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[11 Aug 2011 | 2 Comments | ]
GoRuck Training – Full Bricks

No that’s not a homemade explosive, those are my bricks. 4 bricks, wrapped up with duct tape. So far I’ve been training with just 3 and finally made the transition to full “brickage”. My fun raising page is up http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/Shanahan/nyc911 so please consider a donation if you can.
The challenge is less than a month away now and things are getting “real”. I’m trying to increase my training but it is so hard to find the time. I’m also cautious to avoid injury. The last thing I would want is a …

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[7 Jul 2011 | One Comment | ]
The Golden Gate (almost) Half Marathon

More GoRuck training folks! Bruce Willis in Die Hard 1 says “fists with your toes” is a great way to get rid of that airplane feeling. Well I have another way: running across the Golden Gate Bridge! Last week I flew to San Francisco. I got in around 3PM PST so with a few hours to kill I decided to take a jog over to the Golden Gate bridge, it turned out to be quite the adventure.
If you’re interested I mapped the run here [LINK].
I was staying at the Fairmont …

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[20 Jun 2011 | 4 Comments | ]
The GoRuck Challenge – Training

In April I participated in my first Tough Mudder (LINK). I have never been one to “participate” in things like this but I have to admit the sense of accomplishment was pretty overwhelming. We also raised $3,000+ for Colon Cancer (LINK) which only added to the experience. Almost immediately afterwards I started looking for the next challenge. Another TM would be fun but 7,000 people completed the TM course (out of 10,000 entrants), I felt maybe I could find something a bit more “exclusive”.
In researching TM I’d heard of …

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[18 Apr 2011 | 5 Comments | ]
Tough Mudder PA – Review/Post Mortem

On April 9th 2011 together with my brothers in-law Dave and Chris, I ran the Tough Mudder PA course in beautiful Bear Creek. Together we raised $3,120 for the Colon Cancer Alliance [LINK]. Here’s a post-mortem for anyone interested in doing a TM event.
Short answer: I highly recommend Tough Mudder. It was the absolute most fun I’ve had in a long time. I came away with a wide variety of scrapes, a mild sunburn and an adrenaline high that lasted well into mid-week.
Long answer: We had a 10AM …

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[7 Jun 2010 | No Comment | ]
Kirigami and Origami

File this under “do try this at home”. Since Christmas I have been occasionally practicing Origami which has been a lot of fun. Origami, particularly unit-origami as you might think has some fairly strong roots in geometry and some exquisite forms can be produced with some surprisingly complex folds. Probably the best example of this is the Bisected Cube folded from a single sheet, the bisection is covered exactly by a 2nd sheet of paper folded into a perfect hexagon.
This past weekend I tried my hand at Kirigami. Kirigami is …

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[28 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | ]
A Sanity Test

Are you out of your mind? Meaning are you mad? Or insane? and to what degree? Seriously, how would you know?
Consider the tool you’d be using to determine the answer could potentially be skewing the results, e.g. your mind if insane may not give the right answer.
So the question is relative. You need a frame of reference. An objective third party perhaps, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist. A neurologist could verify the physical construction of your brain but that will fall short in validating how the mind …

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[22 Mar 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
On Frameworks, Abstractions and Code Generation

I have built many frameworks over the years and I have a love-hate relationship with them. Building frameworks or other types of abstractions such as code generators, template engines and so forth are great creative outlets which tend to distract the over-burdened developer from the primary task at hand which is shipping software. They’re a lot of fun to think about and build and you don’t need to worry about those pesky business requirements. But are they worth the investment?
The first problem with a framework is the requirements. Since …

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[11 Feb 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Fine Watches for Men

A slight tangent this time; If you’re looking for a good valentine’s day gift for men, specifically a watch, it can be a daunting task. Of course no one needs a watch into today’s world but that’s not the point.  The watch is the only piece of jewelry a man can legitimately wear so in my view it’s fairly important to put some thought into it. The worst thing you can do is walk into a jeweler’s not knowing what you want, you’ll end up $2,000 poorer with a boring …

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[26 Jan 2010 | 3 Comments | ]
Life Is Ruthless

Is there an intelligent designer? If so then they are surely a mad and cruel scientist. Observe the parasite “Cymothoa exigua” [LINK]. Here’s is an animal, a parasite, that attaches to a fish’s tongue. Once attached it cuts off the blood to the tongue which eventually falls off. It then happily lives in its unfortunate hosts’ mouth. I assume its incredibly painful for the host fish who is powerless to get rid of it.
Or how about “Sacculina”, the mind-control barnacle? [LINK]
“Upon finding a host crab, a female Sacculina will crawl …

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[7 Jan 2010 | 7 Comments | ]
The Law of Attraction is Offensive

Bob Proctor is at it again.  The Secret, which benefited greatly from “The Oprah Effect” essentially put The Law of Attraction, around which much of Proctor’s shtick is based, on the map. The Law is…
“Essentially, “if you really want something and truly believe it’s possible, you’ll get it”, but putting a lot of attention and thought onto something you don’t want means you’ll probably get that too.”
This claim is entirely fantasy based, with no clinical evidence to back it up AT ALL. Yet The Secret was purchased by over 2 …