This is Vince Needham's personal page.
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Recent Biking

I've managed to get in short rides every weekend this year, mostly for mechanical diagnostics, but with hill climbs. The curious can view my 2017 Strava Year in Sport highlight reel. My rides are recorded, of course, in excessive, modern, technical detail. See my Ride With GPS, Garmin Connect or Strava pages for more number-crunching from slightly different points-of-view. My photo gallery for BAK 2017 is now available. I have previous ride galleries and more, too. Finally, there are a few ride videos on my YouTube channel.

Recent Running

I have new running kit! I got new shoes in electric blue, then had to get tops and shorts to match, of course. If you aren't actually good, you should at least look good! Like my rides, I record my runs in excessive, modern, technical detail. See Garmin Connect or Strava again.

Cricket Still Jacobs Tubbs


The genealogy sites are in the midst of a long-overdue update!

The Needham genealogy was last in December 2014. The web pages for all of the individuals in the family tree have been updated, as has the GEDCOM file. Overall site upgrades and styling updates are soon to come.

The Simmons family tree also received its long-promised update as of December 2014, though only the GEDCOM file has been changed so far. I'm having a technical problem with the web pages themselves which will get solved in due time.

I promise that I really am working on a comprehensive update to the genealogy site. I've designed a new look for the web pages, and I'm rewriting the program that automatically creates those pages. That's more tedious than complicated. Your patience will be soon rewarded.

Other Stuff, Rants & Raves

  • "Press the buttons to see what happens...that really is the way to learn. Rather than the manual, which is probably inadequate; or the help screen, which is even worse. You really have to learn by experiment.”
    - Mary Lee Berners-Lee, 1924 - 2017
    computer scientist and mother of web inventor Tim Berners-Lee
  • “In many species, males tend to do somewhat stupid things that end up getting them killed in silly ways, and it appears that may have been true for mammoths also... Old females are very knowledgeable, they know best."
    -Love Dalén, evolutionary biologist, 2017
  • "Applied to a Party member, it means a loyal willingness to say that black is white when Party discipline demands this. But it means also the ability to BELIEVE that black is white, and more, to KNOW that black is white, and to forget that one has ever believed the contrary.”
    ― George Orwell, "1984", 1948
  • "...they were headed into androgenic, systemic, multiplex, seriously bad shit, like she sort of already knew, figured everybody did, except for people who still said it wasn’t happening..."
    - William Gibson, "The Peripheral", 2014

What I'm Reading

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." - Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey"

  • "W" Is for Wasted, Sue Grafton, 2013
  • The Peripheral, William Gibson, 2014

Last updated on Monday, 05-Feb-2018