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Went running yesterday

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Nike/iPod screenshot
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It was really nice out, so I went for a run yesterday.
Started out warming up with a couple of laps around the track at Laurier, then headed along Guildwood to the path down to the lake shore.

I really like running along the shore of Lake Ontario because of the nice breeze off the lake.
This assumes I am hot from running, which I usually am by the time I get to the lake.

I used the iPod/Nike thing for the second time ever.
The first time was on the cruise ship during March break.
I just stick the tab part under the laces of my right shoe, and keep Luisa’s pink iPod Nano with the pluged-in part in my pocket.

I actually carry my 60 GB iPod in my hand and listen to it while running.
A pox on whomever it was at Apple who decided that hard disk based iPods would not be able to work with the iPod/Nike thing.
Now I end up carrying a whole extra iPod, albeit only a nano.

I posted
several screenshots
of my stats from the two runs to Flickr,
grabbed from the iPod/Nike site.

Twitter Updates for 2007-03-27

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  • am waiting for my new 1920×1200 Dell LCD monitor #
  • Have feature requests for Bear’s twit bot 🙂 #
  • Updating my MacPorts since v1.4 came out – but selfupdate didn’t do anything, so I guess I was already at v1.4? #
  • checking out plazes.com #
  • Installed “twitter tools” wordpress plugin. Blog post alerts ensue #

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Vacation posts and Twitter updates

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I’ve posted two blog entries I wrote while aboard ship:
A Day at Sea, and
Mayan Ruins.
They don’t have any pictures yet, though.
I may add them later or maybe do a separate post about the pictures.

I posted them with the date when I wrote them, which is why they didn’t appear at the top of the page.
I have no idea how the RSS feeds will react to them!

I have installed the “twitter-tools” WordPress plugin, which amongst other things posts once a day to my blog with all my twitters.
Now you, too, can experience the ephemeral world of twitter by proxy.
Or you can just
visit my Twitter page ☺.

Update:
Oh, I’ve also installed a “Show unread comments” plugin.
I think it uses a cookie to show you commetns you haven’t read yet in the side bar there.
When you are reading a post there is a little blocky thingee to the right of each comment to show you its read/unread status.
Hope it’s useful for people.
Let me know!
(Um, by leaving a comment, obviously!)

Cool fake TTC map

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fantasy ttc map
Fantasy TTC map (excerpt)

BoingBoing posted a link to this PDF file today, and I just had to share.
Toronto definitely needs more subway lines.
It would certainly reduce the need for traffic, as well as providing much better transport for those without cars.

I think the more people use public transit, the more civilized a city is.

Week at OSAF last week

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I spent the week last week in San Francisco, working at OSAF HQ during the week.
As always, it was a lot of fun, and this time, the walk from the hotel to work was fraught with peril.

I stayed at the Hotel Fusion, which is two blocks from the Apple Store on Ellis Street, off of Market (the main drag in SF).
So my first hurdle is to walk past the downtown SF Apple Store without going in.
Once on Market, a couple of stoplights away is CompUSA.
And this CompUSA has a big Apple section.
Oh, joy!
And this CompUSA had a way, way bigger selection of computers, accessories and peripherals than any Future Shop, Best Buy or Compu-Smart in Toronto.

At this point, I’m about ½ of the way to OSAF.
But the path is not clear yet!

There is a store around 2nd and Market that I think is called “Jeffrey’s” or maybe “Jeffrey’s Toys”.
I remarked on it at first because I thought it was funny to see the name “Jeffrey” displayed so prominently close to OSAF because one of my OSAF buddies is Jeffrey H.
But on the way back on my first work day, I decided to wander in and check it out.
Bad news!

From the outside it looked like it had the usual assortment of novelties and games.
Yo-yo’s, frisbees, Monopoly, etc.
But then I found a small section filled with .. German Boardgames.
Urk!
On that day, that’s as far as I got.
I spent about ½ hour just delving over the assortment of games they had to see if I wanted to buy one.
I managed to make my saving throw though and me and my wallet left unscathed.

But I was definitely going to return.

And I did, the next day, again on the way back to the hotel.
But this time, I decided to explore further in.
I had seen people holding magazines and I thought I would check out the magazine rack.
The store goes pretty deep into the building!

I walk back to the slightly darker area in behind the cashiers, only to find.. comics!
Lots and lots and lots of comics!!

Now, I’m a comic collector from way back.
Since I was 8, in fact.
Just ask Luisa about when we were house-hunting a decade ago, asking if the basement had enough room to store 43 4-foot long boxes of comics.
Yes, 43.

So here we have not just a few comics, like you might see in a variety store (US translation: liquor store).
No, here we have all the new titles separated by publisher.
DC, Marvel, and the rest.
Plus a section for recently-released stuff (older than a week),
and the usual boxes of back issues (roughly older than a month).

My main worry once I was finished spending money was how I would fit it into my luggage to get home!
I thought I had already exhausted all my extra space with all the books I had bought a block from the hotel!

I should put up some pictures I took of the books and comics spread out on my hotel bed.
I’m such a nerd.

*sigh.
Just doing my bit to help the San Francisco/US economy!

Oldest posts

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Scott and I were looking at groups.google.com, finding far-back references to ourselves.
My earliest mention seems to be in net.jokes on “Thurs, Oct 31 1985 7:33 pm”.
Scott’s was in comp.sys.mac.programmer, of all places, on “Sun, May 23 1993 12:47 pm”.

I love the signature:

Reid Ellis       "Roads? Where we're going, who needs _roads_?"
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Ahh, good old bang-paths.
Who needs silly little “@” signs.
I wonder if the bang-path syntax still works?
Hmmm……

DisasterLand – Ronnie’s project

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DL Back
logo for back of shirt

Ronnie has been working on a project where he and two friends from school have to design a theme park centered around disasters.

Today we helped him design T-shirt logos.
The one below is for the front of the shirt at the top right, while the one to the right is for the back of the shirt.

DL Front
logo for front of shirt

It’s been a bit of a struggle to get the group of them to finish the project.
There is certainly bit of a do-what-you-need-to-consider-yourself-finished mentality about the whole thing.
It doesn’t help that the teacher’s “rubric” (sp?) on the back of the sheet is to vague, un-concrete (“Shows some understanding of ideas and information”) and inexplicably referring to something called a “product”.
(“Develops a relistic product with limited effectiveness”)
It’s like it was for another project and was cut-and-pasted for this one.

I can get better rubrics at teach-nology, which I just found via Google.
*sigh

Fifty SF Novels

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Thanks to Tanya, another list-of-stuff!

Bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov*
Dune, Frank Herbert*
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein*
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
Neuromancer, William Gibson*
Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish*
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card*
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman*
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld, Larry Niven*
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson*
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester*
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock*
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer*