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cmkl: Summer is still here somewhere

I think it’s really important to remind myself that despite the 13 degree weather that we’re still in full summer. And that this little aberration is not going to continue. It cannot. It must not. It shall not.

cmkl: A bad biking week that ended well

Earlier this week a guy pulled up beside me as I was riding south on Bank Street at Catherine. He rolled down the window of his full-size SUV to give me grief about how I was taking up too much space. “Man do you know how easily I could have clipped you!” He shouted. Among […]

cmkl: See? See? No one is reading your bloody PDFs

Forum One, a Washington and Seattle based digital communications consultancy has found a report on a World Bank report on… usage statistics on its own reports which are distributed in PDF. While the original document (which is, itself a PDF) steams through 32 pages of blah de blah trying to correlate teeny tiny download statistics with […]

cmkl: Growing by leaps and bounds

I daily marvel at my daughter. I expect I’m like most parents. But I often get caught in the mental rut of baby parenting, despite the fact that Mallory’s eight. The baby parenting rut assumes the child is totally incapable of almost everything. But every now and again Mallory does something (or several things) to […]

cmkl: My credit card got hacked. There is an upside

The issuing bank, which sent me an email alert today, presumably as weird charges started showing up, very kindly went over my current charges and I got a chance to dispute all the weird ones. I hope I got them all. So as of now, my card number is no good and I cannot log […]

cmkl: How many more elections until we stop paying attention to polls

I have to wonder why phone polls are still news and still given so much credence both by the media, media consumers and the political class generally. Almost the most interesting thing about the Ontario election (apart from the disintegration of Tim Hudak’s written-for-buzzfeed campaign platform) has been how completely whacked opinion poll numbers have […]

cmkl: Home again: another Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour done

This was waiting in the fridge for me when I got home from day two of the Rideau Lakes Cycle tour earlier this afternoon. I have some statistical trivia to share but the most important number to note is that in the last few months I’ve spent on average seven hours a week on my […]

cmkl: Kingston

I’m in Kingston now, holed up in my residence room after a couple of recovery beers. I don’t have my numbers because I only brought my phone and the GPS wants a computer to cough up the data, but I think I did well. From what I can tell my average speed was 25.6km/h with […]

cmkl: All systems go

A short, mostly flat ride to test some new gear that I think will make the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour a bit more comfortable and enjoyable for me this year. A new jersey, new socks, and a new rear shifter. Thanks to the Cyclery for digging up the part for my old clunker. It looks […]

cmkl: Lap the Gats: redux

I’m pretty pleased with my performance at Lap the Gats today. I was 27th out of 200 riders, 15th in my age group. I did better still at the hill climbing part of the event – 11th overall and 5th in my age group. All those training rides have paid off. And the best part […]

cmkl: Boy Stalin rides again

Robin Sears, who earned his nickname “Boy Stalin” as then NDP premier Bob Rae’s chief of staff wrote this stunner of a commentary trashing the people who signed that open letter against Andrea Horwath’s current campaign plan/platform. I now understand much better where the moniker comes from. He calls the letter writers “embittered NDP pensioners,” […]

cmkl: Tallie Doyle takes on the Ottawa Carleton District School Board’s dress code

My daughter has the same dress code at her school. It’s galling. Supposedly done to keep ‘the boys’ from getting distracted and to help them improve their marks. And for girls to avoid unwanted attention. Tallie’s sin was to wear a tank top with visible bra straps. She got a reprimand. And now she’s hopping mad.

cmkl: Introducing the Idaho stop

Aka Why cyclists should be able to roll through stop signs and ride through red lights. It’s not totally nuts you know. I like the point tht it would put an end the odd dance that occurs when motorist and cyclist are watching each other at intersections, trying to figure out who’s going to commit […]

cmkl: Dangerous buffoon

In short, the remaining weeks of this campaign are going to be fought in large part around the character of Tim Hudak. Is he a bold visionary? Or is he a dangerous buffoon? Thomas Walkom in the Toronto Star. I vote dangerous buffoon.

cmkl: Bad neighbours and too much money

This is astounding. Too much time on their hands, too much money and yet too little spent on therapy. At least the judge had a sense of humour about it. For their part, the Defendants have not been entirely innocent. They appear to have learned that the Plaintiffs – and especially Ms. Morland-Jones – have […]

cmkl: And the rest, as they say, is gravy

Today’s ride, a 164km tour through the countryside south and east of Ottawa (Berwick – if that means anything), put me over the top for my training goal for this year’s Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. Despite the late start I have now logged 1025km. Today’s ride felt pretty good. Mainly because the wind favoured me […]

cmkl: Linda McQuaig on the Hudak jobs “plan”

If 100,000 jobs are created every time Tim Hudak sees a UFO, should we assume that we’ll soon reach full employment — or that we can all just relax and enjoy French fries? Linda McQuaig on iPolitics.ca. Brilliant. Funny. With actual real live facts, like pointing out that the Conference Board of Canada study Hudak’s […]

cmkl: Missing: provincial social democratic party. Reward offered for safe return

The Ontario NDP must have some pretty compelling and unusual polling data that they’re not sharing with the rest of the world. And why would they? It’s so compelling and so credible that it’s led them to bring down the Liberal government and force an election despite the fact that everyone else’s numbers show them running third against two parties people like better, one of which makes Mike Harris look like Jimmy Carter.

cmkl: Topped 600km. First time in the Gatineaus

An evening of firsts. First time this year in the Gatineau Park hills. First time riding in shorts and a short sleeve jersey. First flat tire. And all in I’ve put 660km on my bike this season. I’m pretty confident I’ll be able to make my 1000km goal by the time June rolls around. Normally […]

cmkl: Ads vs organizing: it’s the wrong debate at the CLC convention

There’s a debate raging at the CLC now about whether the Congress should levy more money from its members (to the tune of $22 million) to fund a paid publicity campaign to improve the image of the labour movement in the eyes of TV viewers.

cmkl: Death to slogans

The title of this post is, in fact, a slogan. But I’m thinking slogans are verbal dead weight in the internet era. What harm would it do us to just cut them all out and put content up front?

cmkl: 300km and counting

Yesterday I rode a 130km look to Winchester and back. I must say I’m loving the Ottawa Bicycle Club. Even if you don’t do the group rides there’s years of wisdom in their route maps. These last two rides have been inspired by routes I’ve found on their site. The trip back yesterday pretty near […]

cmkl: And now we ride: Almonte 115km

First time out. A slightly accelerated approach to training for the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. They tell you to ride 1000km in preparation. I usually manage to come close or exceed this. But then I usually start riding by mid March. So there are ten weeks before Rideau Lakes and one weekend where I’ll be away. I reckon it will be an intense training season.

cmkl: Designated day creep: it’s a thing

In one of my earlier posts about designated day creep, I cited evidence of a trend wherein the number of special days we mark in the union movement is growing at a dizzying rate. As further evidence, I give you the United Nations official list of observed days. I’ll save you the effort. There’s 115 of them.

cmkl: Is Heartbleed really as bad as all that?

Okay so there is a vulnerability in OpenSSL. And that’s bad. But the extent of alarmist rubbish out there about it is making me bonkers. This Globe piece is not the worst. But here’s a thought for you. Vulnerabilities are discovered in software all the time. There’s a lot of competition between open source authors […]