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cmkl: Fake news on Facebook: what they could do to fix the dust cloud of misinformation

Fake news played a pretty significant role in influencing opinion on the recent US election, which, I note, has not gone unnoticed here in Canada. The Guardian had an interesting piece about the preponderance of lies that got circulated and re-circulated amongst both Clinton and Trump supporters. Although it notes that the Trump camp . . . → Read More: cmkl: Fake news on Facebook: what they could do to fix the dust cloud of misinformation

cmkl: Boy poses and girl poses

Lately it’s been bothering me and Irene that Mallory would come back from photo day with tales of how kids were being posed by gender.

cmkl: For better cycling infrastructure

I am going to lose friends for saying this but I never ride the Laurier Bike Lane. I hate it. I want to see actual, safe cycling infrastructure in Ottawa, not just narrow channels designed to keep us from impeding the progress of car traffic.Read more . . . → Read More: cmkl: For better cycling infrastructure

cmkl: Dear Canada Post, settle. Don’t be as stupid as I know you can be

Wherein I plead with Canada Post to do the sensible thing and settle. As if corporations are guided by rational thought.Read more . . . → Read More: cmkl: Dear Canada Post, settle. Don’t be as stupid as I know you can be

cmkl: N-word Rapids – get racism off the map

I was planning a bike ride on my favourite route planning app when I came across a rather shocking site. There is a place marked on Google Maps — don’t think it even has a population count — south of Maniwaki Québec called N-… . . . → Read More: cmkl: N-word Rapids – get racism off the map

cmkl: Lap the Gats – flat out bragging

Not humble bragging. Nope. Just out and out bragging. Tempered by the fact that I didn’t actually win. But I rode Lap the Gats today and came in third overall. Second in my age group. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Lap the Gats – flat out bragging

cmkl: For fathers and men everywhere: enough rage and thuggery. Be the person you were meant to be

Between the mass shooting at Pulse in Orlando, the assassination of Jo Cox and this dude rolling on his motor, waving a gun in the air I am beside myself with rage and fear about what on earth is happening to men. . . . → Read More: cmkl: For fathers and men everywhere: enough rage and thuggery. Be the person you were meant to be

cmkl: Made it back home: a much tougher day

Rideau Lakes is done – Made it back home: a much tougher day . . . → Read More: cmkl: Made it back home: a much tougher day

cmkl: Long grey day and bike as drying rack

What do you do with a forecast that calls for temperatures in the mid teens and a 40 to 60 per cent chance of rain. And what if you are supposed to ride for six plus hours in it? I spent two hours agonizing over my clothing strategy before finally sett… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Long grey day and bike as drying rack

cmkl: I hope I am up for this challenge

About 12 years ago, just a few years after I had discovered how much I liked riding bikes, I decided to ride the Challenge route of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour. At the time I wanted to test my limits. After limping back to Ottawa, clinging to the wheel… . . . → Read More: cmkl: I hope I am up for this challenge

cmkl: Ride of the Dammed: the organizers and support people deserve a medal

As bike rides go, my first Ride of the Dammed was pretty good. As an adventure it was spectacular. My team endured four flats, one tire-touching ditch crash and one hospitalization. And if it hadn’t been for the ride’s organizers and support team, we’… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Ride of the Dammed: the organizers and support people deserve a medal

cmkl: What’s the connection between cycling and Parkinson’s

I confess. The first time I signed up for Lap the Gats I knew nothing about the condition except that a dear friend of my cousin Sue suffered from it. Ride the A-Loop four times for Charity? You had me at ‘Ride the A-Loop’. But why Parkin… . . . → Read More: cmkl: What’s the connection between cycling and Parkinson’s

cmkl: Half way there – raising money for Parkinson’s research in Ottawa in memory of Sharon Pickle

This is Sharon Pickle. She was a cook and an educator at Glebe Parent’s Daycare since forever. She fed my daughter for several of the first few years of her life. Sharon cooked many of our pickytarian’s healthiest meals. Half way to my fund… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Half way there – raising money for Parkinson’s research in Ottawa in memory of Sharon Pickle

cmkl: Nyack donut pilgrimage

A 100km ride into the countryside west of Manhattan was the finale to a perfect week in New York City. And I couldn’t have done it without the Domestique. My family and I had the perfect convergence – a work gig was bringing Irene to New Yo… . . . → Read More: cmkl: Nyack donut pilgrimage

cmkl: My child has a race face

My child has a race face. . . . → Read More: cmkl: My child has a race face

cmkl: Eleven extra watts

I began my 50th year today. I had no big plans. A nice dinner with my partner and our child. Some chores. A few ‘would be goods’ on the old house to-do list. And 20 minutes of terror on the bike trainer. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Eleven extra watts

cmkl: A new adventure – self employment

I’m leaving my job to go into business for myself. How can I help you? . . . → Read More: cmkl: A new adventure – self employment

cmkl: What a great thing we have in Gatineau Park

Fabulous ski in Gatineau Park today. Only thing is – too fast. Should have picked a longer route. . . . → Read More: cmkl: What a great thing we have in Gatineau Park

cmkl: Winning form

Mallory won her age division this afternoon at the Coupe Skinouk today. Of course I love my child no matter what and am pleased with any result so long as she tries her best. But… ah I’m totally giddy. Congratulations my darling. Irene and … . . . → Read More: cmkl: Winning form

cmkl: Ten

I cannot get my head around the idea that my daughter is ten years old. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Ten

cmkl: Lobster gloves – the sequel aka why the Cyclery is awesome

So the Cyclery sorted me out, replacing my gloves with a better pair. This is why they are great. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Lobster gloves – the sequel aka why the Cyclery is awesome

cmkl: Getting what you pay for: Sugoi lobster glove construction underwhelms

I bought a relatively cheap pair of Sugoi lobster gloves at The Cyclery. And I’m underwhelmed. A cautionary tale of what happens when you buy cheap stuff. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Getting what you pay for: Sugoi lobster glove construction underwhelms

cmkl: My girl learns code

Few things in life give me more joy than walking down the street, hand in hand with my daughter. One of them, which I experienced for the first time today, is walking down the street, hand in hand with my daughter, talking about building websites. At Irene’s suggestion, I checked out Girls Learning Code Day . . . → Read More: cmkl: My girl learns code

cmkl: What kind of liberal will Justin Trudeau be? I don’t know yet

I don’t want to denigrate or deem unworthy voters aspirations for change. We were certainly due. But I cannot share the enthusiasm people are having this morning for the pageant of Trudeau naming his new cabinet.

cmkl: Temagami tree trip

At a certain point, I thought Martin should really see the trees. This trip is probably the most popular route in all of Temagami. When I first got back into canoe tripping in my 30s it was the first trip I did. I went with a guide and spent a considerably longer time doing it. . . . → Read More: cmkl: Temagami tree trip