November 20th, 2005


Seward Park

Today I walked from my house to Seward Park. The weather was perfect, the sun couldn't quite burn off the low clouds, so it didn't get too warm and didn't get too cold either (well, for mid-November). The clouds kept the Eastern shore of Lake Washington just barely visible.

Total trip time was almost exactly four hours and total distance was 15.6 km (just 400m short of 10 miles) for an average speed of 3.9km/h, which was a bit faster than my usual pace, considering I stopped and looked at so many things.

A while back I wrote an app called Trackmap that I could upload my GPS tracks to and it would map them on Google Maps. When I got back I rewrote it from scratch to be simpler and with proper tests. My next plan is to hook into flickr to match up photo timestamps with GPS timestamps and have little markers for each photo.

I took my GPS along on the trip, and had hoped to use the track to mark where I took all my photos. When I uploaded the track into my new Trackmap I discovered that when it ran out of batteries I lost all but the last 2km of track. (Well, it was replaced by a previous track. I need to remember to power-cycle the GPS when clearing track and keep the batteries charged.)
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Why Gamers Will Take Over

I've been seeing various headlines about a shooting in a shopping mall and when I finally clicked through I discovered it was here in my own back yard, Tacoma.

Unfortunately, people make horrible decisions when bullets start flying, the biggest being to hide instead of run:

"I saw the gunman randomly shooting. I ran with a group of women to Victoria's Secret," Wilson said. She said they crouched behind a wall in the store, and when the shooting stopped, an employee ran out and closed a security gate at the front.


Betz Dejarnatt, who works at the J.C. Penney store, said she heard three shots. She said some of the workers were herded into dressing rooms and offices, then police took them outside to a parking lot.

I think everybody who has played a game involving guns knows that the key to survival when you run out of ammunition is to keep your head down and run, not hunker down and hide. A moving target is much harder to hit than a stationary one. If you try to hide they can find you and shoot you much more easily, an occurance which will seriously spoil your day.

Just about every store has a stockroom with an exit that leads to an outside door where you will able to put large metal objects (cars) between you and the gun. Even if it doesn't, running from the sound of the gun is probably your best way to stay alive.