Pic from the parking lot...

Despite my marked preference for riding my bike to work, I've been driving the last week or so, in order that my son not have to lose his love for cycling due to the weather.  I snapped these pics (which I combined into a panorama) from where my car was parked.  Even though it was just the crummy camera in my phone, I still think this is kind of cool... click on it for a 3000px wide version, leave a comment if you want an 8000+ px version


Rays Indoor Mountain Bike Park -- AWESOME.

This place is a lot of fun.  I mean, wow. :)

We got there a little after noon and, except for the break to go grab a really late lunch, were there until almost 9!  My sweetie stayed until lunch time when she decided that the park wasn't for her...  

I want to write more, but...  i'm really sore and tired of being at the computer. :)


Holiday Spirit

So my son was just kidnapped by Christmas Carolers... I hope they bring him back in one piece :)

Things I learned concept not working out for me...

So I really want to blog, even though I know I don't have much of an audience right now.  And I know that I probably talk to each of my readers on IM or the phone at least once a week, if not once a day, making this a particularly inefficient way of communicating.  But I have hopes that I'll find my voice and that this will be something that I want to do, even when I'm busy with other things.

I liked the idea of the "what I learned today" type of post, and in an environment of 3-4+ posts a day I might try it again... or maybe invite other people to post that sort of thing...  but it's not working for right now.  It feels forced, and the whole idea of posting at a specific time feels contrived.  Maybe once I have readers and things to say, I could make sure that something is posted then, but not the things I learned one.  And my link recap failed too -- just too much going on there.  I read too many feeds and there are other ways for you to be reading that, including the new sidebar feed for my shared items and the shared item RSS feed and, of course, by subscribing to my shared items in Google Reader.

I don't really have any hope of comments at this point, so I'm going to just share a list of things that I plan to try:


Okay, I'll admit it...

I like Christmas music.  I don't like it all year, of course.  There's something wrong about hearing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" while shopping for Halloween candy, but once we get into that groove between Thanksgiving and New Years, I like to hear a bit of the Christmas cheer.  When my friend posted something about this a couple of days ago, I thought it might be nice for me to talk about it too.

Things I've learned in the last 24 hours 2010-12-17

I'm pretty sure Tom didn't learn anything today... and then he comes up with all of this:


Father/Son Bonding activity...

So Sparks is getting a new laptop for Christmas, and because a great deal of the cost of this laptop was paid by his saving up, he knows about it already.  His mother (my ex) and I chipped in with him so that he could get a real laptop w/ accidental damage coverage and a warranty that lasted beyond 90 days.  It's a great little system and it should last him at least through high school, which was the overall goal.


Daily link catchup 2010-12-10

I thought I'd experiment a little bit with this "link catchup" idea, and maybe elaborate a little bit on the posts that I was most interested in.  Do a bit of research and see more about it or maybe just explain why it caught my attention.

Things I've learned in the last 24 hours 2010-12-10

What did Tom learn today?


Daily link catchup 2010-12-07

As I mentioned in the meta post, a roundup of links from my journeys around the web.

A new beginning?

I've been really thinking about this whole blogging thing for awhile, and I've missed the creativity... and adherence to deadlines and all sorts of other things, and so I'm relaunching a blog.  This has been set up on Blogger for well over a year and I had one post (that I've deleted), so it seems ideal for the reinvention of Uberwald.  Those of you who read my blog in the past are in for something a little bit different, as I don't plan to post random sporadic craziness.  I plan to post regularly scheduled random craziness :)

Things I've learned in the last 24 hours 2010-12-07

  • The primary thing that I learned in the last 24 hours is that "around 4pm" is the best time of day for a blog post and so I thought I'd kick things off right with this.  
  • I've also learned that I'm not very good at video editing, video transcoding, matching non-copyright protected music to video clips, or uploading video clips to youtube.  Hopefully that will get better with time.  I'm not sure this counts as a "new thing" towards my "you learn something new every day" quota, because it's actually something that I suspected given my lack of practice with these skills.
  • I've learned that I can use computer speakers with the wireless microphone at work to make it possible to hear a presenter in our "computer classroom" from the back of the room, where it's convenient to place a video camera.
  • And, lastly, I learned that bicycling on snow isn't really all that hard, though it is  harder than bicycling on clean pavement.


Snow Days @Progressive Field in Cleveland

So my sweetie and I joined my ex-wife and her boyfriend and some of their friends at Snow Days downtown over the weekend, because it was an excuse to hang out w/ the boy a bit extra, and I thought I'd try out my new camera, and my video editing skillz. As you can see, my video editing skills leave something to be desired, but the video is still fun, and we had a blast. :)

Click through to watch in 720P on Youtube