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Pac Tom Level 1 Complete, trophy (30 Jan 2010 at 11:21)
Pac Tom Level 1 Trophy
pac tom level 1 trophy.pdf


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Hey, this post is to officially announce that I completed Level 1 of my Pac Tom project. That's a big deal for me but I'm kind of over it because I finished over a year ago, in November 2008! I've been strangely silent on the project since I announced almost being done in the August 2008. It's part of a weird pattern of behavior where I finish or almost finish big projects but then never announce them because my announcement ambitions exceed my announcement wherewithal, which would be such a tiny fraction of the total effort expended (which is weird) so I never actually announce them. This particular case is strange because I'm well on to Pac Tom Level 2, spending many hours every week busting my ass on it in various ways. I'm trying to fix this behavior. Pac Tom Level 1 is done! Soon, the Pac Tom website and my substantial progress on Level 2.

Pac Tom is my project to run the length of every street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. I've been doing it for many years now, accounting for many thousands of miles and many hundreds of hours of running. Level 1 is the area of the city between the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers (see map above), which is 23.5 square miles. Those black lines are the routes I ran, tracked with my wrist-worn GPS device. I always start or end at my home or work, usually both. The background map is my old Map of Pittsburgh Neighborhoods which I made for Wikipedia. Click for a PDF so you can zoom to your heart's content, as long as its content does not exceed the limits of IEEE floating point. I have new maps now which are not as sloppy, but also not as colorful.

And then I have to do this:
ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED
Every street, continental Pgh
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Rob (c-98-219-224-6.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 01.30.10 18:00:02
One of the interesting aspects of that PDF is the visible evidence of how GPS gets f-ed up downtown.

Why did you go to Frick Park and run in a little circle?
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Tom 7 (c-71-206-239-200.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 01.30.10 19:16:03
Sure does. I have some manual corrections on my map which aren't displaying in this particular rendering. Fortunately that appears to be the only "urban canyon" causing that much trouble, or this project would be a lot less fun. There are also some places where the GPS trail is consistently distorted, like on Fort Pitt bridge (not visible here), which is interesting.

I think it was the first long run I did with the GPS where I went to Frick and ran in a spiral on the top of the hill. I guess I wanted to see whether it would be able to handle that, and it did. Unfortunately it makes this unsightly eyeball on my map.
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Nels (c-71-61-59-98.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 01.31.10 12:08:20
hsd1.pa.comcast.net, FTW!
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jonas (dsl4e5c0b87.pool.t-online.hu) – 01.31.10 14:03:28
So what exactly is Level 2?
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Tom 7 (ip67-152-86-163.z86-152-67.customer.algx.net) – 01.31.10 15:56:41
Level 2 is the rest of the city. You can see it on the map off to the West and South.
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