Sunday, November 30, 2008

Mom's Christmas tree

First Snow run of season

View Larger Map So cold. I would have been fine if I would have brought my spandex, but it had not started snowing when I began. Also my glasses became a total distraction by mile 4 so I tried running without them. It actually wasn't too bad but I wouldn't try it at night or in the city. I went to a new trail system that I had never been on before, south of Tinley Park High School. Google shows it as a lake but it's actually just a prairie. I stuck to the main trail which was used by trucks if the tire tracks are any indication, but there are also a lot of smaller trails that feed off of it. One of them I am almost positive connects to the old Tinley Park Cross Country Course. Something to explore another day when it isn't so wet and cold.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lone Star Lessons: What Texas and Florida can teach big spending states - Reason Magazine

Texas shows the other states how to balance a budget.

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Passed emissions!

Log I used to cross the creek

Just the Saturday Run

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Still having issues with uploading maps. Upon further review, it turns out the previous map was a composite of ALL my runs so far. Which is cool, don't get me wrong, but I'd like to plot each run individually. This requires deleting the previous runs in the Garmin Training Center software, exporting to .tcx, and then using Motion Based (it worked this time). This isn't the greatest solution in the world but it works for now. I'll try tweaking it again after tomorrows run

"Long" run, .tcx to .kml converter

View Larger Map Well, it wasn't that long, but when you're out of shape like I am 5+ is plenty. Plus I was going cross-country for a chunk of this run, on some very narrow paths. I really wanted to see how the Garmin 205 did in heavy forested conditions and it came through like a champ. It never gave me the "Acquiring satellites" I would get when I went into forests with the Garmin 101. I was feeling very good when I got home, looking forward to seeing my run on Google maps. And that's when everything fell apart, temporarily.

I was using the Motion Based website to upload my runs, but after an eternal upload time and two errors, I gave up on it. There had to be someone who had written a .tcx (Garmin's format) to .kml (Google's format, so I hit Google. The first one said my .tcx had no data so I moved on. Then I found this AWESOME one here on some German website. Got to love those Germans and their efficiency. It plotted a more detailed map then Motion Based! Mile markers and everything! Needless to say, I'll be sticking with them from now on.

Couple of interesting things on my run today:

One: I saw people actually off-roading an SUV! I would have taken a picture of them but they were pretty crazy doing donuts and what not I didn't want to become a hit and run victim so I stayed clear.

Two: I saw some deer as is almost always the case when running at dusk. I managed to get a picture of them but they are merely specks.

All in all, a fun run and I look forward to going at it again tomorrow.

Cuddles watching the tube

Friday, November 28, 2008

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Run

View Larger Map My Thanksgiving 2008 run. Wish I had more time it was an absolutely beautiful day today.

Give thanks for cheap gas

Iraq parliament OKs pact on U.S. troops' future -

Leaving Iraq? Three years from now, yes.

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Giving Thanks for freedom

Today is thanksgiving, the most uniquely American of holidays. The greatest thing to be thankful for is our freedom, and that means giving thanks to all the troops who have sacrificed abroad so we can enjoy our turkey dinners at home. For their tenacious sense of duty, we should all say a prayer of graditude. Come home safe guys!

Thanks to the founders

I couldn't say thanks better then this immigrant.

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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Republicans Seek Bailout: A rescue plan for the GOP - Reason Magazine

Fantastic satire. ROTFL.

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The Libertarian Moment: Despite all leading indicators to the contrary, America is poised to enter a new age of freedom. - Reason Magazine

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First impressions of garmin forerunner 205

As you can see in the post below I took my brand new Garmin Forerunner 205 for a spin last night and after a little bit of work, figured out how to embed the map on my page here. The Forerunner 205 itself is a rather large watch, but it fits nice. The strap is a little small but they have a larger one in the box. GPS satellite acquisition was so fast I didn't even see the "Acquiring satellites" message that kept me waiting (and waiting) on my old Forerunner 101. The backlight was bright enough to see my progress in the dark. I ran 2.2 miles according to the forerunner which seems reasonable, but the next run I'll do will be a know distance to test accuracy. So far I really like the Forerunner 205 but I love the map ability the most. Using the MotionBased website, I was able to upload my run and then I was able to add it to My Maps in Google Maps and embed it on my page. That's really what I was looking for when I got this and I couldn't be more pleased. I can't wait to do all the runs I've done in the past and see what they look like from a bird's eye view!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

First Mapped Run

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First run with the Garmin Forerunner 205.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bears whooping up on Rams

Bears actually have five sacks today! Forte 2 TDs, over 100 yards. Talk radio will be much more pleasent this week.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Safari finally crashed

All good things must come to an end. Safari made it about half a day without crashing. A good run to be sure, but I really thought it might make it a day after iPhone 2.2 update.

Don’t Bail Out the Big Three — The American, A Magazine of Ideas

Cato Institute nails it when it comes to bailing out Detroit.

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Blog Lite

Cell Spin freezes every time I go to post, so I've abandoned it as a blogging tool. I'm trying out Blog Lite right now, and it works pretty good. It automatically saves posts so you can come back to them later. Works with Blogger. No landscape mode and no picture posting that I can see, but this is a decent no frills blogging tool. Of course of goes without saying I wish Google would make their own Blogger app, but with the stock plunging I know they have to work on Android.

iPhone 2.2 software

I downloaded the iPhone 2.2 software this morning and I have to say I'm impressed. Favorite new feature: Podcast downloading in iTunes. I already downloaded 5 of them and it was so easy. Safari is reportedly more stable and I have to say, it hasn't crashed (yet). I haven't tried street view in Google maps, but I never really used it on the desktop version so it wasn't a priority item. I also read that there is away to turn the auto correction off, but I haven't seen it yet. So far so, so good on 2.2 Apple. Keep up the good work!

new google app voice recognition rocks

Just downloaded the iPhone google app (again), but this time I think I'm gonna keep it. The voice recognition is excellent, responding to my queries for movie times and the nearest McDonald's. Keep up the good work Google! Now, if you only would give us an iPhone Blogger app.

iPhone 2.2 firmware update available now, Google Street View and plenty more - Engadget

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

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Thursday, November 06, 2008

iPhone is Business Traveller's best friend

I don't know what I'd do without my iPhone. Stuck by myself in Podunk, USA, would probably have been boring, but thanks to the iPhone, I am kept highly entertained. Books, web, TV shows, games, all at my fingertips. The iPhone is the business traveller's best friend.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Iphone Speed Test » Speed Test

Just speed tested my iPhone here in Collinsville, IL and wound up with
a pitiful 45 kbs. How does AT&T sleep at night knowing they provide
such pitiful service? How?

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Mighty Mississippi

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

I voted!

Long voting lines

Don't blame me, I voted Libertarian!

Electronic Voting machines don't boot up in Precinct 73

One of the reasons the lines were so long is that the three electronic voting machines in my precinct failed to boot up. The Democratic judge of elections made several frantic phone calls while I was in line trying to get it resolved. Meanwhile, precinct 9, which also votes at Zion Lutheran Church, electronic voting machines were functioning normally.

Due to these glitches you should go to vote as early as possible today if you are in precinct 73.

Waiting in line to vote

I've voted in a lot of elections, but I've never seen anything like this. The line is over 30 people long at 6:11 in the morning. I've seen more people vote in this election then all the other elections combined. I hope to get out of here in an hour.

Election day!

Sunday, November 02, 2008

I'm voting for Barr

Well, it's almost election day, so I'll throw out my endorsement: I'm voting for Libertarian candidate Bob Barr. I'm not a huge fan of Barr, but he's not McCain and he's certainly not Obama. Bob Barr wouldn't vote for a 700 billion dollar bailout for Wall Street like McCain and Obama did. I've said it a hundred times, but I'll say it again: There isn't a dimes worth of difference between the Democrats and Republicans. It's Coke vs. Pepsi. I want a root beer.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Opinion: Mark Steyn: Obama makes a better symbol than president | obama, dimensional, hope, barack, government -

Mark Steyn nails it again in regard to Obama's Hope and Change BS.

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It's national blog posting month!

I just read on Libertarian Republican that it's National Blog Posting Month. You're supposed to blog every day of the month. I don't think I've ever done that but I'm going to give it a try. Today, on this first day of November, I put my Christmas wish list out for all to see. What do I want Santa to bring me? Read on below! Ho, ho, ho! The Tinley Harrier's 2008 Christmas Wish List: 1. A new 32GB iPhone. Mr. Jobs, could Apple please release this just in time for the holidays, or are you going to hold out for your 2009 "Stevenote" address? My iPhone is really filling up (I'm down to a gig of free space), and with all these cool games coming out in the App Store I'm going to have to start taking off my beloved Aqua Teen Hunger Force episodes. Mr. Jobs, you can bring lots of Christmas cheer to your legions of fans if you would introduce this, say, sometime next week? Oh as a bonus, keep the price at $299, drop the 16GB to $199, and make the 8GB an eminently affordable $99 and dominate the 4th quarter beyond your wildest dreams. 2. Google Chrome for OS X. I can't believe I'm saying this but I'm getting sick of firefox. I can't even check my g-mail with it anymore. And of course Safari doesn't cut it. Google Chrome looked awesome on my windoze laptop, but I wanted it on the Mac Mini about two weeks ago. I know you're busy with the Android and the "G phone" (good luck with T-mobile as your carrier), but come on Larry and Sergi, throw us Mac users a frickin' bone here? 3. Blogger for iPhone. I've only been asking for this since the iPhone 3G came out, but I will restate my request clear. I'm sure this could be whipped up within a week if you weren't so busy Android. 4. iTunes gift cards. It's the gift that keeps on giving (until they run out). Well, there's my Christmas wish list. As you can see, I'm pretty easy to shop for. Have a wonderful Christmas shopping season!