Monday, July 31, 2006

Camera Work

It's great to simply take some snapshots around the house. Digital cameras have made taking photos a breeze, with instant results. Even the most mundane things can come through well with a basic digital camera. These are some flowers from around the house. Nothing special, just an interesting thing to do with a few minutes spare time.

Friday, July 28, 2006

But I wanted to be a god...

Take the quiz:
Which Egyptian God or Goddess do you represent? (Pictures!)

Ma'at, Goddess of Order, Harmony, and Truth
Ma'at was the goddess of physical and moral law in Egypt, of order and truth. She was not much of a goddess, but more of a concept. She was what was right; she was the way things should be.

You lead a very well-ordered life. You are just and keep things in balance. You know just how to react to things, and people like you for that.

Quizzes by -- the World's Biggest Yearbook!

Gee, it's a great sentiment and all. But this doesn't really get me anywhere with the babes.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Book Update

The wonders of specialized search engines. By using a search tool called "World Cat", I was able to find out that as of today, there are 46 libraries carrying Tantalizing Times. This includes one in Hong Kong. These are basically university libraries in the US. I hope that as the new fiscal year starts for many libraries I might see this increase. I'm not sure whether this number is good or not, as I have nothing to base it on. But it's better than nothing.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Beautiful Sunday

I spent the better part of the day engaged in yardwork. I'm not particularly good at it, and I often feel that there are more pressing things to do. But I wanted to plant some flowers alongside the new stairs and to put up some edging so that the grass doesn't intrude. It took a lot longer than I expected. Still, it was a really beautiful day out, and it wasn't too hot. Mission accomplished. I went over to Bombadill's to work on a report in the A/C. I took some pictures of the park in between Bombadill's and the library. I think the close-up of the fountain, with the sun catching the splashes is really interesting.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Belated MS 150 Report

Well, the MS 150 has come and gone this year. It was a beautiful couple of days, with virtually cloudless skies except for early morning on Sunday. The whole team took off together on Saturday morning around 8 AM, but we got separated fairly quickly. Dennis and I decided to do a century on Saturday. The decision was made for the most part early in the day, although we had some lingering doubt until we turned down the loop.

Both days the temps were in the high 90s. On the century loop, I was regretting my decision. I was well hydrated, but could not dissipate the heat. It felt a bit surreal for a while. After we finished the century loop and got back onto the rest ot the trail, I was able to recover to some degree through the miracle of ice (in a latex glove with a little water). That brought me back. The century took a lot out of me, because on Day 2 I was not so perky on the latter part of the trip.

It was fun thought as we hung out in Lansing and after we all got back. Here are some of the pics from before and after. I was too tired to take pictures after we got into Lansing. My pledgers can be proud of the effort. I had a decent average for the 175 miles, about 15.6 mph. Not bad but not stellar. Last year I was at 17 mph for the 150 miles, but the temps were no where near as vicious as this year.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Update on the Book

Well, I've moved up and down the Amazon sales numbers. I am now around 820,000, but have been up in the 50,000 th best range. You can find funny things on the net. My book is at the University of Vermont's library, although I don't know how many university library catalogues are available via google. It is difficult to get a sense of numbers, and I believe this is typical for all authors.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Saddle up

With a little less than two weeks to go for the MS 150, I rode today with Dennis and Jerry on the great Hines Dr. It is very green, has a large shoulder and very few cars. We put in 35 miles today, so I am in good shape for the MS ride after the 55 from Sunday. Dennis and Jerry and in picture one, Dennis and me in the second and the veggie burgers on the grill for after the ride. It was great to simply hang out the rest of the day and chat and snap pictures.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Wet and Wild

Another training day for the MS 150. Today's ride was from Ypsilanti to Chelsea and back home. It was 55 miles at 16.5 mph, the longest ride of the year so far and the fastest. Well, I'm coming along. It was a soggy day, as about 20 miles of the ride occurred during a nice summer shower. I didn't bring the camera today, because I was worried about it getting wet. When I started I had the hope that it would just be cloudy but not actually rain. Oh well, it did keep the heat down. So the photo is taken from a stock photography site that is worth checking out. Most of the photos are free with no restrictions on use. There are plenty of images there to spruce up Power Point presentations and the like. It's called stock.xchng.