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Pac Tom update: The periphery (16 Aug 2007 at 19:51)
Pac Tom update: The periphery


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Behold my "Pac Tom" project progress. This last month has been pretty busy as I am trying to finish up my PhD. (The next month or two will also be similarly busy, I expect.) But I have been able to get some running in, because I want a PhD in running too.

I have been continuing my strategy of running the outermost parts of my target area first. Since last time I've finished off Swisshelm Park, Regent Square, Lincoln-Lemington-Belmar (the part on this side of the river), Glen Hazel, and most of the East Hills, which are all peripheral neighborhoods. (In the image above I am using my new pittsburgh neighborhood map that I made for Wikipedia but the color contrast is not very good, sorry.) Even though it looks like there are a lot of gaps in the middle of the map, those are mostly neighborhoods with pretty sparse streets (Squirrel Hill) and lots of parks/cemeteries, so I am feeling pretty good about the feasibility of this project now. I am even starting to contemplate beginning on neighborhoods that are transcontinental, although I think I am going to need to be able to run about 25ish miles in one go in order to do the most distant of those. My max is around 16 now. I keep trying.

In other news, I recommend that you check out Harris Grill's homepage, which has a funny section rebutting the blogosphere's (I am still using this word in a purely ironic way, I promise) reports, including what is unmistakably reference to comments you guys left on my entry below, Harris Grill catches fire.
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William (scfwpr04.sc.intel.com) – 08.16.07 21:46:28
Yay! Hopulator lives!
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Rob (abts-kk-dynamic-057.25.167.122.airtelbroadband.in) – 08.16.07 22:34:08
You beat me to it!
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Rob (abts-kk-dynamic-057.25.167.122.airtelbroadband.in) – 08.16.07 22:34:22
But what's a hopulator?
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-65-128.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 08.16.07 22:46:32
Well Rob, a Hopulator is a device (I think maybe William and I are the only ones that call it this, but also sometimes other things like "hoppifier") is a device that forces beer through fresh hops (those flowers that some beers their citrus bitter flavor) in order to give them even more citrus bitter flavor. I love that thing. I wish it was always running. East End brewery will stick some fresh hops in your growler for you sometimes if you go during grahler 'ahrs. Wait, if you are Rob Simmons in India then you know all about those particular hops and have movie evidence.
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William (c-69-181-80-160.hsd1.ca.comcast.net) – 08.17.07 02:03:58
".in", baby -- that totally trumps my intel.com! At Harris Grill, apparently they call it Randall the Enamel Animal, the organoleptic hops transducer module -- but when you can't remember all that, you call it a hopulator :)

Tom, you realize this means your blog is world^Wpittsburgh-famous?
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.17.07 16:41:46
I know I am beating back the fans with your disused iMac.
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Arthur (p5480544f.dip.t-dialin.net) – 08.17.07 19:01:06
Google it and you'll find it's inventors call it Randall as well: http://www.dogfish.com/news/Randall_The_Enamel_Animal/28/index.htm
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 08.17.07 19:30:45
It's true, but with a tongue-twister name like that, isn't Hopulator a bit easier to say?
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Justin (c-24-131-18-182.hsd1.pa.comcast.net) – 08.19.07 01:33:27
Congratulations on your running progress! That's awesome. Those /educational/ PhDs are so overrated.

...I mean... hopulator...
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Melissa (c-24-3-166-151.hsd1.mn.comcast.net) – 03.29.08 01:50:18
hi, I was sent here by buzzard/Sean because I mentioned the steps of Pittsburgh (since I just got the book of same name) and he said you're jogging all the roads of town. I intend to climb the stairs, there are nearly 2 years' worth if I took one set a day. Provided I can do it before I get that all-expenses-paid move to SFBay with a wonderful job that has great benefits at the other end of it...
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Tom 7 (h-72-244-70-108.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 03.29.08 08:10:02
You'll certainly want to do more than one set per day! =)
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Anthony Michael (174.101.159.192) – 08.12.13 23:28:19
TOM - YOU'RE ONE GENIUS INDIVIDUAL!!!! REALLY ENJOYED YOUR TREMENDOUS LABOR OF PAC TOM LOVE - A FEAT OF GENIUS MIND TO SHARE FEET OF STEEL. -A
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