So at this point, I’ve written about the battle plan to get into better shape and start racing again. I’m also tackling the mental/emotional side of the equation. In addition to the marriage counselor Kate and I have been going to, I’ve also started going to therapy on my own time. There are a couple of reasons for this, some of which will be apparent to my friends and family, others that won’t. Continue ReadingRead More »
1. Salsa Mukluk Ti. I’ve been jonesing like crazy for a fatbike, and if I’m going to do dream, I might as well go big. I enjoy Ti bikes, and the idea of having one to hammer through the cold winter months here in Minnesota really appeals to me.
2. Niner RIP 9 RDO (5-star/XX1). My current dream bike — something I could ride at Murphy or Leb, or further afield like Moab or the rock gardens of Jim Thorpe.
3. Cervelo S5 (Dura-Ace Di2, add Zipp 404 Firecrests). I’m becoming sold on the whole aero road bike thing, I loved my P2C while I had it, and it’d be my first bike with a five-figure pricetag.
4. A-Train Stainless Cyclocross. Because I love stainless, lugs, and cyclocross, and I know the guy that builds them.
5. A Chris Kvale commuter. I’d have Chris build me a traditional road geometry frameset, with mounting points for fenders and racks. Build it up with SRAM’s CX1 group.Read More »
There was a time in my life when I could bang out 96 push-ups in two minutes, 120 situps in another two, and peel off a 2-mile run in 10:30. I miss being in that kind of shape. Realistically, I know it’s going to be difficult (if not impossible) to turn the clock back 20 years and be in the same physical shape I was in while stationed at Fort Bragg. But I want to get healthier and get back to racing again.
This year, I started riding again — more than I have since about 2007, and started logging all my data with Strava and a Garmin. My main thrust was trying to commute to work once a week — the route is mostly flat, and about 23-25 miles one-way (depending on the trail closure). Over the course of the summer, I got faster and faster at it, and enjoyed myself more and more as I could see serious progress happening in my Strava data. Even riding that once per week, I noticed not only my times improving (and setting several PRs per ride), but I noticed that I was dropping weight — my face was getting thinner, my pants were more loose, and the little beer belly I’d built up over the last decade was melting away. When I rode the Powderhorn 24 in August as part of a team, I felt super-strong and was happily cranking out the miles. Things have been on the upswing. Continue ReadingRead More »
Wow, so things haven’t been going great. After a September in which our budget was blown to shit, October went the same way for the first half. Our budget was blown apart by medical expenses, etc., and we were hurting pretty bad. The second paycheck of October went a little better. November’s been off to a difficult start, but we’re chugging along and put a sizeable dent in the remainder of the Citi balance.
Starting in the hole: $74,000. (Includes the fancy new minivan.)
Current debt load: TBD. We stopped using the online website and track it on paper now. Don’t know how/if that will change.
Step 2: Debt Snowball
When budgets go to shit, this is the place that gets hit hardest. We’re getting back on track to finish crushing the credit card debt, but we’re not going to be at the same pace we were at (February 2014 completion). This is largely due to new medical bills, prescriptions, and so on. We’ll get there.
Amazon— done, August 2014 Macy’s— done, August 2014 Chase— done, August 2014
- Citi — projected complete payoff in December 2014
- Wells Fargo — projected complete TBD
- Bank of America — projected complete TBD
The Citi card will be paid off in December. We’re rolling the Wells Fargo and Bank of America cards into a new zero-interest card that I got specifically for that purpose, and we’ll be hammering that hard in the coming months. After that, the student loans, and then the Honda.
7/10. With the end of the Citi debt in sight, I’m feeling a lot more confident about how things are going. I’m also pleased that the new zero-interest card I applied for has a $15K limit. Clearly, my credit rating is stellar. (Also, just so we’re clear, as soon as it’s paid off, it’s getting closed and shredded.)Read More »
1. Ubiquitous Computing (AKA “Everyware”)Read More »
A future in which everything computes — no longer are you shackled to a device, physical location, or whatever. So much of marketing is tied to the idea that the user is using a certain subset of machines in a limited physical space, that UC requires a bit of a re-think about how to market to users.
2. The Internet of Things
When physical objects have an IP address, basic processing and memory, they can become a platform for marketing. What if your tires started to market their own replacements to you based on wear, usage, and your driving habits?
3. Technologically-Expanded Human Experience
Consider an expanded sensorium — what if your target audience could detect magnetic fields? A small electrical device inside a product packaging would make it jump off the shelf at them. What if they had cochlear implants that could hear beyond the range of normal human hearing? Things like these aren’t science fiction as much as they are an inevitability. As hacking the human body and mind become more and more common, the way in which individuals view and experience the world is going to deviate from the normal human baseline. And that’s an opportunity.
4. Augmented Reality
In theory, this could be a part of item 3, above, but given how much of the human brain is dedicated to the visual component of our experience, it largely deserves its own line of thought. When marketers have the ability to blend advertisements into an individual’s field of view, there’s a certain amount of responsibility — and liability! — involved. Timing and context become more important than ever before. (I don’t need an ad for Sandals Montego Bay splashed across my field of view while I’m snowboarding in the mountains — no matter how much I’d like to go back. Hit me up when I’m in the chalet, and stick it on the overhead menu next to the prices for the hot chocolate, yo.)
5. Social Awareness
The ultimate in context-aware marketing — as social becomes more embedded in our lives, particularly with mobile devices and geolocation, mass-marketing can and should play to the crowd’s overall emotion. Not point in putting out a happy-go-lucky ad at a football game when the home team is down 14 with 3 minutes to go, right? Maybe. Maybe not. But being able to get a read on the crowd’s emotions through mining social data in real-time would be a god-send. And if you want to go beyond certain emotions, why not mine geolocations for keywords? What subjects, topics, brands, etc., are talked about over and over again in particular locations?
- clean kitchen
- prep gear for cold-weather bike commute
- fix door on entertainment center
- move some stuff from garage into refurb’ed basement
- text Josh re: beers next week
- start composing final email for Pallas Athena
- probably some other stuff
What happens when I start riding seriously again? My bucket list comes back, and begins to grow. And I start thinking about all the races/rides/fondos I want to undertake before I’m in the grave. This list will likely be updated regularly as I add new challenges (or complete ones on the list):
A Battle Plan for Suffering
The Almanzo 100
Paris-Roubaix Amateur Edition
An Ironman Triathlon (ideally Hawaii)
Multiple 24-Hour MTB Events
Tour Divide (Banff to Mexico Border)
The Transcontinental (London to Istanbul)
What’s missing from this list? Is there anything that I’m overlooking? What’s on your list?Read More »
About the time I upgraded my iPhone 5 to iOS 8, I was already starting to have concerns about Apple‘s ability to continue to “surprise and delight” its users, especially without a tyrant like Jobs at the helm. My recent experiences in light of that upgrade, and the discovery that my phone is among those affected by the Home/Power button bug, were mildly annoying. It’s when I’ve attempted to get the issues dealt with that things have kind of gone to shit.
What’s Happened to Me
Without delving too deeply into the shit, I’ve gone to two Apple stores locally re: the button issue. The first Genius Bar was helpful but had no Verizon loaner phones and encouraged me to call around. The second I encountered a massive queue (both pre-scheduled and walk-in) that it didn’t fit with my schedule, which is fine, but when I inquired as to whether or not they had Verizon loaner phones, I was met with an interesting mix of indifference and condescencion that left me cold. I walked away and decided to just “deal with a shitty phone.” Continue ReadingRead More »
TV: blah blah blah Jacob Wetterling 25 years blah blah blahRead More »
Me: Dude, also 25th anniversary of SimCity! Can we get a little positivity around here?
Kate: Maybe that’s where he went?
So I’ve been pretty heads-down and quiet lately on the social media — mostly just retweeting and sharing stuff on Facebook. There’s a reason for that, and I’m finally at a point where I can talk about it at-length and in detail. The reason I am doing this now is that Kate feels comfortable with me discussing it online and I feel that I’ve wrapped my head enough where I can have something meaningful to say about it.
For three weeks in late September and early October, Kate was part of an intense partial-hospitalization for treatment of pretty severe post-partum depression. Continue ReadingRead More »