Dec. 7, 2009

Boston-unbound...

Crossing the LineArgh. After qualifying for the Boston Marathon in October I was nursing tender Achilles tendons. I took a wait-and-see approach to registering for Boston. You snooze, you lose; the Boston Marathon sold out earlier than ever this year! So it looks like my trip, and Chariots of Fire re-enactment, will be postponed to April of 2011...


Other events in the life of this mildly-mannered blogger: I was elected President of the Toronto Triathlon Club a few weeks ago, which was expected but slightly dreaded. Tomorrow evening will be the first Board Meeting I chair, but it will be an easy go as it's also the Board's Christmas dinner. I put together a DVD slideshow of the 2009 season for our AGM back in November, when I rework it for uploading to Youtube I'll post a link.

George MonbiotA little over a week ago I went down to the U of T campus to hear a presentation on climate change by George Monbiot. The presentation was co-sponsored by a Canadian web site called DeSmogBlog.com that focusses on the political and corporate interests behind resistance to climate change regulation. I've been fairly active lately on their site responding to dishonest critics in the comments. I haven't had any real world interaction with people on this subject though, so it was an interesting experience meeting some of them. George Monbiot was eloquent and convincing, Richard Littlemore of DeSmogBlog gave an excellent look at the funding and motivations of the denialists. George Monbiot also took part a few days later in a Munk Debate about climate change with a couple of slippery-tongued denialists.

Turning to my carbon-releasing vice, Formula One, the last race of the season was held just over a month ago in Abu Dhabi. It had no impact on the season result but was quite entertaining with some great wheel-to-wheel racing and some pit lane oddities. There's been a bushel of surprising developments already in the post-season but I try to ignore it all until the dust settles in January...

Listening to: Noisemaker by Two Hours Traffic from Territory.

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