Mothers Day. May 2013. Dear Mother,
There's something I want you to understand about me and running. I know that the idea of me running marathon distances makes you anxious, and I want that to change. I want it to make you proud: not proud of me and what I've accomplished, but proud of yourself and what you've accomplished. Read more.
Saint Paddys Day Run. March 2013. Every race brings its own surprises. Yesterday the luck of the Irish smiled on me. While my time in Tacoma's Saint Paddy's Day Run was not a PR, the race exceeded my expectations. This turned out to be a thoroughly enjoyable half marathon. Read more.
The Google Store Opportunity. February 2013. Last week rumors surfaced that Google will be opening Google Store retail establishments in time for Christmas shopping 2013. This is a terrific idea. I was struck by what a great opportunity this is for Google while listening to a Planet Money podcast: "Why Buying a Car Is So Awful." By contrast, you know what isn't awful? Visiting a Harley Davidson dealership. What does this have to do with Google? Let me connect the dots for you. Read more.
Rube Goldberg Streaming. January 2013. The TV show M*A*S*H had a wonderful story template involving the company clerk and Hawkeye's byzantine attempts to requisition what Hawkeye needed. Over the holidays I felt a lot of sympathy for Hawkeye. My goal seemed simple enough, indeed it seemed like something the Android and Linux community would have made brain-dead simple years ago: stream digital music files from the file server on my home network where they are stored to an Android phone plugged into the auxiliary jack of our stereo. The journey to reach this goal has been anything but simple. Read more.
Chromebook First Impressions. December 2012. An aging laptop that finally failed left me in the market for a new computer. After considering my options, I settled on a Chromebook. I've been using it as my primary computing platform for about three weeks now, and thought I'd share a bit of my experience. Read more.