Saturday, May 24, 2008

Business Travel...


Any American baseball fan knows this ballpark....
Hi All,
Sorry for the delay in writing, I was away in New Jersey, working at the FAA National Technical Center, testing ERAM for the FAA. (You may recall, the big 2.5 billion dollar project, of which I am but an infinitesimal part). Our residence hotel was built in the 1930’s, and was sadly lacking in Internet access, so no blogging while I was in New Jersey. We did enjoy a couple of nice weekend outings to see major league baseball, and to go play golf in the rain near Reading, PA.
Sunset at Camden Yards...

First off, let’s give a warm welcome to the newest member of the camera family; a Nikon Coolpix 5100 Digital camera. Yes, I finally finished shopping, and made my choice. The tipping point for me was that the ‘5100 came with both manual aperture and shutter controls. That and the true black and white feature with filter capability and I was done. So, hopefully there will be cycling pictures for you to enjoy this summer.

The Old and the New...
In cleaning out my camera tote, I was struck by the immense jump in technology from the first digital camera I owned. Ten years or so ago, I used a Sony Mavica which used a floppy disk for data storage. Now, with the new ‘5100, I can use an SD card with up to 4 Gigs of storage and can shoot images with a full 12 mega-pixel size of 4000 x 3000. Amazing! I can only sigh and recall that my first hard drive at work in 1992 was 40 Mb!

Ok, so this is not a commuter bike!
In cycling news, there are suddenly more bikes in the bike rack at work. I noted on Friday morning as the Frontrunner Train passed by, that all the seats were full. People are changing their behavior, and finding ways to park their cars.
While in NJ, I only saw one bike on the road the entire eleven days I was there. The bike I saw, I later found parked next to a cubicle at FAATC. It is owned by a software engineer I met while on a break from the lab. We had a nice conversation about commuting and riding. I remarked to him that his bike seemed to be an older model, and asked him of that was his commuter bike, and that he must have a high-end bike for his racing events. “No”, he replied, the bike is his baby. He has had it 15 years, and can’t imagine ever riding another bike. I can only wonder all the places his trusted machine has taken him.
My trusty "bike" that brought me home from NJ....
That’s all the news for now. My plans are to commute to the ARTCC at least once this coming week. The bike is ready, and I will try and take care of the rest of the logistics this weekend. Of course, I will take some pictures along the way.
Jim

5 comments:

Queen of the Squirrels said...

I think your RSS is broke; your blog hasn't been coming up on my reader for a few weeks.

And for those of us who are not american baseball fans (and find the game somewhat perplexing), what ballpark is that?

Jim said...

Emm.. I actually have no idea what RSS is, and the blog has been fine as far as I know. So, beats me!

The Ballpark is Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD home of the Baltimore Orioles. The storehouse in the picture is its landmark feature. And as far as I know, no home run has ever hit that wall on the fly. I would think it would be about 500 ft. from home plate!

Baseball is actually very intricate and fascinating, and a difficult game to explain!

JIm

Princess Pat from Zardonia said...

Hi Jim,
Naaa, baseball is not very intricate. The pitcher pitches, the batter hits the ball (or not), the fielder catches and throws, and the batter runs like heck. Add beer and peanuts and it's all that.
That being said, what about some pics of Dan? Dan and Uncle Jim? Howza come ya didna get some of those??
LOve, Your Sis

Princess Pat from Zardonia said...

Hi Jim,
Naaa, baseball is not very intricate. The pitcher pitches, the batter hits the ball (or not), the fielder catches and throws, and the batter runs like heck. Add beer and peanuts and it's all that.
That being said, what about some pics of Dan? Dan and Uncle Jim? Howza come ya didna get some of those??
LOve, Your Sis

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