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cmkl: Evaluating fitness websites: numbers prove it happened… but whose?

I’ve been doing a fair bit of running lately. I’m taking a clinic at the Running Room, but apart from that, I run alone. Some people get motivation by running with friends, other runners. Numbers motivate me. Compared to the Timex digital watch I used to use to time myself when I was in high school, modern electronics are tricorders. But they really want an external application, to crunch numbers, analyze data and draw pretty graphs.

cmkl: Easy for you to say, Mister Poloz

So the head of the Bank of Canada thinks young people should lLeave folks' basement and work for free. I know it’s a bit of an ad hominem criticism, but when do you reckon was the last time Stephen Poloz worked for free? I’m going to guess it never happened. Probably because for whatever reason […]

cmkl: WestJet flight attendants have a union? Soon I hope they’ll have a real one

So this item about a tentative agreement at WestJet caught my eye in my Twitter feed and I was excited. Smiley-faced happy workplace WestJet has a union now for its flight attendants. Finally. A positive first step for sure for anyone looking to make a career in the air. But then I read on to […]

cmkl: I’m thinking I should own these

The time is fast approaching, if today is any indication. But it seems hard to locate them. Phat Moose, says they do. But oh the price.

cmkl: I had been wanting to say something about our latest war

But this by Michael Harris on iPolitics pretty much sums up all of the practical objections to Canada’s sending F-18s to bomb ISIS in Syria and Iraq. For the principled objections, I give you the immortal words of Michael Franti: You can bomb the world to pieces but you can’t bomb it into peace.

cmkl: French River/Pickerel River trip report

The sixth annual fall canoe trip is… sigh… over. But what scenery. What a lot of rain! What great company and what wonderful partners we have to permit such dalliances and non-productive endeavours. Read about it here.

cmkl: Another reason to hate PDFs – content curation

I really should re-brand this blog ‘Death to PDFs’. But I got an email at work from someone formerly involved in the organization who had done a vanity Google after getting an influx of spam and scam emails. She’d discovered that her contact information was “all over the internet” and some of it was still […]

cmkl: Dudes yelling at me won’t ruin a great ride

I’ve been riding twice this week and both times – once on Colonel By, once on the Ottawa River Parkway – a young white dude has taken it upon himself to roll down his window and point out the bike path just off to our right. I wish there were a universally recognizable gesture for […]

cmkl: I’m thinking posted speed limits might help

I don’t generally use my bike on Ottawa’s multipurpose pathways. Because I heard somewhere that you’re only supposed to do 20km/h on them. I prefer to ride faster than that. Once, while cycling on Colonel By (not five feet from one of said pathways) I had a motorist yell at me to get off the road and use the pathway.

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 […]