Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Good day from Killarney, IE

Just checking in to say Hi. We are in Killarney, heading to Kenmare Ireland by way of hiking even more. Trip is fun, but tiring. The weather has been stunning (in general, but specifically for Ireland. It's never in the 20s (celsius) for a week or more with no rain, which is what it's been here).

Rather than blather on more I'm going to direct the eight gentle readers here to the photo set I'm compiling on Flickr: http://flickr.com/photos/epc/sets/72157594153596573/. We have 2.5 more days of hiking, then we return to Dublin for a day before returning to the U.S.

e.p.c. posted this at 07:20 GMT on 7-Jun-2006 from Killarney,Ireland. Source,

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Back in US

We're in Chicago, about a ninety minute layover before the flight to LGA. The hiking was great, some minor glitches getting from Kenmare back to Dublin. I'll write up something tonight and post some more stuff during the week, as well as fix up the photos on flickr a bit.

e.p.c. posted this at 20:04 GMT on 11-Jun-2006 .

Monday, June 12, 2006

Back home

Arrived home last night around 7:00 EDT. Too late to pickup Frisket from Monstermutt. I'll walk over and retrieve the retriever midday (based on a note from Alex, I'll have to buy a couple of bags of treats to bribe her to come home).

Frisket apparently enjoyed Alex's dog-sitting so much that she hid his phone charger before he left last week.

The weather here in Brooklyn is oddly what we expected when we landed in Ireland on the 1st. Cool, somewhat humid.

While I was away I didn't change the "location" field for the first time in a number of trips (it's a litle database I have that should be driven by dripldu but whoever's behind that site hasn't finished the work yet, so I maintain it by hand and it shows where I allegedly am). Someone with far too much time on their hands wrote in to note that the default location Armillary Sphere wasn't precisely on the Armillary Sphere on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade when you zoomed in all the way on Google Maps satellite imagery. I have corrected the error (it was "off" by I'm guessing two feet. I suspect it was correct until they updated the satellite imagery).

To welcome me home, it appears that someone in the immediate area of the house has decided to tear up the street with jackhammers. Ah, céad mille fáilte.

e.p.c. posted this at 13:54 GMT on 12-Jun-2006 from Brooklyn, NY. Source,

Monday, June 19, 2006

Miscellany for 19 June 2006

Some links:

  • No wonder Airbus is having trouble: Rabbit outruns A380.
  • An NYT article on online mobs in China enforcing "morality": Online Throngs Impose a Stern Morality in China: It was just the latest example of a growing phenomenon the Chinese call Internet hunting, in which morality lessons are administered by online throngs and where anonymous Web users come together to investigate others and mete out punishment for offenses real and imagined.
  • I'm not sure I'd call it an online mob, but a U.S. example of using group action to find, avenge, retaliate against the theft of a Sidekick: How NOT to steal a SideKick II, with coverage at news.com, Brighthand reviews and Gothamist.
  • A video of the Beatles perfoming Pyramus and Thisbe from Midsummer Night's Dream, allegedly circa 1964. There seems to be a fifth Beatle in this video, I don't know who it is (I don't think it's Pete Best)
  • Canvas for Wordpress looks intersting, a wysiwyg? template designer for Wordpress. Not sure I'll find it useful as I'm sticking with MovableType for now. Lethargy, momentum, intense desire not to change something that works.
  • Apparently, the easiest way to hack into someone's computer network is to leave a USB key in a parking lot. White Hat hackers left several USB security keys strewn about a credit union parking lot and waited for the employees to pick them up. Sure enough, they picked them up and plugged them into their computers, unwittingly running several programs to track keystrokes, passwords, etc.
  • Someone forwarded me this link for a CFP for Workshop on Privacy in the Electronic Society.
  • Chet forwarded a link to a somewhat scary Folger's video which in turn promotes this site toleratemornings.com.

In other news...I had lunch with Pete Fiorese last week. I may have found one Rupert Murdoch enterprise that I can tolerate, the Fox Sports Grill at the Palisades Center Mall (all sets were tuned to either the World Cup, or the Yankees game). I have yet to write up anything about our Ireland hiking trip and will either do so today or just accept defeat and move on.

I'm really taken by both Rocketboom and Ze Frank's The Show (which was written up in the weekend NYT: And You're So Funny? Write My Script). They're short, quirky, probably geared to a 20-something edging-into-30 something audience (my immaturity lets me pretend I'm in one of those audiences). Rocketboom is commercial, I don't know how much they make from sponsors, but they've signed a deal to be syndicated via Tivo which I think is a potentially big deal. If Tivo can come up with a way to allow Tivoids to subscribe to video-blogs (syndicated video clips) that minimizes hassle, then I think they'll have nailed the next-big-thing in entertainment distribution. The tools and technology are now within reach for people to create slick videos with high production values. The killer for personally-distributed video has been bandwidth. If you combine syndication with a distribution platform like Tivo you may have solved both the ease-of-use problem (I was surprised to find that iTunes can't play the video downloaded from Rocketboom, it only supports transferring to an iPod I guess) and the distribution problem.

Next weekend we plan to road trip to City of Sin, Poughkeepsie for a play date for Frisket with Danté and Mina.

Several projects I'm working on are still stewing on the stove, I'm trying now to launch stuff on or around the 1st of July 2006. But you all know how flexible my concept of time is.

And for the throngs who've begged, pleaded, chided, and scolded me to go to a dermatologist: I have an appointment scheduled for Thursday.

e.p.c. posted this at 19:00 GMT on 19-Jun-2006 from Brooklyn, NY.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome

I managed to walk and hike nearly ten miles a day when we were in Ireland with nary a problem other than exhaustion. On the penultimate hike I decided to cut out early after I noticed my right ankle flexing sort of weirdly in a pre-twist way. I came to the conclusion that taking a taxi to Kenmare was easier than proving my I don't know what by twisting my ankle on a remote path.

Once in Kenmare I cleaned up, took an Advil knock-off, and did the reverse 5-7km hike (back up the path into the hills between Kenmare and Killarney.

Again, no serious problems.

On the last day of the hike, the easiest hike, the you can do this hike with street shoes hike, I twisted my right foot. I was being careful, I even saw exactly where I twisted it, I planted my foot on what looked like grass, and was grass, but was over a 4 inch wide hole.

The rest of the day I took it mostly easy (made easy by taking a bus and train to get back to Dublin). Did minimal walking in Dublin. On our last full day in Dublin we did walk around a bit and my foot didn't bother me so I sort of let it fade from memory.

We got back to Brooklyn on Sunday the 11th. On Monday I set out midday to retrieve Frisket from Monstermutt. I wasn't intentionally walking fast, but I got there in twenty minutes (it's almost exactly a mile from the house, so a whopping 3 mph there).

My legs felt a little funny. No real pain, just sort of letting me know they were there, they were not pleased to be walking this much this soon after the trip, and they'd get back to me.

Fast forward to today...keep in mind, I walk Frisket three or four times a day, ranging from a half mile to a mile or more each time.

We set out...she is not really into this walking thing (it's hot and humid out). So it takes us awhile to get to Monstermutt. I'm guessing 30-40 minutes, so not my normal 3mph pace.

My right shin is KILLING ME by the time we get to Monstermutt. It's speaking volumes, in a language known only as pain about this walk. And I have to walk back home (I could cheat and take the subway but nooooo. Not me.).

I manage to get to the Cadman Plaza P.O. where I need to check my P.O. Box for a week's worth of credit card offers. A break on the park benches near the PO doesn't really help, so I head home, if only to google my symptoms.

Am now sitting at home, resting my leg (the Advil seems to have taken effect) and am reading up on Shin Splints or Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome. Either...my legs (mainly my right leg) acclimated to the hiking, then de-acclimated and got peeved at my walking, or I've broken something. I'm choosing to believe that it's just normal shin splints and not a sign of a stress fracture (for now). I will feel goofy using the car to pick up Frisket later today but that seems to be better than risking some more severe an injury (apparently shin splints and twisting ankles are intrinsically tied together).

e.p.c. posted this at 15:10 GMT on 20-Jun-2006 from Brooklyn,NY. , Comments [1]

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Road tripp'in

Heading to Amagansett, NY for the weekend via Cambridge, MA tonight. Yes, I know that Cambridge is not exactly on the shortest path between Brooklyn and Amagansett.

e.p.c. posted this at 22:51 GMT on 29-Jun-2006 .

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