Four Years of Remission and Mini Marathon Training

I recently had my 4 year checkup at MD Anderson to see my progress. It was mostly good. My platelets are still low, but consistent with previous tests. My small “trend” of slightly increasing counts has stopped. I talked to my Dr. and got the report about my brain MRI from 6mo ago, and learned that Harold (my brain stem lesion) is now completely gone. Yay!

SRAM/Zipp Wheels Factory Tour

SRAM/Zipp Wheels Factory

I recently got the opportunity to take a tour of the SRAM/Zipp Wheels Factory in Indianapolis, IN. All you get is a picture of the exterior of the factory because I had to sign a nondisclosure agreement because of the proprietary materials, processes, and as-yet unreleased products I might see inside.

I gotta say it was a pretty cool opportunity. I’ve visited and worked in a number of factories over the years and this one was pretty clean by comparison. Zipp Wheel tech is pretty cool, I’ve gotta say. And these things are handmade. Laid up by hand, finished by hand, and assembled by hand. With hubs that are built in Mooresville, IN. They even assemble some of the SRAM mtb wheelsets here.

Backyard Cooper’s Hawk

There was a Cooper’s Hawk sitting on the back fence today being photogenic.

He was there for quite some time around lunchtime. I took more than 200 photos of him, and these wound up being the best ones. It was a difficult shooting situation being inside the house behind a screen and dirty windows. I’d have loved to sneak out the front door and come around the house to get photos of it while I was outside, but with the privacy fence and the gate being heavy, that would have scared it away for sure.

Activity Sharing Security

An article posted on BikeRadar today implicated GPS data sharing in a string of bike thefts in the UK recently. The gist of the article is that thieves can use shared data to track the riding habits of people, especially when your home is the start/finish point.

How can you secure your shared GPS data? A couple of ways will work.

  • Lock down your sharing settings on your chosen data sharing site so only friends or those invited can view your activities.
  • If you post your activities to Twitter, Facebook, or G+, secure your profile so only your friends (or a subgroup of friends that you trust) can see those posts.