Posting this from RockMelt (which is an interesting spin on Chrome, embedding Facebook and Twitter into either side of the browser window).Â Okay, no, it WAS being written in RockMelt, but then I bailed on it ’cause the screen framing didn’t wrap properly on my tiny 1024×768 screen, which meant the word “embedding” scrolled off into nowheresville while typing that first sentence.
Tomorrow’s Friday, and since I’ve been riding every other day this week, I should ride to/from work, but not if it’s gonna be cold, and it has been *cold* lately.Â Not exploding coffee cup weather, but cold enough to make you not want to go work out in it.Â The two rides I’ve done this week on the new bike have been good (considering I’ve been off my bike for a month or more).Â Wanna see?Â Of course you do!Â I’ve been using a free Blackberry app called Endomondo which tracks traveling workouts via GPS.Â It even tells you over the headphones every kilometer: “Six keelahmeeterrs in ayiteen minutes. Last laptime 3 minutes 22 seconds.”
It also shows GoogleMashed maps with elevation, which is pretty damned cool (if a little creepy, considering I didn’t log into the site as myself to see the information under that link).
In the process of the work I do, I occasionally go looking for people online, and one of the odd things I’ve noticed is that any public running event (SunRun, marathon, triathlon) will publish your name and placing online after the event (it’s in the newspaper, too.)Â Doesn’t give you much information, but it does give you a year and a city if you’re tracking someone who’s ghosted on your for a bit.Â (Do I even want to tell the story of the con artist in Montreal who I managed to get an alarming amount of data about, up to and including freakin’ ultrasounds of his unborn third child?)
That was a particularly freaky amount of tracking I did.Â My accounting manager at the time said “That’s hilarious – don’t do that with me.”
Some Google-Fu and some nice lateral thinking can get you an alarming amount of information on a group of people who don’t lock down their privacy settings on things like Flickr.
It’s Midnight, so I’m a hit Publish, take a picture of the straggly-looking stache, put that in the Mo’10 page, and then head to bed.Â (Oh crap, Conan’s on already, I’m toast).
Stood at the cenotaph in downtown Vancouver today while the planes did their flyby and the 21-gun salute was performed with artillery, and it rained and a bajillion kids in uniforms were quiet and strong and trained.Â Lots of fresh-faced Asian (and SouthEast Asian) kids there.Â Sorta made me proud that Canada has enough of a mixed culture that our population on the street is reflected in the cadets.Â Or maybe that’s a bad sign.Â Not sure.
But thanks to all those who were once (or currently) somewhere really really far from home, in a place where maybe there’s not a lot of hope (or security), and that the people that sent you there bring you home safe and sane.