Trac Application

I just stumbled across a new code repository/bug tracking system called Trac. It’s still in it’s infancy, but it’s nice to see someone synthesizing the code managment and bug tracking experiences. And they have a built-in Wiki engine to boot, which means your comments and bug reports can have rich text… something that’s been missing from these tools for a *very* long time.

To get a feel for what a Trac project looks like, check out the Subway project. The bugs are just downright pretty!

The Great Nordeen 2005

Every winter Central Oregon hosts the Great Nordeen x-country ski race. On a whim I decided to compete this year. And by “compete”, I mean “try to finish”. They intially offered both a 42K and a 30K course and I opted for the shorter of the two. This seemed like the wisest course since I hadn’t actually tried skate-skiing until two days before the race. However, because of the spectacular weather we’ve been having a lot of the snow melted and they decided to not run the 42K option.

Anyhow, it was fun and I’d post a picture, but the one photo anyone took looked about like you’d expect a slightly out-of-shape, 2nd day on skis sort of skier to look. I.e. not very flattering. And *whups* by the time I got around to doing this blog, they’d deleted the picture. Too bad.

99 Rooms

I like exploring the online games that are out there. Sites like and are good starting points. Most of the stuff is pretty amateurish or downright worthless, but every once in a while you run across a real gem.

99 Rooms is just such a discovery. It’s more art than game, actually. Based on a series of 99 urban photos that the authors have “augmented”, both visually and with quirky little behaviors, 99 Rooms may seem like a lot at first. But just when you expect the concept to tire out, something unexpected in a picture will get you wondering what’s in the next “room”. Once finished, you may lean back in your chair and be surprised at how the way you perceive things has changed subtly. Wondering what little creature or spectre lies behind your bookshelf or closet door, if only you could find just the right button to push or crank to turn …

First Frame

May '04 Framebuilder Class
Back in May of 2004, I attended the “Brazed Frame Building” course offered by the United Bicycle Institute in Ashland, OR. In the course we designed and built our own bicycle frame, a process that was immensely fun and rewarding. It’s taken me 6 months, but I’ve finally managed to finish off my writeup describing the experience, including some of the pictures I and other students took. Check it out.