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Recent Biking

I finally gave in to Old Man Winter and put the bike up on the indoor trainer, but you can relive my summer cycling adventures via my online archives. 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 Biking Across Kansas is also available.


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've discovered that I'm an eighth cousin of the new President of the United States, Barack Obama. His mother, from Kansas, was a Dunham and descended of Jonathan Singletary/Dunham (1639-1724). I've also learned of a similar relationships to the Bushes, by way of John Prescott (1604-1681), and to Richard Nixon on both sides of the family through Henry Howland (father of Pilgrim John Howland) and Martha Strode (a grandparent of Daniel Boone). I'll get all the details posted to the family sites soon.

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 a variety of topics. I've counseled the Space Exploration merit badge for several years now. The first half of the class includes a PowerPoint presentation focusing on the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station. After that, we go out and launch model rockets (usually into the teeth of a strong Kansas spring breeze!).

Several of my presentations are archived here. The requirements were recently updated, but neither science, technology, nor politics sit still very long. First the Vision for Space Exploration, and now the Flexible Path, have changed our approach to space travel, I'll be rather freely interpreting things to stay current.

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. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it..."
    - 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"

  • House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski, 2000
  • Columbus: The Four Voyages, Laurence Bergreen, 2012

Last updated on Tuesday, 17-Feb-2015