Day 17: Moo! (July 19, 2022)

Good moooooooooo-orning. 🙂

These gentle folks were at the halfway mark of the bicycle ride I just returned from. They were all laying down, and I tried to keep my distance, so as not to disturb them. However, as you can see, all but a couple wanted to know what the weird lookin’ guy was doing.

Cows

When You Think It Makes You Look Good, but…

Day 15: GoPro Frames and Halfway There! (July 17, 2022)

Day 15 of 30 Days of Cycling! Halfway there!

Other activities delayed my ride, but it still was over 90° when I set out tonight.

I did a Facebook Live stream of today’s ride. I am still debating whether I’ll upload the high quality copy my GoPro HERO 10 took to YouTube, but here are some video frames from my ride:

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I don’t know what the model is…and I don’t think it is made anymore…but the Subaru in the last photo is one of my favorite cars “of old.”

The Nine Most Terrifying Words

I miss Reagan…

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the Government, and I’m here to help.

Reagan says it best himself:

Video from:

Really?

I am a “live and let live” kind of guy, but at some point certain things are truly Orwellian and, if you haven’t read 1984, it does not turn out well.

One doesn’t have to be a feminist to realize that feminism will be meaningless if biological males can claim the mantle of being a “woman” in any and every context.

Important caveat: I am not saying that it is okay to be bigoted toward trans, non-binary, gay, etc. folks. It is not.

But, it is also not bigoted to recognize differences remain, that there are competing priorities (e.g. like fairness in women’s sports or safety for biological females), or that the Bible doesn’t support certain behaviors.

This Is Concerning

Day 14: DJI Hyperlapse Success (July 16, 2022)

On Day 14 of 30 Days of Cycling, I got the DJI to do a Timelapse on auto (in 4K):

I still don’t know why it stopped the first time. It did stop this ride too, but it was because I needed to turn its “Auto-Stop Rec Temp“ from “Standard” to “High” (it was 90º outside in bright, midday sun).

If you want to see the GoPro HERO 10 Time Warp ride from early this week, please press here.

Goodbye Sunny, We Love You

One of our two oldest cats, Sunny, made his last trip to the vet yesterday due to a terminal illness. 🙁 These are a few relatively recent pictures, plus one I thought was kind a funny from a couple years ago.

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Thank you God for giving us so a wonderful family member, and thank you Sunny for all the love and chain saw purring. 🙂

Day 13: DJI Fail, but Don’t Blame Them Yet (July 15, 2022)

So, I figured I’d compare GoPro’s Time Warp (on a GoPro HERO 10) to DJI’s Hyperlapse (on a DJI Action 2), both on auto.

So I rode the same loop yesterday and today. The GoPro results are in yesterday’s 30 Days of Cycling post, and here is how the DJI one turned out:

Notice the problem? 🙂

It stopped shortly after I started bicycling.  I am not yet willing to blame DJI, but I don’t see how it could be me. (Also, there may have been a legit reason the Action 2 had to stop, but I wouldn’t have seen it.)

Either way, I will try again!

Day 11: Multi-Tasking (July 13, 2022)

Each Wednesday morning I lead a Supplimental Instruction session for college trigonometry, and if nobody shows I have to hang out for the whole hour anyway.

In case someone shows up late.

When that happens, I generally clock-out early, but stay on Zoom, watching for anybody hopping on.

Today, that meant I got ahead of things by multi-tasking with a ride on my exercycle. 🙂

Hopefully tomorrow’s post will be a lot more interesting than the last few days. Maybe a GoPro Time Warp?

Day 10: Even Windier! (July 12, 2022)

It was even windier today, so day 10 of 30 Days of Cycling was on my NordicTrack again. In fairness to me:

  • Somehow the wind on the high plains is blowing in your face 🙂
  • Misquito Authority postponed all spraying today ‘cause it was so windy

Maybe back on the road tomorrow…we’ll see.

Day 7: Headin’ Byers Way (July 9, 2022)

As I get back in shape this summer, my goal is to be able to do a round trip to Byers Country Store (in Byers, Colorado) for their awesome meatball grinder before Labor Day. This shows today’s ride was that direction:

Looking toward Byers

This is looking back Strasburg way:

Looking back at Strasburg

One advantage to looking toward Byers were the clouds to the east:

Cloud panorama

Finally, if this image from before I left doesn’t convince you I am a he-man, I don’t know what will:

Weather station

Day 4: Rain (July 6, 2022)

Well, day 4 of 30 Days of Cycling was indoors, since…

Well, that was earlier (while I as still working), but afterward it was raining, threatening to rain, and raining more. Which meant:

Exercycle

Hopefully, day 5 will be outdoors again…

Day 3: To Church and Back (July 5, 2022)

Posting this the day after, and back-dating on WordPress to the date of the ride.

Yesterday was day 3 of 30 days of cycling, and I figured I’d ride to a local church and back. Here’s a view of downtown Strasburg from Mountain View Fellowship:

View of Strasburg

But this was what I wanted to especially grab a picture of, given that the day before was Independence Day:

Tractor with flag

And before I climbed back on my bicycle to complete the ride, I saw this beautiful animal on the side opposite the tractor:

Horse in field

Today (July 6) I had to work first thing, so my ride will be tonight…and it is a dreary, cloudy morning, so I am all the more appreciative of how beatiful it was yesterday.

Happy Kitty

Another post that appears to have gotten stuck in draft mode from who-knows-when. 🙂

I figured that if I was going to have a desk cat, there should be a desk bed:

Cat in cat bed

Sunny agrees. 🙂

P.S. Right now it’s only about $25 on Amazon.com. It is both a scratching pad and a bed.

Yes, You Probably Have a Religion

Note: This post appears to have been stuck in draft mode…not sure when I originally composed it.

The article below is worth a read. Mentally, I think we tie “religion” to systems of belief hinging on the supernatural, but the Merriam-Webster definition shows it is far more inclusive:

Definition of religion

“a cause, principle, or system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.”

Your “religion” might not be supernatural…nor may it be politics as Leighton Akira Woodhouse discusses below…but I would suggest you almost definitely have a “system of beliefs held to with ardor and faith.” Woodhouse discussed how previously politics brought people together in compromise, but the religion of politics does just the opposite.

Final comment (of my own): Worldviews that accept the supernatural are just as worthy of being in the public square as those that reject it. Let each make its case for each issue at hand and trust people to make a decision. Blind dogmatism and ideology are the issue, not a belief in there being more than what our five senses can measure.

”Trust in science” is a religious statement, not a scientific one. True science doesn’t trust anything. 🙂

P.S. Lest it come off otherwise, I trust science (or, rather, the scientific method), since it fully recognizes its limitations and encourages questioning, refining, etc. What I don’t trust are scientists, who are no more perfect than the rest of us humans.