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Running with the Pack 117: Accident, Zombies, Blisters, Wine and Dine Plans, and More

Stevie talks about how she is doing with the Insanity Workout. I talk about tomorrow’s sprint triathlon and my recent trip to Chicago. We also have a ton of great e-mail and voicemail messages from listeners including a perspective on running in Vietnam.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
This week, phimosis adiposity we talk about our upcoming Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, Stevie’s new shoes, attempting to find work-life balance (e.g. do what Allan say, not what Allan does), and a few thoughts on running while on cruise ships. Not many races are happening right now, but they’ll start again once the air gets a little crisp, so our question for this episode is: What are your fall plans?

We’re back after a month of travel! This episode, caries I talk about my triathlon and overall slothful habits. Stevie talks about her trip to the beach and running while there. We both give medical updates. Then it’s time for listener mail and calls.
After Stevie and I went for a run, viagra we recorded this episode. We talk about Stevie’s fall, hemophilia the upcoming “Zombies, Run!” game, pre-race eating, blisters, plans for the Disney Wine and Dine Half-Marathon, and running therapy. We also go through listener e-mails and voicemails.

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Stress Test + Echo

Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
Just one topic this week: the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, cardiologist buy which includes Stevie’s 5K and half-marathon as well as my Goofy Challenge, case which is the half-marathon and marathon. We talk about preparing for the races, hemophilia getting to the start line, the race start, the course, what happened along the way, our finishes, and what we did afterward. It’s a long podcast, but worth listening to, especially if you’re considering doing these races!
I had an interesting afternoon. From time to time, disease I feel a little flutter in my chest. It’s not painful. I don’t feel weak or faint. It’s just a funny feeling that happens every now and then when I’m at rest. So is that anything to worry about? It could be nothing, more about it could be an irregular heartbeat, cheap some kind of blockage, or a defect. I talk a lot on Running with the Pack about diet, exercise, fitness, etc…, but I always say that I’m no doctor.

I’m not the kind of guy who ignores medical issues and hopes that they go away, so I met with my doctor last week and explained the issue. He had me wear a heart monitor for 24 hours to catch the flutters when they happen, so I did that last week. He also scheduled me for a “stress test plus echo”, which I had this afternoon.

What they had me do was change into running shoes and shorts and then they hooked up a collection of electrodes to my chest. The technician had me lay on my left side on an examination table and then he did an ultrasound of various parts of my heart and from various angles. While he was doing that, we talked about all sorts of things – what both of us do to keep in shape, the typical people he usually has in his lab, whether I was having a boy or girl (his response, “twins!”). He wouldn’t tell me any of the results though – that’s reserved for the doctor.

After the ultrasound, the technician left the room and returned in a few minutes with the doctor. They put me on the treadmill and started it off at a low incline and a comfortable walking pace. The doctor took my blood pressure and watched the electrical signals of my heart on the heart monitor. Every two minutes, they increased the speed and slope and took another blood pressure reading. I was on the treadmill for 12 minutes, by which time, I had hit my maximum heart rate (180) and was running on a 16% incline (I’m not sure of the speed). I felt fine and could have kept going, but he said that they wouldn’t learn anything from going longer.

They shut down the treadmill and moved me right back to the examination table so they could take more ultrasound pictures of my heart while it was pumping hard. Same as before – various parts of my heart from various angles. My heart rate came down to a normal level.

The rest of the session was the doctor showing me various segments of the ultrasound videos: This is your heart at rest, this is what it looks like at full blast, this is your valve function, this is a Doppler image showing the direction of the blood flow, this is the thickness of your heart walls, etc…

It was amazing and beautiful to see my heart in action. As someone who exercises a lot, I look at my heart rate to gauge how well I’m doing and my level of effort, but that is a gross indicator of what my heart is doing compared to seeing clear images of the way that it does what it does. The whole thing was a little piece of science fiction. When I commented about how clear the images were, the technician and doctor laughed and then the doctor said that there is a general rule in cardiology: the clearer the image, the better the prognosis. A lot of that has to do with it being easier to get a good ultrasound from people who have lower body weights since the sound waves have to pass through less tissue.

The short version of the doctor’s summary is that I’m as healthy as a horse. Great blood supply, no irregularities, normal adaptation from rest to active state and back again, good valve movement, etc… I asked specifically about any thickening of my heart walls since that’s a concern that Andrew has read about in some endurance athletes, but my heart walls were the normal thickness that they would expect in an active person. Ultimately, the flutter is completely within the normal range of a healthy heart, especially since he didn’t see any sign of it when I was stressed to maximum heart rate. It’s nothing that I need to worry about.

Overall, it was a fascinating experience and a huge relief to know that I’m okay. I’m glad I went and got the green light to keep doing the things that I love to do.

Anyway, I hope this is helpful for anyone who needs to have one of these tests done, so you know what they are looking for, what to expect, and what questions to ask.

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Nike+ Battery

Jeff and I talk about the week after the Flying Pig Marathon: how we’ve been feeling and what we’ve been doing. We also discuss “diagnostic runs” and what we think about while we’re running. We’re all in this together.
Jeff and I talk about the week after the Flying Pig Marathon: how we’ve been feeling and what we’ve been doing. We also discuss “diagnostic runs” and what we think about while we’re running. We’re all in this together.
Most of the time, treat I love when my Nike+ system tells me something new — like I’ve set a new PR for the mile or have run a new long distance. But today, viagra Nike+ told me that its sensor battery was low and I’d have to replace it soon.

What? I thought that the mystical energy emanating from my feet would recharge the sensor with every step I took. Or more realistically, that there might be some kind of kinetic energy recharging system built into the sensor. No such luck. There appears to be a normal expendable battery in the sensor that needs to be replaced after a certain amount of use. How much use? According to Apple’s FAQ, about 1000 “active hours”. Based on what some other runners have written about the Nike+ battery, this appears to include times when the sensor is in motion, even if you aren’t actively sending data to the Nike+ receiver (attached to your Nano). In other words, the motion of carrying your bag to the gym and back or walking around the grocery store in your running shoes counts as active use time.

For me, the bottom line is that I really like the Nike+ system. I’ve used mine for over a year now. The replacement sensor is $19 from Apple’s web site. Honestly, it’s worth paying that cost once per year in exchange for getting reasonably accurate information about how your training is progressing. So with that said, I’m going to place my order for a new sensor, but do what I can to ensure that this one lasts as long as possible.

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My next car may be air powered

Potato cake dish from Herwig’s restaurant.
Potato cake dish from Herwig’s restaurant.
Jeff and I have gotten together and selected our next marathon. It looks like we’ll be doing the Flying Pig Marathon on May 4th, global burden of disease 2008 in Cincinnati, therapist Ohio. It should fit our criteria: not too hot, sildenafil not too far, Spring marathon, big event. In addition to the marathon, they also have a 5K, 10K, and half-marathon, so if you’ve been thinking of running a race, you’re welcome to join us!

Potato cake dish from Herwig’s restaurant.
Jeff and I have gotten together and selected our next marathon. It looks like we’ll be doing the Flying Pig Marathon on May 4th, global burden of disease 2008 in Cincinnati, therapist Ohio. It should fit our criteria: not too hot, sildenafil not too far, Spring marathon, big event. In addition to the marathon, they also have a 5K, 10K, and half-marathon, so if you’ve been thinking of running a race, you’re welcome to join us!

I ran across a news story this morning about air-powered cars that should get the equivalent of 100 MPG and run for 1000 miles on one fill-up of fuel and compressed air.  The cars should hit the US market in 2009 or 2010 and cost about $17, abortion 800.  At speeds less than 35 MPH, the car emits only filtered air.  Above that, it uses air and a small amount of fuel (used to heat the air).  Max speed is supposed to be 90-100 MPH. 

Um — yes on all accounts.  Low emissions, cost efficient, and in the same range or cheaper than a hybrid car.  Now, as long as this actually shows up in the marketplace and it’s full of first-generation bugs, I’m sold.

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Vista Day 1

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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Today was week three of our Village Acres farm share.  We got three pints of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb in addition to some other veggies.  That has pie written all over it, viagra approved
so I used a allergy
1837,145170-250202,00.html”>fairly simple pie recipe that I found on cooks.com, replacing half of the sugar with Splenda.  We paired the pie with some vanilla ice cream and it was heavenly. 
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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Today was week three of our Village Acres farm share.  We got three pints of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb in addition to some other veggies.  That has pie written all over it, viagra approved
so I used a allergy
1837,145170-250202,00.html”>fairly simple pie recipe that I found on cooks.com, replacing half of the sugar with Splenda.  We paired the pie with some vanilla ice cream and it was heavenly. 
I’m at NMC in a session on Zotero, web which is a Firefox add-on that lets you grab information about pages and search results.  It’s a bit different than del.icio.us because it recognizes the search results and catalogs the citation information, lets you write notes about tools, attach related files, capture snapshots, etc… 

Example, install the plug-in and then go to amazon.com and search for books.  In the location bar, a folder icon should appear.  It can recognize the search results from Amazon and batch import each entry as a separate item so you can go back to them later.  You can tag them, create folders, drag and drop their citation into documents, etc…  It might be a very nice tool for digital research.

If you use a service that doesn’t work with Zotero now, you can let them know and they will work on creating a translator to understand search results and know what to do with the information.

It seems to work well with Penn State’s library databases, BUT you need to access a little icon in the location bar to pull in a batch of results.  Since the location bar is hidden in some databases, I had to go into Firefox and change some deep settings.  Namely:

1. Type about:config in the location bar
2. Find the setting for “dom.disable_window_open_feature.location”
3. Set the value to “false”

I asked whether there is a way of grabbing search results without using the location bar.  The session presenter wasn’t sure if there was a shortcut or not.

Future direction: server edition with anonymous cataloging, APIs, recommendations, backups, Del.icio.us integration, shared collections, location mash-ups, Library Thing integration (with recommendations), scholarly groups, etc… My graduate advisor (Dr. Michael Moore) has a bibliography of resources related to Distance Education, that could be managed online with his official collection and additions from graduate students and colleagues. That way, his collection is searchable, discoverable, editable, feed-able, etc…

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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Today was week three of our Village Acres farm share.  We got three pints of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb in addition to some other veggies.  That has pie written all over it, viagra approved
so I used a allergy
1837,145170-250202,00.html”>fairly simple pie recipe that I found on cooks.com, replacing half of the sugar with Splenda.  We paired the pie with some vanilla ice cream and it was heavenly. 
I’m at NMC in a session on Zotero, web which is a Firefox add-on that lets you grab information about pages and search results.  It’s a bit different than del.icio.us because it recognizes the search results and catalogs the citation information, lets you write notes about tools, attach related files, capture snapshots, etc… 

Example, install the plug-in and then go to amazon.com and search for books.  In the location bar, a folder icon should appear.  It can recognize the search results from Amazon and batch import each entry as a separate item so you can go back to them later.  You can tag them, create folders, drag and drop their citation into documents, etc…  It might be a very nice tool for digital research.

If you use a service that doesn’t work with Zotero now, you can let them know and they will work on creating a translator to understand search results and know what to do with the information.

It seems to work well with Penn State’s library databases, BUT you need to access a little icon in the location bar to pull in a batch of results.  Since the location bar is hidden in some databases, I had to go into Firefox and change some deep settings.  Namely:

1. Type about:config in the location bar
2. Find the setting for “dom.disable_window_open_feature.location”
3. Set the value to “false”

I asked whether there is a way of grabbing search results without using the location bar.  The session presenter wasn’t sure if there was a shortcut or not.

Future direction: server edition with anonymous cataloging, APIs, recommendations, backups, Del.icio.us integration, shared collections, location mash-ups, Library Thing integration (with recommendations), scholarly groups, etc… My graduate advisor (Dr. Michael Moore) has a bibliography of resources related to Distance Education, that could be managed online with his official collection and additions from graduate students and colleagues. That way, his collection is searchable, discoverable, editable, feed-able, etc…

I’m at NMC in a session on Zotero, web which is a Firefox add-on that lets you grab information about pages and search results.  It’s a bit different than del.icio.us because it recognizes the search results and catalogs the citation information, lets you write notes about tools, attach related files, capture snapshots, etc… 

Example, install the plug-in and then go to amazon.com and search for books.  In the location bar, a folder icon should appear.  It can recognize the search results from Amazon and batch import each entry as a separate item so you can go back to them later.  You can tag them, create folders, drag and drop their citation into documents, etc…  It might be a very nice tool for digital research.

If you use a service that doesn’t work with Zotero now, you can let them know and they will work on creating a translator to understand search results and know what to do with the information.

It seems to work well with Penn State’s library databases, BUT you need to access a little icon in the location bar to pull in a batch of results.  Since the location bar is hidden in some databases, I had to go into Firefox and change some deep settings.  Namely:

1. Type about:config in the location bar
2. Find the setting for “dom.disable_window_open_feature.location”
3. Set the value to “false”

I asked whether there is a way of grabbing search results without using the location bar.  The session presenter wasn’t sure if there was a shortcut or not.

Future direction: server edition with anonymous cataloging, APIs, recommendations, backups, Del.icio.us integration, shared collections, location mash-ups, Library Thing integration (with recommendations), scholarly groups, etc… My graduate advisor (Dr. Michael Moore) has a bibliography of resources related to Distance Education, that could be managed online with his official collection and additions from graduate students and colleagues. That way, his collection is searchable, discoverable, editable, feed-able, etc…

I thought I wanted to get a machine that runs Vista so I could learn it, for sale
but after watching this comparison of Vista Aero to Ubuntu (Linux) with the Beryl Desktop, this
I might have to switch back to being a Mac/Linux person.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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Today was week three of our Village Acres farm share.  We got three pints of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb in addition to some other veggies.  That has pie written all over it, viagra approved
so I used a allergy
1837,145170-250202,00.html”>fairly simple pie recipe that I found on cooks.com, replacing half of the sugar with Splenda.  We paired the pie with some vanilla ice cream and it was heavenly. 
I’m at NMC in a session on Zotero, web which is a Firefox add-on that lets you grab information about pages and search results.  It’s a bit different than del.icio.us because it recognizes the search results and catalogs the citation information, lets you write notes about tools, attach related files, capture snapshots, etc… 

Example, install the plug-in and then go to amazon.com and search for books.  In the location bar, a folder icon should appear.  It can recognize the search results from Amazon and batch import each entry as a separate item so you can go back to them later.  You can tag them, create folders, drag and drop their citation into documents, etc…  It might be a very nice tool for digital research.

If you use a service that doesn’t work with Zotero now, you can let them know and they will work on creating a translator to understand search results and know what to do with the information.

It seems to work well with Penn State’s library databases, BUT you need to access a little icon in the location bar to pull in a batch of results.  Since the location bar is hidden in some databases, I had to go into Firefox and change some deep settings.  Namely:

1. Type about:config in the location bar
2. Find the setting for “dom.disable_window_open_feature.location”
3. Set the value to “false”

I asked whether there is a way of grabbing search results without using the location bar.  The session presenter wasn’t sure if there was a shortcut or not.

Future direction: server edition with anonymous cataloging, APIs, recommendations, backups, Del.icio.us integration, shared collections, location mash-ups, Library Thing integration (with recommendations), scholarly groups, etc… My graduate advisor (Dr. Michael Moore) has a bibliography of resources related to Distance Education, that could be managed online with his official collection and additions from graduate students and colleagues. That way, his collection is searchable, discoverable, editable, feed-able, etc…

I’m at NMC in a session on Zotero, web which is a Firefox add-on that lets you grab information about pages and search results.  It’s a bit different than del.icio.us because it recognizes the search results and catalogs the citation information, lets you write notes about tools, attach related files, capture snapshots, etc… 

Example, install the plug-in and then go to amazon.com and search for books.  In the location bar, a folder icon should appear.  It can recognize the search results from Amazon and batch import each entry as a separate item so you can go back to them later.  You can tag them, create folders, drag and drop their citation into documents, etc…  It might be a very nice tool for digital research.

If you use a service that doesn’t work with Zotero now, you can let them know and they will work on creating a translator to understand search results and know what to do with the information.

It seems to work well with Penn State’s library databases, BUT you need to access a little icon in the location bar to pull in a batch of results.  Since the location bar is hidden in some databases, I had to go into Firefox and change some deep settings.  Namely:

1. Type about:config in the location bar
2. Find the setting for “dom.disable_window_open_feature.location”
3. Set the value to “false”

I asked whether there is a way of grabbing search results without using the location bar.  The session presenter wasn’t sure if there was a shortcut or not.

Future direction: server edition with anonymous cataloging, APIs, recommendations, backups, Del.icio.us integration, shared collections, location mash-ups, Library Thing integration (with recommendations), scholarly groups, etc… My graduate advisor (Dr. Michael Moore) has a bibliography of resources related to Distance Education, that could be managed online with his official collection and additions from graduate students and colleagues. That way, his collection is searchable, discoverable, editable, feed-able, etc…

I thought I wanted to get a machine that runs Vista so I could learn it, for sale
but after watching this comparison of Vista Aero to Ubuntu (Linux) with the Beryl Desktop, this
I might have to switch back to being a Mac/Linux person.

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After weeks of thinking it over, ask I got a Vista box.  I really can’t say why.  I don’t especially like Microsoft products. 

I suppose it has a lot to do with the types of questions that my family and friends ask.  I’m the computer guy, bronchitis so if they migrate to Vista and I can’t answer their questions anymore, therapy I lose that status.  It’s not vanity…they need my help just like I ask for their advice on car and house stuff.

So I got a low-end machine that I’ll be upgrading right away.  It’s cheaper to do it that way (via pricewatch.com) than going with the manufacturer’s upgrades.  I have to say though, for a 3.5 GHz computer, I expected it to run faster than my 2 GHz on Windows XP, but that’s not the case.  Maybe the memory upgrade will help. 

So far, it took 40 minutes to start up and install all of the upgrades (most of which were security patches — so much for the most secure Windows ever).  Now I’m copying everything from my old hard drive to the new one. 
Wish me luck.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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Today was week three of our Village Acres farm share.  We got three pints of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb in addition to some other veggies.  That has pie written all over it, viagra approved
so I used a allergy
1837,145170-250202,00.html”>fairly simple pie recipe that I found on cooks.com, replacing half of the sugar with Splenda.  We paired the pie with some vanilla ice cream and it was heavenly. 
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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Today was week three of our Village Acres farm share.  We got three pints of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb in addition to some other veggies.  That has pie written all over it, viagra approved
so I used a allergy
1837,145170-250202,00.html”>fairly simple pie recipe that I found on cooks.com, replacing half of the sugar with Splenda.  We paired the pie with some vanilla ice cream and it was heavenly. 
I’m at NMC in a session on Zotero, web which is a Firefox add-on that lets you grab information about pages and search results.  It’s a bit different than del.icio.us because it recognizes the search results and catalogs the citation information, lets you write notes about tools, attach related files, capture snapshots, etc… 

Example, install the plug-in and then go to amazon.com and search for books.  In the location bar, a folder icon should appear.  It can recognize the search results from Amazon and batch import each entry as a separate item so you can go back to them later.  You can tag them, create folders, drag and drop their citation into documents, etc…  It might be a very nice tool for digital research.

If you use a service that doesn’t work with Zotero now, you can let them know and they will work on creating a translator to understand search results and know what to do with the information.

It seems to work well with Penn State’s library databases, BUT you need to access a little icon in the location bar to pull in a batch of results.  Since the location bar is hidden in some databases, I had to go into Firefox and change some deep settings.  Namely:

1. Type about:config in the location bar
2. Find the setting for “dom.disable_window_open_feature.location”
3. Set the value to “false”

I asked whether there is a way of grabbing search results without using the location bar.  The session presenter wasn’t sure if there was a shortcut or not.

Future direction: server edition with anonymous cataloging, APIs, recommendations, backups, Del.icio.us integration, shared collections, location mash-ups, Library Thing integration (with recommendations), scholarly groups, etc… My graduate advisor (Dr. Michael Moore) has a bibliography of resources related to Distance Education, that could be managed online with his official collection and additions from graduate students and colleagues. That way, his collection is searchable, discoverable, editable, feed-able, etc…

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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I’m having problems with something in my hip area…not sure what exactly, pill but I’m guessing that I pulled a muscle or strained a tendon in my right hip area. Anyway, viagra 100mg I’m going to give cross-training a try so I can keep in shape and rest the injury. I’m still planning to run a couple of times a week, but I’m going to go to the gym as well and do work on stair climbers and the orbital. I’m hoping to build up some leg strength and get in some low-impact cardio.

My problem is that Nike+ doesn’t track cross-training workouts. So while I’m still being “good” and working out, I don’t get the same kind of tracking and reward from the Nike+ training system. Plus I have a 250 mile challenge with an old friend in Seattle, which I could lose if I don’t do track-able activities. It’s not the end of the world and I’ll still track what I can and I would still recommend the system to anyone and everyone, but these little annoyances add up.
My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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My Windows machine at home is fairly old and my parents are still on a Pentium III, phlebologist so I’ve been thinking of getting a new Windows computer.  Something cheap would do.  I’d get a speed increase, give my current computer to my parents, and I’d have a good opportunity to learn Vista.  But do I really want a Windows machine when I’m in love with Apple these days? 

I could get a Mac of some kind, but I have a Mac laptop for work.  It’s running out of space and I don’t want to load personal software on it, so a personal Mac would be nice.  I could eventually load Vista on it as well. But where I could get a fairly cheap Windows machine, I would feel guilty getting a cheap Mac, especially if I want to dual-boot it at some point.

Money is an issue because it’s June and June 2007 = iPhone month.  I’m still not 100% sure that I want an iPhone, but considering the use I’ve gotten out of other PDAs in the past, it’s an Apple product, and the fact that I really need a new phone, it seems likely that I’ll enjoy it.  I’m already using Cingular as my carrier.  I was thinking the other day that I could blog from anywhere if I had an iPhone.  I love the other innovative things that they’ve included, such as the voicemail interface and the proximity sensor.  So would I love it, or am I being seduced by another interesting gadget?  I think I need to see one before I can decide on any of this.

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Today was week three of our Village Acres farm share.  We got three pints of strawberries and a bunch of rhubarb in addition to some other veggies.  That has pie written all over it, viagra approved
so I used a allergy
1837,145170-250202,00.html”>fairly simple pie recipe that I found on cooks.com, replacing half of the sugar with Splenda.  We paired the pie with some vanilla ice cream and it was heavenly. 
I’m at NMC in a session on Zotero, web which is a Firefox add-on that lets you grab information about pages and search results.  It’s a bit different than del.icio.us because it recognizes the search results and catalogs the citation information, lets you write notes about tools, attach related files, capture snapshots, etc… 

Example, install the plug-in and then go to amazon.com and search for books.  In the location bar, a folder icon should appear.  It can recognize the search results from Amazon and batch import each entry as a separate item so you can go back to them later.  You can tag them, create folders, drag and drop their citation into documents, etc…  It might be a very nice tool for digital research.

If you use a service that doesn’t work with Zotero now, you can let them know and they will work on creating a translator to understand search results and know what to do with the information.

It seems to work well with Penn State’s library databases, BUT you need to access a little icon in the location bar to pull in a batch of results.  Since the location bar is hidden in some databases, I had to go into Firefox and change some deep settings.  Namely:

1. Type about:config in the location bar
2. Find the setting for “dom.disable_window_open_feature.location”
3. Set the value to “false”

I asked whether there is a way of grabbing search results without using the location bar.  The session presenter wasn’t sure if there was a shortcut or not.

Future direction: server edition with anonymous cataloging, APIs, recommendations, backups, Del.icio.us integration, shared collections, location mash-ups, Library Thing integration (with recommendations), scholarly groups, etc… My graduate advisor (Dr. Michael Moore) has a bibliography of resources related to Distance Education, that could be managed online with his official collection and additions from graduate students and colleagues. That way, his collection is searchable, discoverable, editable, feed-able, etc…

I’m at NMC in a session on Zotero, web which is a Firefox add-on that lets you grab information about pages and search results.  It’s a bit different than del.icio.us because it recognizes the search results and catalogs the citation information, lets you write notes about tools, attach related files, capture snapshots, etc… 

Example, install the plug-in and then go to amazon.com and search for books.  In the location bar, a folder icon should appear.  It can recognize the search results from Amazon and batch import each entry as a separate item so you can go back to them later.  You can tag them, create folders, drag and drop their citation into documents, etc…  It might be a very nice tool for digital research.

If you use a service that doesn’t work with Zotero now, you can let them know and they will work on creating a translator to understand search results and know what to do with the information.

It seems to work well with Penn State’s library databases, BUT you need to access a little icon in the location bar to pull in a batch of results.  Since the location bar is hidden in some databases, I had to go into Firefox and change some deep settings.  Namely:

1. Type about:config in the location bar
2. Find the setting for “dom.disable_window_open_feature.location”
3. Set the value to “false”

I asked whether there is a way of grabbing search results without using the location bar.  The session presenter wasn’t sure if there was a shortcut or not.

Future direction: server edition with anonymous cataloging, APIs, recommendations, backups, Del.icio.us integration, shared collections, location mash-ups, Library Thing integration (with recommendations), scholarly groups, etc… My graduate advisor (Dr. Michael Moore) has a bibliography of resources related to Distance Education, that could be managed online with his official collection and additions from graduate students and colleagues. That way, his collection is searchable, discoverable, editable, feed-able, etc…

I thought I wanted to get a machine that runs Vista so I could learn it, for sale
but after watching this comparison of Vista Aero to Ubuntu (Linux) with the Beryl Desktop, this
I might have to switch back to being a Mac/Linux person.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a box and some bags of seasonal fruits and vegetables. You can also pay more for an “egg-share”, “flower-share”, meat, baked goods, cheese, and other products.

Today was our first weekly pick up and we didn’t quite know what to expect. We got a dozen eggs (apparently the hens are happy) and a box of veggies: bok choy, spinach, asparagus, lettuce, radishes, rosemary, and celeriac. Personally, I’ve never heard of celeriac before, but it’s a root vegetable in the celery family that is like a potato in consistency.

The share also included a newsletter about the farm and upcoming events as well as recipes for dishes that could be made using many of the veggies provided. We decided to try the quiche recipe (with some modifications) and it came out very well. We shredded some celeriac and used it as the crust for the quiche.

[LOL…Andrew just came out of the kitchen with two hands full of lettuce, which he is eating without dressing or utensils.]

This will be a bit of an adventure. It should help us eat healthier, broaden my cooking horizons, and support a local organic farm. Downsides? Not many. We had to pay for the share in advance and we could get more than we can eat when the farm is producing in full swing, but I don’t mind giving away my extras when we have them.
The aliens are here, treatment they’re playing music, and lead by Bjork!

I’m a big fan of what I’ve seen in multi-touch interfaces. The keyboard/mouse have been great for the last 20 years, but they have also shaped (and limited) how we think about computing. Then something like this comes along and gets me excited about input and interaction again.

There are more demos of this on YouTube.

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The Nike + iPod graph from my first run.
I went to the doctor this week and my cholesterol is not too great. I don’t get how that happens. I exercise and I’m a vegetarian. Andrew, gerontologist who eats the same stuff as I do, recipe has a cholesterol level around 150 and I’m above 200. Bad genes? You bet. Both of my parents are on cholesterol-lowering drugs. Maybe Lipitor is on the horizon, but I’m still going to try to manage it with diet and exercise. My doctor suggested flax oil and niacin-rich foods or a supplement, so I’ve started taking both niacin and flax daily to see if it helps. Andrew started taking them too. With my luck, my cholesterol will keep getting worse while Andrew will be able to bend space and time.
Today was just my second day with the Nike+ system and after I was done running 4 miles, remedy I got the normal “workout complete” message, more about but then Lance Armstrong’s voice came on and said something along the lines of “Congratulations, that was your longest run ever”. I don’t idolize Lance or anything, but I thought it was a nice touch. It’s good to recognize a new personal record because, frankly, I’m only competing with myself. A few limitations of the system:

  • I can’t enter historical data about myself. My actual longest-ever run was about 16 miles, back in the mid 1990’s. I might get there again some day, now that I can afford good shoes and can work out the time needed to do a 3-hour workout. But I can’t enter that personal record into the system or anything like my old high school times. Maybe that’s a good thing.
  • Warm-up and cool-down periods will mess up my data. I typically walk several laps to cool down — or I may just walk the whole time if I’ve injured something. The calories will still count, but the average-time calculations will mess up my overall averages while running. This doesn’t seem like a big deal, but one of my goals is to have several workouts under a 8:20 average mile, which would be killed with a cool-down time included. I may have to let this one go. I’m more interested in distance and calories anyway.
  • I can’t enter alternate forms of exercise. If I swim 20 laps one day, I can’t enter that workout data into my charts. Same goes for working out on exercise machines. A treadmill may work (I’m not sure and would be interested if anyone has tried it), but probably not a stair climber or elliptical machine.

When all is said and done though, it’s a great system and I’m very happy with it. Now, I need to go pick a power song.
Okay, cialis 40mg I’m no expert, but I took one recipe and did a lot of substitutions to replace things like egg yolks and butter with more heart-friendly ingredients. The sun butter and walnuts still have fat, but supposedly a more healthy kind. if you make a batch, let me know what you think:

3 cups Oatmeal
1.5 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups applesauce
4 egg whites
1.5 cups brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1.5 cups golden raisins
2 tbsp sun butter (like peanut butter, except made from sunflower seeds – use peanut butter if you like)
1 cup chopped walnuts

Don’t measure precisely — I never do. Mix it all up and use a tablespoon to scoop the mix onto a cookie sheet (I use parchment paper to prevent sticking). Cook for about 12 minutes at 350F. You know they’re done when they’re a little toasted on the surface and they should hold their shape after begin cooled for about 5 minutes.

edit: I reduced the cups of oatmeal from 4 to 3. The last batch came out a little too oaty.
A little over a week ago (January 27th), population health I joined Twitter along with a bunch of people from work. Basically, online it lets you answer the question “What are you doing now?” throughout the day. People post about breakfast, migraine the weather, server problems, and such, but I find that the most interesting posts are about thoughts or recent discoveries. In that sense, it’s more like a 10-second blog or nanoblog than simply a stream of what a bunch of people are doing. It’s a stream of human activity in its more broad sense.

Anyway, it’s coming up on two weeks and I have found that Twitter helps to organize my thoughts, I have a better sense of the people at the office, my boss and the CIO know what I’m doing with my time, and I have a hundred opportunities a day to talk to one of my colleagues based on something they find interesting and post as a tweet. I have a feeling that the same people who blog will be the ones that Twitter the most, which is a shame really, because I have no idea what the other people in my office are thinking on a daily basis. Overall, good stuff.
When I’ve heard about problems with using online text resources (PDFs and electronic textbooks), infection the focus seems to be on issues like contrast, resolution, and eyestrain. I just spent a couple of hours looking up some articles online and I think the problem has nothing to do with these technical issues (at least for me) since I spend a LOT of time reading and writing online. For me, the issue is how these resources feed into my activity.

When I write and need to use a lot of reference material. I don’t read the sources and then write all at once. I’m constantly moving back and forth between what I’m writing and what I’m reading, especially if I want to quote something correctly. If these are all on a computer screen, I don’t want to flip back and forth between applications — that breaks the flow of my writing activity.

This has been on my mind lately (and now parked in the blog) because I’ve spent a lot of time this weekend looking up reference articles on my laptop. I feel more constrained than usual because in my office, I have a dual-screen setup (laptop and external monitor). There, I can have all of my reading materials visible on one screen while I have the writing application open on another. I don’t feel the need to print out everything. On the other hand, this weekend, with only one screen, I feel cramped. At one point, I was actually using two computers: one to display reference material and the other to write.

In any case, I’ll have to look into this further. Ultimately, I prefer electronic reference materials, to save paper and ink, but also because they are searchable and easy to file away for future reference.
Since I need to exercise a lot to keep the weight off (and hopefully have an improvement in my BP and cholesterol), mycoplasmosis I’ve been running about four times per week. Last weekend, viagra I ran 8 miles and I’m thinking of running 10 this weekend. It’s only February and I could see myself easily getting up to a half-marathon in another month or so. I talked with Stevie yesterday and the idea of running a marathon came up. I think I can do it. The longest distance I’ve run before was 16 miles and I stopped because I was having some joint pain. At the time, illness I didn’t know how much of an impact that my shoes could have on getting injured. I thought that I just wasn’t built for long distances. Boredom was another problem. When you’re running for more than two hours alone and on the same route, it can be rather dull.

In any case, I have a good pair of shoes now and the Nike+iPod system has been a great motivator. I’m going to build up slowly, using a program from “Galloway’s Book of Running”. Basically, short runs during the week and a long run on the weekends. I’m supposed to slow down for the long runs (1.5 to 2 minutes more per mile), but I like my normal pace. Still, I want the distance without injury, so I’ll give it a try.
The thing that I like the most about more recent developments in video games is the incorporation of more authentic motions and input devices. Guitar Hero is essentially the same game as Frequency and Amplitude (also for PS2), tadalafil except that you play with the guitar controller instead of a standard PS2 controller. With Donkey Konga, you play the drums. In Dance Dance Revolution, you move your feet on a dance pad. These games are more fun because of their authentic interactions. Or to put this another way, I hate when I can’t figure out how to play a game because I can’t remember the right combinations of arbitrary button combinations.

Today I got my Wii. The controller itself is the same device for many of the games, but what you do with the controller is authentic. I understood how to bowl and swing a bat right away. I forgot that I was using a controller at all and felt like part of the game. It was pretty amazing how quickly I was immersed in the experience and that made it all the more fun. I have a PS3 as well and the graphics are amazing, but I just don’t get the same feeling of interacting directly with the game. The controller is still a barrier between me and the gaming experience. Anyway, I need new games on both systems and I think each will have its strengths — but right now, the Wii appears to have the upper hand.
For some other people who expressed interest in replicating my Nike+iPod setup, treat here are some useful links to the three purchases that you’d need to make. The total comes in around $140 with this combination.

  1. Refurbished 1GB iPod Nano (I got a 2GB one instead), this $79: Apple store, ed then select “Refurbished iPod” on the left for the listing. Any 1st generation or 2nd generation Nano will do.
  2. Nike+iPod Kit for about $29. The sensor fits into a Nike+ shoe, but if you don’t have Nike+ shoes, buy the sensor pouch/armband combination in #3
  3. Marware Armband and Sensor Pouch (they come together) for about $22. This armband is MUCH BETTER than the Nike one since it lets you see the screen on the Nano and comes with the sensor pouch so you don’t have to use the Nike+ shoes.

A few days ago, sildenafil I ran a Twitter Insta-Poll and asked people to complete the phrase “Twitter makes me _____“. One of the comments has been echoing in my head. Brad said “Twitter makes me feel like a cyborg”. Aren’t we cyborgs already?

I don’t mean in the Jean-Luc Picard way, buy where we’re all whirring gears and hive minded (although this is debatable). Rather, two of the defining characteristics of humanity is our ability to communicate complex thoughts and use tools to enhance our physical and mental abilities. Our cars, iPods, cell-phones, computers, and other devices are integrated seamlessly into our movement and consciousness. In fact, the more seamlessly, the better, hence Apple’s success. When I go for a run, most of the runners are wired — connected to the sounds of people they will never meet. We have gone so far as to begin internalizing several of these tools through implants that replace limbs and lost senses, regulate heartbeats, deliver medicine, and control symptoms. We have dental implants, metal plates, plastic hips, transplanted kidneys (and eyes, livers, skin, lungs, etc…), vaccinations, thousands of drugs and vitamins, laser-shaped eyes, tattoos, and piercings. The list goes on an on. We modify our culture. Culture modifies our bodies.

How are we not cyborgs already? Wikipedia and the blogosphere are the hive mind. Cell phones and Twitter are our opt-in telepathy. And those who opt-out are being pushed to the fringe. In Pennsylvania, the Amish are supposed to reject the use of technology, but even they are using cell phones these days.

The point that I’m trying to make is that humans are cyborgs by nature. We will continue to develop tools and integrate them into our culture, thereby advancing the human/machine species at a rate that out-paces any biological advancements that occur through the evolutionary process.
In 1994, anabolics I ran my first and only half-marathon race. Amazingly, oncology the results are available online. So when I was 24, generic I ran the 13.something miles at about a 8:18/mile pace. I haven’t run that long since then — maybe 16-18 miles in 1995, but I slacked off after that. In any case, it’s encouraging that my 14 mile run today was at a 8:41 pace. Not quite as fast as my half-marathon time, but I also didn’t have the race adrenaline going. If I run it this year, it would be nice to match or beat my old time.

While I was looking for this information, I ran across the race results for my cousin Dave (who is about 20 years older than me). If I remember correctly, he has run a marathon before and he’s still doing a bunch of runs every year. That’s encouraging for my long-term prospects. I haven’t talked to him in a while (he’s in Michigan)…I should give him a call.
Last week, seek I was talking to Andrew about lectures and I made the comment “lectures are dead”, sildenafil thinking about some of the bad ones from my own educational experience — where someone is quacking at the front of the classroom with no interaction with students. Then Andrew told me that he was about to do a guest lecture and explained me what he had in mind.

Essentially, he picked some YouTube videos that are related to HIV prevention in some manner and then used them to break the ice with his class and have discussions about the content and the cultural context of the message. If this is how digital natives interpret “lecture”, then they are anything but dead.

[These are explicit – you’ve been warned. Legality is also a question of course — but they’re hosted on YouTube. I’ll let the Google lawyers work that out.]


The Philadelphia Marathon is tomorrow.  I can hardly believe it.  I thought I’d do a little brain-dump to capture my pre-race thoughts.

Last winter, psychiatrist I  read a story in Wired about Dean Karanzes, an ultramarathon runner and since the weather was so nice, I started running around the neighborhood with my dog.  I also started running on the indoor track over lunch and on the weekends as a way to manage stress.  I added some miles without much of a problem and started running with Jeff (a co-worker). 

When we got up to about 10 miles, we started talking about doing a marathon.  Two of my cousins have done them before (Doug and Dave), plus we know several other people who have done them (Ann, Stevie, Nancy, among others). 

I got a Nike+ system to chart my progress, which was a motivator for a while, but now I don’t need it to get me out the door and on the road.  I also bought two books that I recommend.  The first is the Non-Runner’s Marathon Trainer, which is a nice roadmap to take someone who can run a 5K up to marathon level in about 4 months.  The other is Dean Karnazes’s book, Ultramarathon Man, which I found to be inspirational.

The longest run that I have done so far is about 20 miles, which should be sufficient to be able to push through to 26.  I’m having some IT-band problems, but I have a strap that is supposed to help and I’ve been stretching a lot more lately.  I love running in cooler weather and it’s supposed to be in the 30’s and 40’s tomorrow morning, so that’s cool enough (maybe too cold, but we’ll see).  I’ll be running in some relatively new shoes and a complete set of Undergear that Andrew bought me as an early Birthday present.

So yesterday, I drove down to Philly to check into the hotel and pick up my and Jeff’s packets.  I stayed for about an hour at the Health and Fitness Expo that they had and it was pretty nice.  I bought a few things: Power Gel blocks (like a sports drink in gummy form) and the IT-band strap for my knee.  I also picked up some information about a couple of marathons in May, in case I decide to do another one in the Spring.  I drove back last night so I could be around for Andrew’s Mom’s birthday party and bring him back to Philly with me.  I have a good idea of how to get back to the hotel tonight and where to go to start the marathon, so the trip down was worth the time.

So today is a lot of drinking and stretching, the birthday party, drive to Philly, crash at the hotel, and hopefully get a little sleep before running tomorrow.

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On Saturday (April 14th), infertility we had our 2007 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium.


The idea of the event is to create a time and space for faculty to share the ways they use technology to improve teaching, learning, and research. I have no experience planning events like this, so when I was asked to take over the Symposium, I said “sure, why not”. I left my old job last year, mainly because I was looking for a real challenge and something that would give me the opportunity to stay on top of new developments in and applications of educational technologies.

So I put the Symposium together with a good team of planning and operations people. The result was very positive (based on feedback I’ve gotten from participants), but there were some things that could be done better. I’m not being a perfectionist either. I just want to put on an event with transparent logistical issues (mics, internet access, positioning, seating, etc…) and a few pleasant surprises here and there (mostly related to the look and feel of the event). I don’t want perfection, but I want people to have a Disney-like experience. An Apple-design experience. Where things fit together, the technology works, and people relax and smile and let their guard down and talk openly.

Adults need to play more. Maybe that’s what I’m after — creating an experience that is like playground chaos. Tag, you’re it. I don’t know your name, but I have an extra soda if you want it. Is that your dog? Okay, that’s the answer.

New Plan: I’ll top this year’s Symposium by bringing kittens and puppies to the next one.

Another thing about this analogy: no one cares who built the playground or who cleans up. That’s what I mean by transparency. I don’t need praise for doing my job. The challenge of the event is a reward in itself. I just want to sit back and watch everyone have a good time.

Revised plan: next year, puppies, kittens, and an invisibility cloak. Nothing is as transparent as invisibility.

After the event is over, what I really want is good, detailed feedback. Every challenge like this is a complex riddle and I am better able to solve the riddle if I have good information about the previous solution. Code optimization. That’s what I’m after.

Re-revised plan: puppies, kittens, invisibility cloak, and a slip-n-slide. [Yeah, I know, slip-n-slide has nothing to do with code optimization, but they’re a lot of fun.]

I’m beginning to sound like a crazy person, but it has felt good to get this off my chest.
Although we’ve talked about it for a few years now, generic Andrew and I finally decided to join a community-supported agriculture program this year. Essentially, therapist we bought a “share” of what a particular local farm produces for the next six months. In this case, check it’s Village Acres Farm, which is an organic family-run farm. Each week, we go pick up a