Posted by: Jack | January 2, 2011

2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Fresher than ever (despite only adding one post during the whole year).

Crunchy numbers

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A helper monkey made this abstract painting, inspired by your stats.

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 9,800 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

 

In 2010, there was 1 new post, growing the total archive of this blog to 367 posts.

The busiest day of the year was June 30th with 192 views. The most popular post that day was Epic Journey: Day 2 – Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia, Red Rock Valley.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were julieolsen.com, yandex.ru, ifreestores.com, facebook.com, and google.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for epic journeys and random encounters, emerald pools zion, zion canyon, pictured rocks national lakeshore, and pictured rocks backpacking.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Epic Journey: Day 2 – Yosemite, King’s Canyon, Sequoia, Red Rock Valley March 2007
1 comment

2

Epic Journey: Day 15 – Idaho, Oregon, Olympia April 2007
2 comments

3

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Backpacking Trip of August 2007 August 2007

4

Guatemala – Las Marias on the Rio Cahabón November 2007
2 comments

5

Desolation Sound Sailing – Summer 2007 August 2007
1 comment

Posted by: Jack | March 5, 2010

Stop Law

Well before dawn, in a rare occurrence, three cyclists and a pedestrian simultaneously arrived at an unmarked intersection. No one stopped, nor even hesitated. Someone rang a bell. Nods were exchanged. Each continued on their own path.

Stop signs are a response to motor vehicles.

The important facts:

  1. Distracted driving (talking on the phone with or without a hands free device, texting, emailing, etc.) has been proven responsible for tens of thousands of deaths and countless (someone has probably counted) injuries.
  2. Prohibitive legislation is a good thing, but not a solution. Drivers still speed, fail to wear seatbelts and refuse to use a turn signal. Drivers will not stop using mobile devices while driving.
  3. People drive a whole lot.
  4. Driving is exceptionally boring…most of the time.
  5. When bored, people welcome and/or seek out distractions.

Fact #3 leads us to the solution. Reducing the amount of driving people do will inarguably reduce the amount of distracted driving people do.

But we all still need to get places. So if we can’t cut back on the mileage, how about taking the driver out of the picture. No one is throwing a fit about distracted passengering.

Technologically, an automated automobile is not the least bit far-fetched. In fact, they already exist and can handle terrain far more complicated than a highway. With significant, but not unreasonable, investment, our roadways could be converted to virtual tracks which would make vehicle automation a breeze.

The results of such a revolution are so profound that its nearly unfathomable that this isn’t already in the works:

  • No longer responsible for driving, distracted driving would be a non-issue. Passengers can text, email, browse the web, watch movies, play games or even…
  • Eat and sleep! Taking a trip half way across the country? Pack a breakfast and hit the road after dinner. Watch a movie and pass out for the night. Wake up, watch the sunrise, eat breakfast and you’re there! No falling asleep at the wheel. No aches and pains from 15 hours of sitting in the driver’s seat.
  • Had a few too many drinks? So what?
  • Massive decrease in shipping costs with a simultaneous increase in shipping speeds. No need to pay a driver to sit on his butt all day and no need for the driverless truck to stop for sleep.
  • No need for traffic police.
  • No more user-error accidents, meaning probably at least a 99% decrease in all accidents.
  • Higher speeds on open roads.
  • No congestion resulting from accidents or people sucking at merging.
  • City traffic could move far faster as cars could travel more tightly packed and start and stop simultaneously, rather than the current one after another routine.
  • More money will be invested in creating a richer riding experience (comfy seats/beds, refrigerator, nice surround sound) and less will be spent on silly aesthetics (giant spoilers, ground effects, incorrectly colored tail lights).
  • Construction zones/lanes could be closed off virtually (no more hours spent putting out cones) and closed only when the area is literally under construction.
  • Driverless taxis would be cheap and would probably quickly become the staple of those not wanting to own their own car. And you wouldn’t have to tip. 
  • With no need for a driver’s license, no one would ever have to wait in line at the DMV. And on that note, those previously unable to drive on their own — particularly disabled persons and children — would be liberated from that dependence on others.

I could go on and on and on…

Who’s with me?

UPDATE: Google read my blog: http://vimeo.com/15697634

Posted by: Jack | July 5, 2009

Taxes Can Be Fun

…especially when two minutes of work and a postage stamp brings in an $8,000 credit.

Time to go buy house stuff.

Posted by: Jack | May 21, 2009

Surprise Cameo on PBS

Last night PBS aired a new episode of Blueprint America entitled Road to the Future. I’d caught a promo for the show a few days earlier and thought I’d like to check it out as Portland was one of the cities featured in regards to it’s transportation infrastructure.

So I looked it up online this morning and skipped right ahead to the Portland segment where much to my surprise, I saw myself riding my new 36″ unicycle through downtown. Super fun.

Watch Online (I’m just a minute or so into the segment on Portland)

Posted by: Jack | May 13, 2009

400 Down, 103 To Go

It’s been about two months since I signed up for Reach the Beach, a 103 mile ride from Portland to the coast, which I’ll be completing on unicycle along with three other bastards. Among commutes to work, random errands and longer recreational rides, I’ve traveled just over 400 miles on my new Nimbus Nightrider Pro 36 ISIS. And all that “training” is really paying off. I’ve increased my comfortable cruising speed to about 13 mph (pretty fast for uni) and given my groin plenty of fair warning of the saddle soreness to come.

As of Monday I’m officially tapering (riding my bike to work) so all that’s left to do is wake up really early on Saturday, jump on my uni and turn the pedals 57,733 times.

Posted by: Jack | March 30, 2009

± Unicycles

Traded in this:

and one of these:

plus some $$,

for this:

Good deal if you ask me.

Posted by: Jack | March 20, 2009

Spring Break – 2009

It’s been a couple years. Time for another tour of Utah.

If you need to find Anna or I next week, this might help a bit. If you’re still looking for us two weeks from now, this will probably help a lot.

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Posted by: Jack | March 14, 2009

What Happened to Action?

Watched Quantum of Solace, the latest James Bond movie, this morning. Two minutes into the film, a car chase sequence nearly had me walking out of the theatre (our basement). 

High speed car chases along mountainous cliffs featuring fancy BMW’s and lots of guns are pretty exciting for most of us. I can’t even remember the last time I fired a weapon from a moving vehicle, let alone a sub-machine gun from a sports car. So when a director decides to include such a scene, I can understand why. What I can’t understand is what might compel that director to present that scene in a series of rapid clips, each lasting no longer than two seconds and most spanning only a small fraction of one second. That’s supposed to be reserved for trailers as they have only two minutes to sell the movie.

Our brains are not wired for connecting events across angle changes because our heads don’t move like that; especially not at that pace. If one split-second shot shows Bond driving really fast and the next tenth of a second shows a car crash, I might legitimately assume that Bond had just crashed. But when the next three angles, spanning all of one second, show Bond still driving, a car flipping off a ledge and someone getting shot, I’m left wondering what car crashed two seconds ago. 

That was pretty much the high point of the film. The rest of it sucked in the way that season 7 of 24 is sucking. Office politics and legal difficulties are not action.

Posted by: Jack | March 14, 2009

Thanks, But I’m Good

Is it just me or is everyone else also seeing web ads on nearly every site, featuring the before and after photos — widely known to be falsified — of people having lost some large number of pounds in an astonishingly small number of weeks?

I guess it is good to know that should I ever need to shed some extra weight, there’s no need for diet or exercise. Rather, I simply have to follow three easy steps.

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