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Recent Biking

The 2015 Biking Across Kansas is now history! We had remarkably good weather (save for some rain at the end), making for fast and easy riding. The final day's data is presented below. I record my rides in excessive, modern, technical detail. See my Ride With GPS, Garmin Connect or MapMyRide pages for even more number-crunching from slightly different points-of-view. My photo gallery for past Biking Across Kansas rides is also available. A new one is pending.


Cricket Still Jacobs Tubbs

Genealogy

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

The Needham genealogy was updated on 31 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 31 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.

Buzz Aldrin on the Moon

Space Exploration

Every April Kansas State University hosts a Boy Scout merit badge conference, where local experts counsel Scouts concerning various topics. I used to counsel the Space Exploration merit badge. The first half of the class included a PowerPoint show focusing on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. After that, we would go out and launch model rockets.

Several of my old presentations are archived here. Obviously the technology evolves rapidly, so if you're interested in using these you should update them!

For my own amusement I now have a high-powered model rocket with a camera (and maybe more data acquisition goodies if I get ambitious). When I finally get around to launching it, watch here for the show!

Other Stuff, Rants & Raves

  • "Kansas State University is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, genetic information, military status, veteran status, or other non-merit reasons..."
    - KSU Policy, Reiterated by KSU President Schulz
    11 Feb 2015
  • "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."
    - United States Declaration of Independence
    04 July 1776

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"

  • A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin, 2003
  • Columbus: The Four Voyages, Laurence Bergreen, 2012

Last updated on Tuesday, 16-Jun-2015