Archive for June, 2009

… keeps in shape and goes to spin class

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

The writing on the mirror in the dark spin class room says: “The race is long and hard, but in the end, it’s only against YOURSELF”. Or is it?

I tried the spin (cycling) class for the first time today.

If you’ve never done it, here is what it looks like:

Some 20 enthusiasts (health nuts?) pedal fast for an hour on stationary bicycles.

A twenty-something merciless beautiful blonde yells instructions into the microphone, while blasting the room with fast-beat music.

And the race is on. True, you can go at your own speed and adjust the bike’s resistance to your liking, but isn’t everybody watching everybody else to try to keep up with them or out-pedal them?

Well, it was fun. I may gave lost 5 Lbs. All sweat. I could hardly walk afterwards, but I felt 30 again!

I guess I’ll try it again in a couple of days.

How do you feel about this? Let me know by posting a comment. Thanks!

… makes a Use Case observation

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Take the New York City subway, for example.

The current Use Case says: People need to have a MetroCard before they can go through the turnstile.

Solution: Provide facilities (manned toll booth; automated machines) to purchase (or refill, or add to) a MetroCard.

That’s great. But think about the following situation:

You have a few (or just one) ride left on your MetroCard; you don’t want to miss the next train, so you go in.

But you still need to refill your MetroCard, for next time. Won’t it be great to have an automated ticket machine on the platform? This way, if the train is not there yet, you can leisurly refill your MetroCard, while you’re waiting for the next train, so next time, when you’re in a hurry, you won’t get stuck waiting on line behind 15 people.

p.s. If the train comes right away, you can still do the transaction on the platform of your destination.

What do you think? Is it worth suggeting this to the MTA?

Give me your comments. (You don’t need to be a New Yorker to participate).