The First Blog Post

I am supposed to write something pithy here about Stanton Studio, LLC.

The Stanton part is because my family name is Stanton — simple enough. The Studio part is because my mother was a painter for 75 years, and her studio was the Center of the Universe in our house, at least for me. The “LLC” suffix is required by state law. There’s a Stanton Studio located in Barcelona, Spain, who’s website is www.stantonstudio.com. I really wanted that URL, but no, so I had to add the dash between. Anyway…

I started Stanton Studio several years ago to bring together all the various so-called creative endeavors I aspire to and want to make some money at; something about turning one’s hobby into an income stream.

The first attempt was an app for the Apple iTunes App Store. It was a digital gizmo called ToneTune, which allowed the user to tune over 100 different stringed instruments by ear. There was a little graphic of a simplified fretboard for a particular instrument, and when you touched a string graphic where it crossed the fret, you would hear the proper frequency to tune to. It had other nice features too. Worked great — sold miserably; something about a lack of intense marketing.

I loved designing the interface and how it worked for the user. Too bad I wasn’t a programmer. Significant money went to a talented and worthy young gentleman named Pete Snyder (http://snyderp.com/) who did an excellent job on the programming. Unfortunately, from the time I started the process to when ToneTune appeared on the App Store, the number of apps had grown from 4000 to well over 100,000. Needle in a haystack. After a couple of years I made less than Apple’s annual App Store fee ($99) at $2 a throw. So bye-bye.

Next post: What going on now.

Ridge and Valley Rides
: Madison 2011 (coil-bound)

Francis Stanton, Lulu.com, 8.5” x 11” paperback (coil-bound), color covers/B&W interior, 112 pages $21.49

Ridge and Valley Rides: Madison is a bicycling guide for Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin featuring 44 great bicycle loops, plus state trails and escape routes. Clear and easy-to-read maps and cue sheets for the loop rides, easily copied to take out on the road. Loop rides are listed by starting place, length and steepness. Helpful information about Madison and bicycling in general. This edition has a lay-flat black coil binding for easier copying. Also available in a perfect-bound format.

ORDER HERE
(opens a new window at Lulu.com)

Table of Contents
Introduction  3
Routes: Exploring the Countryside  3
Maps and Cue Sheets  7
Online Resources.  7
Bicycling in the Madison Area  8
Terrain: Driftless and Glaciated  11
Weather  13
Safety and Etiquette  14
Tips for Biking
Equipment  15
Clothing  15
Food & Drink  16
Training & Techniques  16
Directions to Starting Places
and Pickup Points  17
Escape Routes: Maps  21
Loop Rides: Maps and
Cue Sheets  24
The Trails: Maps  104
Ride Logs  110

Escape Routes
North/Northeast-Northeast-East
Southeast-South- South/Southwest
Southwest-Northwest-North/Northwest

Loop Rides
1 Belleville to Monticello
2 Brigham Park South
3 Brigham Park North
4 Hideous Highlands
5 Cambridge South
6 Columbus Area (2 rides)
7 Cottage Grove Area (2 rides)
8 Salmo Pond
9 Festge Park
10 Deerfield to Marshall
11 Fitchburg to Goodland Park
12 Around Lake Mills
13 Lodi to Sauk City
14 Central Madison (2 rides)
15 Terminal Moraine Tour
16 Marshall East
17 Indian Lake to Mazomanie
18 Indian Lake Ice Age
19 Mazomanie to Barneveld
20 Mazomanie to Tower Hill
21 McFarland to Lake Kegonsa
22 Middleton to Indian Lake
23 Morrisonville Poynette Lodi
24 Mount Horeb South
25 Mount Horeb North
26 Mount Vernon to New Glarus
27 Mount Vernon to Daleyville
28 New Glarus Southwest
29 Oregon East
30 Far-Flung Fairly Flats
31 Oregon South
32 Paoli Area (2 rides)
33 Around Riley
34 Rockdale to Fort Atkinson
35 Clyde Hyde Slyde
36 LaFollette to CamRock #3
37 Stoughton to Edgerton
38 Sun Prairie Marshall Waterloo
39 Verona to Riley
40 Waunakee to Lodi

Trails
Glacial Drumlin Trail
Sugar River Trail
Badger Trail
Military Ridge Trail
US 12 Path

Ridge and Valley Rides:
 Madison 2011 (perfect-bound)

Francis Stanton, Lulu.com, 8.5” x 11” paperback (perfect-bound), color covers/B&W interior, 112 pages $19.95

Ridge and Valley Rides: Madison is a bicycling guide for Madison and Dane County, Wisconsin featuring 44 great bicycle loops, plus state trails and escape routes. Clear and easy-to-read maps and cue sheets for the loop rides, easily copied to take out on the road. Loop rides are listed by starting place, length and steepness. Helpful information about Madison and bicycling in general. Also available in a coil-bound format for easier copying.

ORDER HERE
(opens a new window at Lulu.com)

Table of Contents
Introduction  3
Routes: Exploring the Countryside  3
Maps and Cue Sheets  7
Online Resources.  7
Bicycling in the Madison Area  8
Terrain: Driftless and Glaciated  11
Weather  13
Safety and Etiquette  14
Tips for Biking
Equipment  15
Clothing  15
Food & Drink  16
Training & Techniques  16
Directions to Starting Places
and Pickup Points  17
Escape Routes: Maps  21
Loop Rides: Maps and
Cue Sheets  24
The Trails: Maps  104
Ride Logs  110

Escape Routes
North/Northeast-Northeast-East
Southeast-South- South/Southwest
Southwest-Northwest-North/Northwest

Loop Rides
1 Belleville to Monticello
2 Brigham Park South
3 Brigham Park North
4 Hideous Highlands
5 Cambridge South
6 Columbus Area (2 rides)
7 Cottage Grove Area (2 rides)
8 Salmo Pond
9 Festge Park
10 Deerfield to Marshall
11 Fitchburg to Goodland Park
12 Around Lake Mills
13 Lodi to Sauk City
14 Central Madison (2 rides)
15 Terminal Moraine Tour
16 Marshall East
17 Indian Lake to Mazomanie
18 Indian Lake Ice Age
19 Mazomanie to Barneveld
20 Mazomanie to Tower Hill
21 McFarland to Lake Kegonsa
22 Middleton to Indian Lake
23 Morrisonville Poynette Lodi
24 Mount Horeb South
25 Mount Horeb North
26 Mount Vernon to New Glarus
27 Mount Vernon to Daleyville
28 New Glarus Southwest
29 Oregon East
30 Far-Flung Fairly Flats
31 Oregon South
32 Paoli Area (2 rides)
33 Around Riley
34 Rockdale to Fort Atkinson
35 Clyde Hyde Slyde
36 LaFollette to CamRock #3
37 Stoughton to Edgerton
38 Sun Prairie Marshall Waterloo
39 Verona to Riley
40 Waunakee to Lodi

Trails
Glacial Drumlin Trail
Sugar River Trail
Badger Trail
Military Ridge Trail
US 12 Path