tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:/posts bem's blog 2013-10-08T15:57:39Z tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170843 2012-10-10T20:30:07Z 2013-10-08T15:57:35Z Panorama from the top of Twin Peaks

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170875 2012-10-09T20:50:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:36Z Panoramas from the top of Bernal Heights

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170891 2012-03-15T17:08:19Z 2013-10-08T15:57:36Z Wet morning run in SF

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170910 2012-03-10T21:16:20Z 2013-10-08T15:57:36Z Pictures from today's run in Briones

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170928 2011-08-08T02:23:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:36Z PIctures from today's hike in Mt Diablo State Park

For a "hike report", check out my dailymile post.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170968 2011-07-13T15:22:21Z 2013-10-08T15:57:37Z This is Walnut Creek in the middle of July? ]]> tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170986 2011-05-01T22:08:08Z 2013-10-08T15:57:37Z Did you know that closed circuit TV cameras allow for low prices? I didn't. ]]> tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171010 2011-04-05T15:11:39Z 2013-10-08T15:57:37Z In case you were wondering what the pie looked like right before we ate it.

This is also after being in the fridge overnight. You could say my posts are a day delayed, since I took that last night. Despite a bit too much food coloring, it was very much a tasty pie.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171023 2011-04-05T02:12:09Z 2013-10-08T15:57:37Z Bet you can't guess what type of pie this is.

But it's designer: Colors by Miss Emma. ;-) Picture before baking because the purple is more purple that way.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171040 2011-03-30T15:23:42Z 2013-10-08T15:57:38Z It's a real life Firefox ad

And it's really big. Don't think I've seen something like that before. (@ 2nd and Howard, SF)

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171058 2011-03-01T00:41:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:38Z Perl 5 Velociraptor logo

This amuses me greatly. Thanks to chromatic on the modern perl blog for the link.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171076 2011-02-21T22:11:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:38Z View of a snow covered Mount Diablo

Taken on my run earlier today. Hopefully we'll have time today to drive up there and see it close up.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171092 2011-02-20T16:57:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:38Z Awesome Adidas running shoe ad campaign from 10 years ago

One of my friends on dailymile posted a link to this, and I had to share with a wider audience. The picture above is just one of many, and if you're a runner, you'll get all of them. :-)

I happen to like the cable car one, since I did that one recently. On Powell Street, no less.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171103 2011-02-12T16:07:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:38Z Updated beta version of my #webos BART app now available: http://tinyurl.com/2fb5ct5

I can be acquired in the beta feeds, here: http://developer.palm.com/appredirect/?packageid=com.pyen.bart.arrival

This time, I've added automatic refresh and removed the manual refresh button to simplify the UI. Right now, the refresh is every minute. I have a feeling that might not be often enough. Please tell me if you think that the refresh interval should change.

I've also fixed some misc bugs. Yay progress. :-)

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171122 2011-02-05T02:21:42Z 2013-10-08T15:57:39Z Sunset from Briones Took these pictures at the top of a hill on today's run into Briones. As usual, my dailymile post has all the run info: http://www.dailymile.com/people/bemjb/entries/5202441

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171128 2011-01-25T00:16:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:39Z Pictures from today's run in Shell Ridge Open Space

It’s beautiful out today, so I had to stop and take some pictures on my run. The last few are of a tree that I saw at the top of the ridge that was entirely hollowed out.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171130 2011-01-02T03:10:30Z 2013-10-08T15:57:39Z Beta version of my BART arrival times app available: http://tinyurl.com/2fb5ct5 #webos #palm The app (BART Arrival) gives the next arrival times for BART trains at a given station. It will use the GPS to determine the closest station to your location, or a station can be manually selected.

It's called BART Arrival, since someone already took Next BART for a BART app on Android or iOS (don't remember which at the moment).

It still needs a bit more work (especially in the design department, but my CSS skills are growing slowly...), but its definitely useful at this point. If you do use it, feedback is more than welcome.
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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171133 2010-12-22T04:23:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:39Z This is awesome: 26 Reasons to Run 26 Miles: Inspirational Running Poem by Sam Skeist

I just got around to watching this, and it's great, so I had to share.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171135 2010-12-09T23:47:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:39Z Star Wars Kids Alphabet

It's quite possible I'm late to the party, but this is pretty awesome.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/171136 2010-12-08T23:37:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:39Z webOS 2.0 has super cow powers

I've got to try this whenever my Pre2 actually arrives. I think someone at Palm is an APT fan. This amuses me greatly.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170814 2010-12-05T03:23:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:35Z Amazing video of New York City from a RC plane

Check out the ArsTechinca story for details.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170819 2010-12-03T06:00:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:35Z Talk on simplicity in software design
Dan North talks about the tendency developers-becoming-architects have to create bigger and more complex systems. Without trying to be simplistic, North argues for simplicity, offering strategies to extract the simple essence from complex situations.

Totally worth watching, he has many good points.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170824 2010-12-03T05:58:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:35Z From ArsTechnica: The physics and biology of the TSA's backscatter security scanners

The recent deployment of backscatter scanning devices meant for airline passengers has caused controversies focused on both the privacy issues of the scans and the safety of the devices themselves (not to mention the unpleasant alternative of an aggressive frisking). The discussion of safety issues has been clouded by two competing narratives. On one side, there's radiation exposure that's comically low compared to what comes from simply boarding the aircraft and being lifted above a lot of the Earth's atmosphere. On the other, there are arguments that the sort of exposure generated by backscatter devices is somehow different.

To provide a better perspective on matters, we'll explain why both of these arguments are right.

Interesting Ars article on the new backscatter scanners. Does a good job of clearing up some of the FUD flying around.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170837 2010-12-02T19:05:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:35Z Interactive Scale of the Universe Tool
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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170846 2010-11-22T18:01:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:35Z Join the Feed the Turkey Virtual Turkey Trot!

It's the first ever virtual turkey trot, and it benefits St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. From Runblogger, here are the steps:

1. Head over to feedtheturkey.com to sign up
2. Post that you are participating on dailymile, Facebook, Twitter, and/or your own blog (feel free to use the image in this post!)
3. Make your donation (levels are easy to handle – $1, $5, or $10) which will go 100% to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
4. Run or walk a 5k (or more) on Thanksgiving day. It can be an official race, a solo effort, or just a fun run with friends.
5. Head back to feedtheturkey.com to post your results, print your finisher’s certificate, and be entered for prize giveaways!

Sounds like fun to me!

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170859 2010-11-21T20:31:30Z 2013-10-08T15:57:35Z Muddy Run To Briones

And this time, I did it the right way, so I got to run around in the park itself. See my Daily Mile post for details.

I took some pictures on the way:

The cows were out in force in the Walnut Creek Open Space (Acalanes Ridge)

This is heading up the hill in Briones, and I noticed that there was one brown cow.

The view from the top. I had to stop and admire it. I'm not sure my cameraphone does it justice.

Looking back the way I came, towards Mt. Diablo.

Another view from the top.

On the way back down, I got a much better view of the one brown cow.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170871 2010-11-21T17:50:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:36Z Amazing post on Big Picture: National Geographic's Photography Contest 2010

And that's just one of them. There are plenty more. I haven't been doing well at keeping up with posts on Big Picture, but I'm happy I caught this one.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170887 2010-11-20T14:17:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:36Z Why webOS rocks for developers (and even general techies)
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While it may not translate to mainstream success, this is one of the big reasons I really like webOS. Not only did HP/Palm invite one of the leaders of the homebrew community to speak at an official event, in the Q&A, someone from Palm asked him "What can we do to make things easier for you?" The webOS dev community is awesome, and Palm's support makes it even more so.

And while Google might like open source and letting devs muck around in the internals, the Android handset makers seem to sing a completely different tune.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170897 2010-10-24T00:52:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:36Z TED talk: How does an all powerful God allow terrible tragedy to happen?

Very interesting talk on the nature of God. Garry's summary is much better than I'd come up with right now, so if you want to know more about it before watching the video, check out Garry's posr.

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tag:blog.ajani.org,2013:Post/170907 2010-10-22T03:56:00Z 2013-10-08T15:57:36Z This is pretty awesome: Stephen Fry on Language

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