I’m a little scared today. Lots of things are accumulating on my to-do list and not that many are getting done. And when I try to get some things done, something happens and I just can cross it out of my list. Today it was Imagestation. I use it to store and distribute my pictures. I was adding the pictures from yesterday’s hike (more about it below) when suddenly I get a Mason error! Something like not being able to cat a file. Very ugly error – made me a little scared about using the service. However, there was one thing I liked about it: I went to the help page, clicked on “live chat” and suddenly I was talking to someone that just told me that they were going through some maintenance right now and that I should try it again in the morning.

Alright, now about the hike on Sunday… I went with some friends from Jconnect to Oyster Dome. It was a little tough – 8 miles both ways, ~12 km – elevation gain of 2,200 ft, ~700m – in other words: 4 miles going up and then 4 miles going down. My legs are a little sore, but the view was worth it! Drop me an email that I’ll send you an invite to see the album and you can see for yourself (although the pictures don’t really make justice to the great experience that was seeing it all).

There were two interesting things that I’ve learned in the hike:

1) People like to take their dogs on long hikes. Lots of dogs going around!
2) They are trying to protect that area from logging! Logging is actually a very interesting money source for the government, so they reserve some areas to be logged from time to time. Walking around we saw traces of the last time they logged the area and left it pretty much bare – about 70-100 years ago! Now they won’t be cleaning it all, but will leave some empty spots all over.

I guess that’s all I have to report. Maybe this and a link to an interesting but sad article that a friend sent to me today:

The Social Life of Paper, published in the New Yorker in 2002. This was written by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of Blink and The Tipping Point, two very famous books that are not too bad.

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