest Programmer competition

Hard to imagine many people taking pride in being called a wimp. Competing to be the top wimp sounds even more counterintuitive. Giovanni Pasteris is not many people. Standing a couple inches shy of six feet and tipping the scales in the neighborhood of 225 pounds, neither is he your everyday, run-of-the-mill, sand-kicked-in-his-face wimp. The veteran Human Head Studios video-game programmer and Ford's Gym regular is, in fact, the WiMP. The acronym stands for Wirld's Mightiest Programmer. >More
 Madison waits for its skatepark, while those in nearby towns thrive

Another skateboard season, and still no Madison skatepark. As enthusiasts flock to existing skateparks in smaller Dane County communities, the absence of one in Wisconsin's capital grows ever more conspicuous. >More
 Madison Winter Festival growing, diversifying for 2011

Since its establishment as a weekend of competitive and recreational cross-country skiing around the Capitol Square, the old Capitol Square Sprints have grown to encompass snowboarding, ice carving, a 5-kilometer run, cyclo-cross, snow-shoeing and other activities befitting a name change to Madison Winter Festival. >More
 Why Food & Wine is covering Madison's broomball scene

Around here, it tends to be a game you rally a bunch of friends and neighbors to play on a whim. Yet it can also turn serious, as it will Feb. 19, when the UW-Madison Broomball Tournament unfolds on Lake Mendota off the UW Memorial Union Terrace. >More
 UW student Colin Tucker balances snowboards and books

Balance. This is the key to Colin Tucker's pursuit of a pro snowboarding career while working toward an undergraduate degree in legal studies from UW-Madison. Balance is essential to his competition results but also to chasing twin ambitions -- one academic, the other sporting -- at the same time. >More
 Skate with the Badger women's hockey team at Vilas Park on Sunday

Both the US College Hockey Online and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls rank the University of Wisconsin women's hockey team first in the nation this week, with 18 wins and two losses overall. The Badger women also lead the WCHA with 36 points at 12-2. They are, in short, the hottest team on campus. Care to skate with them? >More
 Madison Bike Winter plans city's first Santa Cycle Rampage

Aaron Crandall, the principal organizer, admits the inaugural edition may prove a modest debut thanks to a late start in pulling things together and getting the word out. But if he would be happy with a turnout of 15 riders for this year's Madison debut, he notes that similar events in Chicago and Milwaukee have grown to include hundreds of cyclists dressed as Santa. >More
 Get your sled on! Madison's hills officially open for winter

Laura Whitmore, the community-relations coordinator for Madison Parks, notes the city has already started making snow to help cover the sledding hill at Elver Park -- both the gold standard and the ne plus ultra among sledding hills in city parks. >More
 The Arboretum's new I-Map is a customizable guide

Its capacity, potential and versatility are evident from the moment you log on to the UW Arboretum's new interactive map. Still in its infancy following its November debut, it is already loaded with so many features that even the most jaded Arboretum visitor may discover something new. >More
 Madison Bike Winter invites cyclists to come out into the cold

Bike Winter was conceived in Chicago circa 1999, as a grass-roots means to build a network for winter bicyclists. The initiative was built on ideas and events that might help Windy City cyclists develop an esprit de corps. It has since spread to Milwaukee and now to Madison, explains Aaron Crandall, one of the driving forces behind the nascent colony here. >More
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