Some Handy Running Calculations

Takes distance, time and steps and calculates speed, pace, cadence and stride length.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted November 08, 2019 in Blog (Last Updated November 08, 2019)

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Five+ Years of Running and Fitness, Part Three: Around the Bay Again

I've signed up for the ATB 2019 30 km race and started my dedicated training long runs in the beginning of January.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted February 01, 2019 in Blog (Last Updated February 01, 2019)

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Five+ Years of Running and Fitness, Part Two: Sitter's Knee and HIIT

In June 2017, I joined a fitness centre in order to focus on core-strengthening exercises to improve my running form and avoid knee pain.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted January 31, 2019 in Blog (Last Updated January 31, 2019)

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Five+ Years of Running and Fitness, Part One: The Sleep Factor

Insufficient sleep sabotages all of the benefits of a healthy diet and regular physical activity.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted January 30, 2019 in Blog (Last Updated January 30, 2019)

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Ask Attorney General to Defend Rule of Law

Please consider sending an email to Caroline Mulroney, Attorney General of Ontario, calling on her to defend the rule of law against the abuse of the Premier.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted October 13, 2018 in Blog (Last Updated October 13, 2018)

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Jordan Peterson Conspiracy Theory Generator

Just a bit of silliness on a Friday morning.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted June 15, 2018 in Blog (Last Updated June 15, 2018)

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Unofficial Ontario 2018 Election Riding-By-Riding Summary Table

Summary results by riding and party for the 2018 Ontario Election.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted June 08, 2018 in Blog (Last Updated June 08, 2018)

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Ontario Election 2018: Winnable Ridings via Strategic Voting

The PC Party is projected to win Thursday's election. However, with strategic voting, it's still possible to stop this from happening.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted June 05, 2018 in Blog (Last Updated June 05, 2018)

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A Fourth Year of Running: The Victory Lap that Wasn't

After completing my first marathon, I found myself caught in the grip of a kind of running ennui that has sapped my enthusiasm.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted November 01, 2017 in Blog (Last Updated November 06, 2017)

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It's Past Time to Remove Civic Artifacts Celebrating White Supremacists

Most Confederate artifacts were installed during the long backlash after the Reconstruction era in order for white supremacists to send an unmistakable message to emancipated slaves: we are still in charge.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted August 23, 2017 in Blog (Last Updated August 23, 2017)

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My First Marathon, Or: A Supposedly Fun Thing I Won't Do Again Until I've Had Time to Forget How Gruelling it Was

The marathon occupies a sweet spot in human achievement: it is a difficult physical and mental feat that requires months of training, but is accessible to almost anyone who decides they really want it.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted November 07, 2016 in Blog (Last Updated November 25, 2016)

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A Third Year of Running, Plus Various Other Experiments

In my third year, I have finally internalized and accepted the lessons of my second year, which has allowed me to return to something akin to the accomplishments of my first.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted July 26, 2016 in Blog (Last Updated July 28, 2016)

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What You Need to Know to Start Running

There is so much information out there about running that it can be overwhelming. Here are the basics of what you need to know to get started.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted January 08, 2016 in Blog (Last Updated April 06, 2016)

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A Year of Walking

A pedometer made walking into a game: the goal of increasing my count came to overrule my default work-avoidance setting.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted October 23, 2015 in Blog (Last Updated January 20, 2016)

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A Second Year of Running, Plus Some Not-Running and Other Stuff

After injury struck, I was forced to take a broader and more sustainable approach to fitness.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted July 28, 2015 in Blog (Last Updated July 30, 2015)

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Designing a RESTful Web Application

This blog entry is my attempt to get all the concepts of RESTful web service design straight.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted June 21, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated December 23, 2014)

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Hamilton Ward Councillor Election Ward Councillor Summary

For each Hamilton ward, this table calculates the winning candidate's vote as a percent of eligible voters.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted October 29, 2014 in Blog (Last Updated October 29, 2014)

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A Year of Running

In summer 2013, I was an obese 39-year-old on the threshold of middle age. Here's an update a year later.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted July 28, 2014 in Blog (Last Updated July 28, 2014)

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Some Unexpected Benefits of Running

I started running four months ago. I expected to lose weight and improve my aerobic fitness, but I've also noticed several additional benefits.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted November 27, 2013 in Blog (Last Updated November 27, 2013)

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Stand Your Ground or Last Man Standing

The controversial law returns us to a state in which mutual distrust spirals into needless violence.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted July 31, 2013 in Blog (Last Updated July 31, 2013)

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Why Bloomberg is Wrong About Terrorism Response

The appropriate way to respond to terrorism is the same as it has always been: through effective, targeted law enforcement measures that do not violate the civil liberties of innocent citizens.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted April 23, 2013 in Blog (Last Updated April 23, 2013)

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Adria Richards and the Allocation of Outrage

The tech community whipped itself into a firestorm of outrage when a woman complained about inapproprate behaviour at a a conference, but at best shrugged and at worst said she deserved it when that very firestorm overflowed into a forward panic of abuse and death threats.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted March 28, 2013 in Blog (Last Updated March 28, 2013)

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Misogyny in the Tech Industry

Today, I am ashamed to work in an industry in which unconscious misogyny is still the norm.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted March 21, 2013 in Blog (Last Updated March 25, 2013)

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On Crimes and Punishments: The Cruel and Unusual Threat against Aaron Swartz

A prosecutor forcing someone to admit guilt by threatening a life-destroying cruel and unusual punishment if they do not admit it - why, that is the very essence of using torture to extract a confession!

By Ryan McGreal

Posted January 18, 2013 in Blog (Last Updated January 18, 2013)

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Bill C-38

I sent a letter to the Senate about Bill C-38.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted June 27, 2012 in Blog (Last Updated June 29, 2012)

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The Appification of Computing

It appears that the relentless drive to simplicity in user interface has had the-side effect of serving as a disincentive for students to bother learning more about how computers work.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted June 27, 2012 in Blog (Last Updated June 28, 2012)

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My Second Baguette

Cooler temperatures and better oven steam action helped produce a better batch of baguettes.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted April 30, 2012 in Blog (Last Updated April 30, 2012)

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Services-First: A Better Way to Build a Web Application

When you're building a web application, it's a powerful design heuristic to build a REST web service API, and build your application on top of your service.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted February 02, 2012 in Blog (Last Updated February 02, 2012)

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Python String Formatting With Dictionaries

In Python, you can use dictionaries instead of tuples to populate values via classic string formatting.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted January 04, 2012 in Blog (Last Updated January 04, 2012)

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CHCH Report on LRT in Hamilton

Light rail transit advocates are reeling at the news that the city of Hamilton is redirecting its resources to all-day GO train service instead. Does this mean that Hamilton's LRT is completely off the rails?

By Ryan McGreal

Posted July 22, 2011 in Blog (Last Updated July 22, 2011)

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My First Baguette

After a month of reading about how to make baguettes, I finally took the plunge today.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted July 11, 2011 in Blog (Last Updated July 11, 2011)

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Tenn. Passes Controversial Lawnmower Theft Bill

The lawnmowing industry has successfully lobbied the Tennessee State Government to pass a groundbreaking law making it a criminal offence to loan your lawnmower to a neighbour.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted June 02, 2011 in Blog (Last Updated June 02, 2011)

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How to Write a Blog Post

Provide value for your readers. Valuable writing is personal, informative, instructional, revelatory, entertaining, and engaging.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted July 26, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated July 26, 2010)

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Ubuntu 10.04 First Thoughts

I just upgraded my netbook to Ubuntu 10.04. So far, so good.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted April 30, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated May 01, 2010)

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Shared Awareness: A Better Way to Manage Comment Trolls

If we understand what motivates trolls, we can manage their disruptions by removing their incentive to comment.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted April 15, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated April 15, 2010)

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CouchDB Working Notes

I've decided to learn CouchDB, and I'm taking notes as I go.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted April 09, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated April 09, 2010)

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MPAA and Piracy

The MPAA is lashing out against piracy by punishing its legitimate customers, which will only push more of them to piracy.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted February 26, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated February 26, 2010)

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Review: Mark Pilgrim's Dive Into Python 3

If you're an experienced programmer, you want to learn Python 3, and you don't have a lot of time to waste, skip this review and just go straight to the book.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted February 08, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated February 08, 2010)

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Top 10 Programming Lessons in 10 Years

Here's my top 10 (plus one bonus) list of programming lessons I've learned over the last ten years.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted January 14, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated January 25, 2010)

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The Virtue of Forgiving HTML Parsers

Most of the time, you want code to fail fast if it receives junk data. HTML on the early web is a powerful counterexample.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted January 08, 2010 in Blog (Last Updated January 08, 2010)

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Newsfeed Bug: Fixed

Links in the main newsfeed for this site don't work. Update: Fixed

By Ryan McGreal

Posted December 18, 2009 in Blog (Last Updated December 20, 2009)

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Confused About CanChild

How can it cost $100,000 a year to host a website?

By Ryan McGreal

Posted December 18, 2009 in Blog (Last Updated December 18, 2009)

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Challenging the MLS Monopoly

I propose an Open-Source Listing Service (OSLS) with the express purpose of killing the MLS monopoly and highlighting the earned value of truly competent real estate agents, while preventing under-performing agents from continuing to extract unearned value from their role as gatekeepers.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted November 25, 2009 in Blog (Last Updated November 25, 2009)

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Software as a Model for Government

The way software developers approach software may be instructive in helping us to think more constructively about politics and governance.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted October 31, 2009 in Blog (Last Updated November 19, 2009)

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Productivity and Procrastination

I wrote this essay as a way of not completing another, more pressing task.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted September 09, 2009 in Blog (Last Updated October 29, 2009)

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An Open Letter to Lily Allen

File-sharing is an opportunity, not a problem.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted September 25, 2009 in Blog (Last Updated September 25, 2009)

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Installing gtk-gnutella on a clean install of Ubuntu 9.04 in 29 Easy Steps

An object lesson in the difference between developer-oriented Linux distributions and consumer-oriented Linux distributions.

By Ryan McGreal

Posted May 29, 2009 in Blog (Last Updated May 29, 2009)

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