AT&T vs. Verizon

Can you guess which iPad is using AT&T’s 3G service?

AT&T 3G iPad vs. Verizon LTE iPad

AT&T 3G iPad vs. Verizon LTE iPad

Descansa en Paz, Caballo Blanco

Micah True

Micah True, a.k.a Caballo Blanco

On March 27, 2012, Micah True, a.k.a Caballo Blanco, an ultra-running legend and inspiration to potentially millions of runners set out from the Wilderness Lodge in Gila, New Mexico for what was supposed to be a routine 12-hour run through the Gila National Forest on trails that were apparently well-known by Caballo. When he still hadn’t arrived by that night — and missing a trip to Phoenix — the owners of the lodge notified authorities and news quickly spread through Twitter and Facebook. By the next day, dozens of people were combing through the Gila Wilderness looking for Caballo Blanco, including Christopher McDougall, Scott Jurek, Kyle Skaggs, and other well-known people in the running community — a testament to how many lives he affected during his life. Unfortunately, on March 31, 2012, Caballo Blanco’s lifeless body was found and the running community had to begin the process of mourning one of our own.

I can almost assuredly say that the news of his disappearance and subsequent death are the only time I’ve ever called friends and family members to inform them about the death of a “celebrity” that I had never personally met. If you’ve read my review on Born to Run, you know how that book has inspired me and changed my life. Without the story of Caballo Blanco and what he was doing with the Tarahumara, Christopher McDougall would not have had such a thrilling story to tell and I’d likely have stopped running again, after enduring shin splints and other injuries that would limit me to three miles or less per run, and I never would have learned to love running and why to love running. Simply put, Caballo Blanco inspired me and changed my life for the better, and I will always be grateful to him for that.

Rest in peace, Micah True.

If PHP Were British

Really funny stuff from Dave Child postulating if PHP had been written using the Queen’s English rather than American English.

When Rasmus Lerdorf first put PHP together, he – quite sensibly, despite his heritage – chose not to write it in Greenlandic or Danish. Good job too – that would have been rather unpleasant to work with. He opted instead, being in Canada at the time, for the local tongue. No, not French – that bastard dialect of the Queen’s English commonly referred to as “US English”.

PHP developers in Britain have been grumpy about this ever since. What was he thinking? And more importantly, how do we undo this travesty? How do we developers ensure the traditions of the British Empire continue to be upheld, even in the digital age?

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UXisms: Facebook Modal Popups

Stumbled on this one almost by accident. A friend and I have been having a very spirited — but civil — discussion about the trustworthiness of Google vs. Apple when it comes to user privacy and what is done with the information being collected. After one of our more lively debates, my friend posted a link on Facebook about something concerning the topic of the day. I noticed that had been shared, which brought me to the poorly constructed modal box displayed below.

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Nightline 2/21: Apple’s Chinese Factories

Quite a bit of sensationalism in the narration, but that’s to be expected by the segment being aired on ABC’s Nightline, but still a fascinating piece to watch. I really wish they spent more time covering the English classes and “other studies” the workers are entitled to.

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All About Your #1 and #2

Found this very interesting. Click on the image for the full post. Thanks to Charlene from F.A.B. Running for finding this.

What is your poop and pee telling you

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The Road to My First Ultra

After taking a couple months light to rest a sore achilles tendon, I have had to change my focus for races this year. I had planned on running quite a few full marathons to build my base up for a 50K run in April, but the couple months away from serious training caused more regression with my legs and lungs than I had expected, so I’ve re-evaluated my goals and training for this year.

Race Schedule

For my race schedule, I’ll be running mostly half marathons until the 51K in August, followed by a second ultra-marathon shortly after, before finishing up with one or two marathons to end the year.

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Book Review: Micro

Micro, by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

Micro, by Michael Crichton and Richard Preston

My Rating:

Like almost all Michael Crichton books, the prologue of Micro immediately grabs your attention and hooks you in for what is usually a pretty good ride. Sadly, that’s about the only thing Micro has in common with earlier Crichton novels — particularly his earlier work.

Due to his very untimely death, Crichton is largely off the hook for Micro not being very good throughout its entirety, but the story still seems like it may have been a flawed concept to begin with. In his early novels, Crichton had a tremendous talent for writing about science fiction concepts that would turn out to be pretty close to true decades later — The Andromeda Strain and rapidly evolving airborne viruses such as SARS; Congo and the rise of personal electronics; Jurassic Park and cloning, as well as showing what is possible with DNA. The list could continue on for quite a while. Beginning with Prey, however, and continued on through State of Fear and Next, Crichton seemed to have lost his golden touch with creating wild sci-fi plots that, while far fetched, are somehow believable thanks to his unrelenting research and talent at explaining complicated technologies and ideas. Even Timeline, while far-fetched, described quantum mechanics well enough to be believable and still make sense. His newer stories all seemed to be written with a movie script in mind, which is ironic in that none of them have become movies, while almost all of his works have done so.

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Joe Biden to the Rescue?

Talk about your early surprises to 2012. Joe Biden has publicly come out in defense of Mitt Romney’s religion. Not so much a defense of Mormonism, but still very surprising.

“I find it preposterous that in 2011 we’re debating whether or not a man is qualified or worthy of your vote based on whether or not his religion … is a disqualifying provision, It is not. It is embarrassing and we should be ashamed, anyone who thinks that way,”

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Barefoot Running vs. Good Running Form

Great post by Christopher McDougall about the misconception that everybody should throw their shoes away and run barefoot all the time.

The goal isn’t to run barefoot — the goal is to learn how to run lightly and safely. Taking off your shoes removes a big layer of interference and makes it easier to learn good form, but it’s just the path — it’s not the destination.

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