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Fri, 12 Apr 2002

[20:57] And to Think, That Could Have Been My Skull

So, it's been over a week since I've updated this 'blog. Can you tell I've been depressed? Anyhow, I've got a busy weekend ahead, since I'll be volunteering at the Youth Activist Convergence right here in Sebastopol, and tabling for the No Spray Action Network, as well as the Direct Action Network of Sonoma County.

Skud says in the April 4th entry of her weblog that she prefers weblogs that feature "stuff that's actually happening in their lives, rather than just random links to webpages and stuff", so I suppose I'm going to try walking the fine line between weblog and diary, as I noticed that there's precious little about me here so far, and most of the links are shamelessly yanked directly from Slashdot or Boing Boing. Trouble is, I still haven't made up my mind whether this weblog ought to be something I wouldn't mind my boss or my mother reading, or whether I already have another venue for that.

So last weekend, I darn near killed myself on the return leg of a ~30 mile ride from Sebastopol to the Pacific Ocean via Coleman Valley Rd., with Peter Wiggin and Michael Morris, who's training for this year's California AIDS Ride. I'd never done a ride that long before -- I've spent the last year sprinting the 10 mile round-trip up and down the Laguna de Santa Rosa, so this ride sure taught me the error of my ways. I did just fine for the first 15 miles. We made it out to the ocean, which was just fantastic -- from the top of Coleman Valley Rd, you can see easily thirty miles of some of the world's most magnificent coastline in either direction. The way back up from the ocean was unimaginably steep, however, and suddenly I was plunged into a grunting, sweating agony of nightmarish proportions. Everything burned. I'd eaten that last energy bar too quickly. The road turned vertical. Finally, just as I was despairing of ever making it home again, I cleared the ridge and proceeded straight down into Coleman Valley itself, so thrilled to be going down hill again that I shot right past Michael at about double the speed he was doing -- and then almost immediately discovered why. Due directly ahead was the hairpin turn we had passed on the way up that I had, in my daze, completely and utterly forgotten about. I hit the brakes, the back wheel started to lock, I let up, went into the turn *way* too fast, and that was all she wrote. Thank the Goddess for that helmet -- that could have been my skull. As it was, I got back up and did another couple miles, before the adrenaline rush suddenly gave out, and then all I wanted to do was sleep. So I walked the rest of the way to Bruce Stewart's house, where he and his charming wife Shawn let me use their hot tub, and then gave us a ride home, bless their souls. I can't wait to do it again next weekend.

I have a million other things to 'blog ATM, but there's a Convergence happening. Perhaps I'll try to post something later this weekend.

The Book

Items of Local Interest
· the lovely & talented jo
· our Mapping Hacks blog
· my O'Reilly Net blog
· jo's devlog
· geocoder.us
· Locative US
· NoCat Wireless
· UO Faculty of Cartography
· Locative Media Lab
· World Summit for Free Information Infrastructures

Items of Recent Interest
· boston craigslist > all apartments: search for "cambridge -allston -brighton -somerville -medford"
· Mapping the Neighbourhood
· World Language Mapping System: Worldwide language areas and points for GIS
· ActiveRDF
· Borders in Cyberspace: Conflicting Public Sector Information Policies and their Economic Impacts
· Life with CPAN
· TJ's KMLDocument for Google Earth (+KML Reference)
· Boston Hiking Guide (with MBTA info)
· Calcium: feeding the Coral CDN with FeedTree
· Prototype Dissected - snook.ca
· OpenWrt / RC4 + Capture portal
... more del.icio.us links

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Sep Oct Nov Dec
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· Testing Range
· Idle Words
· mattw.fn_blog()
· AkuAku
· Anarchogeek
· Laughing Meme
· zephoria
· Aaron Swartz
· Praxis + Parfait
· Accordion Guy
· behind the times
· Oblomovka
· Lawrence Lessig

· freenetworks.org
· Ruckus Society
· Old-Growth Preservation

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· Axis of Aevil
· Kirrily "Skud" Robert
· Meng Weng Wong
· Simon Cozens
· Steve McNabb
· Forrest English
· Drew Woods
· Sean Burke
· Nat Torkington

Friends, Romans, & Countrymen
· Limit of X
· San Matejo de Yabulda
· T.J. Mc
· Forecast Music
· Eric Schwartz
· Pseudopod

21st C. Living
· perl
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· acme's recipe archive

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