Monthly Archives: July 2014

My longest ride on MoPac

As I’ve reported before I do a lot of riding on my stationary bike, now over 9000 miles in about 16 months, but I relatively rarely ride my real bike (I have three, leftovers from my California riding). When I … Continue reading

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Youth really is wasted on the young

carpe diem — usually expressed in English as “seize the day” Youth is wasted on the young                             George Bernard Shaw Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old … Continue reading

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18 months of virtual cycling

When I lived in San Francisco Bay Area I used to get lots of real bicycle riding as that area is great for cycling. When I moved to Omaha I tried to keep up cycling but weather and lack of … Continue reading

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Some sanity on obesity

It’s an epidemic, a wildfire burning out of control, a raging pandemic, the boogeyman here to get us all. By some accounts (wild extrapolation of a handful of dubious data points) by 20xx 150% of Americans will be obese and … Continue reading

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Tracing just the Keystone

I finished manually digitizing Omaha’s Keystone Trail using Google Earth and creating a path, by eyeball, for the entire distance, in numerous segments to avoid mistakes while in Google Earth. I then manually edited the .KML file to merge the … Continue reading

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Silly military spending

I saw this article about the aging infrastructure that supports the U.S.’s land based nuclear missiles and some how it doesn’t seem to add up. Assuming the facts are true (and that may be dubious) in this article, does the … Continue reading

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Software challenge of converting GPS tracks into street maps

I’ve read that Google is creating street maps from GPS data without manual intervention. So here’s my attempt to do the same thing: This is the maximum amount of “big data” I’ve accumulated with a consumer grade GPSr (Garmin eTrek). … Continue reading

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Merged Google Earth tracing of Big Papio trail with my tracklogs

Using a few manual steps to cut corners I now coded the conversion routine to generate a .GPX file (for a tracklog) from the Google Earth .KML file of path tracing (manually merged segments). The process is a bit crude … Continue reading

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Finally Finished Keystone Trail in Omaha

Yesterday I finished the last missing piece of the Keystone Trail + Bellevue loop + Big Papillion Creek segment. It took me 19 separate hikes or bike rides for a total of 146.25km. Here is the edited (just the trails) … Continue reading

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Why are people more friendly in campgrounds?

I meant to write this post a few weeks ago while on my camping trip, but better late than never. I’ve noticed when traveling to western U.S. vacation spots but also while camping or hiking trails that there seems to … Continue reading

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