The Birthday, Saturday, was great. I was kept busy all day long and although I had no time on my computer, my phone was keeping me entertained. I get 'buzzes' from Facebook when things show up on my in my phone and I get a series of tones when things show up in my Gmail account - on my phone. My phone buzzed and tinkled all day long. The tinkles for Gmail kept me reaching for my pocket to get my phone - the Facebook buzzes were why the phone was in my pocket in the first place. Kept me smiling all. day. long.
I need to have more birthdays.
Among the gifts I got was a 3 Terabyte MyBook external hard drive to do backups of my Mac. I have 91gig of pictures on my Mac and I do NOT want to chance losing all those shots. I also have shots scattered around on several other systems - I am going to consolidate all of my shots on the Mac, back it up, and then move all my shots to a 500gig external drive so I can remove them from the Mac. The only shots I will keep on the Mac will be Photoshop "Work In Progress".
I have started listening (and watching) to lectures on Kahn Academy, a site that may well be the future of education, at least in some aspect. Currently, I am working my way through "Art History". Check it out.
I rode 12 miles on my bike today with a neighbor. Our objective was to maintain pace and establish a baseline for future rides. We averaged 7 minutes per mile and a pedal rate of 60 rpm. As we move forward from these stats, we will try to maintain the pedal rate and decrease elapsed time - which means riding in higher gear. The ride we'll take is relatively level ground (the towpath along the I&M Canal, in Illinois) and the surface is crushed limestone over a clay base.
When we finished our ride, I actually felt like I could have just kept on going. Amazing.