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Race Report: Barr Trail Mountain Race

This race report is a week late, been a busy week (both business and pleasure) since last Sunday’s race (July 19, 2015). Description: I am using this race as a tune-up and track education (it runs the same trail) for next month’s Pikes Peak Ascent. The description of the Barr Trail Mountain Race from their […]

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Propellers to be restored

National Museum of World War II Aviation

The National Museum of World War II Aviation houses the largest collection of operational (yes, that means flying) World War II aircraft in the world. That statement alone should get WWII and airplane buffs alike to storm the place. But it is currently small and unpretentious, and a bit hard to find. The Museum sits […]

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Edward Tufte Books

Notes and Thoughts on Edward Tufte’s one-day seminar

Dr. Edward Tufte is doing his one-day seminar tour. I sent two of my team to attend on the first day in Austin, and I went on the second day in Houston. If that doesn’t send the message that I think this is a very worthwhile and valuable seminar, then let me be clearer: Dr. […]

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No Fishing From Bridge

Pikes Peak Ascent training – week 4

The previous week’s log is here. Week 4 has the same schedule as week 3 – five easy runs and two off days. After this, we get into the different tempo and speed work sessions. The first part of this week was in Tampa/Clearwater, Thursday and Friday in San Antonio, then the weekend back home. When […]

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Pikes Peak Ascent training – week 3

Week 3 has the same schedule as week 2 (previous week’s post here) – five easy runs and two off days. And both of the Hanson’s strategies (half and full) have the same distances (4 miles four days and 5 miles on one day). This week moved from April into May, and in April I […]

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To Green Angel Tower Part 1

To Green Angel Tower Part 1 re-read: Part Two: The Winding Road

THE DOOR STOP KEEP ON COMETHing!!! This is the second and last part of the re-read of To Green Angel Tower, Part 1, the third book in Tad William’s Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. The introductory post is here, if you are interested. The re-read post for The Dragonbone Chair part I, Simon Mooncalf is here. The re-read post for The Dragonbone Chair  part II, […]

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Review of THE UNREMEMBERED by Peter Orullian posted at SFSignal

Review of THE UNREMEMBERED by Peter Orullian posted at SFSignal

I enjoy writing reviews but I admit I am something of a wimp in doing so. Writing a book is a difficult task, despite what the proliferation of self-published tomes indicates. Each of the ones I’ve written is an exercise in perseverance, self-discipline and repetition. I applaud anyone who has successfully gone through that process. […]

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Old Newtons and New Newtons

Pikes Peak Ascent training – Week 2

The week 1 post is here. Week 2 is five EASY RUNs with Monday and Wednesday off on both the Hanson Half and Full/Beginner training plans. This is the same basic schedule through Week 4 on both plans. Week 5 adds a tempo run on Thursdays. Week 6 starts the “run 6 days out of seven” […]

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Pikes Peak Ascent training – Week 1

For those interested, the introductory strategy post (A Hopefully Logical Approach to the Insanity of Running up a Mountain) is at the link. As I described in that post, I’m going to follow the Hanson’s Half plan, but lengthen some of the runs where I have time. Since the Hanson beginner Marathon plan is very […]

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Skyrunner.com Altitude charts

Pikes Peak Ascent – A Hopefully Logical Approach to the Insanity of Running up a Mountain

The one word email response I received from my brother, he of the many marathons include Boston and others, states the reaction of most when I inform them I have signed up for the Pikes Peak Ascent (PPA). “Certifiable.” He is, as usual, probably right. For background, I just set a PR in the San […]


  • This Day In History: July 31, 1964 - Ranger 7, an unmanned U.S. lunar probe, takes the first close-up images of the moon—4,308 in total—before it impacts with the lunar surface northwest of the Sea of the Clouds. and on This Day in History, July 31, 1990, Nolan Ryan wins the 300th game of his career...as a Ranger. #
  • This Day In History: July 27, 1890 - Vincent Van Gogh shot himself in a wheat field outside Auvers-sur-Oise, in France; he died two days later, at the age of thirty-seven. The debate over Van Gogh's physical and mental health continues, with epilepsy, schizophrenia, inner-ear disorder, absinthe and other factors cited as cause of his troubles. #
  • This Day In History: July 26, 1945 - Results of the UK General Election was an unexpected landslide victory for Clement Attlee's Labour Party, over Winston Churchill's Conservatives, giving Labour its first majority government, and a mandate to implement its postwar reforms. Looking back in history, a pretty amazing results given the way Churchill was looked on as a heroic figure. It was a large victory for Labor, and Churchill resigned immediately. Attlee went back to the in-progress Potsdam conference to represent the UK with Truman and Stalin. #
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