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It's More Than Just Exercise

Apparently, it all started two years ago: Dear Rob, This confirms your reservation for Beginners' BaseCamp on 4/22/2013 to 5/8/2013. This event meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6:30am to 7:30am. I was pretty sure that today was the anniversary of my introduction to…

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2014 in the Rearview

It's been a while since I've done one of these, but it's also been a while since I've posted anything at all on this blog. Seems like as good a reason as any to get my narcissism on! This will be more of an admission than anything. 2014 is the…

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Ellie the Cat, 2004(?)-2014

Well, our little Ellie passed away last night, the poor dear. Cancer wins again, and while I keep telling myself there wasn't anything I could have done to prevent that, I am beating myself up a little bit over the fact that she died on her own, likely suffocating to…

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Sanity Testing BSDFs

When simulating light transport with light-backwards raytracing, complex macro- or micro-geometry that obfuscates light sources -- especially a small, intense light source such as the sun -- generally cause the alrogithm to break down, leading to gross error. In other words, when doing a lighting calculation, nasty bits at the…

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Turkey and Cilantro Chili

After listening to Jersey girl Diane Sanfilippo at the gym this afternoon, I was all fired up to make something paleo. It was also kinda grey and cold outside, after a few spectacular sunny and warm days. I always think "chili" in times like these. Standing in the middle of…

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Blog Update

In case anyone is still out there, I just updated my blog again, agian, again. Again. About a month ago I decided to give Ghost a try, and it was a little bit of a rocky start. Ghost is new, started by some ex-WordPress people, and it's super cool. Other…

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A New Low

They've done it again; just when you thought you were fully Boulder Whole Foods Battle Hardened, these people manage to redefine solipsism. Lemme tell ya what happened. The other day I'm in the BWF, and I roll up to a cashier with my basket. The cashier was just finishing up…

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f.lux

f.Lux is a cool little utility that appeals to the lighting geek in me. What it does is adjusts the color temperature of your monitor or laptop screen, based on the time of day, "warming it up" at night and "cooling down" during the daytime, because it has been…

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Powered by Ghost

rumblestrip.org is now running on the Ghost platform. More later.…

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Trip to Dry Creek

New camera, same pals.…

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Back to School

I just signed up for an online class at Berkeley (Intro to Statistics). I'm pretty psyched, because I believe all card-carrying lib-ruhls are supposed to have studied "at" Berkeley. I'm also just interested to take part in the whole MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) revolution. Class doesn't start 'till January…

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NAHBS 2013

Well, after years of wanting to go, I finally got to attend the North American Handmade Bicycle Show, and it was worth the wait. Started in 2005 by framebuilder Don Walker, NAHBS is an annual trade show featuring bespoke bicycle framebuilders and accessory manufacturers. This year, with the show right…

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Elk Insanity

You'd think that after seven years of living in Boulder, CO this shit wouldn't faze me anymore, but, alas. Since there's no way this made the national news, let me tell ya what happened here in our little hamlet of Boulder on New Year's Day. An on-duty Boulder cop shot…

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The Price of Freedom

I recently read a righty editorial that suggested the notion that the massacre at Sandy Hook was the "price of freedom" -- that the right of all American adults to own firearms is inherently going to make such massacres possible, even regular. And you know what? I totally get that.…

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Rebuttal

A friend of mine recently asked me to post a clarification to a comment on one of her Facebook posts. My friend had posted this piece about how climate change skeptics/denialists are so underrepresented in the scientific literature, and someone hit back with many of the standard denialist talking…

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Flagstaff

Let's talk about rarities. It's rare that an individual discovers his passion at five years old; it's also rare that an individual follows that passion through high school, against great odds and bias. It's rare for an individual to love a thing, a sport, and a place so much, and…

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The Way it Should Be

Today I stopped in at my credit union, to get a credit card. I had recently told Bank of America to go fuck themselves, and to take the credit card account I had with them for years and shove it up their asses, because they are the devil and all…

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Intern Punks, and the Failure of Science to Teach (Movie) History

The education system in the United States is broken, we all know that. There are several theories about why this is, but that's not what this post is about. This is about intern punks. I work at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and I am happy to do so. I…

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Next to Normal

Yesterday Brenda & I trekked down to Denver to see "Next to Normal" at the Denver Center. It's been a while since we've seen something there, and even longer since I've seen a musical anywhere. It was great. I know, I'm generally known for liking hardcore punk rock, grunge and…

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2010 in the Rearview

It's been a while since I've posted anything at all on this blog. I blame Facebook; too easy to snap a photo with my phone and upload it, too easy to link to funny or interesting things on the interwebs via FB or Twitter. But something has been lost in…

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Thank You, Contributors!

Thanks to all who contributed to my fundraising efforts for the 2010 Cause for Paws, benefiting the Humane Society of Boulder Valley. About 500 people (plus dogs!) participated in either the run or the walk, and together we raised $50K to help the shelter help animals and their owners alike.…

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Published

So, last month, I presented a paper at SimBuild 2010. Today, the lab I work for published a link to the preprint, which enters me into the scientific roll call. I am stoked. Check it out: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy10osti/47522.pdf…

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That Awful Day

In memoriam, I'm reposting my September Eleventh Account. I'll save my Armory story for the decade anniversary, a story I have never actually gotten out of my head, but should; but I would like to say something here: The flags and ribbons are showing up again, along with imaginary controversy,…

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Cause for Paws 2010 Pledge Request

Hi folks; asking for money. It's not for me, it's for the animals. I am raising pledges for A Cause for Paws Doggie Dash on September 11th. Your support will help the Humane Society of Boulder Valley provide food, shelter, medical treatment and behavioral rehabilitation to animals in need. I'm…

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For Hikers, and the Merely Ambulatory

Just wanted to point out a great, great article on a "peakbagging club" in New Jersey: New Jersey's undeveloped peaks rise above the rest Yes, you heard me. A club devoted to cataloging and "climbing" the many precipitous peaks in the grand state of New Jersey; high point: eighteen hundred…

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Radio Radiance

Last Thursday, I hit the airwaves, yakking about lighting simulation. For some reason the Boulder Green Building Guild was interested in my take on the use of simulation in optimizing the energy efficiency of building designs in the US, on the latest installment of Footprint Radio. It was a thrill…

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Revamp

You know what the problem is, the reason for my site's appearance looking like a front for the mob (like the candy store in my hometown that had all this old, shitty candy because the real business was being transacted in the back room)? It's Facebook et al. pulling me…

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Update

Still alive. Brenda saw her third production season at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival to fruition; all shows are up and running, her crew gets tighter every year and she seems to like it more all the time. Riding my bike again; still outta shape. The four eggs nesting in our…

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Six Years Gone, and Good Riddance

Six years ago this past week, my dad died. I think I'm finally coming to terms with it all, coming to terms with the fact that he was no father to me, that he literally left my sister & me to fend for ourselves almost twenty years prior to his…

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James

James was a little boy. Nine years old. We say "old", as in "nine years old", but nine years on earth is not a long time and does not make you old. Certainly not old enough to die. One of my former co-workers had a son. His name was James.…

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Art & Copy

So, I finally saw this movie I've been meaning to see for a while, "Art & Copy". It's a sad, disgusting (read: excellent) documentary about the collection of whores and egomaniacs working in the advertising business, and, by extension, about everything that is wrong with our society. "By the way,…

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Hidey Hole

Brenda's been telling me about this tree, this tree they pass on their walks, she and Hooper. Apparently there's a knothole at the base of this tree, where Hooper keeps one of his prized possessions -- a tennis ball. I was told where the tree was, and all I had…

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Now Why Didn't I Think of This Sooner?

Riding home from work tonight, I was struck by the nice dusk light and wondered aloud to my carpool buddy what it might be like to walk up the Shanahan Ridge Trail toward Fern Canyon. She was all about it. She said she often goes trail running around there with…

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On Skeleton

Hold it, just hold on a fucking second. The last several Olympics, summer and winter, have carried a certain sporting elitist criticism on various new sports added to the games. Sports like snowboarding and BMX have been derided by various idiots as not being true sports, presumably because the sports'…

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BIFF, again

Wow. So, once again, Brenda & I spent part of a February weekend checking out various films at the Boulder International Film Festival, and once again, we were not disappointed. This year, we had a nice manageable program: a movie a day, Friday through Sunday. Two were at the Boulder…

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Real Life Has Begun

Flying home I pulled up some Colin Hay on the iPhone. What am I, an idiot? I was just asking for trouble. I stared at Kansas through weepy eyes; the upshot is that I ended up finding Lena's song. Listen to it here. Lyrics below: WAITING FOR MY REAL LIFE…

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Mass

Good morning. First off, I would like to thank all of you who cared for Lena in these final weeks. Your service is the stuff of sainthood, and I thank you all: family, friends, social and hospice workers, nurses, all of you. Thank you. Second, I am honored, truly honored,…

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Obit

I still seem to be unable to talk about this, so here's the obituary, as I prepare to head back east. Lena GUGLIELMETTI (Mezzetti) GUGLIELMETTI Lena (nee Mezzetti), 86, formerly of NYC, Lakewood, and Westwood, NJ died on January 21, 2010 in the warm embrace of her family and friends.…

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Grandma

Goodbye, Grandma. I love you.…

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The Greatest Show on Earth

I just finished reading Richard Dawkins' latest gem, "The Greatest Show on Earth". It's a necessary book, as Dawkins himself points out, since something like 40% of Americans believe that the earth was created by a very productive entity in a week about 10,000 years ago. Today. They believe…

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