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Yesterday during lunch, I stopped at the BPA Keeler Substation to take some pictures of the transmission line tower on its front lawn. I used my cell phone’s camera because that’s all I had with me. Surprise — Transmission towers are huge! I couldn’t get enough of the tower in view.

I returned today with my Canon S100 point and shoot with its 24mm (equivalent) lens. Much better! :-)

When the sky is cloudless, I’ll try this again.



Biking back from school board meeting on Veteran’s Drive, I stopped briefly to take a sunset1 shot. I love the clouds!

I enjoy biking in the late evening. Traffic has gone home, the wind has faded. Cruising along the path is noiseless and tranquil.2

  1. Yeah, it was a little late for the sunset. Desaturating the picture doesn’t help… :-D 
  2. For those who are concerned about my safety: thanks! And my flashy lights shout my presence. 

My Five Labs Personality Analysis Using Facebook

Five Labs characterized my personality1 by analyzing the words in my Facebook posts:2

Brent is restless, inventive, and reserved.3

If that’s all it did, Five Lab’s analysis would be interesting.4 However, what makes it cool is Five Labs showing me which of my friends’ and selected public figures’ personalities are closest to mine. Turns out, Bill Gates and I could be twins.5 ;-)


Five Labs also lets me analyze my friends’ personalities, even those who apparently haven’t yet specifically authorized Five Labs to see their walls like I did. I bet they didn’t know they were authorizing that when they friended me. I didn’t either.6

Maybe you’d like to let Five Labs analyze your personality. Or maybe you already have. Did you agree with the results?

  1. Personalities are analyzed according to the Big Five personality traits
  2. Five Labs examined the linguistic content using a method “based on a study published by H. Andrew Schwartz and colleagues from the University of Pennsylvania’s World Well-Being Project.” 
  3. I’m tempted to disagree, but maybe that would just prove its validity. I do question its validity for everyone, though. One person I analyzed showed very different traits than in real life. Maybe all that proves is that we can be very different people on social media than in person. 
  4. Some may question why I’d post personal results on a public blog. I have a couple responses: (1) if the results are accurate, those who know me aren’t surprised; those who don’t, don’t know whether they are or not. (2) I have a ton of public postings here on my blog. Not posting the results doesn’t prevent anyone from doing a similar analysis with an even larger data source. 
  5. I wonder if he’d agree. ;-) All the same, notice the similarity in poses for our profile pictures. Also, Bill’s personality traits matched closer than any of my friends’ traits did. Update. It appears that last assertion is no longer true. As more of my friends have done this analysis, it turns out that one of my friends is an 88% match. Sorry, Bill… ;-)
  6. It’s amazing how much information we leak on the Internet, even on Facebook. Or maybe, this is just what it means when we authorize apps our friends use to see our data. Makes sense… 
dawson creek woods

Daily Commute IV

Work this morning started with a 7 AM meeting.1 After the meeting, I headed off to work on my bike. In Dawson Creek Park, I saw some ducklings for the second time this season and the three families of Canada geese with goslings that hang out together. Although they’ve had gray coloration for awhile,2 it seems like just this week that they’ve started having white and black tail feathers. Guess I’ll have to go check some earlier photos. And of course, I took a picture of my favorite clump of trees.

What a great way to start my Friday!

  1. Just one of the benefits of working for a multinational corporation. Time zone coordination is critical, as is sharing the pain of inconvenient meeting times. 
  2. When Canada geese goslings hatch, they’re yellow
Breezer Downtown EX

One Year On Sage

One year ago, my family surprised me with a new bike for Fathers’ Day. They’re pretty awesome that way. :-)

Since then, I’ve ridden “Sage” quite a bit1 and bragged2 quite a bit on the way. Here’s my year in review.

  • I biked 3,207 miles. The number seemed really big to me, but then I looked at some math. At nine miles each round trip, I get more than 2,100 miles just on my daily commute. With lunch rides and a family vacation where I rode 200 miles in a week, the miles really add up.
  • I went through some parts: 1.5 sets of tires, 1.5 sets of brakes, and a chain. Rotating the tires probably could have made them last longer, but it’s amazing how much broken glass was embedded in my tires3 by the time I swapped them out. I probably should have gone through more brake pads. I’ve heard of going through a chain, but had never done it before. I do clean and oil my chain at least once a month, but in the winter, should probably do it a lot more often. Oh, and I broke a spoke. When I had it repaired, they were surprised it had been my first.4
  • We went “low car.”5 When our family minivan finally died after 295,502 miles, we didn’t replace it. Suzi now drives the CRV; I bike.
  • I slowed down a bit. I used to think I commuted at 15-18 mph. Yeah, maybe. But that was in a more hunched down, uncomfortable posture. Now I sit up and enjoy the view. I stop at Starbucks on the way.6 I take a bunch of pictures.7 And when someone blows by me, I think of Linda Ronstadt.8

Year two starts now. I wonder where Sage will take me. :-)

  1. I guess I’m awesome that way… ;-) 
  2. Or “shared personal accomplishments with close friends and family.” I like it! 
  3. And not causing flats. Bike commuting tires are awesome these days. 
  4. I didn’t take it as a weight comment, I’m just tall. And I’ve stopped jumping so many curbs. 
  5. Well, as low car as a family can go when all the kids have their own cars. But they use them. 
  6. Yeah, I’ve done that for a while, not just the last year… 
  7. Ditto
  8. Yup, and her song, “Blew By You.” 

Portland to Portland

Today, I passed another milestone on my new bike:1 3,198 miles! What is the significance of that number, you might ask? Perhaps I’m a pair of miles premature for my pride?2

No, my fine friend, because 3,192.7 is the distance from Portland, Ore. to Portland, Maine.3 Sometime this morning, on my ride to work, I was figuratively riding off the Maine State Pier into the Portland harbor. Splash!

  1. Well, it was new almost one year ago. Two more days to go. 
  2. No, that will be another opportunity to share personal accomplishments with close friends and family, in other words, brag. :-D 
  3. According to Bing maps.