Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I made it a good day

My Girl's Day (9-Toolbox plus Price Grab)

First: come on everyone, join me:

Oh, I could hide neath the wings
Of the bluebird as she sings.
The six o'clock alarm would never ring.
Whoops its ringing and I rise,
Wipe the sleep out of my eyes.
My shavin razors cold and it stings.

dah, dah, dah, dah, dah, dah

Well the 6 o'clock alarm did ring (and who was your favorite Monkee? I wavered between Mike/Peter, mostly Mike), and my body did its morning thing with little connect with my brain and suddenly I was running into the new and amazingly well done UWO Campus Rec centre. The sun was shining into the pool, the water temperature pleasant and I had a good swim. Read some emails walking over to work and including one I knew was coming and didn't want to read. To cheer up before I geared up to sharpen the cutting edge of knowledge I pursued the iTunes App Store for something cool. And I was rewarded with 9-Toolbox.

9 tools in 1 plus bonus plus broken English instructions plus free. 9 useful functions plus the surreal. I'm down.
  1. Currency: converts between $, including lots of Earth $ but not Imperial Credits.
  2. Date Calculator: now at a push of a button I know it is only 16 days until Triple T, 93 days to my birthday, Christmas will be on a Friday in 2026 and May, 2009 is a Leap Month.
  3. Days until: 116 days until IMC
  4. Holidays: in 2020 August Civic Holiday is on the 3rd
  5. Inclinometer: yup, my iphone can now act as a level in 2-dimensions simultaneously, so if I am so "inclined" I can measure my knee angle bend while I am riding and still be on the speaker phone. "153 deg, whoops hold on, I'm going to raise my seat 2 mm, call you later"
  6. Loan calculator: I have no interest. Ha ha, get it!
  7. Tip calculator: interesting but not needed in Ontario as you can figure the tip from the sum of GST + PST (15%).
  8. Unit conversion: on the fly conversion between psi and kPa means my tires will always be perfectly inflated.
  9. Price Grab (bonus app): what's cheaper per item, 11 of this item for $80 or 12 of this item for $88. I'll now know in a flash.

10. My Girl's Day

I quote: "It calculates ovulation, probability of pregnancy and next bleeding with calendar view."

After my initial shock, embarrassment ("gross") and "yuk its on my phone" I manned up and tried it. It appears accurate. It tells me I have 0% probability of Ovulation or Pregnancy. That is a relief, believe me. I am particularly impressed with the +/- 2 days accuracy claim. Wonder how they figured that?

Well I could handle no more excitement and commenced to the attending to our posters for AGU and CMOS and other work stuff.

It would be cool if I could get one of those birds like in the quarry in the Flintstones so I could pull its tail when it was time to go, which it finally was. With the 1/2 marathon looming on Sunday the Program has commanded I get fast, and I was greeted with the good ol' 10/1, 9/1, ....., 1/1 run with the pick it up as the time gets shorter reminder. The key to this workout is to realize that you can figure out how long it is using Gauss' summation rule (N(N+1)/2), so 11, 10, ...., 2, N = 11 so that's 66 minutes, minus 1 minute since the last one is 1/1, that is, 2. So 65 min of hell.

It went pretty well for a tough workout. With Triple T (only 16 days, just checked again on my iphone) I ran the first part on the trails. Spring is here, I saw a couple trillium coming up! Was on some trails I hadn't been on since UPAO and I were snowshoeing. On one of the hills I caught one of 2 mountain bikers. Much later after talking the loop around Fanshawe Park back through Western, going up the Brescia hill, I paced up with 2 university kids on their mountain bikes who didn't drop me until the path leveled out. Nice way to close it out. Some great tunes during the run including a good song for all of us today:

The fortunes of fables are able
To sing the song
Now witness the quickness with which
We get along
To sing the blues you've got to live the dues and

Just love trying to sing along, the harmonies are so tight and it gives some hope on those rainy days life occasionally throws at us.



  1. Ah, I know what plus or minus 2 means, when it's related to fertility. Bob is clearly bearing our next child!! Thank God, since I lost my job, I've been bored out of my skull. And all of you agree, don't you, that the mountain bikers Bob catches are likely just freezing in terror when they hear him singing in the woods?

  2. cass a.k.a. HeatsicaThu May 07, 11:38:00 AM EDT

    wow so its official my parents are the 2 nerdiest people on the planet... lucky me
    cool stuff tho pops ill continue to check it out annnnnnnnd i cant get ahold of mom but im coming home for our race this weekend, and have you found out if your doing the mosoka tri and if so when are you registering? i still need to.