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San Antonio Half Marathon – December 7, 2014

Race day. After 18 weeks following the Hanson’s Half Marathon training program (and two months of running before that to determine if my knees could handle running six days out of seven), it was time to put the wheels to the test. I’d targeted this race for several reasons: it was familiar territory, as I […]

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Half-marathon training: Race Strategy, or, I *may* be overthinking this

After 18 weeks of training, using the Hanson Half Marathon program, the targeted half marathon (the San Antonio RnR Half) is tomorrow. During training, my targeted race pace has been to finish in under 1:50 (my previous best is a 1:52). At a steady pace, this would be about an 8:23 pace. Steady paces are […]

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Month of November

Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 17

With all these miles, I’ve been really wearing down my shoes, even though I’ve been alternating them. I got a new pair on Newton’s (Sir Isaacs) on Wednesday, which should give me enough days to break them in before race day. This week the strength run is a 4 x 1 mile on Tuesday, tempo […]

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Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 16

Race day is not far away – received my confirmation sheet for the Dec. 7 San Antonio RnR Half. This is the last hard week before the taper (48 miles this week, then 40 and then 37 race week). Extended this week to 51 miles, most I’ve done in one week in many years. This week […]

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Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 15

This is the “IS THE TAPER WEEK SOON?” and “I HATE TREADMILLS” post all rolled into one. This week the strength run is a 3 x 2 mile on Tuesday, tempo run on Thursday is 6 miles. It also has a 10 mile Long Run on Sunday. Total target mileage 47 miles. The previous week’s log […]

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Jury Duty, Harris County

I had the fun and privilege of performing a civic service for Harris County last Monday, and headed down for jury duty. You can postpone jury duty twice and seems like I hit my limit on that every time. My wife and i had planned to go together on a previous Monday but work screwed […]

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My review of the late Harry Harrison’s memoir, appropriately entitled Harry Harrison, Harry Harrison, has been published on the two-time Hugo-award winning SFSignal.com. An excerpt: World War II veterans and early pulp fiction writers share a common timeline; they come from a common generation and most of them are slowly but surely passing from this […]

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Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 14

I’m tired. I’ve reached the point that is mentioned in the Hanson’s guide where the mileage just makes you tired. This week the strength run is a lovely 2 x 3 mile on Tuesday, tempo run on Thursday is 6 miles. It also has a 12 mile Long Run on Sunday. Total target mileage 47 […]

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Stone of Farewell re-read - Part Three - Storm's Heart

Stone of Farewell re-read – Part Three – Storm’s Heart

It has taken me a while to do this part three re-read post. I must confess…I read ahead. I got into the story and slammed through the rest of it, re-read notes be damned! But persistence is key! This is the third and last part of the re-read of Stone of Farewell, the second book in […]

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Half-marathon training: Hanson’s week 13

This week the strength run is a lovely 3 x 2 mile on Tuesday, tempo run on Thursday is 5 miles. It also has a 10 mile Long Run on Sunday. Total target mileage 45 miles. The previous week’s log is here. Week 13 schedule: Monday: Easy 6 mi - EASY RUN 6 mi in 59:50, 9:58 pace. Jogging […]


  • Tesla Motors open sources all of their patents. A great headline, and an interesting idea. Open source the patents. Tesla is ahead of the electric car competition, behind the big car companies in sales, so why not? Wonder what it just did to their valuation; probably not much, with a market cap of $25B. But probably saved them a lot in legal fees! #
  • Apple and Beats Three thoughts on the Beats acquisition (or alleged, or rumored, or soon to be). One, this article on Apple wanting to be perceived as a fashion company (and, from Tim Cook's perspective, have the multiples that go along with that vs. the existing painfully low tech multiples). Two, since the Apple stores sell Beats, Apple should have good sell through numbers and a good understanding of not only Beats sell through Apple stores but relative sell through big box stores like Best Buy and Target (which you mentioned in the last episode). Three, Beats acquisition of the Mog streaming service should mix well with the somewhat weak iTunes Radio. And it is only 2% of Apple's cash...so well worth in IMHO. #
  • While investigating the feasibility of a Kindle Fire version of my Grand Canyon app (which is available in the Apple App Store and about to have an update), found this excellent series of articles on developing for the Kindle Fire.     #

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