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Recent Biking

Summer heat and Kansas winds have begun to descend. All my usual big group events are canceled once more, so I'm on my own to keep myself fit and amused until Fall, anyway. That will no doubt be a mix of indoor and outdoor training, much in the mode of 2020.

For those wanting to relive past group glory, I rode the 2019 Memorial Day weekend in the Cottonwood 200, then got to watch the leaders in part of the Dirty Kanza, then rode the week-long Bike Across Kansas.

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.


Recent Running

Being a glutton for punishment, I occasionally run, too. Not very well, but I do run. My Zwift indoor run training seems to be paying off in more consistent outdoor running (when I get around to actually doing it). The upcoming Zwift Academy Run and the ongoing Zwift Race Series are keeping me honest.

Like my rides, I record my runs in excessive, modern, technical detail (even when they're not already virtual). See Garmin Connect or Strava again.


Cricket Still Jacobs Tubbs

Genealogy

The Needham genealogy and most of the maternal lines associated with it can now be traced back to the immigrant ancestor, if not further. For this line of Needhams, the American progenitor is John Needham, who emigrated to Massachusetts around 1660.

The Simmons family tree traces back to Benjamin Wilkes Simmons, born around 1780. He appears to have been born in Virginia, but the family migrated to Kentucky in about 1815. I suspect, but cannot yet prove, that the family originally was part of the Catholic migration to Maryland.

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

  • There is only one thing worse than coming home from the lab to a sink full of dirty dishes, and that is not going to the lab at all!
    - Chien-Shiung Wu, on gender discrimination in science
    (Wu was denied a share of the 1957 Nobel awarded to Lee & Yang.)
  • A légpárnás hajóm tele van angolnákkal.
    - Old Hungarian phrasebook entry
  • "I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything."
    - Charles Darwin, in an 1861 letter

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"

  • The Prague Cemetery, Umberto Eco, 2010
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz, 2017
  • Babylon's Ashes, James S. A. Corey, 2016

Last updated on Thursday, 26-Aug-2021