I've been using Stripes for a while now and what I prefer about the approach there is that it does not mandate how to interact with the data access layer. In an MVC design pattern approach, Stripes focus strictly on the V and the C and leaves the M alone.
Velo- commuters are definitely the minority in MO, but at least in St. Louis City and County, there are a fair number. I used to be one (and will again) until I dislocated my elbow last month. I commuted by bike (not everyday) about 4000 miles in the last 20 months. Not a huge amount as my ride is only 9 miles one way, but enough that I considered myself a commuter.
I love the "Reserve Online" bit from Redbox, particularly for new releases. Just a little bit of foresight and I don't have to wonder what I'm going to be watching that night.
There are two kinds of egotists: 1) Those who admit it 2) The rest of us