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Tools for a wintery office environment

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  • Thursday, January 13 2011 @ 01:57 pm UTC
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Fun Stuff @ Work

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Although I really like the glass windows in my office, they do seem to make things chilly when it is cold outside.

The temperature when I walked into my office this morning was 59 degrees Fahrenheit. Space heaters to the rescue! This is a bit ironic considering I am located in a LEED certified building. I guess one way to stay green and minimize your energy costs is to eliminate the requirement to make the office habitable by humans.

Here is a pic of some of my tools for surviving in a wintery office environment:



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Fiction Read During 2010

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  • Wednesday, January 05 2011 @ 10:32 pm UTC
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Reading and Writing

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In 2010, I read 44 works of fiction, which is about half as many as I read the previous year. My interest continued to be mostly in the Speculative / Science Fiction genre.  Many of these books were my lucky finds at the Alachua County Friends of the Library book sale or one of the local Gainesville book stores, Book Gallery West and Books, Inc.

My two favorite books from my 2010 reading list were Dragons in the Stars and Dragon Riggerboth by Jeffrey A. Carver and take place in Carver's Star Rigger universe.

I enjoyed Birth of Fire by Jerry Pournelle more than Heinlein's Starship Troopers or Haldeman's Forever War.

Scott Westerfeld is one of my new favorite authors.  After reading The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds, I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the Succession series.

Potentially offensive to some readers, Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming by Roger Zelazny and Robert Sheckley is notable for its entertainment value, poking fun at heaven and hell, demons, and angels, good and evil.

Cuckoo's Egg by C. J. Cherryh is an excellent "master with student in training" kind of story.

Here is the complete list of books that I read during 2010:

Merrell Trail Glove may be minimalist shoe perfection

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  • Wednesday, January 05 2011 @ 05:22 pm UTC
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Running and Fitness

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Jason Robillard writes that "no shoe has come closer to minimalist perfection" than the Merrell Trail Glove in his review posted at Barefoot Running University.

The full review: http://barefootrunninguniversity.com/2011/01/04/merrell-trail-glove-review/

A shoe like the Vibram FiveFingers without the toe pockets sounds really great to me.

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Ryan Hall plyometrics video

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  • Tuesday, January 04 2011 @ 04:31 am UTC
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Running and Fitness

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Ryan Hall, Josh Cox and Terrence Mahon demonstrate some plyometric exercises that they use to build speed and power:

Do not plug in your little sister or she will cry

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  • Monday, January 03 2011 @ 03:25 am UTC
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Silly or Interesting

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Artwork by a 6-year-old:

Tron Video Dating Service

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  • Wednesday, December 08 2010 @ 09:06 pm UTC
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With the upcoming movie release of Tron Legacy, it felt fitting to share this video made by my brother-in-law a few years ago:


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