Monday, April 30, 2007

Fatigue per calorie

Today I thought of a new metric by which to analyze exercise: fatigue per calorie. People who exercise to help them sleep might look for a higher fatigue per calorie. I aim for a low fatigue per calorie workout, so I can work out in the morning and not be exhausted during the work day.

I took a new route biking with Bonden today. I tried going north and east - ultimately I'd like to be able to bike to the dog park, which is in that direction. My normal route is more directly east through a quiet residential area without much traffic. Today's route was 4 miles, half on multi-lane streets with stoplights. I spent the whole ride watching for dogs, cars and narrow spaces and keeping an eye on the fatigue level of the dog. I realize that this might be the worst fatigue per calorie workout - I'm barely sweaty, but I'm beat. Even riding our usual route is pretty tiring. I think the treadmill has the minimum fatigue per calorie rating. Sorry beast. Dog park for you.

One thing that irked and amused me was the placement of signs around highway entrances. On two corners, huge highway signs were placed not only in the middle of the sidewalk, but on a corner so one could not use the cut-away to ride up onto the sidewalk (or for more virtuous causes). On the other hand, the car obsession of the region is good for me - there are very few people on the sidewalk, so when we do ride on the sidewalk, we're not menacing too many people.

A mouthful of a dog description

According to this page, the color of little bear's coat is black sable, it has the blanket-back pattern and the length is indicated by calling him plush-coated. There is apparently also some interesting genetics behind it. Interestingly, the same genes are used to identify mice when we're trying to make a mouse that is missing a particular gene.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

If a narrative is going to be as clumsy as that,

...can't it have some guns?
from Clive James' "Blood on the Borders," New Yorker Magazine, 4/9/2007

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Bonden has a shadow

Chase, the blur on the left, loves to stalk Bonden. Bonden chases the ball, Chase chases Bonden.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

just desserts

(for some reason the table gets pushed down in the entry, a plot no doubt. just scroll down for the entry)

hopeless situation
US public
Bush's prosecution
of the war
in iraq
of achievement: "accountability"
of achievement: "accountability"
doing the proposing
president congress
yearly progress
(progress with militias, oil revenues, minorities, elections)
if they really wanted to teach those kids, they would he's a dangerous idiot - how can we limit the damage?
child left behind
president left behind

My other vehicle is...


I saw this bumper sticker on campus, naturally.

There's some fantastic feminist commentary to be made, but I'm just not coming up with it.

My favorite tax day tradition

I love that some local post offices stay open until midnight on tax day.Cops were blocking off neighborhood streets, All traffic was funnelled in one direction down the street past tents of postal workers holding bins for the passing cars to toss their tax envelopes in.

Monday, April 09, 2007

awesome tv

too bad i'm trying to unclutter...

...because this is seriously cute.

(found on craigslist, url will expire soon)