Thursday, February 11, 2010

Could you stay hidden for a month and win $7500?

It's tempting isn't it?

The Repo Men Are Coming: Do You Have What It Takes to Disappear? | ARGNet: Alternate Reality Gaming Network
Lone Shark Games, in conjunction with Wired Magazine and Universal Pictures, are searching for a few good men (and women) adventurous enough to put their regular lives on hold for a month, starting in late February. Selected “Runners” will be provided vital technology along with seed money to escape detection for a month. Every Runner to make it a month without getting caught receives a $7,500 reward. But, as the contest notes, “people will be trying to find you, and they’ll use any means allowed in the rules to try to figure out where you are.”


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

"My Tracks" pretty darn cool

After hearing the road condition report from my son this morning: "Holy crap! It's deadly slick out there!" I decided to walk to work instead of riding. Of course, I could have taken the bus, but why stand still in the cold when you could be moving towards your destination and arrive at the same time, or maybe even sooner?

It also offered me an opportunity to test out a new app on my Sprint Samsung Moment, Android-based phone -- "My Tracks." The program uses the phone's gps to keep track of your route, pace, etc. and then sends it to your list of Google maps. You can make it private or public.

The easy to use interface had me recording in three thumb presses and 24 minutes and 27 seconds later I arrived at my destination having managed a 4.8 mph pace. I wonder what my pace is when not tip-toeing over ice?

Anyway, I uploaded the route and found it to be meticulously mapped -- every 4 meters, in fact. This was the recommended default setting. I may change it, assuming the phone uses more battery life each time it pings the satellites. The program will also upload to a Google docs spreadsheet, which is really cool, if you're tracking miles or time or whatever for fitness. Great app.

This is an app I'd pay for, but it happens to be free of charge from the Android Market.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

No substitute for reading the labels yourself

Six Meaningless Claims on Food Labels - Well Blog - NYTimes.com
Consumer Ally columnist Mitch Lipka points to the 158-page “Food Labeling Chaos” report from the Center for Science in the Public Interest that identifies several misleading labeling tactics used by food companies. Here are six common but misleading claims included in the C.S.P.I. report.


Tuesday, February 02, 2010

I'd been wanting to try it --- track racing

Got to try riding an indoor track this last week-end. Twas a good time. Write up on Joyride Bicycles.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Pepsi support - Please place your vote for Tulsa Tough Kids Program

  
from Chris Zenthoefer...
This month Pepsi will donate $50,000 to 10 organizations with fresh ideas. Tulsa Tough's kids bike program was selected as one of the ideas that can be voted on and the rest is up to you. This will be our fourth year of our kids program and we'll be celebrating the 1,000th bike we've bought, built, trained and delivered to a child in the Tulsa area. Help us continue and grow this program by voting now and encouraging everyone you know to vote as well.

Votes can be cast until February 28th at:
http://www.refresheverything.com/tulsatough