Category Archives: general

New Ideas and Overwhelm: Ramping up as Workflow

This year’s vacation has given me time to do more of my own creative work and I’ve found both the Garmin ConnectIQ SDK for Sport Watches and the Amazon Alexa SDK for Voice Services to be fertile ground. I like to think that one of my stronger talents is to quickly see how new technology […]

Idolatry and Hiding from the Fall of Heroes

Thanksgiving is an opportunity to give thanks for the things and people that love us, those that keep us safe, and quite often those that inspire us. That inspiration can come in many forms: people that make us laugh and sing, that bring us a fresh perspective, show tremendous compassion, or show us the heights […]

Race Report: Ironman Boulder 2014

Executive summary for the attention-challenged: 2 weeks altitude acclimatisation at 7500′ helped a lot. Good swim, crushed the bike, walked much of the marathon in the heat. Did well with hydration and nutrition. Smiled a lot. Very pleased with my time of 14:32:36. Finished Ironman Boulder, am an Ironman. Preview of my race pictures here […]

IM Boulder? I’m Bolder! t-minus 30 days and counting

I’m now into the final month of preparation for my first Ironman race. My teammates and I are in the middle of the last, biggest build segment before 2 weeks of taper. The heaviest workouts are so close I can taste them: 3 mile open water swim, 50 mile mid-week ride, 80 and 100+ mile […]

Advertising trainwrecks: “DICK’S Sporting Goods: Under Armour ColdGear”

OK, I started off just plain confused by this and then things went downhill from there. Apparently this was designed by 2 separate committees of men that communicated via smoke signals. Let’s break it down. november 18, 2013 Dick’s Sport Goods is doing some cross-promotion with Under Armour. Dick’s carries Under Armour in their stores […]

3 months since Ironman signup: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

It’s more like 3 and a half months since signing up for Ironman Boulder, with another 8 to go, and high time to do some introspection. Okay, I do almost constant introspection. Let’s call this public introspection. I count 6 distinct disciplines in Triathlon: Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness, Nutrition, and Work/Life Balance. Anyone who tells […]

Spaceshifting the Treehouse

6pm at the dinner table. “Why can’t I get on your server?” asks my 11-year old daughter of my 14-year old son. “Because it’s just for me, Kinsey and Patrick and my close friends” is his quick response. With that one statement I realize how easily and deeply my children can shift between the real […]

Ante up, bitches .. doh, I’ve done something silly

I’ve been playing with fire ever since one fateful night sitting at a bar talking with one of my wife’s friends about doing an Ironman. I think we all look at athletic accomplishments with a sense of awe and they are certainly inspirational. For me that translates into envisioning myself accomplishing the same thing, maybe […]

Tamerlan, Tamerlane, Boston and Poe

When the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings were identified I was struck by the name of the older brother: Tamerlan Tsarnaev. I remembered that Tamerlane was a historical figure and wondered about the background of the name. A quick consult of the interwebs showed that Tamerlane, TimÅ«r-e Lang, was an Uzbek ruler from the […]

Book Review, “The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly?”

I’m a Seth Godin noob having only seen him in some online videos but he certainly comes with a lot of high praise. Based on that and an introductory post over on swissmiss I went ahead and bought his newest book for my Kindle app (iPhone). After about 2 pages I could tell this was […]