Saturday, December 13, 2008

Liseurely ride to Airport junction

Saturday.... Came back from Korean classes. Had nothing better do. The withdrawal from TFN and postponement of Oslo travel was making me sad. Moreover it's been really looong time since I did a long ride on my cycle. My legs were itching to ride. Considered riding to Nandi. But, it was too late - around 3PM. Browsed a little on Google earth/Wikimapia, found no good place to ride. Finally made up my mind to go to Devanahalli. Started off at 4pm from Rajajnagar. There was no specific destination. Just thought of riding as long as possible before 6PM and return.

Need not say it was a great ride. Thanks to the new Jersey and shorts picked up from Wheelsports. I must say it was worth every penny spent [3k for Jersey+Shorts]. 
Initially had some problems with breathing until I left the city. It was smooth after that. Man! how polluted our city is getting?

Took several small breaks all along for juice, bananas, to stretch..... Maintained a good pace ~21 kmph. Reached the airport junction @6pm. Decided to return as it was getting dark.  Hit a roadside tea shop for some kaapi. Met some curious folks from Ananthpur who had stopped for a sip. God! needles to say I am tired of explaining  to people why a cycle costs 26k. huh... Then the scary part - Test Rides. I was scared, but had to oblige. Laid out strict conditions - No riding on highway, no changing gears, not to use the front brakes [last thing I wanted to see was someone slamming the front disc brakes and crashing :) ] Thank God only 2guys took the test ride.

Left the airport junction at 6:15. There were very less climbs on return route, was mostly downhill but, traffic was sickening. Started feeling tired near Jakkur. Took a small break near Sahkarnagar. Gobbled up some biscuits and continued... Started Spinning for Cool off from Mekhri Circle.

Reached home at around 8:30... 

Aaah! what more can one ask from life when you can just do what you love :)

Ride Stats
Total time : approx 4hrs
Time on wheels : 3:05:01
Distance : 68.84 km
Avg : 22.3 kmph
Max : 47.8 kmph
Calories : 1201

Odo reading - 329 km .... way to go..... 

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

ಲಂಚ್ ಟೇಬಲ್ಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ವಜ್ಞನೂ, Server-ಊ, ಸೈಕಲ್ಲೂ....

ಲಂಚ್ ಟೇಬಲ್ಲಿನ ಮಾತುಕತೆಗಳು ಸ್ವಾರಸ್ಯಕರವಾಗಿರುತ್ತವೆ.
ಇವತ್ತು ಊಟದ ಸಮಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಹನಿಗವನಗಳು ಹರಿದು ಬರುತಿದ್ದವು.
ಕೆಲವು ಇಂತಿವೆ :

ಸರ್ವಕಾಲಿನ ಸತ್ಯ

ಸರ್ವರೂ ಸರ್ವಕಾಲದಲೂ ಸರ್ವರ್(Server) Access ಬೇಡಿದೊಡೆ,
ಸರ್ವರಿಗೂ ಸರ್ವರ್ ಸಿಗುವುದುಂಟೆ?!
ಇದೇ ಸರ್ವಕಾಲೀನ ಸತ್ಯ ಸರ್ವಜ್ಞ

ಮತ್ತೊಂದು...


ಸೈಕಲ್ಲು

ದಿನವೂ ತುಳಿದರೆ ಸೈಕಲ್ಲು,
ಗಟ್ಟಿಯಾಗುವವು ಕೈ-ಕಾಲು,
ಕಡೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀ ಹಿಡಿಯುವುದಿಲ್ಲ ಕೋಲು.



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Saturday, November 8, 2008

ಮೊಸರನ್ನ

ಸನ್ನಿವೇಶ : ಆಫೀಸ್ ಆನ್ಯೂವಲ್ ಡೇ ದಿನ ಊಟದ ಕೊನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೊಸರನ್ನತಿನ್ನುತಿದ್ದ್ವಿ.

ಆಗ ರಾಜೇಶ್.ಗೆ ಮೊಸರನ್ನದಲ್ಲಿ ದ್ರಾಕ್ಷಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿದ್ರೆ ನನಗೆ ಶುಂಠಿ ಸಿಕ್ಕಿತು.ಆಗ ರಾಜೇಶ್.ಗೆ ಹೇಳಿದ ಒಂದು ಚುಟುಕು:

ನೀವು ಪುಣ್ಯವಂತ್ರೂ ಅನ್ನೋದಕ್ಕೆ ಇದೇ ಸಾಕ್ಷಿ,
ಮೋಸ್ರನ್ನದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಿಗ್ತಿದೆ ನಿಮಗೆ ದ್ರಾಕ್ಷಿ.
ನಾವು ನೋಡ್ರೀ ಒಂಟಿ,
ಸಿಗ್ತಿದೆ ಬರೀ ಒಣ ಶುಂಠಿ. 

 

ನಂತರ ಅದಕೆ ಮತ್ತಶ್ಟು ಪ್ರಾಸಗಳು ಸೇರಿದ್ವು... ಅವೆಲ್ಲ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಬೇಡ ;-)

Monday, March 31, 2008

Did you come on car today?

Did you come to office on your car today?
Did you come alone?

If you have answered YES for the above you might also answer YES for my next question.

Did you curse the traffic?

If YES, then curse yourself for causing that.

Naah.. you won't agree with me. Won't you?
They say pictures speak louder than words.. So, I will explain it to you through pictures.
These are from an advertising campaign in the city of Munster, Germany which has a very high percentage of bicycle commuters.
The campaign compared road space required to transport 72 people.

1) What happens when all these people use bicycles to commute?

Road space = 90 sq.m

2) Now what if they take a bus instead?

Road space = 30 sq.m.
Plus, no parking space required. The bus will go back to the bus depot.

Pretty neat haan...

3) Now let all of them have the luxury of a car as you have.

With 1.2 person per car on an avg, 72 people in 60 cars.
Space required = 1000 sq.m.


So, you know whom to curse in tomorrows traffic jam.
Have a safe drive.
[Now don't run your SUV on my bicycle ;) ]

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Watch out...

Was about to leave office... and I just stumbled on this.

A very good video to create awareness about cyclists on road. This was produced as a part of Cycle Safety Campaign by Transport For London [TFL].
Watch it...


video
Original video site : http://www.dothetest.co.uk/

The clip tries to educate the motorists and cyclists about "Inattentional blindness" - a word coined by Arien Mack and Irvin Rock in 1992. It is based on the experiments of renowned psychologist Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabri to demonstrate Inattentional blindness.

[Watch the video before reading further]
Inattentional Blindness is defined as - failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task, event, or object.
In the experiments carried out by Daniel Simons and Christopher Chabri nearly 50% of the subjects did not report seeing the Gorilla [In some cases a women carrying an umbrella]. This demonstrates that there is a difference between what is there in our visual field and what we perceive. What we perceive depends on our attention on the objects in the scene.
I too failed to recognize the Gorilla. The initial condition [to count only passes by white team] programmed my brain to reject everything in black. I suppose I would have noticed the random object [i.e, the gorilla] if I was counting passes made by the black team :) .
Magicians [or rather Illusionists] call this misdirection. They use this to trick the audience by turning their focus on a distractive element while the he/she manipulates some other element on the stage without catching audience's attention.
This reminds of a small trick my friend Kissan showed me long ago. He held a paper in his left hand and a pen in the right. With his left side facing me he started striking the paper with the pen and instructed me to concentrate on the paper. While striking he swung the pen cutting a arc joining his right ear and the paper in left hand [ I hope you can visualize that :) ]. After 4-5 strikes he hid the pen behind the right ear but I didn't take notice for 2 more strikes!!
Now what does all this have to do with cyclist safety? I would simply say expect the unexpected on road... If you are not expecting a cyclist then you might fail to see him.

Hmm.. I started to write this blog entry to share the video clip but I ended up doing a small research on Inattentional blindness!! It is surprising how internet has changed the way of acquiring knowledge :)

For further details on Inattentional Blindness you can check:

- The Wikipedia article on Inattentional Blindness >>here
- The Scholarpedia article on Inattentional Blindness >>here
- The book Inattentional Blindness - By Arien Mack, Irvin Rock


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Women's Day

As a loving mother,
As a caring sister,
As a teacher,
As a friend for lifetime,

You were always there for me in every step of my life.

Woman - I salute you today.
Happy women's day.



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