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Recent Biking

I'm in the thick of cycling season. The Cottonwood 200 was held over the Memorial Day weekend. The weather was kind, the road miles long and the hills long and tall. The Giro d'Italia wrapped up with a brutal uphill time trial while we were out on the prairie. This coming weekend is Unbound Gravel, the big international race right here in the Flint Hills. Then it's off to Biking Across Kansas!

For those wanting to relive past pre-plague glory, I rode the 2019 Memorial Day weekend in the Cottonwood 200, then got to watch the leaders in part of the Dirty Kanza (now "Unbound Gravel"), then rode the week-long Bike Across Kansas. I skipped those for 2022, as I didn't think it wise to be congregating in close quarters with other sweaty athletes while still in the grip of the plague.

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). Hot on the heels of the Tour de Zwift comes the Zwift Duathlon League, guaranteeing me suffering on both the bike and the treadmill.

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


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

  • Welcome Twitter refugees! Remember the good old decentralized web? The way that Sir Time Berners-Lee gave it away so a billion flowers could bloom? It's still here! If the mass resignations at Twitter do bring it down around the ankles of Scrooge McDuck, abused and unappreciated employees everywhere should remember: "Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains!"
  • Noir comme le diable
    Chaud comme l’enfer
    Pur comme un ange,
    Doux comme l’amour
  • "I am very poorly today and very stupid and hate everybody and everything."
    - Charles Darwin, in an 1861 letter
  • “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
    - Sherlock Holmes, "A Scandal in Bohemia", Arthur Conan Doyle, 1891

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"

  • Realware, Rudy Rucker, 2000
  • Network Effect, Martha Wells, 2020
  • Dreams Bigger Than Heartbreak, Charlie Jane Anders, 2022

Last updated on Friday, 02-Jun-2023