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Recent Biking

Spring shows every indication of springing early, and February rides are not uncommon anymore. 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 2016 is available. I have previous ride galleries and more, too.


 

Recent Running

Being of unsound mind and questionable judgment, I've recently started running as well as biking, with an eye to maybe possibly someday doing a triathlon. Add the cold weather to the mix, and I may be running from the nice men from the loony bin. Like my rides, I record my runs in excessive, modern, technical detail. See Garmin Connect or Strava again.


Cricket Still Jacobs Tubbs

Genealogy

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.

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

  • "It is always difficult to decide on how to respond to people whose ethos is so alien and, in fact, repellent to one’s own. It is not that I take exception to the general points made by you but that every ounce of my energy has been devoted to an active opposition to cruel bigotry, compulsive violence, and the sadistic persecution which has characterised the philosophy and practice of fascism."
    - Bertrand Russell, 1962
  • "I'm not interested in ordinary people. But, if any of you are aliens, time-travelers, or espers, please come see me. That is all!"
    - Haruhi Suzumiya, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
  • Fitbits are just like Tamagotchis, except the stupid little creature you have to keep alive is yourself.
    - Seen on Reddit's "Shower Thoughts"

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"

  • Cibola Burn, James S. A. Corey, 2014
  • The Churn, James S. A. Corey, 2014

Last updated on Monday, 13-Feb-2017