Stuck inside today with a sick kid so we’re watching Football, Soccer, and NASCAR. There are worse ways to spend a Saturday!
Found a new (to me) food site on the Internet called Delish & one of the first recipes I came across was Pimento Cheese Sliders! This website is going to be dangerous…
Found an interesting website earlier this month called Historic
Indianapolis. I think I ended up there after a post on the Facebook Group Indianapolis Long Ago, which I’m a member (lurking more than contributing). Lot’s of fun facts about the great city of Indianapolis at both locations. I’ve really got the bug to get out of the suburbs and give “city life” a try in Downtown Indianapolis. Not sure I’d make it there more than a few years without wanting to get back to the Urban Sprawl but it would be a fun experiment.
Really nice travel article in the NY Times called From Montreal to Minnesota, by Inland Sea by Porter Fox. He spent 6 days on a cargo ship crossing the Great Lakes and checking out the sights along the way. Evidently this is a totally legit trip and cargo ships offer this in limited quantities. Probably going to be booked for a while after this article gets circulated.
Keeping on the maritime theme this morning the NY Times wrote about the only floating Zip Code in the US. It’s a mail boat that meets up with cargo ships, like the ones in the previously mentioned article, and delivers mail, packages and supplies. Sounds like a great summer job for someone a lot younger than me.
Finally, in the food department, Hostess is rolling out Deep Fried Twinkies in a Walmart frozen food aisle near you. Preliminary reviews have actually been positive piquing my interest just enough to maybe try in the near future.
Have a great week out there & like it or not Fall will be here Thursday, September 22. Get those outdoor activities planned!
Wow, it’s hard to believe it’s been 4-months since I last published a post on IndyScan.com. A lot’s been happening and I’ve obviously not been documenting it here!
My activity on Facebook has increased and I’m giving Instagram another try so the details are out there for those of you who know where to look! I’m currently testing a plugin that will increase the activity on the blog by posting my favorite Instagram pictures here (just tested it right before this post!). One of these days I’ll have things streamlined where I can share things with everyone everywhere with a single submission (getting really close to that now).
One of the new activities I’m taking part of this year is kayaking. I grew up canoeing and have always loved the water. This year was the year to get back out there. In May I took advantage of the Rusted Moon Outfitters annual sale (20% off!) and picked up a new Dagger Axis 12-foot kayak. I used the savings to offset the cost of a really nice carbon/fiberglass paddle and kayak specific life vest.
Having gone on several lake and river paddles I can honestly say this is one hell of a boat. Very comfortable positioning and ride as well as highly maneuverable. The retractable Skeg (basically a fixed rudder) makes tracking on open water dead straight and when retracted the boat turns on a dime.
I went on a 2-day overnight (camping) trip with some of the guys from work and I had plenty of room for all my equipment, even though I totally over packed!
Since kayaking has become my preferred form of exercise I decided to add one more piece of gear to the mix. The Garmin Fenix 3 HR GPS/Smartwatch. Previously I tried out an Apple Watch and was less than impressed. After reading the reviews I really wanted to give the Garmin a try.
Well this thing is a completely different animal. It’s rugged as all get out and does many things very well. You get all the notifications of a Smartwatch but you also get a ton of tracking info for outdoor activities and it’s completely configurable to match your needs. From running to hiking to water sports and cycling. This watch does it all and I could not be happier with the purchase. It’s great to have an electronic dashboard on your wrist with all of your exercise stats as well as full navigation of where you’ve been and how to get back. It even has weather alerts (web and barometer based) so you don’t get caught off guard when mother nature decides to storm on your outing.
The image above shows a solo kayak run from Lafayette Trace (near Bongies in Perkinsville) to White River Canoe Company just south of Noblesville. 15+ miles in just under 5 hours. It was the first time I got to put the Garmin to use and it performed flawlessly. All of my distance, speed, and heart rate stats were compiled throughout the trip. I can use the info to gauge my fitness level as well as track improvements or areas that need worked on.
So it’s obvious my new extra curricular activities have shifted focus away from blogging but at least I’m getting exercise! Look for more posts in the future along with a few trip reports from upcoming kayaking adventures I plan to have before the snow starts flying.
Until next time…
It’s been a busy month and Christmas is less than a week away (so is a much-needed week off work for yours truly). As I get older the years just keep speeding up & I don’t know of any way to slow them down! It’s just the opposite feeling from when I was a kid where the years dripped slower than that bear bottle full of honey.
The Great Cord Cutting Project of 2015 is going better than I could have ever expected & there’s no going back. I’m spending some of that old evening TV time trying to keep up on the articles I’m always collecting via Pocket. Some items recently clipped include:
The Kindle is getting a workout too with several books being read in parallel. Just depends on what I’m in the mood for. Stephen King’s 11/22/63 and Andy Weir’s The Martian are both fighting for my attention.
I’ve also taken the opportunity to really dig into what’s available on the streaming services I subscribe to, particularly Netflix and Amazon:
- The Man in the High Castle (Amazon) is an alternate history story that has the Germans and Japanese wining WWII and taking control of the USA. It’s a pretty dramatic series that’s full of twists and turns.
- Narcos (Netflix) depicts the story of Pablo Escobar and the DEA agents assigned with bringing him to justice. I’m not going to lie, you have to pay attention to this show. Mainly because it’s 90% Spanish with subtitles. And a Gringo like me needs them. No Sprecken la Espanola
I’ve been helping keep USPS, FedEx and UPS in business with lots of holiday purchases for friends and family. Along with those items I picked up a new Keyboard/Case for myself and my iPad Air 2. The Belkin Qode Ultimate Pro is a great replacement to the Logitech keyboard cover I was using with the last iPad. It’s a little pricy $150 but It’s currently on sale now for $130. I’m working on a review but let’s just say that after a few days using it I’m a fan.
After a glowing review from a co-worker I also ordered the Hamilton Beach Breakfast Electric Sandwich Maker. Seriously, I did! I’ve see this gadget before but didn’t think it would be any good, especially costing under $30. Well I’m told this thing really works so I had to see for myself. When I happen to eat breakfast the egg and cheese (with various meats) is my regular go to. Delivery is scheduled for Monday so we’ll see how it goes Tuesday morning when I fire that baby up and make my first sausage, egg and cheese muffin.
No matter your religious preference (or not) I hope everyone is gearing up for a fun holiday season with friends and family. If you get any good tech gadgets or kitchen toys let me know! I’m always looking for ways to give Amazon more money.
It’s about an hour before kickoff of the Colts vs. Atlanta game and time for another installment of what we’re reading this week.
- Yesterday TV Chef Mario Batali came to town for a book signing at the recently opened Market District in Carmel. Liz Biro at the Indy Star had the chance to speak with him and ask a series of great questions from her readers.
- A NY Times journalist made the trip to Cuba to try and snag a box of hand-rolled smokes from the source and wrote an interesting piece on what it’s like to visit. Cuba is on my bucket list & I want to make it there before it gets commercialized.
- The anti-encryption debate heats up in the days after the Paris attacks. It doesn’t help that ISIS claims to be using Apple’s iMessage for communication. Wired has a piece on the state of Operational Security (OPSEC) and what the recently released guide being used by ISIS could mean for all of our privacy going forward.
- And finally this week Medium has a Long Form article about a depressed photographer and his 40,000km trip around the world that took an amazing 4 years to complete… On a bicycle! Great images in this one.
That’s it for now. Fingers crossed that Matt Hasselbeck can pull off a win this week!
I love to read and I find myself tagging a lot of online articles to read later. My first method (a long time ago) involved copying links and creating bookmarks. After that I progressed to using the Reading List option in Safari. After that I tried sending everything to Evernote. That worked for a while but I found it created too many issues when I was searching for other reference items.
Enter the App called “Pocket” (which I blogged about back in 2012). It still does one thing and it does it very well. It allows you to aggregate online content, tag it for the corresponding categories, and save it for later.
If you sign up for Pocket Premium ($4.99 a month) it keeps articles forever in a digital archive even if the originating page gets removed. You also get access to some nice search and indexing features. I’ve found this useful as many of my old saved articles are no longer available online.
Here are some of my favorite articles from the past week:
I’ll try to post some of my favorites on an ongoing basis. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did!
It’s been a while since I published anything of substance on the blog so I thought it would be a good time to post a brief update.
I started journaling using DayOne a few years ago but didn’t do it consistently. I came up with a new system over the winter holidays that allows me to use If Then Then That to capture my activities and automatically add them to a DayOne entry. This allows me to capture Foursquare checkins, Facebook Posts, Twitter posts, etc and expand on them in the journal. I’m happy to say I haven’t missed a day yet in 2015 & it’s now part of my daily routine. Its fun to look back on past events and see how things have changed (or haven’t).
Now the trick is to try to make updating the blog a habit (through the use of automation and a little technology of course). The mobile blogging tools have gotten better and easier to use so there’s really no excuse not to be posting more things. So its time to see if I can get this site active again.
That’s just about covers it for now. Look for more updates in the near future and some changes around the site to spruce it up a bit. I’ve got some work to do!