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Martijn van Oosterhout,
Linux Weekly News,
Planet Linux Australia,
(online feed aggrgator for all the diaries I read regularly)
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Mon, 29 Jun 2009
Lots of time on foot - 11:09
Yesterday I carried my Garmin in a jar in my backpack so I now know I did
in the 4h47 minutes spent moving during the
yesterday. In the end we came in 14 minutes late. After our score was
adjusted for the loss of 140 points we had 830 points.
Early on in the event my camelback bladder burst when I slipped walking down
off Mt Ainslie and landed on the backpack. Fortunately our course was taking
us around 500 metres from my house so we made a detour 20 minutes later and I
got a new bladder and changed out of my soaked jersey. Later on on Black
Mountain we made a small nav error coming down from the summit trail looking
for a 40 point control. We started looking for it too early above the fire
roads. It took us about 8 minutes of searching and looking at land features to
realise they did not match, look closer at the map and realise we had to head
down another 100 metres in a gully to find the control.
Paul was a strong team mate and we got through the day well, today I hurt a
lot I can definitely feel I did something on the weekend.
Sat, 27 Jun 2009
Some races this weekend - 17:01
Today I went out to sparrow hill and raced in the
CORC 3 hour race at Sparrow Hill, it was
kind of fun. Though my lack of long rides in the last year or two shows, I was
pretty good for 2 hours keeping my speed up and heart rate above 150, then my
last two and a half laps I just did not have any oomph left in me to go
hard. Still a good event, huge turnout, thanks to Paul, Sue, Sherri, Russ, etc
for putting it on and to Kent and Bec for the coffee and Leanne for the food
Tomorrow I will be doing the
2009 ACTRA Metrogaine
with a friend Paul. As Paul is fit and keen to have a good crack at it I
suspect we will both be pushing ourselves pretty hard for the 5 hours of the
event. Ahh well I need to do more stuff like races this weekend to HTFU from
time to time I think. Fun has been and will be had.
Fri, 26 Jun 2009
ROUS exist, how cool - 14:08
An unusual seeming
but I was excited to see that it seems
exist for real. Anyone
out there want a 100lb rat as a pet? (ahh princess bride moments that could
happen for real, what entertainment there is in the world)
Tue, 23 Jun 2009
Some amusing cartoons in The Australian - 16:29
The Australian pocket cartoon 2009-06-23
Two days in a row now I have had a good laugh at the small
cartoon on the front page
of The Australian
newspaper. Today was the the cartoon on the left, yesterday was Rudd
suggesting Swan can at least use the ute to clear out his office.
In the context of the cartoon today it is interesting to see the Sauce bottle
language has gotten some
Fri, 12 Jun 2009
Fairy Geo - Geoquest Half 2009 - 12:12
The snake I stepped on (fullsize)
Okay so the name Fairy Geo may not be entirely fair, however I heard Pete
(from Entropic who won the half) start using the term (largely due to the
Fairy Bells at Hells Bells) and I liked it. This year I had no plan to enter
the full Geo, so when my cousin Scott asked me to be on his team I was kind of
interested. Largely because the race was not at all daunting or challenging
sounding to only do the half with a team not trying to go faster than the full
So I went up there last weekend and had a fun 29 hours of racing. Both my team
mate Greg and I took photos which I have uploaded to a
2009 Geoquest Photos page,
thanks to Scott, Greg and Su for a good race. Many thanks to Kim and Terry for
support and I hope everyone enjoyed it, I did.
Wed, 10 Jun 2009
Reasons for O pants - 14:33
Evidence of forgotten equipment (fullsize)
At home I have Orienteering pants, Gore Tex gators, Cycling Leg warmers and a
few other options for covering my legs when Rogaining, or racing. These are
all good items of clothing to have and most useful to keep your legs from
getting too scratched. It helps even more when you do not leave them all in
Canberra when heading off for a race.
Look at the photo and guess what clothing I left in Canberra this time round
when I headed up for the Fairy Geo. My shins and other calf are also pretty
bad, though none of the rather impressive lower scratch from sliding down a
rock, which admittedly I would still have through O Pants. Maybe I should have
had lists and more effective packing for the race. Still it was fun so what
does it matter if I have battle scars, I hear chicks dig scars anyway...
Wed, 03 Jun 2009
Raining on those adamant computers - 15:38
This morning I headed out for the road ride as i tend to on Wednesday
mornings. I had 10 minutes spare once I was dressed and ready to go so I
switched the laptop on to check the weather forecast and radar. The Canberra
radar was broken so I looked at the 256km image from Sydney. According to that
image there was no rain (even light rain) near Canberra.
As I stepped out the door to get the bike from the garage and head out riding
it was pretty damn wet with some precipitation falling. When I got to the ride
Ron pointed out that my checking of the weather radar for conditions was a
very geeky way to see if I should ride. I admit, through my extensive testing
of the claim that it was not raining I had pretty much decided the claim was
false by the time I got to Dickson.
We went riding and got pretty wet and cold anyway, however I was amused later
to hear that Simon (jokingly I am sure) has on occasion checked the weather
radar from his iphone while actually out riding in a group and claimed it was
not raining due to the radar image even when the experienced evidence at that
point in time said otherwise.
Of course computers are never wrong so we must believe what they say...
Mon, 01 Jun 2009
An interesting languages comparison - 15:45
I got the link to this from
Tony and it is interesting
to see the results of these tests.
speed, size and dependability of programming languages uses code from the
Computer Language Benchmarks Game to generate some information comparing many
(72) different languages.
Back in 1999 and 2000 I put a pretty trivial example of a single problem being
solved in multiple languages online. In this case scanning html for
entities, largely because I was
mildly interested in how different languages and the different implementations
of them may solve the same problem and the time it would take. I say mildly
interested because it is such a trivial example and because I did not put much
effort in. (I was amazed a few weeks ago to get an email from someone
rerunning these to see if recent Java implementations had caught up to c yet).
The person who wrote this speed, size and dependability post put a lot more
effort in and actually was able to draw some interesting conclusions about
languages and how they work and develop over time. For the geeks out there I
recommend having a look.