Tuesday, January 16, 2018

SPCA Mutts & Marshmallows Hot Chocolate Run 2018

NC's record cold snap from end of December through early January impacted my preparation for this race ... rather than toughening up and running through the cold, I scaled back and took some extra rest days. On the one hand, was a little disappointed with my time as I'd hoped to be close to my last result. Want to see times starting with 25, 24, or even 23 at some point this year, so putting up a time starting with a 26 felt like a step backwards. On the other hand, this was my first time with a top ten overall finish and my first age group win, so I'm pretty happy about that.

Let's call the slower time a function of the course (wet, muddy) and conditions (cold,windy) and try to focus on the positive, shall we?



Race 1 - "Decem-burrrrr Dash" - 12/3/16 - 29:10
Race 2 - "SPCA Hot Chocolate Run" - 1/15/17 - 28:25
Race 3 - "I Heart 5K" - 2/11/17 - 26:58
Race 4 - "Running Over Cancer 5K" [official results] - 3/12/2017 - 25:32
Race 5 - "Racing for Rescues" - 5/7/2017 - 25:03 [official results]
Race 6 - "Run the Quay" - 6/3/2017 - 25:11 [official results]
Race 7 - "Decem-burrrr Dash" - 12/2/17 - 24:43 [official results]
Race 8 - "SPCA Mutts & Marshmallows Hot Chocolate Run" - 1/13/18 - 26:27 [official results]

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Going to Subject Myself to Fire and Fury

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House



Sure, I'll read this mess, eventually but I'm not looking forward to it. Don't get me wrong, I don't doubt Wolff's account of what people close to Trump are saying. But, I've heard Wolff give interviews where he basically talks about Bannon like some kind of strategic genius who is steps ahead and blah, blah, blah.

Bannon is a racist scumbag. The thing about racist scumbags is they are universally, without exception, not smart. They may be cunning frauds, but never smart. That Wolff is so impressed by Bannon's intellectualism is a huge red flag. I've also seen excerpts of the text that read like they were written by cliche-spouting hack.

Given our current (alleged) billionaire celebrity presidential experience, I'm struck by how quickly Dems and centrists are pledging their fealty to another celebrity billionaire under the auspices of #Oprah2020.  Look, I get that she makes a good speech, and if we're picking celebrity billionaires to hitch our wagons to, I'd take her over Trump every day. The point is though, celebrity billionaires are not going to save us or the Republic. We need to fix things so there are no billionaires, not hand them the keys to the car. Let's not put ourselves in the position of having to choose between celebrity billionaires by insisting on an actual leftist, or at least left-leaning, to represent the interests of working people and the poor. No billionaire will fit that bill. Not Oprah, not Zuckerberg, not any other billionaire you've got on deck.


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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Decem-burrrr Dash 2017

Not going to lie, proud of myself for going hard at this year's race and finally cracking the 25 minute barrier while notching a new personal best. They changed the course a bit from last year, had us do a loop around the football field before heading up the first hill, rather than having us do a circle in the parking lot at the halfway point, which felt kind of dumb. Incorporating more hills into my running routes certainly seems to have paid some dividends -- the hill on this course felt much less taxing this year than I remember it feeling last year, that's for sure.

Speed seems to be the area I need the most work in, which I think means I need to incorporate more stride outs into my running. Now that I've proven to myself I can sustain a 5 min/km pace, I'd like to see if I can get start getting some kms to come in closer to 4:30 than 5:00. And, if I can do that, then to start stringing some of those times together.

2nd place in my age group.

Chugging to the finish.


Race 1 - "Decem-burrrrr Dash" - 12/3/16 - 29:10
Race 2 - "SPCA Hot Chocolate Run" - 1/15/17 - 28:25
Race 3 - "I Heart 5K" - 2/11/17 - 26:58
Race 4 - "Running Over Cancer 5K" [official results] - 3/12/2017 - 25:32
Race 5 - "Racing for Rescues" - 5/7/2017 - 25:03 [official results]
Race 6 - "Run the Quay" - 6/3/2017 - 25:11 [official results]
Race 7 - "Decem-burrrr Dash" - 12/2/17 - 24:43 [official results]

Thursday, September 28, 2017

When did noir transition to neo-noir?



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Some interesting discussion in the replies to this tweet. Noir is slippery enough that Eddie Muller is able to run a series on twitter called "Noir or Not?" with no end of movies that trigger debate, so we may never be able to settle on answer to the transition question either.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

They Ruin Societies ...

A mad world: capitalism and the rise of mental illness | Red Pepper:

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Another key aspect of capitalism and its impact on mental illness we could talk about of course is inequality. Capitalism is as much an inequality-generating system as it is a mental illness producing system. As a Royal College of Psychiatrists report noted: ‘Inequality is a major determinant of mental illness: the greater the level of inequality, the worse the health outcomes. Children from the poorest households have a three-fold greater risk of mental ill health than children from the richest households. Mental illness is consistently associated with deprivation, low income, unemployment, poor education, poorer physical health and increased health-risk behaviour.’


Some commentators have even suggested that capitalism itself, as a way of being or way of thinking about the world, might be seen as a rather ‘psychopathic’ or pathological system. There are certainly some striking correspondences between modern financial and corporate systems and individuals diagnosed with clinical psychopathy, as a number of analysts have noticed.

Robert Hare for instance, one of the world’s leading authorities into psychopathy and the originator of the widely accepted ‘Hare Checklist’ used to test for psychopathy, remarked to Jon Ronson: ‘I shouldn’t have done my research just in prisons. I should have spent some time inside the Stock Exchange as well.’ ‘But surely stock-market psychopaths can’t be as bad as serial-killer psychopaths?’ the interviewer asks. ‘”Serial killers ruin families,” shrugged Bob. “Corporate and political … psychopaths ruin economies. They ruin societies.”‘
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