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A Different Route and Intense Cold

2007-03-29

Last night when I got home I went on another fairly short bike ride with a different path.

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This one is about 2 km by my estimation.

Last night I was tired so I punked out and only did 40 crunches and 10 pushups. This morning I planned to take Path #1 again, but with the wind chill factor, it was about -8°C, which was just too cold. So I did 50 crunches and 20 pushups before a quick shower …

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Mar 29 2007

2007-03-29

Over the last 24 hours, I have had lunch, dinner and am about to have breakfast.

Lunch: Went to turtle jack's and had a peppercorn burger with sauteed mushrooms with a side salad. See? Salad. An attempt at faux-healthiness. Or something. Oh, and a pint of Rickard's Red.

Dinner: Spicy beef curry with naan bread. I made the curry and it was just a tad too spicy for my liking (which should tell you something). It consisted …

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Off to a Decent Start

2007-03-28

I think I'm off to a good start. Last night I rode the bike for a while. Here's the route:

the bicycle path I'm taking

It's not very long, but it's pretty decent - got some little uphills and downhills, some cycling on road and off (one fairly intrepit bit across the back of Zehrs to the west end community centre), and it's mostly a sprint. It's about 2.5 - 3 km by my estimation and I s…

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On the Trials and Tribulations of Age and Potential Infirmary

2007-03-28

I came to the sad realization the other day that in the 10-odd years since high school, I have gained a significant amount of weight. More importantly, this winter I stopped feeling like I was really all that healthy or active. Even more importantly, I tried on my kilt on the weekend and (*sob*) it did not fit. By about 4 inches. And I've lost about 18 pounds since Christmas.

I have decided that I am going to try to reverse this process…

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The Standard Bullring Breakfast 1

2007-03-28

I was exceptionally hungry this morning, so I partook of the standard bullring breakfast #1, which is an egg sandwich with bacon, cheese and tomato. I also had a large double-double coffee. All told, not particularly healthy, but I'm not planning on feeling guilty over it.

For those who are interested, standard bullring breakfast #2 is a bowl of instant Quaker Oatmeal and a large double-double coffee. Yes, I loves me my coffees.

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5✭ Fridays - The Creepshow

2007-03-16 music rock psychobilly 5✭

It's been a while since I've been able to write about music for a variety of reasons. First there's the whole music player scandal, which is still bothering me quite a bit. There are no clear winners thus far, only clear losers. The only thing that's keeping me going is Pandora, but it's got a bit of a problem in that I can't just select whatever song I'm jonesing to hear. So, once again, no music from my library. Problem the second: I've had the plague. It wasn't too bad - sore throat, coughing, boils, rain of toads and the like - but I've been spending most of my time abed and not listening to music or thinking about writing. When I got back from being sick, my time was spent equally between catching up on 150 email messages and being excited about being able to go see (and open for) the Creepshow.

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AMD vs Intel

2007-03-05

I'm not even sure I have the right competitors up there; I'm talking about AMD / Athlon vs Intel / Core 2 Duo, or some combination thereof. I just got a brand spanking new AMD 64 computer for work and I have been having a heck of a time getting Ubuntu to install on it. Right now I have Dapper Drake (for those not in the know, not the newest version of Ubuntu) installed, and I had to install that using the i386 version and net…

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With Bated Breath

2007-02-27

I used the term "baited breath" yesterday, which brings to mind a poem:

Sally, having swallowed cheese, Directs down holes the scented breeze, Enticing thus with baited breath Nice mice to an untimely death.

Baited breath is a silly idea - what does one bait one's breath with? (Evidently cheese if one is a mousehunter). Why do we say this?

Well, to start with, the word is all wrong. It …

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Friday Frivolity

2007-02-26

For anyone who was waiting with baited breath for my latest edition of 5✭ Fridays, I apologize. It will likely be posted on Tuesday now. I'm still having some music player issues.

For those keeping score, we've got iTunes solidly scrapped and uninstalled (I still use it on my Mac, but mostly to play CDs). WinAmp is running a strong game, but the rating thing isn't as intuitive as I'd like it to be. I'm working on that. Right now, with a…

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The Unbearable Lightness of Spam

2007-02-21

For a long time, I appeared to be immune to the terrible plague of spam which seemed to inundate everyone, all the time. Within the last year, however, my spam count has increased by approximately 72,100%. For the most part, my various spam filters do a fantastic job and I do not have to read any spam, and I don't mind tagging the occasional spam item that gets through, so this isn't going to be one of those posts in which the author bitches a…

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