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May 27, 2009

Research Note

I apologize for the recent lack of posting. I'm in the middle of writing a research note for a conference deadline this Monday. Meanwhile, head on to the Fail Blog for some entertainment.

May 16, 2009

Real-Life Superheroes

Hard to believe as it may be, there are actually people who go out as masked heroes and try to fight crime. Reminds me a lot of Watchmen. Read more about it in the articles Cincinnati Patrolled By Real-Life Superheroes. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? and The Legend of Master Legend. The "Consortium of Evil" (yes, it exists) had even posted a Craiglist ad (which seems to have been taken down) offering a $10 bounty for the identity of Shadowhare. If you were a real-life superhero, what name would you go by? Something with the words Panda or Ninja would probably cut it for me.

May 9, 2009

My First MN 5k

Today I ran my first 5k since I moved to MN (and my second ever). I had done terrible my first time, arriving second to last out of around 15 runners. This time I set a personal goal of finishing in less than 30 minutes.

This race was quite bigger than the one I went to in Puerto Rico (although the one I went to was quite hidden). There were more than 300 participants this time. The path went right next to the Mississippi river, so it was really nice and relaxing. It was so nice that I had no idea that I was actually keeping quite a good pace throughout the race.

In the end, I beat my goal by more than 5 minutes, finishing the race in less than 25 minutes and in 22nd place. This was really surprising and at the same time motivating. Now I can't wait for the next one! I just hope I don't get such terrible allergies next time (it seems my nose does not enjoy running outside in the Spring as much as I do).

May 3, 2009

Cyclopath Tags Are Live!

One of the features I have been working on for some time in my lab was just released this past week. Cyclopath, the geowiki for bicyclists, now supports tagging. It is just too cool. Here are two short videos that one of my teammates prepared explaining how tags are used in the system.