Bike Hole 2.0

With some shed-age, I've been able to move the gardening stuff out of the bike hole.  With a bit of re-arrangement I've got plenty of space for the Connie and the Ninja.  Being able to park bikes wall to wall means I have more space for more bikes!

Fat Guys On Bikes

Even my leaner summer weight is still overweight / borderline obese. I got called in for a checkup at my local MDs last week.  I'm not a little fellow, at 6'3" I usually tip the scales at about 110 kilos (~240lbs).  At that weight I don't carry much extra weight anywhere,…

Coast to Coast to Coast 2.0

Originally published on Tim's Motorcycle Diaries in June, 2014: . I just finished watching Arctic Clutch.  He doesn't go as far as I'm planning to with Coast Cubed and he does it in a more alcohol fuelled young man's way, but he does shed some light on travelling in the far north.  From the…

Machine Learning

I listened to the Khan Institute TED talk the other day, and can see how a system like that could be flexible enough to adapt to each individual learner while giving the teacher fantastically accurate feedback on where problems lie and how to address them. A future like that looks…

Passing Etiquette

I came upon a group of riders after exiting the ferry and getting most of the way across Manitoulin; first off the ferry gives you wide open roads! [caption id="attachment_5476" align="alignright" width="481"] Boats unloading...[/caption] I'd been moving along at a nice clip alone but had to slow down to follow them.  Had…

Wearing Out Willpower: edfail!

http://www.cbc.ca/strangeanimal/2011/07/19/why-do-we-lack-will-power/ So, forcing people to constantly modify their behavior wears out their willpower and causes measurable deficiencies in their mental abilities. You can expect a 10-30% decrease in mental skills if you wear people out by forcing them to waste their willpower on maintaining arbitrary social norms..... how do we…

Digital Serfs

This topic has come up before, but I've been rehashing it in my mind over the past day or two after having a twitter-talk with @innovativeedu.She posted a blog on using Facebook in class. Before last semester, I would probably have read it, nodded, and moved on.Last semester I found…