July 31, 2008

I’ve been using Gmaps Pedometer to map my runs and bike rides. It’s a simple goodle ad app that lets you outline your intended path and calculates the mileage for you. It’s been great. Thanks to Caleb Brown and Jack Gilbert for turning me on to it.

However! I’m about to upgrade.

When I first got back into biking, I looked for an easy way to tell which LA city streets would be good for a long ride. Lots of the streets are narrow and many are quite busy, as you’d suspect. On that search, I found and at the time, it was chucky, clunky, and didn’t work. But I Apple+D’d it nonetheless, just it case they got themselves figured out.

And they did! They are now eons beyond Gmaps because while Gmaps will show you the google satellites and topography maps, MapMyRide will show me google’s new terrain maps which I much prefer! And they even show me the elevation of my intended (or already executed) ride, per feet and per miles! And you can change it to kilometers if you like. And it’s awesome. Did I mention that?

Shown here is the ride I just rode. Short, comparatively, but I have a lot to do today. Cheers!


July 29, 2008


[At 11:42 AM] a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.4 shook large parts of Southern California, shaking a wide swath from Ventura County to San Diego. It was centered near Chino Hills, about 30 miles east of Los Angeles, the U.S. Geological Survey said. There were no reports of major damage or injuries

This was my first earthquake.

I was sitting in the lobby of Hotel Bel Air in Beverly Hills when I felt my seat start moving back and forth beneath me. I looked up and the flower arrangement was waving erratically. The concierge started yelling, “It’s an earthquake!” None of us moved, we simply rode out the waves together remaining in our seats. Strange. I wasn’t frightened. I was simply shocked!

Seemed like it lasted at least 30 seconds. About 30 aftershocks have been reported and are still occurring.

All the news stations in LA are reminding locals to have their Earthquake Kits ready. Earthquake Kit? Good idea! Here’s a great list from the San Francisco Chronicle:

  • Water and food to last at least three days
  • Water purification tablets
  • Heavy-duty gloves
  • A first-aid kit
  • A minimum of $100 in cash (automated teller machines and banks may be shut down following a quake)
  • Family photos and descriptions (to aid emergency personnel in finding missing people)
  • A flashlight and portable (or solar-powered) radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Goggles and dust mask
  • A personal commode with sanitary bags

Ryan and I have emergency water stored in our cars as well as blankets, but not money and certainly not dust masks! Gotta get on that.


July 26, 2008

This is juicy.


Back in November, NewsOk reported that Trent Huddleston filed a lawsuit (available here in PDF) against ORU claiming that:

…he was ordered to falsely report thousands of dollars of assets as expenses, which allowed the Robertses (sic) to spend university money on their extravagant lifestyle without agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service realizing how the money was being spent. … [and that] he was forced out of his position because he refused to remain silent about “the fact the defendants were committing illegal acts.”

Key quote from the article:

On the day Huddleston was forced out, an audit initiated by ORU’s regents was set to begin.


So about that audit… Read the rest of this entry »


July 25, 2008

ORU has received at least fifty nominations or letters of interest for the position of president, according to this TulsaWorld article. Bruce Dingman of The Dingman Company is conducting the search. They have a list of qualifications posted here.

Key quote from the Dingman listing:

The opportunity is one where a style of servant leadership (humility, authenticity, and accountability), shared governance (a participative, inclusive management style) and a new board, will build a spirit of trust, mutual respect and community among the board, administration, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and supporters. This is a time for healing, rebuilding, re-energizing, and recasting of the vision with all the constituencies.

The president should be a person who will foster an environment of open communication and academic freedom, and dispel the climate of fear that has developed among the faculty and staff.

Key quote from the TulsaWorld article:

Roberts was accused last fall of creating a “culture of fear” on campus; he said he did not intend to create such a culture, if such a culture existed.

And finally:

If everything goes as planned the new President will likely assume the position around July 1st, 2009 and the official inauguration will occur in the fall of 2009.


July 16, 2008

I just noticed this quote on the back of my Good Earth Tea tag:

Ignorance of certain subjects is a great part of wisdom.

– Hugo De Groot (1583-1645)

Now what on earth does that mean? Does he mean the choice to be ignorant? Does he mean wisdom occurs out of ignorance? Which subjects? Anyone? Anyone?


July 15, 2008

MORNING LIGHT – The beginning of the trailer makes it look like a reality show but the end of the trailer actually had me crying.

QUANTUM OF SOLACE – Is Bond trying to be Bourne?

MIRACLE AT ST. ANNA – Wow.  Just wow.  Looks like a real story.

MAN ON WIRE – Looks interesting.

ELEGY – I think it’s a very human thing to be deeply convinced that you don’t really deserve love.


July 15, 2008

Today I ran 2 miles.

For those of you, you know who you are, who’ve been really awesome about asking me about my running, holding me accountable, I write this post.

I have regrouped, recalibrated, reassessed, and reevaluated; and consequently I have changed my intended running schedule.  I’d been planning on running a marathon in August.  Not gonna happen.  Instead, I’m just gonna put 15 miles jogging per week and 15 miles biking per week, and a bit of swimming.  Then 18 weeks out from the Pasadena Marathon in November (16th), I’m gonna start the training again.  Hm…  I guess that’s in two weeks.  Perhaps I should reevaluate again…


July 14, 2008

At a certain event that I’ll blab about later, Ryan and I took the kayaks out and paddled around. It was awesome. We’re both quite sore.


July 8, 2008

Customer Relationship Management Software. Lesser of two evils?

I just received this email from a local sports-oriented small business for which I’d signed up to receive such e-newsletters. Golly, I feel special!

The email continues with actual news and monthly highlights, an announcement of a new class, and the requisite contact info at the end.  But this oversight so creates the feeling of “just a number” that I think it certainly would have been better had they not sent a letter this month.

Ah the irony of software support for relationships.


July 3, 2008

You can quote the rest can’t you!?

I had to memorize this poem in 7th grade and it tickled me pink to do it. I love reciting poetry. I understand that national competitions exist for young people in order to encourage them to read poetry. Are there competitions for me?

Anyway, I wanted to post the poem here. A toast to those who are taking the road less traveled. Cheers!

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.


July 3, 2008

…to say the least.

KABLUEY – it may just be an excuse to put a man in a funny costume.  But if the set-up is believable, it may  work.  Not sure…