Author Archives: Caitlin Looney

About Caitlin Looney

Native Bay Area gal, proud Kenyon grad and San Francisco dweller. Trail ninja and Giants fanatic with only three major pet peeves: 1) Failing to use your turn signal 2) slow walkers and 3) animals in strollers. Totally and utterly addicted to Strava.

Back to Basics

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Beer. What a beautiful thing. Cold and refreshing, it’s the perfect friend after a long run.

So when it came time to drink my final wheat based, glutenous beer, I savored and nursed, knowing full well what was on the other side to replenish me. From NGB to New Planet and Omission to Brunehaut, I have covered ground to find my favorite gluten-free beer. And now I will go the distance.

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To find my favorite beer, I decided to take matters into my own hands. To develop the best beer — one that stands up against the watered-down, sorghum-heavy, light perfumes out there — I would need to learn to make it myself.

ImageFor my first 5-gallon batch, may I introduce to you “The Mischief.”  This is a gluten free beer developed with extreme sanitary measures combined with golden naked oats, carmelized sugar, honey, Challenger and Northern Explorer hopps, distinct aromas, an iPhone timer and loads of patience.

The Mischief is currently hunkered down in a 70 degree room, settling, sifting and fermenting into my first creation, which I will welcome with a thick slice of gluten-free pizza and an episode of The Wire. Beer, pizza, cable. Back to basics.

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New Find: Inside Trail Racing

Happy to discover Inside Trail Racing and I’ve been geeking out on my Spring race schedule. Next up, Lake Chabot. I like it because it looks fairly exposed to sunlight and there’s not much climbing. With 95% of my runs taking place in the Headlands, I’ve grown fairly accustomed to shade and climbing. Suddenly, flat land and sunshine make me nervous! Time to shape up. Speaking of shaping up, the next Strava run challenge  is brewing and I’m psyched to hammer out the details. It’s going to be epic. Happy Trails.

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Firefox Gone Mobile Ice Cream Truck Going to London, June 15-17

Since March, the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck has cruised through the US cities of Austin, Los Angeles and New York serving free, community-named gourmet ice cream and talking to folks about Firefox for mobile. It’s been fantastic to interact with each and every visitor, answering questions, demoing Firefox for Android and Firefox Home for the iPhone, helping folks download and eating free sweet treats!

Due to its great reception, we’re taking Firefox Gone Mobile across the pond! Next week, June 15-17, we’ll be driving the Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck around London from from 12-6pm each day, clad with great swag and our famous, community-named ice cream creations. (Have you tried the Mozilly Vanilly or The Awesome Bar?)

To find out where we are each day, follow us @mozmobile and be sure to look out for #fficecream on Twitter. We’ll be tweeting our location throughout the  day so bring a friend or co-worker, get a hug from The Firefox himself, (maybe a t-shirt too!) and learn more about Firefox for mobile. See you there.

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Ode to Schroeder

I’m breaking out of my typical mobile and gadget mold tonight to introduce you all to Schroeder Looney. Schroeder was raised and trained as a guide dog — passing all levels, graduating (a very small percentage do this), and getting paired with his owner. Despite his incredible smarts and eagerness to please, an allergy took him out of service life and landed him at the Looney Bin; his guaranteed home for life.

“Career Change” for Schroeder suited him well. Play dates with the other “failures” and meetups in the park were just the beginning. In his new found free time, he took up Latin, watercolor and discovered a new love for David Foster Wallace short stories.

Another great aspect of transitioning from a professional guide to an every day dog was the food. We said goodbye to the lean, No Trans Fat kibble and said hello to Friday night roast chickens and fatty filet scraps. Shrimp too!

Despite our efforts to make him a “normal” dog, Schroeder has always been in service — always polite, always cross checking and developing his contingency plan — he even helped design Earl’s (beloved basset hound) escape route one wild Halloween night. Although we encourage him to relax more, he’s always looking out for his family.

So here we are. Approximately 7 years after he arrived at our crazy house. He’s nibbling on some steak while I pull apart this whole chicken for him. He’s slurps it all up — smiling — a joyous occasion. He’ll find his way to a cool dark spot in the court yard and let that wonderful food sit in his belly, dreaming puppy-dog things.

So please take a moment to say hello and then, wish a fond farewell to our wonderful German chancellor tonight. Tomorrow his old aching joints and his gentle disposition will be put to rest. Tonight I will repeatedly remind myself: he had a wonderful life, he had a wonderful life, he had a wonderful life.

Sleep tight Mr. Schroeder.

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Featured Mobile Add-ons: Clear Mobile History and Cleary

This featured mobile add-ons round-up focuses on giving you more privacy and control over your preferences and settings.

Firefox for mobile users have been asking for ways to clear their private data and history, and these two add-ons help you do just that. I’m featuring both of them as they have similar but different functionality, so pick the one that’s right for you.

Clear Mobile History does exactly what it means. Install this (restartless!) add-on and add a “Clear History” button to the Firefox preferences. This way you can manually select this option at your discretion.

Cleary gives you a bit more fine grained control over your data. This add-on creates a sub page for clearing small sets of preferences for certain time durations. It also adds an option for “Clear On Shutdown” which is a handy way of clearing that history, even when you forget!

These easy to use and helpful mobile add-ons are a great step toward giving users more security and privacy features over their Firefox for mobile oasis. Enjoy!

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Newly Recommended Mobile Add-on: Foursquare

Start checking in and earning badges without even leaving the browser! We’re pleased to recommend foursquare’s mobile add-on for Firefox. With the Foursquare add-on, you can add places to your foursquare to-do list, or easily check-in from within your browser. foursquare helps you explore the world around you. Keep up with friends, get insider tips, and unlock discounts and rewards wherever you go.  All good stuff.

Speaking of checking in and earning badges, follow @foursquare, @mozmobile and @coolhaus while we take on the Big Apple Thursday, April 28-Sunday, May 2. The Firefox Gone Mobile Ice Cream Truck will be in secret and surprise locations around NYC from 12-4pm each day. Come by, check-in and earn an awesome badge and sweet treats!

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Firefox 4 for Android is Live. Start Your Spark!

Ready to light up the world?

To celebrate Firefox going mobile, we’ve created Spark, a game that lets you share Firefox with friends and help the flame of the open Web glow bright. So get Spark, engage in challenges, unlock badges and support Mozilla’s mission for a better Web in the process. All good stuff!

Quick Tips to Get Started & Earn Your First Badge

  1. Install Firefox 4 on your Android or Maemo device and conveniently access your Spark from your Start page. (iPhones and non-Android mobile devices can go directly to https://spark.mozilla.org.
  2. Tap “Join,” and register by inputting a username, password (at least 8 characters) and email (only used for password recovery)
  3. Boost Your Spark by sharing your location with the global map and proving your “parent,” or the person who shared Spark with you so you can link up and earn more badges!

Once you join, you can interact with your Spark “hologram” on your phone and see it grow as you play the game. The spark itself was developed using Canvas 2D technology. You can also tilt your phone and watch how the Spark moves as it takes advantage of your device’s accelerometer. Great technology, great game! Get Firefox and start you spark!

Never fear Firefox desktop users, check out the global stats and help spread the word by visiting https://spark.mozilla.org. We’ll be tracking sparks, but they do not represent the number of downloads we’ve received — just the number of people supporting Firefox going mobile, so let’s light up the world!


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New Recommended Mobile Add-on: Adblock Plus!

It’s finally here folks! The loved and highly acclaimed Adblock Plus for mobile!

Annoyed by adverts? Troubled by tracking? Bothered by banners? Install Adblock Plus now to regain control of the internet and change the way that you view the web on your phone.

Watch this short video to lsee it in action. (The example takes place on a desktop, but the same can be achieved on your Android.) Enjoy!

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Firefox Gone Mobile SXSW Recap

The Firefox Gone Mobile ice cream truck was a smashing success. Thanks to everyone who shared this event, tweeted, or showed up for some cold, delicious treats and merit badges. We saw over 1.4 million Twitter impressions and close to 13,000 foursuare check-ins! What’s more, we saw that we were the #2 trend on Cluster on Saturday, March 12 (only behind the Austin Convention Center!). We learned a few things, passed out a lot of swag, answered questions, and had a lot of fun. Looking to do this again in the City of Angels, April 9-12. Follow @mozmobile to find out where exactly we’ll be and when!

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Firefox 4 Release Candidate for Android and Maemo Now Available!

Mozilla Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo is now available as a release candidate in more than 10 languages from the Android Market and for download on your Maemo device.

This release offers faster scrolling, better responsiveness with Firefox Sync and improves the overall user experience of Firefox. Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo brings the performance and customization of Firefox to mobile devices with features like Firefox Sync, Awesome Screen, tabbed browsing and Firefox Add-ons, to create a personalized and effortless mobile browsing experience. Watch this video to see what’s new in Firefox for Android and Maemo.

We are working closely with Firefox Add-ons developers to ensure their add-ons are ready for users to customize the features, look and functionality of Firefox 4. For more information on how to create or update add-ons to be compatible with Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo, please read this blog post.

We build Firefox with help from our contributors and beta testers. Please help test the release candidate and provide feedback to prepare Firefox 4 for Android and Maemo for a final release.

For more information:

  • Give feedback – Tap on Give Feedback on the Firefox Start page
  • Get Help – Ask a question and get answers with Firefox for mobile Support
  • See the release notes for a full list of features, updates and improvements included in this release.
  • List of supported devices
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