Hey,
I just completed my WOD, “Chelsea”

Oct 31, 2012

No Score 13

Each min on the min for 30 min:
5 Pull-ups,
10 Push-ups,
15 Squats.

Yeah!

Hey, I just completed my WOD, “Chelsea” Oct 31, 2012 No Score 13 Each min on the min for 30 min: 5 Pull-ups, 10 Push-ups, 15 Squats. Yeah!

Adam™ | Altra Zero Drop Footwear – Not My Cup of Tea

Adam™ | Altra Zero Drop Footwear – Not My Cup of Tea

Adam™ | Altra Zero Drop Footwear – Not My Cup of Tea

I’ve been running minimalist for a few years now and have made my way through several pairs of FiveFingers, two pairs of Terra Plana Evo IIs, and a bunch of skin as I ran truly barefoot last summer.

In the interest of broadening out I tried the Adam, but Altra. Nice and comfy in the store, kind of cool as they felt like I imagine ninja shoes or ballet slippers. Very light, very smooth.

But then I tried running in them and nope… not going to work. First of all there is the rubber-ized toe cap. Because of the way feet (mine anyway) work when running minimalist you curl your toes up a bit during the stride. And so each time the toenail of my big toe would grab the edge of the toe cap. Not painfully but certainly not something I want to have happen for miles on end.

So the shoe was relegated to casual wear. Yes, I wear stuff like this to the office nowadays. But this morning all my other shoes were either wet or missing so I strapped these on and went to Crossfit. Mistake. The shoe did fine during warmups. Felt squishy but as Susan points out my feet are supposed to be their own support, I don’t need shoes for that. True enough. But the trouble happened with double-unders (jump rope). Every jump it seemed like either the shoe stuck to the ground or the jump rope or something. The bottoms were just… sloppy is the best word I could find. And it threw me off a lot, I got the rope stuck into the velcro straps, it was a disaster. Shoes were fine doing deadlifts and squats. I suspect the jumping mechanic is just not their strong suit.

So… I have a pair of shoes I don’t want to run in and can’t take to the gym. Looks like my casual shoes for a while.

Adam™ | Altra Zero Drop Footwear – Not My Cup of Tea

Twenty years ago, you expected a phone to be provided everywhere you went, and that phone worked the same everywhere. At a friend’s house, or a restaurant, or a hotel, or a pay phone, you could pick up the receiver and make a call. You didn’t carry a phone around with you; phones were part of the infrastructure. Computers, well, that was a different story. As laptops came in, people started carrying computers around with them everywhere. The reason was to have the state stored on the computer, not the computer itself. You carry around a computer so you can access its disk.

In summary, it used to be that phones worked without you having to carry them around, but computers only worked if you did carry one around with you. The solution to this inconsistency was to break the way phones worked rather than fix the way computers work.

Rob Pike. Very smart. via @s_m_i

The Setup / Rob Pike

(via felixsalmon)

I read the full article and it’s a bit more clear the point is more nuanced than this blurb would suggest. This isn’t necessarily an attack on how phones have developed rather it’s a worldview that suggests state should flow to where people need it, i.e. be omnipresent.

I’d argue we’re getting there. I use Dropbox for essentially every key file I “own”. I can wipe a machine, move to a new machine, whatever and voila, my stuff is there. It’s not quite the vision Rob Pike talks about. But when I could walk into a laundry in Vernazza, Italy and sit down at a random computer and handle my monthly bills I’d say that’s nice progress.

In terms of smart phones, true. They aren’t there yet. But last year my iPhone broke. I walked into a store, they handed me a new one, and within about 20 minutes (downloading time) I had my phone back for all practical purposes. Of course it’s true had I switched to a different brand that experience isn’t the case and Apple is working hard to ensure that fact. But Android and others will break that down over time (have you seen you can run all Android apps on Windows 8 via an emulator?)


Life got I the way of Crossfit this week. I did however get out and ran 4.25 miles. Felt pretty good and one of those miles was 8:22 pace. Not fast mind you but fine for me.

Slower pace was as I messed with my iPhone’s music. It’s been so long since I ran let alone with music that I no longer have a playlist.

Life got I the way of Crossfit this week. I did however get out and ran 4.25 miles. Felt pretty good and one of those miles was 8:22 pace. Not fast mind you but fine for me. Slower pace was … Continue reading