I have deleted my account on Facebook.
Please contact me using ‘traditional’ electronic means.
Folks who know me, know where and how to find me.

Note that it wasn’t you – it was the service, the framework, the ever changing rules of the game on what is private, and what is not. And something just not quite right about the profitization of people’s lives, with little control by the people involved.

Dirt Spam

My postings titled ‘Sunday Dirt’ triggered a filter somewhere on several spambot search functions. Checking in on my comment filters this morning had a slew of trapped comments linking littlecircles to vacuum cleaner bags, house cleaning information, and soil remediation. Sad, that I get more action from robots than from readers.

Oh Jim, Where art thou?


The wife found this on the car Saturday morning after her run.

I observed you park your car and proceed to go for a jog with your dog.

This offends me as these parking spaces are for the businesses, not a park-and-ride – or a park + run as you chose.

Further, you didn’t even stay within the lines for the parking space, making it difficult for the next driver.

I suggest you park at Leddy where spots are plentiful.

Nearly every Saturday for the last 2 years my wife has been meeting a friend for their weekend long run. Jen parks in the lot at the cafe, grabs the dog and heads off to one of the parks, the lakefront bike path, etc. Upon return they grab a bite to eat and socialize. I cannot comment if the car was parked within the white lines, nor what tolerances one would ascribe to be in full compliance. And I do not know the facts of any other vehicles that may have forced an adjusted parking angle.

Nearly each morning I drop by the same local cafe for a bagel and coffee. I do not commute, so after I finish a ride or walk I drop in, read the local paper and enjoy my breakfast. Sometimes I’m in the car, other times on foot, most times on bike.

I doubt someone from the cafe would care where we park, but apparently someone at another business – maybe a customer? maybe a worker? maybe an owner? was upset. Ava and I are known on a first name basis at the cafe and the UPS store 2 doors down. I don’t even have to order my bagel in the morning – if the bike pulls up my breakfast is usually ready by the time I walk in the door, ditch the helmet and pour some coffee.

Funny, what offends some folks here in the New North End, where NIMBYism is taken to a whole new level.


Hello from a WordPress powered blog, and welcome to my new domain! The transition seems to have worked well enough – I used the WP import function and was pleasantly surprised that most posts came through just fine… I have noticed many many broken or missing images on older posts. I’ll have to find an automated way to piece things back together – I doubt I’ll have the patience to run through post by post and sort things out.

The Bicycle errr,,, Macintosh turns 25.

Interesting post over on ZDNet about the 25th Anniversary of the Macintosh. What we all know as a Mac* could very well have been a ‘bike’.

How the Mac Was Almost a Bicycle

The name Macintosh was originally selected because it was Jef Raskin’s favorite type of apple, but the Mac almost wasn’t an Apple at all. When Raskin took a leave of absence in February 1981, Steve Jobs and Rod Holt made the decision to change Apple to something else. They felt that the name Macintosh was just a code name and that a name change was in order to reflect the change in regime.Holt decided on Bicycle as the new name that would replace Raskin’s Macintosh for the duration of the project and presented it to his design team. When they balked, Holt insisted that all references to Macintosh be changed to Bicycle, telling them that it shouldn’t really matter “since it was only a code name.” The Bicycle name originated from an ad that Apple had placed in Scientific American magazine. The ad featured quotes from Steve Jobs about computers, including one about how personal computers were “bicycles for the mind.”** The logic was that humans could run as fast as other species, but a human—on a bicycle—could beat them all. Rod’s edict was never obeyed. Somehow, Macintosh just seemed right.

The above quote comes from Apple Inc. (Corporations that Changed the World), cited in the ZDNet article.

Perhaps the bicycle will still change the world – but it will be the pedal kind, not the desktop variety.

*anxiously waiting until early next month when I most likely upgrade to a MacBook Pro. I’ll still be running XP on the BootCamp side for some stodgy CAD apps…

**Alan @ EcoVelo has posted vid of the ‘bicycles of the mind’ clip.


Some snaps from the last few weeks – its been busy. The lake, a trip to the Boston Aquarium, Jen’s first triathlon (she placed 8th of 46th in her group! Not bad for a new mom!), a stop at my favorite cafe, Crocs and Baks, and fall has arrived.