Rusted Root – Woodstock 1999

So I started blogging a few weeks ago, when last week I wound up getting sick and pretty much out of it for seven days. I attempted to tough it out, hoping it was just a head cold. But eventually I did go in and had a pretty nasty sinus infection, and throat issues. Been on meds a few days now and am feeling much better.

Anyhow. I came across this video today of Rusted Root performing at Woodstock in 1999. My wife and I went to see Rusted Root this past summer at a local venue. It was a lovely evening away from the kids. This video reminds me of that (though the local venue was on a much smaller scale).

Ah 1999. Senior year of college. So, so long ago.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Game – 30th Anniversary Edition

So yeah. I just discovered that the old Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy text-based adventure has been released online. I’ve never played it, but I’ve always wanted to. Just what I need, another distraction, right?

From the about page:

“There was a time when computer games didn’t have graphics. Or at least they couldn’t have graphics and sound at the same time. They certainly couldn’t have graphics, sound and enough content to keep even a human being amused for more than a few minutes. So they had text.

The original Infocom Game released in 1984
This was radical – a computer game you could control by typing in commands. The game would then respond to your commands with a breathtakingly prescient understanding of your intent. Or not. Usually not – the early text parsers (circa 1977) weren’t that bright. But, as long as you limited yourself to what the game understood and the game designers wrote creatively enough to misunderstand you in a humorous and entertaining fashion, it all worked.

It therefore stands to reason that any game which combined a really good programmer with a really good writer was likely to do well. So when Steve Meretzky of Infocom got together with Douglas Adams to create a game based around the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the result was never going to be less than interesting and more than likely insane. So it proved – the Hitchhiker’s Guide adventure game was one of the best-selling games of its era, selling some 350,000 copies. In 1984.

BBC Radio 4 Extra – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Game – 30th Anniversary Edition.

I’m Not Dead.

So my last posts were about jogging. No I did not die jogging. But the knee did keep bothering me enough that I did have to stop jogging. I hope to get back to it soon, though, just like I hope to write more here as well.

Plenty of things have happened in my absence. We moved into a new house. My kids kept growing. My daughter was accepted into the gifted program at school. She read all of the Harry Potter books withing the span of a month or so. Not bad for a second grader. Oh what I would give to read those books at that age.

I’ve done some writing, surprisingly. I’ve got roughly 11 Chapters of a novel written. Of course the ending is not yet written. I also have a writing critique group that very well might kill me if I don’t deliver them an ending this time. So there’s that.

More posts to come, I hope. In the meantime, I leave you with this song that has somehow crept into my brain and won’t escape.

Jog Diary Week 2 – Day 3

My left knee felt absolutely terrible from step one today and didn’t let up until I stopped. I probably shouldn’t have run at all today, but I wanted to get something in since I won’t have a chance to get out again until next Wednesday.

Overall, I’m happy I was able to power through 2 miles at an admittedly slower pace. I’m hoping the 5 days off will give my knee a chance to heal itself and that I won’t have to go see a doctor. We shall see.

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Name: 8/30/2013 12:00PM
Activity type: street running
Description: -
Total distance: 3.27 km (2.0 mi)
Total time: 20:07
Moving time: 20:03
Average speed: 9.76 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 9.80 km/h (6.1 mi/h)
Max speed: 10.94 km/h (6.8 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:09 min/km (9:54 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 6:07 min/km (9:51 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:29 min/km (8:49 min/mi)
Max elevation: 319 m (1046 ft)
Min elevation: 279 m (915 ft)
Elevation gain: 34 m (110 ft)
Max grade: 9 %
Min grade: -9 %
Recorded: 8/30/2013 12:00PM

Jog Diary – Week 2 Day 2

I feel like poo. Strike that. I feel like old poo.

I wound up running 3 miles today in 29 minutes. That’s not too bad, I guess. I was absolutely beat at the end of the run, though. I had to really push that last mile out to be honest. But I did it, and I’m happy about that.

The good news is I haven’t had any pain in my calves this week. The bad news is I have quite a bit of discomfort in the back of my left knee.

Speaking of discomfort. Actually no, this isn’t related to discomfort at all. However, while I was walking after my run I had an idea. You know Google Glass? I need Google Glass(es?). I think it would be awesome to have the Google Glass, connect it to my smart phone, and have a HUD (heads up display) of my stats while I’m jogging. No slowing to look down at my arm. Just a simple display of my time, speed, and distance. This would be rad.

On to the stats:

Created by Google My Tracks on Android.

Activity type: street running
Total distance: 4.81 km (3.0 mi)
Total time: 29:04
Moving time: 28:57
Average speed: 9.94 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 9.98 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Max speed: 11.51 km/h (7.2 mi/h)
Average pace: 6:02 min/km (9:43 min/mi)
Average moving pace: 6:01 min/km (9:41 min/mi)
Fastest pace: 5:13 min/km (8:23 min/mi)
Max elevation: 313 m (1028 ft)
Min elevation: 275 m (903 ft)
Elevation gain: 73 m (240 ft)
Max grade: 17 %
Min grade: -11 %
Recorded: 8/28/2013 11:59AM