Bicycling Around The World

Alright, I am not really bicycling around the world. I thought that would be obvious. But, I do cycle a lot. That is a side-effect of not having learned to drive or acquire a vehicle license (yet). Nearly two weeks ago, I bought a bike computer so I could track my speed, time and distance. I’m not racing; I’m just curious.

So I am going to check the odometer every week to see my total distance travelled. Just the first week surprised me – I had ridden 87.8 kilometers. So I mapped it out on Streets & Trips 2010.

From my house in Irving, 87 kilometers puts me just shy of the Oklahoma border. From my old apartment in Etobicoke, I could ride into Niagara Falls, New York or north past Barrie, Ontario. I am curious what a month or a year of riding will look like on the maps. My original plan was to update these images weekly; but that seems excessive. I’ll post new links if I hit a major milestone on the maps (passing a major city or landmark).

Maybe bicycling around the world is not that far a stretch in a figurative sense.

Blogging Anew

Starting To Blog Again…

I have finally created a blog directly on my own website. For a long time I used Windows Live Spaces but found my blogging there stagnated as I used Facebook. I hope that by having a blog at garstor.com that I will be motivated to post to it more often.

A Little About My Recent History

I have been living in Irving, Texas for nearly three years. I moved here from Toronto, Canada when Microsoft hired me full-time. I had been working as a vendor for them supporting SQL Server. I attended the SQL PASS 2006 conference and spoke with one of the Customer Service & Support managers from the Washington site. I love Washington and the Seattle area tremendously but for supporting SQL Server, the Texas site is the center of the universe.

I recently bought a house in Irving after my apartment started driving me mad – believe me, not everything in Texas is bigger! So I’ll be here for many years to come I expect. One of the best things about living here is that I can attend Shock Of Pleasure concerts; my good friend and colleague Josh Curry is the band’s bassist.

It is amusing to me; here I am living in arguably the most pious state in America and it is down here that I “came out” as an atheist. It was a long process and one that I will explore in future posts.

Thanks to a great personal trainer at Gold’s Gym, I have been gradually getting into the best shape of my life. Hopefully, I can use this blog to keep inspiring myself on that front too.

Lastly, I have been exploring ray-traced graphics and to a lesser degree computer-generated landscapes. I use POV-Ray currently and I will post images that I think are worth showing off.