Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Slash

Anyone who's hiked the PCT, CDT, or even the International Appalachian Trail knows about the slash, but if not, here's a pretty cool video explaining it.
(h/t Radiolab blog)

Interestingly, This American Life also covered the US/Canada border a while back.

And you can see it behind me at the monument. Those were the days.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Where We Run

Some people may misuse Strava and end up getting people killed, but when used appropriately, it makes for some cool maps.
How many people know about my "super secret single track"? Not many.

I like to think some of that is me.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Retirement Farm

We went here. There were horses.
Some of which like to lick you.

Some of which only have one eye.

Some of which are gigantic.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

So long, net neutrality

This news is the worst. I realize it's a little more complicated than this, but not by much. (NPR's always wonderful Planet Money explains a few of the complications.) It's Econ 101: the marginal cost to Comcast of adding a new Internet customer is basically zero, meaning average costs continually decline, making for a natural monopoly, since laying competing pipes right next to someone else's would be ridiculous. The pipes for the Internet should be regulated like any other public utility. Instead, the US has the worst and slowest high speed Internet access in the world (only mild hyperbole) and it will stay that way for the foreseeable future.

Monday, April 21, 2014

For shame, BSA

The Boy Scouts stripped the charter of a Methodist church-sponsored troop after the church refused to fire the gay Scoutmaster.

UPDATE: Sign this petition to get Amazon (based in Seattle, where this troop is) to stop donating to BSA until they allow equality.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Bend, OR

I spent a weekend in Bend, OR. Unfortunately there was a smudge on my camera lens the whole time. I had a fun time visiting friends, meeting new folks, running around Smith Rock State Park, and sweeping the course of the Peterson Ridge Rumble 40 mile race outside Sisters, OR. The race course was fairly flat and the views weren't as good as Smith Rock, but it was a well-organized race. Coincidentally I ran into the race director last month when we ran R2R2R on the same day.
This was pretty standard. Dry ponderosa(?) pine forest with very little understory growth.

Smith Rock State Park


The view west from Smith Rock

South, Middle, and North Sisters

More Smith Rock

A nice place to rest during the race

Smith Rock run:

Peterson Ridge course sweeping. The course had a couple mile loop at the beginning I didn't bother to do since I was sweeping the course, not racing. Even if I had, I still think the course is a mile or so shy of 40. Whatever. Still good training for Miwok 100k in a few weeks.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Warning? Not really.

I am really tired of the same 13-mile out and back in Crum Creek. And calling it 13 is generous since that's really maxing out three branches, with some repetition.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Long-distance Adventures

Surprised I hadn't stumbled across this website before. long-distance adventures of all sorts.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014


I'll have to use clips from this Colbert episode the next time I teach labor economics and unionization.

A rep from the College Athletes Players Association discussing Northwestern's athlete's bid to unionize, and John Malkovich discussing his movie about Cesar Chavez, which unfortunately has terrible reviews.

UPDATE: Northwestern is adamantly opposed to the football players unionizing--the vote is tomorrow. Even if you don't like unions, there are a lot of reasons to think NCAA D1 sports are messed up, and that this might be a worthwhile shock to the system.