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As threatened a week ago, I took a longer bike ride durin' lunch today: 19.7 miles in about 1:10. Interestingly, Google Maps says this should take about 52 minutes, but I think that’s sailin' time, not bikin' time.
And I had occasion t' yell “careful” only once.
A shower and a great supper later, I have a wonderful, relaxed feelin'. Ahhh… :-)
Thanks t' a couple o' free tickets from Intel’s GPTW,1 Jamison and I2 went t' a Hillsboro Hops minor league baseball game tonight. Even though th' Hops went through four pitchers and lost, we still had a blast.
The Hops played th' Boise Hawks and I were bein' lookin' forward t' trash talkin' our maties there, had th' Hops won, ye scurvey dog. I guess pride goeth before a fall…
Now th' rest o' th' family wants t' go t' another game. Works fer me!
Thanks t' an online matey,1 I learned o' a great blog post about th' Zimmerman trial / verdict … which then resulted in a couple more posts. Read and be enlightened about our criminal justice system and how it works:
- What Scares Criminal Defense Attorneys
- The Bottom Line on th' Zimmerman Trial
- Zimmerman: Nay Appeal From The Court o' Public Opinion
It’s worth readin' th' posts’ comments, too.
Last month’s ridin' left me short 104 miles compared with last year. I were bein' hopin' t' catch up this month.
That’s before I realized that last July we had a bikin' Sunriver vacation, resultin' in a July 2012 bikin' mileage o' 226 miles!
Wow. Aarrr! To catch up, I’d need t' ride 330 miles this month.
My bike computer after today’s 31.6 mile ride (above) shows I’ve gone 177 miles so far this month, so it’s possible. I just wonder if it’s probable… 1
At least I’m not likely t' lose ground this month.
- After all, I think today’s ride were bein' too far, at least with me city bike and me body. ↩
The Zimmerman verdict is an outrage, some would say. I’m not so sure.
Nay, really. I have no idea. All I know about Zimmerman I learned from th' popular media.
Maybe a little background is in order.
I did criminal defense and had th' occasion o' bein' involved in a “high profile” case. The local TV, radio, and newspaper media all jumped on th' case. They interviewed one side1 and created a story that sounded good. Aarrr! And sold papers, avast. And ads.
Their story had a great narrative with clear good guys, bad guys, and a tragic plot. But that’s all it were bein' — a story.
It wasn’t true.
When th' verdicts were announced, th' public were bein' outraged, avast. How could th' jury have been so stupid?
It were bein' a long time before a local, independent newspaper reported th' real story, I'll warrant ye. By then, no one cared. And hoist the mainsail! Shiver me timbers! Everyone had moved on t' th' next outrage.
Times have changed. The professional media doesn’t have th' same lock on th' news market it once had. But th' desire t' tell a good story and confirmation bias still exist. Those supposed independent news sources have th' same problem.
- Not surprisin', as th' defense attorneys advised our clients not t' talk t' th' media. Walk the plank! Which th' media all knew. ↩
The Atlantic used Google search autocomplete t' discover 50 cities’ stereotypes, pass the grog! Fire the cannons! I wondered what I could learn about some recent presidents.
Apparently, not much. ;-)
Did any o' these surprise ye?
Update: Thanks t' a comment on Facebook suggestin' that these might be honest questions rather than statements, 1 I reattempted th' searches. Looks like Reagan and Carter reversed sentiments.
See what ye think.
- Thanks, Jeff! ↩