Monthly Archives: July 2005

Still on track

Although I got a later-than-usual start this morning, I’m still on my streak in exercising. Today is the 19th day in a row of exercising. I delayed my start today in part so that I would be accompanied on it by NPR’s Weekend Edition. It’s not that I can’t walk to music, but I much prefer something that occupies my thinking more than just listening to music does.


Day 17

This morning’s walk was considerably cooler than the past several days have been.

I left the house at 7:24 AM and came back in the door at 8:00 AM, and although it was humid during my walk and I worked up a good sweat, it was noticeably cooler. My neighbor was right when she advised that it is better to walk between 7 – 8 AM than after 9 AM. That is, of course, easier to do on my days off or even on a day after my day off, such as today, because I can go to bed earlier and therefore get up earlier. I think the most important thing however is to walk, regardless of whether it is early or late.

On another note, I posted a series of pictures of various art works that my friend Diane Kegley has sent me over the last couple of years. To be clear, she sent me the pictures not the art works. Check them out over at my Flickr site if you have the time. She is quite talented and she works in a wide variety of different media. In her most recent job, she is learning to do by computer what she used to do by hand.

Streak still on

For the last couple of days I’ve begun my walk at around 7:20 AM, so I’m back at home by 8 AM and have avoided a bit of the heat. Now at 16 days in the streak and counting.

A fortnight of exercise

I now have 14 days in a row of morning walks through the Colonies.

As I passed one of my neighbors this morning, she chided me that it was too late to be walking. (It was about 9:35 AM.) She said she had walked at about 7:00 AM, and it was “almost unbearable then.” As I told her, I’d prefer to walk at 7:00 AM too, but I have trouble being up at that hour.

Today, I added a new section to the morning walk making it a longer walk and also guaranteeing that get in about 40 minutes of exercise on each of my walks.

Also on this walk, I recalled an old rhyme that I used to repeat to myself when I was attempting to run this course. It went like this:

The hills are easy
The hills are fun
The hills are the reason
You came out to run.

My buddy Winston Baird used to feign irritation with me about such a Pollyanna philosophy, but despite his derision, I still believe such thinking helps to overcome the hills you encounter in your experience, whether it is when exercising or just when dealing with the difficulties you encounter in any endeavor.

Study: Some Internet Terms Unfamiliar

From Yahoo! News:

“NEW YORK – Podcasting and RSS feeds may be the latest craze in high-tech circles but the general public is largely unfamiliar with the Internet terms.

A study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project also finds that Internet users aren’t all that familiar with ‘phishing,’ either.

Seventy percent of Internet users never heard of phishing or aren’t sure that it refers to e-mail scams that try to trick users into revealing sensitive information by masquerading as a legitimate bank or credit card issuer.

Eighty-seven percent are unfamiliar with podcasting, which lets everyday users distribute audio files over the Internet for playback any time on computers or digital music players.

And 91 percent do not know about Really Simple Syndication, or RSS, a technology chiefly used to pull summaries of new entries on news sites and Web journals.”

To do list, simple, easy, fast, sharable: Ta-da List

This free web-based tool, Ta-da List, provides a way to keep track of your to-do lists and gives you access to them from anywhere.

“Make a list, check ’em off

How about a list of movies you want to see this year? Or all the stuff you need to get done before you go on your trip? Or a list of thank you notes you need to write? Or…

Ta-da List makes list making and tracking easy. And, since it’s web-based, you can make a list at work and still get to it at home or anywhere else you have a computer or internet access (even on a mobile phone).”

There’s even a video tutorial that explains how the whole thing works.