Archive of January 2008

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Blue Point Blueberry Ale

Blue Point Blueberry Ale
January 8, 2008 @ 12:46 pm | Category:
Monday, January 07, 2008

Hiking Gnome

Hiking Gnome
January 7, 2008 @ 12:43 pm | Category:

No Chicken at KFC

So I was heating my lunch up today when I heard a coworker talking about going to KFC for lunch over the holidays and being told they were out of chicken.  Lets review.  Your business is called Kentucky Fried CHICKEN and you're out of um, CHICKEN.  Am I alone in finding this unbelievable?  It's your staple product.  It's in your name.  Shouldn't you always have CHICKEN if you're a CHICKEN restaurant?  Ok, thought so.
January 7, 2008 @ 12:39 pm | Category:
Friday, January 04, 2008

PolarLava 2008

Let's review the year of slow to no progress.  And it's unlikely to get much better so for 2009 I'm going to just continue to meet the goals I missed here.

In no particular order, here are PolarLava's goals for 2008:
  • Resume getting the backlog of all my writing online. PARTIAL, I did get more of them online, but there's a long way to go.
  • Explore/Move my PhotoBlog to a separate photblog specific platform.  FAIL, Did look into this a bit, but not too seriously.  More than anything now that I got a new camera I need to take more pictures!
  • Start commenting on my PhotoBlog entries so some of them are not quite as abstract.  SUCCESS, This I have done as it's relatively easy.
  • Add the ability to drill down and view monthly summary and individual rides from the Yearly Summary page of my Cycling Log.  FAIL, But I still want to do this at some point.
  • Add graphs to the Calendar and Yearly Summary pages of my Cycling Log.  PARTIAL, I did this everywhere except the yearly page.  And doing that shouldn't be to tough, but I just haven't gotten to it.
  • Add a route mapping feature to my Cycling Log.  This might be either adding an external link to a third-party mapping site or ideally some sort of mapping within my site.  FAIL, Would like to do this as an integrate feature, but likely to go third-party as that's the only way it will probably get done.
  • Write a DB class for PostgreSQL and integrate it into MyClient so you can connect to both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases at the same time.  FAIL, Another no progress thing I'd like to do, particularly for MyClient.
  • Start learning a little Ruby.  FAIL, Ditto.  I actually looked at buying a book about though a couple of months ago.
  • Complete project pages for my current and future projects. FAIL, Unlikely to get done and may get scaled back as I just can't support so much FOSS these days.  Bummer.
  • Actually release an update for Yapter.  FAIL, This might get killed as an independent project.  I'd like to keep it and I still use an updated but unreleased version.  Really needs a complete rewrite as I'd like to use it on other projects.  Then again, I've been thinking of moving to a framework for those.
  • Add a calendar entry view to PolarBlog.  FAIL, This actually is about 90% complete, but I just haven't tied up the loose ends.
SUMMARY:  The year of FAIL!
January 4, 2008 @ 12:58 pm | Category:
Thursday, January 03, 2008

2008 Cycling Goals

So now that we are into 2009 it's time to look back on how we fared in 2008.  There won't be any set goals for this year as I know my riding will be down.  I have lots of work around the house that I've been neglecting and my position change at work has also put a lot more demands on my time.  So let's review…

I've been thinking the past few weeks about what I want to accomplish on the bike in 2008.  These are the goals I've set:
  • Ride 4000 miles. That might have happened in 2007, but vacation, back issues and sickness detrailed that in the early fall. - SUCCESS, 4,001.67 miles.  Required a concerted effort in December as I got lazy in November.
  • Ride 10% more miles each month than in 2007.  I probably won't make this goal every month, but if I can do that overall it will put me close to that 4000 mile goal. - PARTIAL, I haven't figure it out exactly, but most months I did do this, but I know there were a couple that I didn't.  But overall I had more than a 10% increase over 2007.
  • Ride 3 century rides.  I did one last year for the first time in 9 years.  The last time I did three was in 1996. - SUCCESS, yes, yes, and yes.  And those last two were on consecutive weekends.
  • Set a new personnel distance record.  This means topping my 153.90 mile ride in August of 1996. - FAIL, This was a pipe dream and never be topped.  But mentally my goal is to someday ride a double century (200 miles).
  • Have an overall average speed outdoors of 18.50mph.  That an small increase over last year's 18.22mph, but still shy of 2004's 18.70mph. - FAIL, I actually slowed down to 18.00, but I did ride faster indoors so my overall average was up about 0.4 mph.
Considering that last year was 400+ miles more than my longest year (1997) and a major jump over the previous past several years.  I believe some if not all of these goals to be fairly lofty.  So if life doesn't conspire against me and I show the same dedication this year as I did last it should be possible to meet these goals.  I guess we shall see.  It's January 3rd and I've yet to start, so I best be getting going now.

You can get a quick overview of my past efforts from my Cycling Yearly Summary page.

SUMMARY: So although I didn't meet all of the goals I consider 2008 a success and I'm quite happy with my achievements.  2009 likely will see less miles, but if I follow though on riding my bike to work, it might go up, but at a slower speed.  We shall see.
January 3, 2008 @ 12:59 pm | Category:
Wednesday, January 02, 2008

2007 Cycling Season Recap

I have to say that 2007 was a tremendous cycling season for me.  I didn't really have any goals in mind other that "I want to ride more".  But thanks to a flexible work schedule and the ability to crawl out of bed at 4am on a regular basis, I was able meet that goal.  In 2006 I rode 2,304.26 miles in 92 rides.  My 2007 season included a century ride for the first time since 1998.  And it ended this past Sunday with a 32 mile jaunt outside.  It's pretty rare that I get to ride outside in December, so this was wonderful.  After cutting down my riding in early December, with a lot of support from my wife and a desire to push my highest ever yearly total even higher, I pushed hard for the last 3 days and finished 2007 with 3608.40 in 135 rides.  Thus I'm a happy camper and I'm inspired to set some goals and do even more in 2008…
January 2, 2008 @ 12:53 pm | Category:
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