Friday, February 25, 2005

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Hey honey, Can I build a 135 foot high Ice Wall in the back yard?

I would love to do this.

But I doubt it will happen.
More snow - almost a blizzard.

If I was not wanting to get out cycling, I may almost enjoy the white stuff.

But for now it is filling the skies and turning the streets into ice rinks.

The light is good and I would be fine riding at 7am, in terms of visibility.

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Ice and freezing temperatures have stopped the cycling temporarily.

ScotLUG is coming up on Thursday and the LPI course is tonight. So it is doubtful I would be able to ride this week.

Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Cycle Diary - 20050216

The mornings are still cold – near freezing, but thankfully there is no ice on the roads.

I know this stage of cycling. I still have some energy in the legs. Soon there will be a time when the energy is gone, that is when the building of the legs and the cycling begins. You attack the hills that almost stopped you a couple months earlier.

The traffic is pretty light and I am leaving a bit later than I did when I was in full swing last year. I will heading out earlier as the days get longer.

Did not cycle back due to a late day and haze, which made visibility an issue.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Cycle Dairy - 20050215

Inspired by Sparkes tales of avocational agriculture, I decide that it may be interesting to blog the daily cycle to work, if I can manage it daily (that refers to both the blog and the cycling).

Weather - Cold this morning - 0C, warmed up in the afternoon, possible tailwind inthe morning, no wind on the return. The cold really froze the ears though, might try to see if I can wear a toque under the helmet.

Traffic - nothing major. dodged between a trinity of buses this morning, which made the middlle portion interesting. We travelled at roughly the same speed, so I was passing them (and being passed) for about half the journey.
The StrathClyde Police Station Roundabout is still a mess with large barricades blocking the left hand lane. Means I have to start my run earlier when approaching that roundabout to get myself in the right hand lane. Not a big deal but it really burns the legs.
Messed up the Mario Pizza corner (I will find the street name later). Thought I could run up the middle line and get myself in position to avoid the left hand turners. Mistimed it and got caught out on the wrong side. Dived on the pavement and used the pedestrian crossing to get out of that mess.

Other Stuff - pedalled behind a kid who has been cycling over the winter. He had good pace and I struggled to keep up. Hopefully that situation will change as I continue to cycle to work. It took me about a month to get my legs and fitness back last autumn. I have started to cycle in a lot earlier this year and I hope it pays off.

Monday, February 14, 2005

I remember visiting a friend’s cousin’s place when I was growing up. He was a record distributor for the music publishers. He would drive to the small towns of Manitoba and drop off records to be sold in the hardware stores and specialty shops. We went to his basement and the place was typical of prairie suburbs, with that 1970’s orangey brown carpet and lined with crates. They were turn on their sides so that you could see the edges of the vinyl records.

There were hundreds, possibly thousands of records in that basement. It was time when you bought a record to be able to hear that song whenever. Cheap re-issues were not prevalent and “Best Of Albums” were only put out by bands that had a solid career not only a single LP.

I think back on that time and it seems both magical and other-worldly. To be in a time where music is heard only by those who own a particular piece of plastic seems very strange. The music held a greater significance, but that position came at a cost.

It amazes me that music seems almost disposable in this current age. That people will purchase music online then delete it when the next single comes along seems strange to me.

If the cost of this new access to media is to diminish it to a recycle bin, then maybe it is too high a price to pay. I still think back to that time when each album was held by the edges and in esteem. Hearing something from a rare recording was like vintage wine. Only to be enjoyed by a few.

Maybe the new access to music has opened up a world that was unobtainable before, but it has come at a cost. These will have to be tallied before we know if it is too high a price to pay.

Monday, February 07, 2005

Novell: Public Service Announcement

I have come across every single one of these disorders in Microsoft people.

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Favicons have never been so easy.

FavIcon from Pics
Stupid, annoying, life-wasting java games.

Is that what you expect from this Blog?

Well, then

Here you go - HIGH WHEELS

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

I started back riding into work this week.

The mornings are a bit dark, but I have some lights on the back of the bike. I may need to look into getting some more reflectors and some lights for the helmet.

The early morning ride has reinforced how my easy life over winter has softened me up. So, I am getting myself back into my previous shape.

The construction on Paisley Road West has definitely added some edge to the trip.
OK, here is the post stating all of the cool stuff that everyone else has been using for months.


And live bookmarks in the Firefox toolbar

Tuesday, February 01, 2005

The best thing performance tip for Windows XP is here.

But if you have to run it, check out this.
Google Tools

Great Resource?

Or a way to waste your life away in front of a Glowing Screen?

Tools You Might Have Missed
New piece from Sparkes.

Allotment Day 1

I like his description of hacking the earth.

So you want to start a blog?

Read this first.