Feeling Fast, Doubting More

There is a part of me that has been feeling really fast lately. Mathematically, this perception pans out: my average pace is faster by about ten to fifteen percent since the summer. Part of this is due to one simple fact: the members of the group who were most dedicated for the latest iteration of the half marathon clinic I’ve been leading are faster. They just go, and at first I needed to push myself hard to keep up. So I ran faster on my solo runs and pushed harder on my group runs. It paid off, but there has also been a bit of a side effect. I go faster but I feel less fit. Just feel. Like I said, the math implies measurable improvements which itself implies better fitness. But it’s like that old saying says, ‘the more you know the more you know you don’t know.’ I guess it’s like that. The faster you go the slower you realize you are when you slow down.

14 Jan 02015 | asides & shorts | running

friends | gamer | grokzine 

14 Jan 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

A board game is about to about to occur, and four distinct social characters will emerge from the action.

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Group Love

A pleasant surprise this morning in my email was a personal note from the manager of an online photo sharing group. Included was a list of links to some of my photos, and a request for me to join and contribute to the collection.

grokzine | writing 

13 Jan 02015 | 2 minutes of your time

If that’s not empathy, then what is? Authors do it all the time, particularly authors of science fiction or fantasy, whose plots depend on alternate realities or fictional settings populated by abstract rules, non-existent technologies, speculative cultures filled with alternate politics, and all the people or creatures that inhabit that space. That is a kind of world building, even abstractly, is a creative process that involves inventing intensely detailed webs of mindful relationships between any aspect of that universe the inventor of it deems important.

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books & reading 

12 Jan 02015 | 2 minutes of your time

… in-skull brain computers and epic, super guns battling wild and unpredictable aliens for planetary frontier territory

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grokzine | watching & listening 

12 Jan 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

Has this on demand, when-we-want-it type of culture made us weak as consumers of entertainment?

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fatherhood 

11 Jan 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

Blood is dribbling down the arch of her foot, and spattering on the light-toned carpet.

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# People who walk on cross-country ski trails... you just made the list.
11 Jan 02015
Tolerable by Mere Apricity

Having just completed my dutiful eleven klick run on a day filled with a bright blue sky, the sun low on the horizon but lighting the brisk and frosty air, and not the slightest hint of a breeze making the mid-winter morning’s twenty-three degrees below zero temperatures just barely bearable for about an hour of snow-bound plodding, I’m enjoying a cup of tea and thawing on the couch with an affectionate puppy. I would have attempted a classic trail-location selfie, eyelashes laden with miniature icicles and a toque frosty with frozen perspiration, but my phone had sucumbed to the elements and was not cooperating. Apparently Cupertino doesn’t design in Canadian winters. It’s a stretch imagining that on this particular Sunday last year I was running a marathon in Florida.

11 Jan 02015 | asides & shorts | running

abstract & thinking | art & code | grokzine 

11 Jan 02015 | 2 minutes of your time

My own searches for such products resulted in links to cute-ish matching baby clothing, or strollers with two seats rather than one.

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city & culture | grokzine | work & business 

10 Jan 02015 | 3 minutes of your time

People give away their time in a wide variety of interesting ways. We call that act volunteering.

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