This is Vince Needham's personal page.
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Recent Biking

I'm well into my 3-week 1000-mile Death Ride, with the Cottonwood 200 and Kandango in the books and Biking Across Kansas in the offing. Below is the final stage of Kandango, plus my impromptu ride back home. 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'm slowly getting better at the running thing, just in time to abandon it for cycling now that the weather is nicer. 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

  • "...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
  • "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
  • "Are we good painters, good sculptors, great poets? I mean all the things that we really venerate and honor in our country and are patriotic about. In that sense, this new knowledge has all to do with honor and country but it has nothing to do directly with defending our country except to help make it worth defending."
    - Robert R. Wilson, asked by Congress to justify Fermilab, 1969

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"

  • Mona Lisa Overdrive, William Gibson, 1988
  • Altered Carbon, Richard Morgan, 2002

Last updated on Tuesday, 05-Jun-2018