xaminmo: (Josh 2004 Happy)
First ride with Carrolton Cycling Club. First half was Intermediate and No-Drop mixed. We maintained 16mph average, which was awesome. We split off before MacArthur while headed east on I think Royal. Euphoria kicked in somewhere before the split. From there, the pace dropped quite a bit for us, barring a few attacks. There was a pretty serious hill. I tried to keep up with Sharon, but I let her slip ahead, lest I run out of steam before the end of the hill. I ended up being third up. Because of the initial high speed, we had 2 other newbies who hit a wall, and were falling behind. Sharon went back once, and another lady in a red top stayed back as sweeper to bring them in as it got dark.

Overall, the ride was awesome. Very pleased.

Distance: 25.08 mi
Calories: 2,134 C

Time: 1:35:54
Moving Time: 1:32:30
Elapsed Time: 1:57:39

Avg Speed: 15.7 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 16.3 mph
Max Speed: 29.0 mph

Elevation Gain: 764 ft
Elevation Loss: 758 ft
Min Elevation: 434 ft
Max Elevation: 581 ft

Avg Power: 151 W
Max Power: 850 W
Max Avg Power (20 min): 216 W

Avg Temperature: 89.5 °F
Min Temperature: 88.0 °F
Max Temperature: 91.0 °F

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/373395678
http://app.strava.com/activities/81380817
http://www.mapmyride.com/workout/379601629
http://runkeeper.com/user/xaminmo/activity/239515572
http://omnitech.net/xaminmo/2013/09/09/2013-09-09-ccc-ibc-no-drop/

5x5 Rubiks

Mar. 21st, 2009 03:44 pm
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Spree

Dec. 13th, 2008 06:04 pm
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they included ear plugs in the goody bag for polyphonic spree.

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Cute movie. Pretty brutal, but it's by View Askew and has Jason Mewes in it. What else could it be?

Anyway, brutal, definitely not for the faint of heart.

Very funny.

Very sappy.

Highly recommended.
xaminmo: (Josh 2008-05-22 Gleeful Tilt-a-Whirl)
Here's where we're going right now. It's open 3pm until 11pm.

Diwali Mela 2008http://www.dfwdiwalimela.com/defaulthome.html
Entry: Free
LOCATION: Texas Stadium, 2401 E. Airport Freeway Irving, Texas 75062

Internal Map and layout info
http://www.dfwdiwalimela.com/Booth%20Layout%202008.pdf
http://www.dfwdiwalimela.com/BOOTH_NUMBERS_2008_ALPHABETICAL%20ORDER.pdf
http://www.dfwdiwalimela.com/BOOTH_NUMBERS_2008_NUMBERING%20ORDER.pdf

Description
Diwali’s name comes from the Sanskrit word “deepawali” which means "row of lights." According to tradition, Diwali celebrates the joyous homecoming of Lord Rama, hero of the epic poem the Ramayana. After 14 years of exile, when Lord Rama and his wife Sita returned to rule their country, their people lit their path with small oil lamps called diye.

During Diwali, these lamps shine in rows along homes and temples adorning windowsills, staircases, and parapets or glow from little boats that float down the rivers. Colorful candles are lit alongside the diyes, while fireworks light up the night skies.

Main Attractions
Every year the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana is spectacularly celebrated with the burning of two giant 30ft paper Mache effigies of Ravana. The effigies, packed with fireworks, provide a grand display and evoke sentiments of victory over evil in thousands of spectators who congregate from all parts of the town or city.

Ram Leela, the epic story of the life of Lord Rama, forms the centerpiece of Diwali Mela celebrations. thinkIndia Foundation proudly presents an entertaining and spectacular production of the Ram Leela featuring a large cast of about 200 performers

Elephant rides, 4 door sedan raffle, Performers from DFW on the main stage, shopping booths, Vinod Rathood live in concert, Laser Show, and kid play areas.

VIP seating at the stage area is $50 or $100, first come, first serve.
xaminmo: (Aviation)
I got my first XC 4 weeks ago, about 55nm from KDTO to F35. My checkpoint selection was horrible. I tried to use a VOR fix, flew too low to see my checkpoints from very far out, etc. Besides that, FSS is hard to reach from 2500 but not too bad at 5500.

My second was night, about 125nm 3 weeks ago. KDTO, KADM, KSWI, overfly town of Pilot Point, TX, and then back to KDTO. Should have followed roads vs trying to cross a span of darkness on my first night XC. Got distracted and nearly busted Class Bravo when I forgot to start my descent BEFORE Pilot Point.

*sigh*

Third XC was KDTO, overfly KTKI, KTYR, stop for a few mins, then fly back the same way. Underestimated time a little. I now count all fuel stops as minimally 30 mins. Also, the DA40 book's fuel burn is off. Rather than 11 during hard climb and 9.5 during cruise, it's about 8.5 average for the whole flight. I also learned that leaning can be had much faster if I use temp and fuel flow rather than trying to find the exact right spot, then lean up 100 degrees. I can lean for max temp, and then adjust for fuel flow. Also, over-leaning has a very noticeable power drop off past a certain point, which is easy to find and saves some heads down time.

I have some solo in DA40 and C172S, but work deployment delayed my solo XC. I plan to do that next weekend.

BTW, fuel management is fun. I was 14 and 12 for one solo. I was already running behind, so I knew I'd have enough fuel, but knowing I was low made me pay more attention. I was extra good about switching tanks. Also, I climbed up to 5500, pulled throttle all the way back, and set up for best glide. I got a nice, lazy descent and made about 8 miles with a fuel flow of 0.12gph. :)

Also, at 7 gallons fuel, pattern turns can un-port the pick-up tube. Having the wing-up tank selected helps, so planning fuel usage to cruise off of the left tank so left pattern = right tank is better. Plus, aux fuel pump is helpful.

Definitely don't try this far from your home base or approved 25nm t&g field, and you still have to land with 30mins reserve fuel, but 30 min reserve fuel for the DA40 is 4 gallons. Having 3+7 showed just how unrealistic the reserve fuel rule is.

I think the saying is "you can never have too much fuel, unless you're on fire."

I've started planning for solo XC, but work deployment has gotten in the way. Hopefully will get 1 of 2 next Saturday.
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Denton
Worked with James in Denton. Review of presolo info. 3 landings dual, 3 landings solo. Great reviews from the tower. Things that contributed to the moderately good landings were calm winds and my favorite controller was up there. He has a very calm, easy to understand, and very patient.

Last dual was go around because I missed flaps. Tower didn't know why and was worried I saw something in the spacing. No, all was well, I just didn't plan on leaving out the flaps. The rwy is 6kft, which would have been fine. I didn't anticipate and just wasn't prepared for it. James/CFI said go around with reason is all good, and I agree.

I'll have to practice some no-flap touch and go action tomorrow. The DA40 is pretty flat and fast in clean config.

So anyway, picked up James from the tower and asked for permission to taxi to the school in Addison by accident. Whoops. Great amusement for everyone. "Three Delta Sierra, that would be a long way to taxi." Heh.

I REALLY like the people and controllers out at Denton. Really, it's the only reason I still fly there. Scheduling is REALLY difficult and generally, I miss out on 2-3 days per week. Admissions, and one other long-timer, and the scheduling lady can put people on the schedule. Scheduling lady ONLY does scheduling on Tuesday nights (but I know about my next week on Friday nights). The admissions guy doesn't like to handle any scheduling and politely redirects to the scheduling lady. I don't really know the other guy because he has specific planes and people which don't include me.


Addison
Flew with Derek again. Corrected an endorsement in my logbook. Wording threw him off. A little disappointing, since the guys in Denton know sections and regs rather than wording. Still, no ramp checks, so all is well.

We went out to McKinney/Collin County since KADS doesn't allow T&G due to business and proximity to DFW/DAL approaches. Crosswind was not huge, but it was VERY gusty and bumpy. None of my landings were great, but all of them were good enough to make the runway without damage to aircraft. :) Still, A couple of flares too high. These seemed to be related to me bleeding off too much airspeed during short final, I realize it, and then nose down a little or add a touch of power. This rapidly increases descent rate, which causes me to want to flare "before I hit". High wing ground effect is less pronounced, so the wheels are closer before you push into it.

Anyway, dual and solo landings all acceptable enough to get the 90-day and 25nm solo endorsements.

I almost took 792MD out after lunch, but I was too tired and the winds picked up to 15 knots, gusting to 24. My endorsement limit as a student is 15, aka the demonstrated cross wind landing for Cessna 172. This was all headwind, which is fine, but it's indication of worsening conditions, and it would suck to be stuck up there if the winds shifted to 20kts cross.

Incidentally, the DA40 demonstrated crosswind is 20 and with an expert pilot can be safely landed over 25.

More Fun
I want to find out which instructors in Denton are MEI with 5h MM on the Piper Seneca. It's complex, high perf, and multi-engine.
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May 11, 2008 - Double-Stack Mushroom May 13, 2008 - Erica's Ironing Accident May 14, 2008 - Erica as Princess Peach May 15 - Wal-Mart's questionable Foliage May 15 - Smart ForTwo Passion Coup in Lake Dallas May 15 - Khai has Blue Lips on his 5th birthday
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SO, we've been playing with the SOWPODS list. We didn't realize this was for International English (aka UK and really everywhere else except North America).

You know, until I played TERF and Scrabulous accepted it.

Also, there are benefits to playing online. Namely, if you disable "Illegal Words", you can keep trying random words out of your tile rack until it accepts one.

Like JUBA

On a triple word score

For 64 points.

But, I feel better about VORPAL yesterday, because I actually knew that word. I won this game because of JUBA.

Also, with online scrabble, it's easy to do some searches through wikipedia for help in wordfinding, which is really cheating. I wanted to play JARRAH but I couldn't justify it because I didn't even randomly try it and get it. So I didn't. I played MOHAIR which was still pretty good.

Don't play online Scrabblulous/Literati with me. I cheat.

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Scrabulous

Mar. 22nd, 2008 12:46 am
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Wow.

I just played VORPAL

I got 52 points for it.

THANK YOU DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS!

Though I hear it's part of the Jabberwocky.
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Woo hoo! I shut down space mountain once and almost a second time. Even with my legs crossed they wouldn't fit.

Physique

May. 21st, 2007 07:54 am
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Yesterday, I shot hoops with a couple of the neighbors.

This is amazing, because, you know, we've lived here 4 years, and I've not really gotten to know anyone around here.

Something about being socially anxious, but it's not exactly that. When thrown into social context, I do ok. I'm just afraid to enter that context.

Fear of memory fault, fear of judgement, expecially by people who could have an impact on my life.

Anyway, it was fun. I'm stiff today. Tonight and tomorrow morning I'll be SORE.

Neighbors were pretty cool. Robert from a couple doors down was nursing a beer most of the time, and smoking half the time. His one handed shots from 30 feet or less were better than 60%.

Michael, newly entering college, lives between me and Robert, was good. He's 19 and is pretty much my height. If he has another growth spurt, he's REALLY going to have trouble finding clothes, cars, doorways, and etc. to fit him. If it was up close, he could just tip the ball in. He also could make shots from 50 feet maybe one out of 4. In the dark, it was 1 out of 7. So, all he had to do was shoot from the sweet spot, and if he hit, we couldn't make it from there.

Me, well, my special shot was backwards from under the rim, or left handed from under the rim. Cheap, but you know, from 20 feet I was 1 in 4, so I had to take what I could get and hope for one of them to flub the shot. :)

I also spent probably 45 mins talking to Mike, the dad of the neighbor across the street from Robert. He stays with them. He used to be in the military, then worked for defense contractors, mainframe work. He got slowed down by 4 strokes. He's doing ok, but can't process written words very well, and can't process imagery from, I think his right eye, very well. He has short-term memory issues also, but I think also he has a little trouble storing new long-term memories. We'd met before when Max played with David for a little while, though that was probably 6-12 months back.

Anyway, he was a nice guy and good to talk with.
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We had a great time at the "Outdoor Expo" in Highland Village. The kids tried all of the bounce houses. Max and Jenn got to touch an aligator. Max, Jenn and Khai had sno-cones. All four of us shot bows and arrows. Max and Khai got to fish for catfish. We didn't catch any, but the boy next to us hooked three, and the boy across from Max hooked one. Max and Khai both climbed about 4 feet up the rock wall.

The best part was on the lake. We tried the four of us in a canoe. TOO WOBBLY. The seats are too high. I was panicky, khai was demanding to go back to shore, so we did. All things considered, the canoe did move faster through the water.

So then, Jenn tried a 7' kayak. More stable than the canoe, so I tried it. It was a little wobbly, but fun. So then, Brad, the guy from MalibuKayaks, said to try the 12' one. It's exactly the same shape, width and design, just longer. It has room for supplies behind you and a small person facing you near the toe.

OMFG. So fun. Much much more stable. Easier to bear down on the paddling.

I didn't get the cost of the 7' one, but the 12' one is $800. Aparently, they can be rented for $25, $15, $10 (day1, day2, day3+). It was way fun, and would be a great way to keep in shape.

I want to go again, and drag Erica. She might not want to Kayak, but maybe rock climbing.
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So, I found that the RAID controller is technically BIOS/Software RAID. I can deal with that.

The problem is that the raid drivers for linux for this are a devicemapper plugin (dmraid) which is alpha. It shows degraded mode because I didn't format before use. It doesn't support updating state in the metadata yet.

Oh, and it doesn't obscure the backing devices in any way, so I'm concerned about Linux LVM, at some point, getting confused, or maybe not even being able to find the RAID set and just using the raw devices.

So, I think I need to disable the BIOS metadata tagging of he devices and just use the linux MD drivers.
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* It is bad manners to dip your bread and roll in your soup.
* I expected to enjoy the film, but that was before I saw it.
* A virgin forest is a place where the hand of man has never set foot.
* Each thanksgiving, it is my family's tradition to shoot peasants.
* Lost: Small apricot poodle. Reward. Neutered. Like one of the family.
* A superb and inexpensive restaurant. Fine foods expertly served by waitresses in appetizing forms.
* Dinner special -- Turkey $2.35; Chicken or Beef $2.25; Children $2.00.
* For sale: antique desk suitable for lady with thick legs and large drawers.
* For sale: a quilted high chair that can be made into a table, pottie chair, rocking horse, refrigerator, spring coat, size 8 and fur collar.
* Four-poster bed, 101 years old. Perfect for antique lover.
* The invention of the steamboat caused a whole network of rivers to spring up.
* Cyrus McCormick invented the McCormick Raper, which did the work of 100 men.
* Samuel Morse invented a code of telepathy.
* Louis Pasteur invented a cure for rabbis.
* Please excuse Tom for being absent yesterday. He had diarrhea and his boots leak.
* Death causes lonliness and isolation.
* Never withhold herpes infection from a loved one.
* 2 sisters reunited after 18 years in checkout counter.
* In a NY drugstore: "We dispense with accuracy"
* Ask about our plans to own your home.
* Wonderful bargains for men with 16 and 17 necks.
* Drive carefully: Auto accidents kill most people from 15 to 19.
* Callahan tunnel/No. End
* Will the last person to leave please see that the perpetual light is extinguished.
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