Thursday, October 19, 2006

Ride update of the day

Had a bike ride for lunch today. 1 hour 26 seconds, 10.5 miles, the longest ride I've done since returning to Austin. (Previous rides included a 6.3 and a 5.1, plus a bit of puttering around the neighborhood.) Good to see that in spite of 2 months of being sedentary, I can still do that without keeling over and dying.

I finally made it out to Brushy Creek Lake Park. 20 minutes to ride there, and 4 minutes to do a complete circuit of the main trail, so the Law of Irony was preserved :-) The park is pretty new and the trails are mostly packed earth. They didn't hold up so well in the recent spate of downpours. All of them were worn, in some cases eroding significantly around the edges, and there were a few cyclist-killing ruts. Nice park though, essentially a big loop around a grassy wetland, much like that park in Sunnyvale that I can't think of the name of where I fell off the wall.

On a map at the park (the only one I could find; that place needs better signage), I saw a reference to a "Cedar Park Regional Trail". I went exploring for it, but it seems like that might just be a gleam in some city planner's eye. Certainly there were no water crossings other than Brushy Creek Rd.; my momentary excitement at the prospect of a non-road way to travel out to that area was quickly extinguished. I did find a maintenance road that ran under the elevated part of Parmer there, but it dead-ended at Brushy Creek Lake, and it was more suitable for mb than my poor hybrid.


At 7:13 PM, Blogger Bitter Chef said...

"since returning to Austin" ?

This seems to imply that you've moved back to Austin. Are you still with EA then, and working on UO?

Just curious,
A former UO player

At 9:25 AM, Blogger MrTact said...


At 10:31 AM, Blogger Bitter Chef said...

Thanks for your response. are working on UO from Austin then?

And EA is okay with that?

A former UO player

At 12:59 PM, Blogger MrTact said...

Yup. Working on UO from Austin. In light of the feline escaping the cloth-based containment device, we'll be doing a more official post soon.

I assume EA is OK with it, as I could hardly be doing it without their approval. "Uh, guys, I have a highly infectious disease that causes scores of unsightly skin lesions. I will be working from my house for the next 2-3 years."

At 1:39 PM, Blogger Bitter Chef said...

Again, thanks for clearing that up.

Here's the part that fascinates me. From way out here in my just-a-guy-with-a-computer viewpoint, this seems like a tragically late shift in EA policy.

To wit : They seemed so gung-ho about consolidation of personnel when they closed up in Austin in early 2004. So much so that it drove many good people away, most importantly the near-entirety of the Ultima X : Odyssey team. This of course has been cited as the main reason the project was consigned thereafter to the lamenting ruminations of Ultima X fandom.

I suppose I should just chalk this up to ever-changing corporate leadership and philosophies. In any case, I hope the arrangement is to your liking and wish you the best of luck with your writing and your riding.

A former UO player


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