Friday, August 20, 2010


Everything seems to be going mainstream.

Castro went completely crazy (maybe he was before, but this is a new level), and now the mainstream reads his blog too.

Barefoot running has "howtos" on the front page of yahoo. Whats next, CNN?
They are advocating shoes (fivefingers style), so maybe I am safe as an actual barefoot runner.

there were others, but I can't remember them now.

Where is Indie Rock Pete when you need him?

Friday, August 13, 2010

About to go camping...

And I forgot my boots!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Fourth of July Weekend

The following is from an email that I wrote to a friend, I realized that I wouldn't mind teh goog keeping a version of this for me.

Fly in Thursday night 7/1

Friday: 7/2
Early morning, head out to Michigan City, IN. The marina is pretty easy
to find. I am pretty sure that we sailed into Michigan waters. was always
visible. We could see Chicago in the distance.
We had lunch on land, then headed out to sail for the rest of the day.
We went northeast up the coast, then back down. probably about 4-5 knots
average speed. Sara and I both were in charge of the tiller for a bit,
and hoisted the different sails at different points on the trip. (Main
sail and jib). We never pulled out the spinnaker. We stopped when we
turned around and pulled all of the sails down, went swimming. The water
was cold, but very very clear... NOTHING is out there. cept flies.
Back to land (used the motor a bit as the bahama mama sausages were
calling us.
Bbq at the marina and we walked out to the lighthouse.
Getting into and out of the marina is exciting, especially when there
are a lot of people. Fireworks were being set off up and down the coast
that we could see.
We slept on the boat that night, Sara and I in the v-berth.

Sat: 7/3
Early morning run on the beach. Quick cereal breakfast, the sailing!
Sailed, sailed, put the sails in opposite directions for lunch. Went
swimming first, then had lunch on the boat. Sailed back, again, due to
time constraints, used the motor a bit at the end. Napped while sailing
:-). Got back to a very busy marina, then left :-(. Stopped at a dairy
farm for fresh chocolate milk. That evening, we went out into the
cul-de-sac for fireworks by the local crew of drunkards. It was funny to
watch, but I was outside of the blast radius and sometimes behind a car.
Good thing energy goes down with at least what, r^3? Some of the ones
that were supposed to go up, exploded on the ground with people 0-few ft
away. One guy at the end of the night drunkenly was telling his wife to
take him to the hospital cuz he couldn't hear.

Sun: 7/4
Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra concert on a hillside, with accompanying
fireworks, synced to music of course (very professional, unlike the
night before). Lots of patriotic and fun music. Fun times for all, we
brought a picnic.

Mon: 7/5
left in the evening

Friday, August 06, 2010


Walking around campus today, I noticed that thry have relabeled the trash cans. Instead of "trash" they now say "landfill".

The other option is to put aluminum and plastic containers (ONLY!) into a recycle bin.

Labeling a trash can with "landfill" sure makes you feel bad about that ice cream snadwich wrapper...

well, until you start eating your ice cream sandwich.

Might have made a difference

I might have made a difference in someone's life yesterday, I'll keep you posted if it works out for him.

Update: If you are reading this, its not about you.

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Backpacking: Cost vs Weight

So, after seeing the prices for the top of the line low weight camping gear, I have mostly gone toward cheap, rather than light weight. I haven't been missing that much stuff, but I have tended toward simple/heavy/cheap rather than whizbang/expensive.

For example, rather than a 60$ wool t-shirt, I went with a 7.50 polyester (quick dry type blend) t-shirt from walmart. (although that one isn't a weight issue)

Any thoughts about where you should draw the line? (what stuff needs to really save the ounces?)

My tent stakes are steel (I hated bent tent stakes as a kid).

My stove should be light, I made it myself out of aluminum can bottoms (2x) and a penny, but the fuel (alcohol) is heavier. I borrowed an ancient propane stove from my Dad, which might be lighter overall for longer trips.

Sleeping bag isn't the lightest, I might need a new one also.
Just bought a thermal pad (thanks Andy!)

Any thoughts on water? I have 64oz + 50 oz + 32 oz + 32 oz = 178 oz, 5.25 L, 1.4 gal. worth of containers for personal use. I might get another 64 oz water bladder. No water filter yet, going to use iodine tablets, but I have been thinking about the new SteriPEN style, using UV light, that seems like a winner.

Tent is a square dome tent, I am sure its not light weight.

Improved a first aid kit that I bought.

I'll try and get everything together and weigh it, hopefully its not too bad. I like to carry a lot of stuff.

I need to get a good tarp, not sure on that one yet. That is one of those that you really consider cost vs weight. I will probably get a cheap one and modify it for usefulness.

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Inception Movie

So I watched the Inception movie, I liked it.

I had this blog post in my head but forgot it, then saw this comic, , and remembered it.

I just wanted to comment on the fact that the movie seems to operate on a variant of Gödel's first incompleteness theorem. (from wikipedia:)

Any effectively generated theory capable of expressing elementary arithmetic cannot be both consistent and complete. In particular, for any consistent, effectively generated formal theory that proves certain basic arithmetic truths, there is an arithmetical statement that is true, but not provable in the theory
I am not sure (though I should watch it again), but I don't think that there is enough information in the movie to have a definitive answer to the ending. We are only told information from the movie, and sometimes while in a dream, which may or may not be consistent.

At the end of the movie, I heard a lot of "[it ended how I wanted it to], right?, right??!, right??!!!!". People wanted validation of their pet theory pretty strongly.

I was originally mad at Nolan for the ending, but I found an explanation that works for me that makes it work out.

I can't figure out how to work making a fold in my post, Andy and Bloger's help's advice don't seem to work.