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
Biking through Hillsboro, I discovered NE Birchwood:
- NE Birchwood Road
- NE Birchwood Drive
- NE Birchwood Lane
- NE Birchwood Place
- NE Birchwood Terrace
- NE Birchwood Circle
And all of them connected to each other!
I guess if something’s working, stick with it. ;-)
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?
- Personalities are analyzed according to the Big Five personality traits. ↩
- 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.” ↩
- 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. ↩
- 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. ↩
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… ;-)
- 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… ↩
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!
One year ago, my family surprised me with a new bike for Fathers’ Day. They’re pretty awesome that way. :-)
- 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. :-)
- I guess I’m awesome that way… ;-) ↩
- Or “shared personal accomplishments with close friends and family.” I like it! ↩
- And not causing flats. Bike commuting tires are awesome these days. ↩
- I didn’t take it as a weight comment, I’m just tall. And I’ve stopped jumping so many curbs. ↩
- Well, as low car as a family can go when all the kids have their own cars. But they use them. ↩
- Yeah, I’ve done that for a while, not just the last year… ↩
- Ditto. ↩
- Yup, and her song, “Blew By You.” ↩
Headed home from Folsom … nearly there. :-)
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!
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- Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did. A link to a great story by Stephan Pastis, the creator of the Pearls Before Swine comic.
- Stand Tall in June. A photo from Rock Creek Trail Park.
- Outstanding in the Field. A couple of photos of flowers growing in the field by Costco. Blue sky! :-)
- Why You Hate Work. “The more effectively leaders and organizations support employees in meeting these core needs, the more likely the employees are to experience engagement, loyalty, job satisfaction and positive energy at work and the lower their perceived levels of stress.” Good stuff.
- Evening Commute. A panorama picture from Dawson Creek Park. More experimentation is needed…
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