Friday, July 18, 2014

Live Blogging Our 100 Mile Walk


After months of planning, Cale and I start our 100 mile walk from Bellevue, WA to Great Wolf in Grand Mound, WA today! Friends and family will see us off with a bon voyage party at 4pm.

Watch Us Walk

I will be live blogging as we walk on Twitter. Follow @jteevan or search for #GreatWalk for updates. Note that you do not need a Twitter account to see the tweets; just click on either of the two preceding links.

Walk Background 

The Route

We will follow this schedule:

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

100 Mile Walk: The Trip Home


[This post is part of a series detailing Cale and my plans for each leg of  our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf. Our goal is to establish a safe route that follows sidewalks and trails as much as possible, and provides good places to stop, refuel, and refresh along the way. We actively solicit your suggestions if you know the area we will be walking through.]

Start: Great Wolf Lodge
End: Centralia Amtrak Station
Total distance: 6.4 miles

After a full day of no walking (but lots of MagiQuesting and water sliding), it will be time to head home. No, we are not walking another 100 miles home! Instead, we will take a short walk on our weary legs to the local Amtrak station and catch the train to Seattle.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Packing for Our 100 Mile Walk


Good news! Everything Cale and I plan to bring with us on our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf fits into a single backpack. I'll be able to carry the pack on my own for most of the walk, and Cale can relieve me occasionally. The total weight of our inventory (including the clothes we will be wearing) is 18 pounds. It includes:

Monday, July 14, 2014

100 Mile Walk: The Final Leg


[This post is part of a series detailing Cale and my plans for each leg of  our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf. Our goal is to establish a safe route that follows sidewalks and trails as much as possible, and provides good places to stop, refuel, and refresh along the way. We actively solicit your suggestions if you know the area we will be walking through.]

Start: Offut Lake Resort
End: Great Wolf Lodge
Total distance: 14.6 miles

Friday, July 25, one week after setting out from Bellevue, Cale and I will finish our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

100 Mile Walk: Day Seven


[This post is part of a series detailing Cale and my plans for each leg of  our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf. Our goal is to establish a safe route that follows sidewalks and trails as much as possible, and provides good places to stop, refuel, and refresh along the way. We actively solicit your suggestions if you know the area we will be walking through.]

Start: Holiday Inn Express, Lacey
End: Offut Lake Resort
Total distance: 11.8 miles

On Day Seven, Cale and I veer away from I-5, in part because there are no hotels along the highway between Lacey and Great Wolf, and in part because we are excited to stay in a Cozy Cabin on Offut Lake. Today's walk and destination may be our prettiest. It will certainly be our most pastoral. We will need to stock up on water and snacks for the rode, because there is a long stretch where I do not expect us to encounter convenience stores or gas stations. The directions here are slightly more detailed because I worry I might loose cell service along the way (and thus the ability to navigate dynamically as we walk from my phone).

Friday, July 11, 2014

100 Mile Walk: Day Six

 
[This post is part of a series detailing Cale and my plans for each leg of  our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf. Our goal is to establish a safe route that follows sidewalks and trails as much as possible, and provides good places to stop, refuel, and refresh along the way. We actively solicit your suggestions if you know the area we will be walking through.]

Start: Hampton Inn & Suites DuPont
End: Holiday Inn Express, Lacey
Total distance: 14.1 miles

On Day Six Cale and I will spend most of the day walking west. Nothing particularly interesting stands out about Day Six as I explore the details, but it will be fun to get close to Olympia, our state capital. And it is our last day tracking I-5; on Day Seven we veer south and head off on our own.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

100 Mile Walk: Day Five


[This post is part of a series detailing Cale and my plans for each leg of  our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf. Our goal is to establish a safe route that follows sidewalks and trails as much as possible, and provides good places to stop, refuel, and refresh along the way. We actively solicit your suggestions if you know the area we will be walking through.]

Start: Holiday Inn Express
End: Hampton Inn & Suites DuPont
Total distance: 9.5 miles or 12.4 miles, depending

Today is intentionally a short as the crow flies because I expect it to be filled with obstacles. We have to get from one side of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord to the other, and the base is closed. Unfortunately, the base is also huge, so it is not feasible to go around it. The Visitor Center, where we would need to go to get a permit for access, is only accessible by car from I-5. I am hoping to figure out a way to get permission to walk through the base without having to go there, but am not sure how to go about doing this. If you have ideas, please share!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

100 Mile Walk: Day Four


[This post is part of a series detailing Cale and my plans for each leg of  our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf. Our goal is to establish a safe route that follows sidewalks and trails as much as possible, and provides good places to stop, refuel, and refresh along the way. We actively solicit your suggestions if you know the area we will be walking through.]

I need to get moving on planning the details of Cale and my itinerary, since the walk is less than a month away now! Even after I finish today, I'll still have three more days to map out.

Start: Emerald Queen Hotel and Casino, 9:00am
End: Holiday Inn Express, 4:00pm
Total distance: 12.6 miles

Friday, May 23, 2014

Related Work: Find It If You Can


Find It If You Can: A Game for Modeling Different Types of Web Search Success Using Interaction Data
Mikhail Ageev, Qi Guo, Dmitry Lagun, Eugene Agichtein
SIGIR 2011

A lot of recent search research makes use of large-scale query log analysis. This poses a challenge for researchers who are not affiliated with a major search engine, because there are very few public logs available research community. Find It If You Can, by Ageev et al., provides a nice example of how information retrieval researchers might gather their own search logs. And in doing so, it also addresses a persistent challenge with using logs: the fact that while we know what users are doing, we don't actually know what they are thinking.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Dangers of Sharing Log Data


A lot of my research relies on analyzing behavioral log data, including query logs (example: personal navigation), web browser logs (example: web revisitation patterns), social media logs (example: #TwitterSearch), IM logs (example: impact of availability state), and GPS traces (example: trajectory-aware search). Behavioral logs provide a picture of human behavior as seen through the lens of the system that captures and records user activity.

However, behavioral logs can also provide a picture of a specific individual, and as such raise privacy concerns. Would you be willing to share your query history with me? I search for fairly mundane things, but even so, there’s no way I’d share an unfiltered version of my queries with you. As a result, despite good intentions several companies that have tried to make behavioral logs available to the research community have ended up in hot water. The two best known examples are AOL and Netflix.