Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Vegas 2016 – Day 3

After a tough day of running on Saturday, my wife and I wanted something easier for our recovery runs on Sunday. We knew there was a paved path that paralleled the Las Vegas wash, and ran very close to where we are staying. We also knew that we didn’t want to deal with the same […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Vegas 2016 – Day 2

Saturday is race day! The plan was to complete two races, as part of the Blood, Sweat and Beers trail race. They offer the option of doing a race in the morning (of various distances), and then doing another race after dark. My wife and I signed up for some various distances and arrived at […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Vegas 2016 – Day 1

I awoke Friday morning in what is becoming a familiar location, near Lake Las Vegas. We’re out here for a long weekend to visit family, and run a desert trail race on Saturday. Friday, however, was just for hanging out and exploring. We started the day looking for some breakfast, and because everything around where […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Trip packing

Packing for a trip is always a bit of a small adventure. First, there’s the element of planning that goes into it; knowing how many days of clothes to bring, and what types of clothes. Then, there’s the spatial component; trying to figure out how to get everything to fit in the smallest numbers of […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Norseman Distillery Cocktail Room

In the last legislative session in Minnesota, there was a tiny ray of hope that our state can make some progress when it comes to silly alcohol restrictions (like Sunday Sales). In the liquor bill, they added language that allowed for craft distilleries to have their own cocktail rooms. This change means that distilleries can […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Low mileage running week

Sometimes timing works out for the best, even when things aren’t going according to plan. Monday night I spent a few hours at the Urgent Care getting a prescription for what is most likely a sinus infection. However, it meant that my Tuesday run didn’t happen. I was tired and needed rest. Thankfully, this is […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Running some memories

On Sunday I decided to take my 10 mile run back to a neighborhood I lived in for a couple of years after my divorce. One of the treasures of the Twin Cities is the Mississippi River, which in many areas serves as the border between Minneapolis and Saint Paul. On both sides of the […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Review: Firewatch

A few weeks ago, I started hearing about a new game from an independent group of developers (Campo Santo), who have a long pedigree in game design, with¬†their new game, Firewatch. My wife and I started watching a playthrough of the game from YouTuber Jesse Cox, and I finally decided that I simply had to […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Slipin and slidin

My intention this morning was to go run two 9 mile loops of the Elm Creek Horse Trails. However, upon arriving at the parking lot I took a look at the path and realized that was a foolish idea. The mid-30’s temps over the past few days had caused a lot of melting. Then, overnight, […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Cloud Ready Chrome

One of the tech news stories this week brought a really cool new tool to my attention. It’s called CloudReady by Neverware, and it aims to bring the Chrombook experience to just about any piece of hardware. Many times, old laptops and computers simply cannot run newer versions of Windows anymore. They’re just too slow […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Running with a camera

Ever since I started running, I’ve often seen things on my run that I’ve wanted to capture. Usually I have my cell phone with, and so I can snap a picture with that. However, sometimes I want to capture the image¬†with a bit higher quality. So that’s been getting me thinking about what I can […]

Read more
Blog-o-rama 2016, General

Hacking iPhones

The big tech news of the week is Apple’s statement that it would not create special software to help the FBI crack into one of their phones, despite being used by terrorists. The punditry is divided on this issue. No one would argue that the security of our nation, and of other people around the […]

Read more