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Terry

I met a guy named Terry (remember earth, turf, terra, Terry) tonight on my dog walk. He asked for money on the street to buy a radio. I didn’t have my wallet. But we talked for a while. He talked about Jesus and the bible and where we go after we die. I assume (not presume) that this was an attempt to guilt me into giving him money so I won’t go to hell. But I didn’t have my wallet (so to hell with me?). We talked for about 10 minutes. He had a lot of “now listen to this” stuff that really wasn’t memorable, but something at the end may be interesting.

There are two ways to hurt someone:
1) Tell them who they truly are.
2) Pretend that they don’t exist.

I Am Anonymous

I need a place to write anonymously without fear of repercussion or recognition. Then I can open up personally and professionally without the subjects of my writing knowing it’s them or likely ever even reading it. I feel uncomfortable doing that here. Maybe I just need to get over it.

Barefoot Running

I read Born to Run around December of last year. Much like The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Pushed, Born to Run passed my sniff test of what human’s are meant to do naturally. We’re constantly trying to fix food by reducing whatever thing we think is bad at the moment and adding in whatever is good today. We try to “fix” childbirth when it was never broken in the first place. And we try to improve running by putting people into an unnatural position that actually weakens the bodies natural ability. It just makes sense to me.

Born to Run talks about the positive change in people’s running ability and attitude toward running as they made the transition to barefoot running. I regarded much of this as the typical fanfare that is included in any book about a topic. However, I completed my first real barefoot-style run last week. It was the culmination of about three months of “preparation” and was noticeably easier then the same run a month prior in a more traditional running style. It wasn’t until half way through the run that I consciously thought, “Wow, this is easier. Could it be because of the barefoot-style?”

I made a New Year’s commitment to run to work once per month as motivation to progress toward barefoot running. I don’t run much, but this was something I wanted to try. I started researching and watching videos about barefoot running (I like this one: http://vimeo.com/12551218); there’s enough instructional information on the topic around the Internet to keep you busy for a weekend. I began running very short distances on the treadmill in slippers. I ordered a pair of Vivobarefoot Dharma shoes and wore them to work every day (my work commute involves a one mile walk each way to a train station) to strengthen my feet. It was important to not heel strike even when walking in these shoes. This strengthened my calves and the top and bottom of my feet. I then ordered a pair of Vivobarefoot Evo shoes and did short runs on the treadmill and around the neighborhood. Never too much; building up gradually.

This all happened over the course of three months. My first run to work was in traditional running shoes. I incorporated some barefoot-style where I could in the run but not much, and it was much more difficult in the traditional shoes. My second run was again in traditional shoes. Same thing. I just wasn’t confident enough yet in the strength of my feet to withstand the long run barefoot-style. My last run in March was in the Evos. I finally felt comfortable enough to do the whole run barefoot-style. And I must say it was phenomenal. The whole run was easier, and I completed the run with my best time. I rode a high all day. It was really really good. I’m one step closer to being a believer.

For me, all of the research I did on barefoot running boiled down to a few principles that worked well for me and allowed my body to naturally pick up the style (or at least I think so; I haven’t had anyone verify that I’m doing it correctly). Those principles are:

  • Don’t heel strike. I let my body do what naturally occurred when I just focused on not heel striking.
  • Straighten up. Don’t lean forward.
  • Lift your feet up. Focus on lifting your feet off of the ground and not on pushing off of the ground. This along with straightening up naturally made my gait speed up.

And I guess a fourth one would be:

  • Go slow. Don’t rush your body. Your feet are likely not used to the stress you’ll be putting on them.

That’s it.

Global Warming Makes Me Lazy

Winter storms impact the productivity of business. People can’t get to the office so they “work” from home. Other people that can make it in to the office have to cover for those people that can’t. Deliveries are delayed. Work stops because deliveries are delayed and people can’t make it to the office. I wonder if there’s a measure of this loss of productivity somewhere?

And then let’s assume global warming is real and is man-influenced (stick with me here). Business is against many of the measures to reduce man’s impact on global warming because it would raise costs and be anti-competitive. I’m sure there are measures somewhere that show this negative impact to businesses?

Well, let’s say the increased moisture in the air from global warming is causing these more severe winter storms. If you compared the negative impact of the severe winter storms against the negative impact of measures to reduce global warming, which would come out worse? Would it make good business sense to spend on reducing global warming to gain on increased productivity resulting from fewer winter storms?

Ziplining in North Georgia

Early in the morning on one of the few below freezing days in Georgia, we drove up north to do some ziplining through the treetops at North Georgia Canopy Tours. We were the only ones dressed appropriately for the cold weather. Being from Michigan sometimes has its advantages. Pictures are here: http://photos.forgo.net/p88881904.

Hiking at Allatoona Pass

Kim and I and the boys and a friend from work went about 45 minutes north of Atlanta to Allatoona Pass. This weekend was the anniversary of the Battle of Allatoona. We didn’t know that when we planned to head up and inadvertently walked through somewhat of a reenactment. Guns, tents and people in Civil War uniforms. Pictures are here: http://photos.forgo.net/p119256509



Two Ideas

I have two ideas.

The first is that the busier and more overwhelmed you feel and more stressed you are the more important it is to take a break. It just feels natural to try to get more work done. “Have to work harder. Have to work faster. Must get all of this work done! It’s piling up! I’m going crazy!” I say take a break. Just stop. You’re not being effective. Go somewhere and relax. Let your brain cool down and maybe even have a new idea or interesting thought while it’s at it. Then come back to work with a more level head and healthy state of mind and effectively complete your work. And who knows, maybe you’ll find that a lot of that worked that seemed important before really isn’t that important.

Which leads to the second idea. I bet there’s a large percentage of work that everyone does every day that just doesn’t need to be done. Work that will just naturally resolve itself without any intervention. You know the kind. Someone asks for something and then five or ten minutes later they say, “Never mind, I found it.” How much less work would you have if you just ignored people asking you for stuff and your less important tasks for a day to see if they resolve themselves? There’s a fine line to carefully tread between prudence and negligence, but I suspect there’s a not insignificant amount of time to be saved by just not doing stuff right away. Just keep an eye out for it.

So stop working and go relax when it feels like you have too much to do and should be working harder. Maybe you’ll come back with less to do and a smarter way of doing what you need to do. And with that said, I should disclaim that while the first idea is something I actively practice, the second idea is still baking in the oven, and I haven’t tried it much.

Atlanta

So… we moved to Atlanta. Farewell Colorado (for now). We didn’t get to know you well enough. But all good things end. We’ll miss you.

Beer Log

I’ve lately been thinking about the best way to keep track of the beers I drink. It wasn’t as much of a problem a couple of years ago because I drank the same dozen beers or so and didn’t have as much selection in Michigan. However, since coming to Colorado, I’m confronted with a daunting selection of beer. With dozens of options in just the IPA category, it gets tough to decide which to get and remember if I like them or not.

My plan was to get a few selections from a certain category of beer and just write down what I thought of each and which I like the best. Then I could compare the winners of each round with each other to get my favorites from each category. Then when I’m in the mood for a certain type of beer, I just get my favorite selections of that type. I think I’m going to do that still, but I’m going to use ratebeer.com instead of just writing something down.

I don’t have a lot of confidence in my ability to follow through, but we’ll see!

Google Toolbar page cannot be displayed after startup on Dell

This post is as much for my reference as anything. On the last two Dell computers that I’ve unpacked (both running Vista), I get an Internet Explorer pop up window after startup. The title of the window is “Google Toolbar”. The contents just say: “page cannot be displayed” (or possibly “cannot display webpage”). There is no close button on the window — you can hit Alt-F4 to close the window, but the people I’m setting the computers up for don’t know that. So, they’re just stuck with a window on the screen that won’t go away, they can’t close and comes back after every startup.

Instructions to fix this can be found here and are listed below for your convenience:

1.      Launch the Registry Editor
2.      Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows
\CurrentVersion\Run
3.      Look for a key labeled ECenter.  It should have “C:\Dell\E-Center
\EULALauncher.exe” in the data field
4.      Delete this key
5.      Restart your computer

I also created a .reg file that will do this. You should be able to download the file and execute it to delete the appropriate registry value. I BARELY KNOW WHAT I’M DOING SO USE THIS FILE AT YOUR OWN RISK. Download the file here.

I hope this helps someone (and me in the future when I run into the problem again).




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