Sometimes I get excited about small things. Some would say that’s the point of this blog. Others would say, “that’s what she said.” Today’s little fixation is the Random Redirect WordPress Plugin by Matt Mullenweg. I have implemented it near the top of the sidebar with a version of Det. Harry Callahan’s famous inquiry. So give it a spin. You gots to know, don’t you?
That’s a pretty thin post, even for me, so here are a couple of other random items.
World Run Day
Today is World Run Day, a global virtual event in which people so inclined run as far and as fast as they fell like, and some even raise money for charity doing it. Some Boston-area folks are taking a 3.8-mile loop around the Charles River Basin today. I’m more likely to walk it, but I was pretty excited to learn about MapMyRun, an ad-ridden but still cool map mashup that lets you plot your route and share it with friends while compiling statistics on the route and your progress along it. The elevation feature is exceptionally cool and (so I hear) useful for those in marathon training. Kudos also to the Librarian on the Run for having a cool blog and for starting her fundraising for Mass Eye & Ear for the 2009 Boston Marathon.
Things to Worry About
I discovered Jeff Cutler’s blog of things he claims we worry about via a random twitter encounter. I have to suspect these might actually be Jeff’s own fears, but I can’t say they don’t often resonate. It’s a bit like those Worst Case Scenarios books, but without any actual solutions or preventions for the disastrous scenarios. For example:
That when you go play the slot machines in either Vegas, CT or RI, the new slot where you feed in money will grab your tie or handkerchief and strangle you unceremoniously. Which also leads me to wonder why anyone would have a ceremony for a strangling or any such event.
My general diagnosis is that Jeff should switch to wearing bowties.
Park and Pray
I noticed Park and Pray’s inaugural post, The Five City Parkers you Meet in Hell, via Universal Hub. To my pleasant surprise, they have kept it up with a nice mix of parking news. too bad they weren’t around when I did unsuccessful battle with lousy parking maps and poor signage at the Cambridge-Somerville neutral zone. They describe Park and Pray thusly:
Chronicling the adventures of urban street parking, Park and Pray started in the unparkable jungle of cow path built spaghetti-grids that make up the Boston neighborhoods. A voicebox for the adventurous spot-hunter, we’ll report on just about anything with a cursory relationship to car ownership in the city.
They welcome tips – the informational kind – so check them out and share your parking stories.
Bead Babe Roz
As I’ve mentioned, I have a theoretical affection for Etsy, but haven’t yet been a customer. Recently, I helped L photograph some jewelery for her mom’s Etsy site, which is now up and running. So if you’re interested in some beady goodness for yourself or for a gift, head on over to Bead Babe Roz before she’s sold out for the holidays.
Have you seen WalkJogRun.net? Simpler concept than MapMyRun with fewer ads. I was in Boston earlier this year and ran the minuteman trail – it starts from Alewife station and goes north for about 9 miles if you’re looking for a fun route. It also features a coffee shop around mile 3 if I recall..
Thanks Adam. We can use all the google map mashups we can get. You should flog your site on http://www.teamfirstgiving.com where people are much more likely to be running.