This article is the story of how I ended up recording the following activities on Strava, all in one day:

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But before we talk about my day of skiing for four-and-a-half hours in between two two-hour bike rides, we have to talk about why that seemed like a good idea at the time.

The problem

Since going car-free, I’ve been thinking more about how our transportation system discriminates not only based on the mode of transportation, but also based on the purpose of the trip. As illustrated by David Blomquist, the public transit system is designed to accommodate work commutes at the…


I’d like to talk about the most fun part of my morning commute: biking along Pennsylvania Ave between Rice St and Lafayette. And by fun I mean exhilarating. And by exhilarating I mean terrifying.

When I moved away from the East Side, I did so knowing that getting to work was going to be quite a bit trickier, but I didn’t anticipate just how few quality connections there were. As Noted East Side Bicyclist™ Eric Saathoff has written several times, once I get to the Bruce Vento Trail it’s pretty smooth sailing. But how should I get to it from…


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Our YouTube channel on the left, our website on the right.

Conventional podcast publishing involves three things: some MP3 files, connected to each other in an RSS feed, listed in the Apple Podcasts (formerly known as iTunes) directory. This is both podcasting’s greatest strength and greatest weakness. Being a decentralized medium based on a set of standards, there is no one entity that has absolute influence (nor can school networks block all podcast hosts.) On the other hand, we miss out on some great features that centralized systems bring with them. Most of these features have to do with discoverability, but audience feedback and analytics are also much easier.

The Nexus


I originally reviewed Allo & Duo in an episode of Second Opinion with Ryan Rampersad. Whether you listen or read, enjoy!

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When Google announced the Live Cases for Nexus phones, it was very exciting because it was a sign that they were finally treating their phones as premium flagship devices. Layer on how cool the concept of the Live Case is (you get to upload a picture or choose a location on Google Maps which gets printed on the case) and I was sold. $35 later, and I had one of my very own.

The Live Case has several features not seen in your run of the mill, third party phone case. First: you can choose exactly what picture appears on…


In this dream I am Officer Clawhauser from Zootopia, but I am out on patrol in a pedal cart. A message comes through Slack from Chief Bogo telling me I have to stop live tweeting my patrols. That gives me an idea: I can live stream my patrols! I park and start fiddling with my phone, trying to figure out how to live stream in Slack. (Note: that’s not a thing. I should have opened Periscope.) Some old guy comes by and tries to swipe the phone because he is afraid of technology. I pull my phone back, and he wanders off muttering something about fancy new phones and chemtrails.

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@jensenreynolds

Working with teenagers, I’m sometimes exposed to more weird trends than I care for. It is often difficult to track down the origins once a meme is everywhere, but I think I have encountered one in its early stages.

We’re all familiar with the selfie, but my friend Stella seems to have come up with a particular flavor of it. And because the name is too good to pass up, we call it the stellfie. From what I’ve seen, here are the particular elements that make up a stellfie:

Your face must be in the corner of the shot…


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Ians Buck (left) and Decker (right).

In June 2015 Ian Decker and Ian R Buck set out on an adventure down the Mississippi River in a canoe. The plan was to start at the headwaters in Itasca State Park on June 14 and travel to the Minnesota-Iowa border by July 12, 670 river miles in all. In reality the trip was cut short on June 30 at the Blanchard Dam portage, 370 miles from the start. It may be helpful to look at our float plan while you read to see the context and locations we reference. Below you will find the daily journal entries alongside…


This is a dream that Ian Decker had while on a 16-day canoe trip with me in June 2015. I am in the process of typing up the journal entries we wrote, so keep an eye out for a post with the whole thing, accompanied by photos from the trip.

So, I know that it’s usually Buck who does this part of the journaling, but this dream is too good to pass up. The overall dream plays out like a bad/parody spy movie. My character is there to rescue his sister. First thing that we (myself and 2 other people)…


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This post was originally created as a podcast episode with Ryan Rampersad, Ian Decker, and myself. I highly recommend listening, as we discovered several things in the process of discussing the subject. However, if you need a written version, here it is.

This is intended to be a living document, which I will edit as the mobile landscape changes. Let me know if you have any suggestions to improve it!

Android is the most widely used mobile operating system, but can be daunting for a first-time user. Even longtime users probably have a few things to learn. Here are some settings and apps that every Android user should be aware of to make the most of their device.

Settings to Adjust

Log in to your Google account: Your Google account is the most important thing on an Android device. Even if you do not use any of Google’s services like Drive…

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