After twenty years of pushing a keyboard while traveling in airplanes, trains, sailboats (6,000+ miles), buses, cars and motorcycles – a thousand nights in hotels, motels, boats, tents, couches the back of cars and trucks. Close to one million miles traveled in forty five plus countries, almost all the continents and nearly every US state. It’s been great but I needed a new motivator. I’m done traveling.
Five years ago, after a lifetime of riding my road bicycle every weekend, I got lazy and bought a motorcycle against all my friends advice. That said, I have taken this sport very seriously and have had over 30 days of track training from some of the best super-bike instructors in the world. I am still pretty slow, considering, but the track has turned out to be a great friend. A friend who only cares about absolute reality. Either you make the turn at 65mph or you crash…no politics, no opinions, simply the laws of nature. I like that. Everyone is equal.
It doesn’t matter how bold and confident I feel. When I ride a sport-bike on the a track like Laguna Seca, the only thing that counts is my ability to concentrate both physically and mentally. It’s pretty much impossible to think about anything else when you are riding at 108MPH at 12,000RPM. And I am still one of the slowest guys on the track with a lot more to learn. I always feel refreshed after a track day and somehow my keyboard looks a little more attractive when I return to the office.
A few pics from Laguna Sega this past Monday and Tuesday on my Yamaha R6. Thanks to GotBlueMilk.com for the photos and Keigwins at the Track.
As a general rule, I really don’t have any kind of beef with Facebook.com. It’s a business like any other, nothing wrong with that. But I have to admit the site really gives me the creeps. Maybe because I am a tech guy, wannabe…with my own linux server hosted in a data-center cage as part of a larger project (x2crm.com). So it is easy for me to spin up a WordPress site and have complete control over my blog.
Not that I would recommend anyone buy a rack server, build it up, connect it to the cloud, etc…not worth the effort I agree. But in return for this expense and effort, I have a least one small reward. Big Brother is not watching everything I do, or the interactions I have with my friends. I like it this way. This is why there are no ads on this site at all. Kind of a rare thing these day to see a website without an ad on it somewhere. I like this approach but it also has a big drawback in that I can not be ‘friend-ed’ on my site. This site is more of a semi-anonomous one-sided journal. Ok fine.
Today it seems it is becoming harder and harder to be open and be private at the same time. I do have a Facebook account. I never user it. I get the creeps every time I log into it and try my best not too, ever……except when I get a ‘Friend Invite’ from a Facebook user. So, how do I respectfully accept a friend request, login and out of Facebook as fast as I can and let the friend know that ‘I don’t do Facebook.’ I am only listed there so folks can find me, same for Linked-in.
So, please do not be offended when I do not accept your Facebook Friend invites. I am still your Friend. I just do not believe our interactions should serve as the profit engine for big media companies. I dont want target ads (very creepy) intruding upon my personal interactions. BTW, I also thought FB was a bad idea in 2005, how wrong I was.
Amazing, I just broke my glasses last week. How did Facebook know that?
The idea to decouple personal perception of time from natural/real time enables the user to become aware of their own time.