Thanksgiving, Sarasota and Ties to the Past

This year’s Thanksgiving found me thinking about my family in Canada and my family tree. Armed with the interwebs I proceeded searching for the names of relatives on Ancestry.com. I signed up for the trial and promptly cancelled it after thinking through the financial part of things. A little more searching landed me at FamilySearch.org: […]


Book Review, “The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance”

Science Content, Low Carb High Fat and Endurance Athletics all in the same book? Count me in! I saw this referenced on reddit in a /r/keto post and kindled it within seconds. I am an overweight keto’er and a slow runner and triathlete and I want to understand how to make the whole thing work […]


Book Review, “The Exceptional Presenter Goes Virtual”

As a recent convert over to full-time telecommuting one of the more unexpected changes to my work habits was that I started attending many more meetings than when I worked on-site. In a strange change the way I viewed my work meetings became much less of an intrusion and interruption and much more of an […]


The Beach Path Taken, with apologies to Robert Frost

Two paths diverged in a sunny beach, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent ’round the next point;           Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the […]


7 things you want in a telecommuter

Gas prices here in Goleta reached $5.19/gal for premium unleaded yesterday and it got me thinking about how lucky I am to be able to telecommute in my job as a software engineer. Telecommuting is the way of the future for knowledge workers and the barriers to entry are lowered every day, but at the […]


Book Review, “Team Geek: A Software Developer’s Guide to Working Well with Others”

I first heard about this book from a ┬ámention of Team Geek on boingboing. As a Buddhist, a telecommuter and a technical team lead this seemed right up my alley. I have spent more than my share of my career interacting with others in a less than helpful way. Many of us have: our skills […]


On Scarcity and the Overabundance of Food

Our food supply is abundant and access to it is unguarded, unbounded. This is not our natural state and promotes poor health and disease. We are forced to rely on mindfulness to overcome millions of years of evolutionary tendency towards eating whatever is a a available without hesitation. We buy too much food to make […]


Switching gears when the training isn’t working

Six weeks into training for the half marathon and it’s just not working. Both Minette and I are getting over tired after the long runs and have realized that we have ramped up too fast. Neither of us are fit enough right now to do the training without hurting ourselves and getting sick. We are […]


runs with pelicans

This morning’s 7mi run is the end of week 5 or so of half-marathon training with Minette in the build up to the Santa Barbara International Marathon on November 10. We run through Santa Barbara Shores Park down to the beach. With the tide high the usual suspects (curlews, snowy plovers, black-bellied plovers, mallards, black […]


A return to writing with a public face, Facebook is not enough.

I like to write. Facebook is fun but it’s more of a “heyhowzitgoin?” type of thing and only a step up from texting. I need an outlet to share life experiences, triathlon training progress, telecommuting, Buddhism, technical thoughts and ideas independent of whether they’ll been read or seen. So these will be dispatches from the […]