Sunday, January 10, 2021

The storming of the Capitol, Jan 6, 2021

 Davidnprogress, a fellow I've worked with for years, has a good take on the events of 6-JAN here in the US when tourists, insurrectionists, and the curious all ended up inside the nations Capitol during the ceremonial counting of the Electoral College votes to confirm Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States:

This week was yet another historic moment for our country as a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in what in essence was an attempted coup to keep the electoral college from certifying Biden as President. Five people died during the incident and there were many injuries to the police. There was even a Confederate flag brought into the house chambers and there were KKK flags at the demonstration.  

Read his thoughts and excellent conclusion at




Saturday, January 09, 2021

Roll Call! Share your blog in the comments.

 Corporate Social Media is getting weird.  Communication and connection is still critical - even more so in this socially distanced locked down age.  Blogs started  the 'social media' thing before there was a Facebook or Youtube.  But for communication and connection to happen, folks have to share with others - so I'm encouraging you to share your blog in the comments; some I'll add to my blog roll over there on the right; others, I'll add to my Feedly RSS reader (

The idea is to stay connected through distributed websites, not all under a central corporate control.  Yeah, this blog is hosted by Google, I know. Back in the way back days it was the only system that could process Sprint Picture Mail correctly and allow me to make mobile blog posts.  They were Mobile First before Mobile was even a thought in most platforms mind. 

Looking forward to the responses!



Friday, December 11, 2020

Get your Web Browsing History in data friendly format

 Chrome has a history you can generally save.  Firefox does not.  I could care less what Edge or Safari do. But to pull your browsing history, with times, view counts, filters and more this tool is brilliant.  'BrowsingHistoryView' by Nir Sofer.  Find it at: 

BrowsingHistoryView is a utility that reads the history data of different Web browsers (Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Opera) and displays the browsing history of all these Web browsers in one table. The browsing history table includes the following information: Visited URL, Title, Visit Time, Visit Count, Web browser and User Profile. BrowsingHistoryView allows you to watch the browsing history of all user profiles in a running system, as well as to get the browsing history from external hard drive.
You can also export the browsing history into csv/tab-delimited/html/xml file from the user interface, or from command-line, without displaying any user interface. 
Browsing History View - from 2016!


Me?  Over the past 4 years, excluding shopping, search, banking, I've visited about 450,000 pages across some 38,000 URLs.


Data is Fun!

Namaskar, Will England

Monday, December 07, 2020

What do you have on your motorcycle for touring?

 Question came up today as to what, where and how you carry your touring and long distance riding. So - my always packed setup.  Occasionally rotate out parts if I'm going backpacking, but the vast majority stays on the FJR year round. Med Kit gets restocked or replaced at least every 2 years.

My 2006 FJR Touring / LD bike

So, since around 2005 I started figuring out what to bring and where to put it.  Once it's in place, it stays there. Build patterns and habits so you can be efficient in riding, stopping and not losing anything.

Motorcycle Gear List - On Bike and On Gear:


Left saddlebag: Tools, spares in a ziptop canvas bag. Heated gear

  • Air pump, clips and plugs to attach to bike power. (stripped down walmart airpump. Also available from Aerostich.
  • Small socket set
  • Gloves
  • Anything I've used to work on the bike, either that tool or a duplicate goes in the toolbag.
  • Especially wheel removal wrenches. Those big bolts are not common sockets at the local hardware store.
  • Red rag or two.
  • Gummy worms, plug tools, fresh cement.

Right saddlebag: Overnight kit in a removable soft bag. 

Top case:
  • Hat, 
  • map(s), paper. 
  • Jacket,  windproof. 
  • Spare gloves, 
  • bike cover, 
  • 2-4 24oz water bottles. 
  • Pledge or Plexus and large soft cloth in a gallon zip lock 

Left fairing pocket  

  • phone changer and cable.
  • Spare phone charger. 
  • Spare phone cable. 


Phone in RAM mount (unless raining, then inside 'stich. (Need to upgrade to Hondo Garage powered mount.)

Right fairing pocket 

 6' cable lock for the helmet, jacket / stich. 

Tank Bag: 

  •  4-in-1 screwdriver. 
  • Appropriate hex wrenches for body panels.
  • 10/11mm wrench. 
  • Earplugs, 
  • TAO, 
  • food (beef jerky), 
  • Spare visor. 
  • 24 oz water. 
  • Another hat, 
  • Carmex. 
  • 5x7 heavyweight notebook, binder clip, ziplock bag clipped to the notebook for receipts. 
  • G2 gel pen x2 (black and blue). 
  • Pencils. 
  • Sharpie. 
  • Visor cleaning (Plexus, microfiber) in ziplock. 
  • Heated gear controller. 
  • Leatherman Wave.

First Aid Kit

  • Adventure Medical Kits Ultralight/Watertight .3 or .5 Medical Kit + 50 ibuprofen, 12 decongestants (Pharmacy grade), 12 Benadryl. Replaced bi-annually. 
  • Prescription meds.

Camping gear in rear seat bag ifn' I ever bother camping.

  • REI quarter dome 1 tent, Klymit sleeping pad
  • Jetboil, with bowl, titanium long spoon. Usually a spare fuel cylinder.
  • 20 degree down bag in waterproof stuff sack OR 40 degree Sierra Designs (depending on the weather at destinations - usually just take the down bag.
  • REI camping chair
  • pack of Starbucks Via Packs, Pike Peak blend.
  • Alpinaire backpacking food if I'm aiming for camping more than an hour from a town.

Aerostich Roadcrafter:

  • Left pouch pocket: Nicotine vape, extra nicotine juice or chewing tobacco or cigarettes. Torch lighter.
  • Right pouch pocket: Spare earplugs. Change. Receipts if I'm not on a timed ride.
  • Right slash pocket: Bandanna / hanky.
  • Left chest pocket: Camera attached to 24" lanyard, attached to neck loop. Spare bike keys.
  • Right vertical pocket: 24oz Gatorade twist top bottle. Drink and refill at every gas stop. Replace daily with new Gatorade, drink at first gas stop, refill with filtered water.
  • Right arm pocket: current earplugs, spare ear plugs, bike keys. Emergency cash.Stich Inside pocket: Wallet.

Pants pocket:  

  • Gerber knife. 
  • Swiss army knife. 
  • Small rock blessed by the pastor 15 years ago.
Hasn't changed in 15 years. Patterns. 
TBD: Dash shelf with GoPro, Zumo GPS.
That's about it - 15 years of prep, long distance rides, 9 day tours, and so on.  Same stuff. same places. Same routines either on a flower sniffing tour or a 1500 mile in 24 hour extreme ride.
Hope it helps give you some ideas for setting up your bike for touring, LD riding, rallying or just flower sniffing.
Will England

Friday, November 27, 2020

Motorcycle Reading - blogs and such

 Getting cold in River City; already snowed in North of us.  So, here's some long distance and other interesting blogs and posts to read, in no particular order, cribbed from the Long Distance Rider Facebook Group. You can also check out my historical ride reports; historical as I haven't ridden much in the last oh, 10 years or so. Lazy mostly.

 And many more.

Even some random posts, tours, photos (may be missing images) from 20 years ago:

Enjoy the reading = hope it inspires you to Go Ride in 2021!


- Will England


Monday, November 23, 2020

Back In Business - T-Mobile Product Ambassadors!

 For years - 14 of them to be specific - I've been a Product Ambassador for Sprint; that means I get to check out new, cool and interesting devices and share about the features, functions and fun you can have with them!

Now T-Mobile has the same program!  I'll be posting regularly on the T-Mobile Product Ambassadors forum, starting with the Google Pixel 4a 5G!



Will England




(I work for them, I do not speak for them, nor was I compensated for any content generated)


Monday, November 09, 2020

Last Year - Gobblepalooza

 Amazon Photos just autocreated this nice collage from the photos I took last November at the Troop 387 Gobblepalooza campout.  We gather every year to cook all day and invite our friends, family, former scouters and leaders and parents to join around our fire of friendship and warmth for fellowship and thanksgiving.

I was impressed the software caught the exact tone of the day- from cooking to family to smiles and fellowship around the campfire. 

Seeing this warmed my heart just a bit in this season of our discontent.


Will England

Monday. Clouds. Video of Clouds

 Monday. November 9th, 2020.  Up on time for work. Good. Morning presentation to the local team, manager and director went far better than expected.  Good. Kids off to work.  Good.  Daughter got the Honda she drives an oil change all by herself.  Good.  McCarthy Honda didn't try to overcharge or mess with her, just did the work requested.  Very good.

Son made it to work with time to spare.  Good.  Needed some meds left at home.  Less good, but I get to dump out early and take an evening roadtrip.  Good.  Amazing clouds on the drive home.  Shot a brief video from the cell phone in the  new car mount:

Ambient sound from the open window. A nice drive.  Click through and watch on YouTube; it's in 4K. Looks reasonably good. Like and Subscribe while you're there.

Today, it has been a good day.

Tonight, Zoom call into the Scout meeting. 

Tomorrow, all-day training. Followed by 3 more days of all-day training.  Fun.


Will England