Friday, December 30, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cutting Edge Exercise

Yeah, I know it's been a long winter, but still... I'm not sure it was bad enough to justify this... extreme synchronized indoor spinning.

Bill's Magical Mystery Tour...: Cutting Edge Exercise

On the positive side, it's in Italian.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Evening commute picture

5:00 pm, 4 minutes before the theoretical sunset, at the Presumpscot River Bridge on Middle Road.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Year's mileage

Since I started tracking it in 2002, about 24,500.
Miles on car:  3,035.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

The digital digit

I read an Instructable article over a year ago that showed how to sew a bit of conductive thread into one's glove finger to allow touch-screen operation while engloved.  I finally got around to trying it, seein' as how it's turned glovey here in Maine.

It's not rocket surgery. I operated on a pair of polyester liner gloves that I found on sale at EMS last spring. Well, the right one anyway.  I thought the outside thread should be a fairly  small, localized contact area, but I'm not sure that's so important... when you use your bare finger on a touch-screen the contact area is pretty broad.

The inside of the finger can/should be a messy thread nest, for plenty of contact area with your finger.

I got a chance to try it on this morning's commute.  21 degrees, with the road shoulders still crunchy after Monday's blizzard, but with not much wind and a nice bright sun.  I stopped on the side of the boulevard to try to capture the sun-backed skyline of Portland across the cove.

Well, it's not very realistic looking but it's cool in a hipstamatic kinda way. Emboldened, I tried a new camera app on my iPhone called Pano, for shooting panoramic pictures. It has a learning curve that I haven't ascended yet. The double sun is the first clue.

Anyway, the conductive thread worked and the liner glove definitely helped keep my right hand from freezing for a few minutes.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Morning commute picture

Takes the prize of becoming the blog header picture.  Taken with cheapo HDR Pro app on my iPhone.