RealTime Industries’ Reflective Decals

If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you know I ride a motorcycle – a 2014 Yamaha FJR 1300 ES to be specific.

Riding is the single most dangerous thing I do but it’s also the most fun I can have with my clothes on, so I do it as much as I can. But you have to “manage the risk”. One way of doing that is by being visible to those who drive cars, whether it be through bright colors, high visibility gear, more lights, etc.

I highly recommend these kinds of reflective decals you can easily put on your bike. Hell, even *I* can do it and I’m usually pretty incompetent when it comes to these kinds of things. Similar to the kinds of materials you see on a bicyclist’s clothing, these “stick” to your bike and become visible when car headlights hit them. They have the added bonus of looking really good, too!

I got my set from the nice people at RealTime Industries. They don’t have decals for every make and model but if they are available for your bike, I really encourage you to get a set for your ride.

Here are the before and after shots (click the image for a larger image). The light source is the camera flash:
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As you can see, the difference is obvious. Every little bit helps and this is a great way to make yourself more visible to “cagers”.

One week before it ends for all time, The Newsroom trots out its worst episode yet

It seems like everyone agrees – last night’s episode of “The newsroom” was a giant, steaming pile of shit. I sat watching it, dumbfounded. I had to rewind to the beginning to make sure Aaron Sorkin actually wrote this. And wondered what chemicals he was on when he did.

One week before it ends for all time, The Newsroom trots out its worst episode yet:

“Oh Shenandoah”, last night’s episode of The Newsroom, was a disasterpiece, an episode of television so bad I was gobsmacked by what I was watching. Literally everything about it was miscalculated, with every storyline hitting some point where it became too ridiculous to take seriously at all.”

The End of ‘The Newsroom’ Is Bringing Out the Worst in Aaron Sorkin:

“With only one episode left before the end of The Newsroom, Sorkin managed to produce an episode of the series that exemplified all of its worst tendencies, to such an extreme that it may make it impossible for me to take anything he writes or has written seriously ever again.”

The Newsroom’s Crazy-Making Campus-Rape Episode:

“The season finale runs next week and thank God for that. Like poor old Charlie Skinner, my heart can’t take it anymore.”

There was literally not a single storyline that was believable, let alone enjoyable. First time in my life I can’t wait for a Sorkin series to end.

Extreme Enduro Race POV

Extreme Enduro POV Race Through the City – YouTube:

Follow along from Ben Hemingway’s point of view as he goes head-to-head with Andreas Lettenbichler for the city portion of Extreme XL de Lagares.

I love riding motorcycles but even in my wildest dreams, I couldn’t A) ride a bike like these B) ride a bike like these that fast and C) ride a bike like these that fast through the course these guys are on!

Macworld Expo is Dead


Regardless of the spin IDG is trying to put on this, this is not a hiatus. Regardless of the hopes of attendees, Macworld Expo, Macworld/iWorld in any incarnation is well and truly dead.

No one thing killed the show. It was a death of a thousand cuts, starting with Apple abandoning the show (and, I maintain, abandoning the community that supported it for so many years) and the strength of various other outlets to get Apple’s and the vendors message out. IDG’s inability to pivot the show to “something else” also contributed, along with their inability to work with and convince vendors and attendees the show still had value.

I have been and will continue to be pilloried for my criticism of IDG and their, quite frankly, botching of so many aspects of the show. For their “fudging” of attendance figures and for their bullying of the media and vendors, among many other things. Make no mistake – a great deal of any blame for the failure of the show lies directly at the feet of IDG and their management.

But the on the floor staff of any particular Macworld Expo was always amazing. Whether it was the wonderfully bubbly Sarah Hindmarsh (now Harvey – congratulations!), the dedicated and devoted Kathy Moran or the hardest working guy at the show, Paul Kent. They did the best they could with what little IDG gave them. And their best was often better than anything anyone else could even imagine.

Jon Seff:

“That’s what I’ll miss the most—an event that drew together people I read online or communicated with on Twitter into meatspace for a few days.”

There is no trade show I’m aware of that had the constituencies of a Macworld Expo – everything from brand new users to grizzled old veterans. Artists and techies. IT pros and their customers. Shareware developers (remember those?) And huge multibillion dollar corporations. Paul Kent and his staff (and others before them) had an absolute bear of a time trying to serve all those different groups and, for the most part until Apple left, served them well.

I’ve always said the Expo wasn’t about Apple or the show floor or the vendors or the media or the announcements – although all those things were important and the show wouldn’t be a success without them – but about the people and the community. Friends, new and old. Listeners, readers, developers, colleagues, bartenders, taxi drivers, waiters. And all the fun you had with them.

I remember very few of the products or pamphlets or buttons I got at any individual Expo (hell, I went to 30+ of them around the world over the years) but I always remember the people I met and every year, looked forward to the shows to seeing them again.

I’ll miss that the most.

Personal Thoughts on Derek Jeter

I’ve been a New York Yankees fan for as long as I can remember. But I’ve never been a “fan” of any individual player.

By that I mean, I don’t get too wrapped up in the players themselves. No sports ball player is a “hero” to me. That word should be reserved for people who do actual heroic things – not hit balls with sticks. These guys are just playing games for my amusement – and ridiculously large sums of money.

While I wouldn’t describe Derek Jeter as a hero, I would describe him as an incredibly talented, arguably great, baseball player, a classy guy and someone who, as the old timers say, “plays the game the right way”.

He never embarrassed his team, his fellow players, his organization, his fans or his city. There have been the occasional minor personal life things but I don’t care about his or anyone else’s personal life. Besides, he’s young, rich, single and lives in New York – let him serial date whoever he wants to.

One of the nicest things my ex ever did was take me to Yankee Stadium on my birthday. We bought overpriced souvenirs, drank beer, ate hot dogs and had a great time. I spent the entire game watching Jeter like I was 12 years old.

Another of my fondest memories is the day Mike Rose and I spent at Yankee Stadium. I was going through the divorce from the aforementioned ex and needed a mental health break. I called up Mike and he agreed to go to a Yankees game with me (I bribed him with the carrot of getting a tour of the Stadium from a YML listener who was a behind the scenes guy for Yankees IT). Another wonderful day spent drinking beer, eating hot dogs and watching Derek Jeter.
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I enjoyed watching him play. I enjoyed the way he would so often rise to the occasion and help “my Yankees” win a game, a playoff, a World Series.

As he rose to yet another occasion last night, I was thinking, is there anyone else in baseball who could take his place?

But no one will ever take Jeter’s place.

Congratulations Captain. Thanks for all the memories. You make me proud to be a New York Yankee fan.

Tweetbot for iOS

My friend Lesley finally got fed up with the Sponsored Tweets she was seeing in the official Twitter app for iOS so she asked what I used.

I told her I’ve used a lot of them but have finally settled on Tapbots’ Tweetbot:

Tweetbot 3 for Twitter (iPhone & iPod touch) (affiliate link)

Tweetbot for Twitter (iPad edition) (affiliate link)

My friend John Moltz wrote an article for The Sweet Setup – “The best Twitter app for iOS – Tweetbot” that agreed with me.

For those who are curious, I use YoruFukurou on the Mac.

Americans Try Canadian Snacks For First Time

Americans Try Canadian Snacks For First Time

I love their reaction to Naniamo bars (SO GOOD!) and poutine but I’ll admit to having no clue what “All Dressed Chips” are. And I’m dissapointed they didn’t get to try Ketchup Chips.

Yes…I said, Ketchup Chips. Potato chips…that are ketchup flavoured…

For those of you who are interested, here are “17 Unique & Delicious Items of Canadian Junk Food“.