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    Howdy. This is Bob. The Bob of Bob Blog. This blog contains about five minutes of my thoughts each day. A record. A history. And occasionally worth reading.

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    Tuesday, November 29, 2005  
    Football Week 11 and 12
    I had a long post. Lost due to a Firefox crash.

    Week 11 and 12 finally saw the dynasty of the home field advantage erode with only 8 and then 7 wins for the home team. Winloss record is finally the best predictor and is now leading the yearlong SiriGames pickem contest by 1 over the PigskinPickerPrediction formula. I'm 5 games back and probably not in the running.

    The Chargers had a shaky week and needed 10 in the 4th quarter to tie and another amazing effort by LT to win in Washington. His overtime touchdown will likely be included in his career highlight reel. The problem for the Bolts is math... with 5 games remaining (and the last 3 @Indy, @KC, and against Denver) they still need to 1) pick up a game on the Steelers (whose remaining schedule seems easier), 2) beat KC and win at least as many games as them (whose schedule may actually be more of a challenge than San Diego's), and 3) potentially catch Jacksonville which has an easy remaining schedule. Four wins is a must. And it may take all 5 to make the playoffs.

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    Sunday, November 27, 2005  
    Flash snowflakes
    Create your own snowflake

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    Bike: Mission Bay
    I went out for what I thought was going to be an hour ride -- over the bridges into Crown Point around the bike path to Mission Beach and back home. Well, I went left instead of right and ended up in Mission Beach first. I went all the way south to the jetty and then got onto the bike path and rode around the bay to Crown Point. But there wasn't a ramp up to Ingraham and so I decided to just keep going around the entire bay. Estimated distance: 15 miles.

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    Saturday, November 26, 2005  
    Books: Mrs Pollifax
    It seems we have a tradition of listening to Mrs Pollifax when we travel. On the way up to Napa we heard "The Elusive Mrs. Pollifax" and on the way back home "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax." The first book finds her delivering passports to the underground in Bulgaria. Of course, her missions are never as easy nor as simple as they appear. The second was in fact the second book in the series and has her going to Turkey as a courier. And more adventure ensues. What a great distraction for driving.

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    Sunday, November 20, 2005  
    Theater: Little Foxes

    The Cygnet Theater always does a great job. For not much more than the price of a movie ticket, we get live theater. Good live theater.

    Today we saw "Little Foxes." The 1941 film adaptation of Lillian Hellman's play included Bette Davis. Not quite that famous of a cast locally. But a deep and devious plot about becoming wealthy made for a great afternoon.

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    Saturday, November 19, 2005  
    Game Developer Conference dates for 2006
    Game Developer Conference next year is March 20-24. Early registration ends Feb 15. Sign up early to get cheaper hotels. PADMXX

    Now I just have to decide if I want to go. The primary problem is price.
    Classic Pass   [$895 until February 15]
    This pass is good for people who are interested in attending the GDC lectures, panels, roundtables and keynotes but not the tutorials. The Classic Pass features:

    * Access to any of the 300+ lectures, panels, roundtables and keynotes
    * Conference proceedings
    * GDC Expo
    * Breakfast & Lunch Wednesday-Friday
    * Access to all events and parties including the IGF and Game Developers Choice Awards
    * GDC Expo Booth Crawl

    And then of course: airfare, hotel, and food.

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    Bike: Point Loma
    I rode out to the end of Point Loma this morning. 9 miles and under an hour. The worst bit of hill is just getting up our street. The rest of the trip is mostly rolling hills. Either that or I was so tired I forgot. Or perhaps the gorgeous views of the city, Coronado, the ocean, and Mexico made it seem simple.

    Cabrillo National Monument and the lighthouse is probably the highlight of the ride. I didn't pay the $3 to get into the park, turning around just outside the toll booth. Note, the tide pools used to be free but they are now part of the fee area. Perhaps next time.

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    Monday, November 14, 2005  
    Football Week 9 and 10
    OK, I forgot to do this last weekend. Perhaps I need to pick something besides football to predict.

    Week 9: I picked 10 and for once the home team won fewer games (5). The win/loss record picked 12 games. Pretty decent. The Chargers tried to lose again but managed to hold on just enough to win in NY.

    Week 10: The home tea was back in force (9) but I predicted more again (10). It seems that win/loss is a pretty good indicator. Chargers had a bye week.

    I was just looking at the season prediction totals and discovered that the PPP has the best record (93 correct). I'm guessing this is due to week 9's dismal picks by the home team. I expect better record to start doing better too.

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    Saturday, November 12, 2005  
    Well, I finally decided that today was the day to bring the bikes into the shop for a tuneup last Thursday. $15 each. A lot less than we were expecting.

    On Monday(?) I wrode down Froude to Dusty Rhodes dog park and met up with Sophia and Tender. Downhill is easy. The few rolling hills weren't a problem. Coming home was another story. My heartrate was probably in the red zone. I felt worked for about 20 minutes. 3 miles roundtrip.

    Today I rode down the San Diego River bikepath to Pacific Highway and then back along the Sea World Drive bikepath. Perhaps 8 miles. Same hills, but I took Ebers instead of Froude which doesn't do the rolling bit and I shifted all the way down and didn't try to stand up to go faster. It's only been 10 minutes but I'm breathing normal.

    I few more trips and the final hill won't be bad.

    Route ideas:

    - around Mission Bay

    - along the harbor and perhaps the ferry over to Coronado

    - up Fish Creek/Split Mountain Wash in AnzaBorrego

    - to work (crazy talk!)

    - Mission Beach and Pacific Beach

    - Camp Pendleton

    - Miramar Lake

    And here's the San Diego Bikepath Map (oops. Can't find an online version.)
    But Philip J. Erdelsky was taken the time to describe most of the red routes.

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