Vince Needham: Physics, Genealogy, Space Exploration and More
This is Vince Needham's personal page.
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Recent Biking

The Death Ride campaign is a success, and I'm still alive! I rode over 1050 miles in three weeks on the Cottonwood 200, Kandango and Biking Across Kansas. Now, in the heat of summer, it's just short maintenance rides.

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 2018 is available, with new ones to come. I have previous ride galleries and more, too. Finally, there are a few ride videos on my YouTube channel.

Recent Running

Being a glutton for punishment, I occasionally run, too. Not very well, but I do run. 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

  • "No god and no religion can survive ridicule. No church, no nobility, no royalty or other fraud, can face ridicule in a fair field and live."
    - Mark Twain, "Notebook", 1888
  • "...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

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"

  • Altered Carbon, Richard Morgan, 2002
  • All Systems Red, Martha Wells, 2017

Last updated on Monday, 06-Aug-2018