78. Snowy Egret 5K, 2014

78. Snowy Egret 5K, 2014

This one was a bit odd. The website had the name of the race, the date… and that’s it. The Active.com page had an address for the Starting Line, but that was a mile from the registration desk. I guess they thought only local people would show up.

We have a robot

We have a robot

My mother-in-law recently went a little crazy and bought Roombas for several family members, including us. So it’s official. We now have our very first robot. We are now completely vulnerable when Skynet takes over, because one of the machines is living in our house.

77. Jimmy the Greeks Maine Mall 5K, 2014

My wife and I did this race last year, and it had some problems. In fact, I called it a mess. I wanted to try it again because it’s a newer race and the organizers seem to have been hit with a stroke of bad luck. I wanted to see what the next race would be like, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Star Trek Warp Distance Calculator

Bridge hit on Star Trek

If you remember the Star Trek Role-playing Game from FASA, then you’ll remember how good the writing was. The game developers had everything figured out, right down to the coordinates for different planets and the actual speeds of the various warp factors. I’ve made a cute little utility to work out the time it takes to go from here to there at a given speed.

MS Harborfest Shoreside 5K, 2013

Action Start

I didn’t run this one, so I managed to get some pics of the winners. I also got to help Cara promote her new gluten free home bakery. We showed off the food, answered questions, met some nice folks and saw a 5K from another perspective. First, let’s talk about the event. It’s a nice […]

Does 40 Mean Anything?

Birthday Gifts for My 40th

I woke up Monday morning, and I was 40 years old. My phone already had updates from insomniac friends wishing me a happy birthday, and our new puppy was already trying to eat my wife’s hair. So far, aside from the Facebook stuff, it’s just like yesterday. But is there anything else to it? Should […]

Great Northeastern War, 2013

With all the moving, it was hard to stay involved in the SCA. I couldn’t hold onto all of my gear, and I didn’t know the folks in my local areas during my Economic Walkabout. But since I’m now a permanent resident of Portland, it was easy to make the short drive to Hebron, Maine […]

Cold Showers Required

Although I didn’t think it was possible, summer has finally arrived in Portland, Maine. I’ve been taking advantage of the weather by cranking up my morning distance, but picking up my pace has led to the return of a summer problem: extra-sweaty-yuckiness.

Tinkering with CreateJS

Spin Squares Demo App

I’ve been wanting to make some little something with CreateJS for a while now, but I was always studying things that related to my day-job. Now that the contract is over and I’m looking for a new position, I had a little time to try a little coding exercise. I created a sub-class for the framework’s Shape() class, and I’ve played around with the animation a bit. The results are actually very promising. Have a look at the source code for some details on how it works.

Big Recon Around Portland

Toboggan Trail

I’ve been running around Portland for a while now, and I’ve noticed all sorts of little trails that go around the peninsula. It’s hard to see exactly where they meet each other from a Google map, so I decided to just wander around the edge of town until I figured it out. The weather was nice, and I took lots of pictures.

A Few Words About Boston

I lived in Boston for a while. During my time there I ran around town, participated in races and even stood near the Finish Line at the Boston Marathon. I still have friends there. So it was more than a little disturbing when I found out about the bombings.

Private Bridge Run with the Wife

Cara entering the Casco Bay Bridge

We couldn’t make it to the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston this year, so we ran our own little 10K here in Portland. I was originally going to do this on my own, but Cara guessed my plan and volunteered to join me. She got a little more than she expected, though. The wind was murder.

Spring but Not Really

I’ve done a little… okay, a lot of complaining lately about the weather. It’s cold, it’s dark, I can’t feel my fingers, my nostrils are frozen, blah, blah, blah. But now that we’re officially into Spring, it’s still cold, and will probably remain so forever.