Archive of posts with tag 'personal'

Progress Report, August 2023

August 31, 2023 • #

Health & Habits


  • 17 activities
  • Distance: 87 mi
  • Total Time: 15:35:31
  • Average Pace: 10:43 / mi


  • Average: 7:04 / night
  • 8 hr nights: 7


  • Journal entries: 9; 7,009 words
  • Blog posts: 7
  • Newsletters: 1



Outlive, Peter Attia ░░░░░░░░░░▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 50-100%

Solaris, Stanisław Lem ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 0-100%

Dominion, Tom Holland ░░░░░░░░░░▓░░░░░░░░░ 52-57%

The Wright Brothers, David McCullough ▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 0-36%

How Buildings Learn, Stewart Brand ▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 0-27%

Wool, Hugh Howey ▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░...

San Francisco

May 22, 2023 • #

I’m out in San Francisco for a few days. We’ve got typical SF weather — big change from the Florida summer suncoast. Got a few meetings to hit, but we’ve got a sailing trip set for Tuesday evening. Hope the weather stays steady.

San Francisco

Progress Report, November 2022

December 15, 2022 • #

I’m late getting my November update posted. November (and still, in December) was a rollercoaster of a month. Just so much happening with professional and personal, I’ve hardly had a moment to do much at all — neither focusing on any personal progress goals, nor writing or other fun side deals.

My running performance was pitiful. I did 5 runs, but honestly I’m surprised it was even that many. Feels like I’m totally off the wagon on that. I did alright on my sleep, but I swing too much back and forth to be a healthy pattern. I’ll do a...

Progress Report, October 2022

November 1, 2022 • #

This time I’m including the previous month’s to see month-over-month change, so progress (or lack of) is visible.

Health & Habits


  • 8 activities (6)
  • Distance: 26.44 mi (17.33 miles)
  • Total Time: 3:59:24 (2:32:34)
  • Average Pace: 8:56 / mi (9:08 / mi)


  • Average: 7:32 / night (7:30)
  • 8 hr nights: 10 (8)

Slightly better on sleeping more this month. Very slightly. Probably would’ve been even better improvement without a cross-country trip in the mix.


  • Journal entries: 14; 6,428 words (14; 7,292 words)
  • Blog posts: 14 (19)
  • Newsletters: 1 (2)
  • ...

Progress Report, September 2022

September 30, 2022 • #



  • 6 activities
  • Distance: 17.33 miles
  • Total Time: 2:32:34
  • Average Pace: 9:08 / mi


  • Average: 7:21 / night
  • 8 hr nights: 10


  • Journal entries: 14 (7292 words)
  • Blog posts: 19
  • Newsletters: 2



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer

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A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander

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The Captured Economy, Brink Lindsey & Steven Teles

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Ian Inbound

September 26, 2022 • #

As of this weekend, Hurricane Ian is in the Caribbean with a projected track that puts it making landfall this week on the western coast of Florida, not far from where we are. Looks like we’ll be spending some time getting the house prepared for the storm. Doesn’t look like there’ll be an evacuation for us.

Labor Day Sailing

September 5, 2022 • #

We took dad’s 42’ Catalina out this weekend for a sail just on the outside of Clearwater Beach. 6 adults and 7 kids — adults enjoying the sailing, kids complaining to go to an island or go fishing. Soon we’re going to get out and go farther offshore or make some longer runs down the coast. This was a blast, though!

Here’s the voyage:

Progress Report, August 2022

September 1, 2022 • #



  • 5 activities
  • Distance: 14.55 miles
  • Total Time: 2:06:54
  • Average Pace: 8:42 / mi


  • Average: 7:22 / night
  • 8 hr nights: 9



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer
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Termination Shock, Neal Stephenson
░░░▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 17-31%

A Pattern Language, Christopher Alexander
▓░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░░ 0-9%

Scene and Structure, Jack Bickham
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓ 0-100%

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
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Underland, Robert...

Progress Report, July 2022

August 1, 2022 • #

Kind of a wild month. I had a good week in the middle with consistent running, but otherwise underwhelming. I did do better with sleep this month.



  • 9 activities
  • Distance: 23.2 miles
  • Total Time: 3:25:28
  • Average Pace: 8:51 / mi


  • Average: 7:30 / night
  • 8 hr nights: 8



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L.Shirer
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The Tacit Dimension, Michael Polanyi
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Progress Report: June 2022

July 1, 2022 • #



  • 13 activities
  • Distance: 28.67 miles
  • Total Time: 6:28:54
  • Average Page: 9:03 / mi


  • Average: 7:20 / night



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer
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The Law, Frederic Bastiat
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Underland, Robert Macfarlane
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░░░░ 0-57%

The Tacit Dimension, Michael Polanyi
▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓▓░░░░░░ 0-73%

Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke
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Scans Update

June 30, 2022 • #

Just this afternoon I finished up another round of scans at Mayo Clinic — my standard regimen of an hour-long MRI of the abdomen and a CT scan of the chest / lungs. Everything went routine and the worry level leading up to it the past couple weeks was as low as its ever been. So that’s a victory.

I was thinking about how many times I’ve actually gone through this process and I’ve lost count. I think it must be around 12 times now, with how often I had to get them done during the first couple years after treatment....

Progress Report: May

June 1, 2022 • #

Another month is in the books. I had a couple of trips this month, but did slightly better on running. Still pretty far away from the regular habit I used to have.



  • 12 activities
  • Distance: 26.7 miles
  • Total Time: 3:53:14
  • Average Pace: 8:47 / mi


  • Average: 7:00 / night



The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer
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The Future and its Enemies, Virginia Postrel

Progress Report: April

May 1, 2022 • #

This month was a weak one on the health front. I think I only got 2 or 3 runs in, and my sleep has been garbage. Maybe I can do better in May. We have plans to join the gym nearby, so that should coerce at least working out semi-weekly. If I could get to 3 runs per week and 2 workout sessions, I’d be happy to build from that.

I did, however, make inroads on eating better and cooking at home, so that’s a plus.




Office Bookshelves

March 31, 2022 • #

I had this long, wide, high-on-the-wall shelf in my office that was there since we moved in. I had wanted to take it down and do something different, but just left it there while I considered some alternatives. I considered a piece of furniture, moving my desk arrangement, and different variations of shelves that could work. Eventually I decided I wanted some simple, long shelves to give me plenty of space, and to put them up high over the reading chair area.

I wanted to get back to woodworking, and thought this would be a good chance to design something...

Progress Report: October

November 8, 2021 • #

I’m going take a stab at rebooting the monthly progress posts I used to do back when I was diligently tracking several goals through 2019 and 2020. Each month I’d look at how I was tracking against plan for fixed targets like “run 650 miles”.

This time we’re gonna try something different. I’ll include my workout activities, because I still want to note my monthly quantities even if not tracking against a fixed number, books I’m reading, and other media I’ve been consuming, inspired by Julian Lehr’s regular “media consumption” updates.

October was a pretty normal month....

Summer Trip

August 10, 2021 • #

Last week we did a fun end-of-summer trip across Florida. We procrastinated figuring out a plan for doing something with the kids before school starts back this month.

The kids have never been to any of the famous Central Florida theme parks, so we decided on LEGOLAND in Winter Haven, since it was a bit short notice to do anything at Disney. Everett has been obsessed with the LEGO Mario sets and they both love ‘em, so they had a great time on the rides. The park is great since it’s a combination typical theme park with...

Elyse 6.0

July 14, 2021 • #

Well a lot has happened since Elyse’s 5.0 mark!

That birthday happened in the middle of the pandemic while we were still (mostly) isolated, she started kindergarten remotely, switched to going in-person, then switched schools at spring break, learned how to ride a bike, broke her arm and had a cast for a month, plus all the other changes kids go through at that age.

Elyse 6.0

Since we moved in March she’s been loving the new school with more classmates in the local neighborhood. Hopefully for the 2021-22 school year it’ll be even...


June 17, 2021 • #

“Bring yourself back online…“

Bernard Lowe


When I pumped the brakes on my daily writing routine last year, I had designs on some other interesting projects to spend time on that the daily demand wasn’t giving me space for.

Throughout 2019 and 2020, I’d built a decent muscle for repetition and managing good habits through the accountability of publishing monthly reports on each goal. The first of each month I’d put together my stats on progression. I never shared them...

Another New House

January 25, 2021 • #

The Summer of Lockdown last year really made us re-think what we want in a house. It hasn’t quite been two years in our current house, and we like the neighborhood and still love St. Pete, but the life changes induced by the pandemic spurred us into buying a new house that fits better with our reoriented priorities.

Another new house

Four primary motivators:

  • Closer to the family, both Colette’s and mine — we’re already in the vicinity, but closer makes things easier
  • A pool! — we thought this wouldn’t be a big deal, until having...

2020 Goals Review

January 2, 2021 • #

I’m a few days late in getting around to reviewing how I did on the goals for 2020, but what’s new there in a year full of challenges? It’s an understatement to say that for anyone that set quantified personal goals at the start of the year had a rude awakening in March. We all encounter setbacks along the progress bar throughout any year, but this one was a doozy, and a protracted one that just kept dragging out.

Luckily here in Florida we’ve been able to have some normal(ish) activities the past few months. Even just taking the kids...

Everett 3.0

November 21, 2020 • #

Everett just hit the big 3.0 mark today.

Whenever I’ve asked him how old he’s turning over the last few weeks, the number has varied from 4 to 6. Clearly he wants to be up there with his sister. He’s changed so much as I look back on the status from a year ago — fully talking, self-sufficient to get his own things in most ways, doing full puzzles, drawing legible pictures. He’s really accelerated to catch up to where his sister was at the same age.

Sitting with Mario Sitting with...

Morning Out

October 12, 2020 • #

Today we did a morning out with the kids down at The Pier.

Elyse pier

The splash pad and playground they have down there are really top-notch, even though the playground is still mostly a bit out of range for Everett to do on his own. The whole area has been a great addition to the cityscape of downtown St. Pete, though. I’ve been doing runs down there a lot lately at night, a great extension of the run and turnaround point for my route.

Improving Sleep

October 9, 2020 • #

The last couple of weeks I’ve been working on improving my sleep. My running workouts have felt terrible lately, which I think is a combination of dehydration and fatigue, primarily from compounding lack of quality sleep.

With the pretty simple life I’ve got — a steady working-from-home schedule, and a quarantine preventing most interesting things from happening — a solid sleep schedule should be easy to build and maintain. Apparently that hasn’t been the case for me.

It’ll surprise no one to say that kids make sleep a challenge. Ours sleep well, but they don’t nap, don’t really sleep in...

Res Extensa

September 29, 2020 • #

I’ve finally joined the newsletter club! Today I sent out the first issue of a new project, a bi-weekly email newsletter called Res Extensa.

My intent right now is for the newsletter to be a less-frequent companion to the blog, with some highlights of recent things I’ve been reading, writing, or interested in.

Res Extensa

As I wrote in the email, I once had an RSS-to-email setup using Mailchimp, for folks who wanted to subscribe to the blog without RSS. It’s a bit clunky, and since I started the daily...

Labor Day Update

September 7, 2020 • #

It’s been a minute since I put up an update on the kids. I thought Labor Day would be a good marker to put down a quick entry on what we’ve been doing.

Recently we started going to the neighborhood park again, which we hadn’t been to at all since the beginning of March. It’s sparsely used, never more than a couple of other kids there at the same time, typically, so it’s safe enough.

Last weekend I took the kids on a nature hike, a common time-with-dad activity. We went to Upper Tampa Bay...

Starting Kindergarten

August 24, 2020 • #

Today was Elyse’s first day of kindergarten. Not the way we imagined her starting her elementary school life, but here we are.

Our school has done their best to try to accommodate the return, but I remain extremely skeptical about how long this will be possible. We’re currently committed to a 9-week start online, after which the school will reassess what to do. At least for K-aged kids, this online learning the way the schools are equipped to do it is a mess and can’t work with the same format. 5+ hours of sitting at a computer with minimal breaks...

Moving to Six Months

July 27, 2020 • #

The last time I wrote an update here on my health situation was over a year ago now. Time for a quick one.

Since I was officially declared “NED” (no evidence of disease) back in the beginning of 2018, I’ve been on a regular surveillance schedule with the Mayo Clinic’s oncology group. Every 3 months I have to trek up to Jacksonville — about a 3½ hour drive — for a set of scans, a consult with the doctor, and occasionally other tests. Like recently I had an RNA genetic test done looking for clarity...

Elyse 5.0

July 14, 2020 • #

Today is Elyse’s big 5.0!

Elyse 5.0

It’s hard during quarantine times to figure out a fun thing to do. All of your typical birthday venues are either closed or made “unfun” with rules and headcount quotas. Plus the outdoor activities in Florida July are rough since we’ve been in the upper 90s here the last couple weeks.

We decided that since the new St. Pete Pier opened last week that we’d check that out this morning before the afternoon heat started.

They did a fantastic job building a modern destination...

Vacation Photos

July 3, 2020 • #

We just wrapped a week on the beach. 10 adults, 10 kids, 3 houses. A few highlights:

Elyse in a banyan tree forest Elyse in a banyan tree forest

First night's sunset First night’s sunset

Girls outside the house Girls outside the house

Breakfast each day looks something like this Breakfast each day looks something like this

AMI sunset 2

AMI sunset 3


June 30, 2020 • #

Colette bought an inflatable stand-up paddleboard to use on our beach vacation this week. Neither of us had ever tried one before, but you see them all over the place along the St. Pete shoreline.


As an observer, it certainly looks like a workout with having to stand the whole time. But after using one it turns out that’s an understatement. The lower leg, foot, and ankle workout you get is impressive. I’m sure doing it in the open water of the Gulf makes it more challenging with the chop and swell, but even...


June 26, 2020 • #

Next week us and the local family will be at Anna Maria Island for what is largely a “staycation” — a week at a beach house about 45 minutes from home.

Anna Maria Island

We’ll see how things work with trying to stay semi-quarantined while off-site away from home. The house we’re staying in is right on the beach about 100 feet from the Gulf, with it’s own section of private beach. If we’re properly provisioned, we should be all set to have a relaxing time for the week1. The...

Chalkboard Complete

June 22, 2020 • #

I finished painting and assembling the chalkboard and got it hung up along the patio. We’ve already used it for a couple of hours!

This thing is heavy This thing is heavy

Looks great and was a pretty simple (and cheap) addition to the backyard.

Father's Day

June 21, 2020 • #

I had a great, basic Father’s Day here at the house. Colette made breakfast and the kids made me some cards:

Father's Day cards

I got the chalkboard finished up and ready to hang tomorrow. We spent most of the day out in the backyard with pool, slide, and playing in the grass. An excellent day!

Outdoor Chalkboard

June 15, 2020 • #

Colette had this idea to build an outdoor chalkboard for the kids to use, hung on the fence. I went yesterday and bought some materials to put one together. I also found out in drawing up the plan that chalkboard paint exists, which is amazing. I’m not sure how exactly it works, but I bought some and we’ll find out.

Outdoor chalkboard

It only requires some basic ingredients:

We’ll see how it works out. Should be...


June 2, 2020 • #

Over the years with my RSS subscriptions I’ve gradually unsubscribed from a lot of “institutional” or corporate blogs and feeds in favor of individuals I’ve found with interesting websites and things to say.

In the early days of blogging it was common to have a “blogroll” in the sidebar to link to friends, colleagues, and your favorite sites, with a focus on other blogs rather than just your favorite websites or products. So I created one with my favorite internet destinations, with all flavors of topics I’m interested in.

I want more people to have their own websites...

Florida Beaches, 3 Months Post Lockdown

May 29, 2020 • #

We’re almost to the three-month mark since the lockdown started here in Pinellas. Pretty quickly all of the public beaches were closed, right in the midst of Spring Break season. For a county with so many of its economic drivers tied to tourism and beachgoers, that specific element of the lockdown was unprecedented, but given the unknown around the virus’s possible impacts, it was the right decision.

Earlier in May the county reopened the beaches, and naturally, the first weekend was mayhem. We’ve gone a few times throughout the month, and it’s certainly been busy, but not a ton busier...

The About Page

May 15, 2020 • #

After stewing around with it for a month, I finally put up an “About” page for this site. I pulled out a few of favorite posts there, also. Check it out!

Current Reads

April 29, 2020 • #

I recently added to my Library section to include the books I’m currently reading. At the top of the page now I’ll be including books in the rotation. You’ll notice that I’m always reading multiple things at once. Usually the batch is either a) modal: I’ve got something on Audible, a paper book, maybe a couple e-books, or b) type: nonfiction, fiction, etc.

Currently in progress:

Family Life in Quarantine

April 9, 2020 • #

March 12th was the last time I was at the office. We went full remote starting the next day.

The 13th was Elyse’s last day in person at her school. Spring break was slated for the following week anyway, but she started up “Zoom school” a couple weeks ago. She’s only 4 and in pre-K, so they’re just doing their “circle time” remotely. At least a chance to see her friends on cameras once in a while.

Other than the typical cabin fever of having to be at the house so much, I’m surprised how well the kids are handling...

Under Quarantine

March 18, 2020 • #

It’s a weird time right now across the globe. People all over are quarantined, either because of government mandate or self-isolation from others to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus.

I don’t think the world needs more sideline expertise or prognostication about what the virus is doing, how this period will end, or how the economy recovers. There’s already plenty of that out online and in the media — probably way too much.

But I wanted to write something down about this as a personal note for future me to read in the archives.

We’re on day 5...

First Race of the Year

February 7, 2020 • #

I just committed to my first race of the year, a 10K in the St. Pete Distance Classic. Sort of a seat-of-the-pants commitment, but should be able to do a competitive personal time (maybe a PR if I feel good enough). I promised to do more races this year, so gotta stick to the plan.

The weather’s cooled down for the weekend, and a 6:30am start time should make it comfortable for a speedy run.

2020 Goals

January 2, 2020 • #

Last year was my first serious attempt at setting goals at the outset with structure and plan to hold myself accountable to each one throughout the course of the year. “Goal orientation” is not my native approach to motivation, but being able to quantify results in data-driven terms (for good or ill) is something I’m compelled by. If, for example, I can’t track a run with Strava, I don’t even want to do it. The inanity of this compulsion is not lost on me, but the way I think about it is that if any strategy keeps you going (even...


January 1, 2020 • #

We celebrated the new year last night with the family during our trip together, a fairly low-key affair. Hard to believe now that we’ve reached a year number that sounds like science fiction: 2020.

I just got back today after a whirlwind Christmas and leaving town right after, so haven’t had time yet to articulate the year’s goals into a post. Hopefully I’ll get that out tomorrow. A few more days off with the family, then the rocket takes off into the new year.

2019 Final Thoughts

December 31, 2019 • #

Since I already wrote up my overview of 2019 a couple weeks ago, here are some final notes to close out the year.

Goal Summary: Running Stats

December 28, 2019 • #

Continuing my summaries from a couple weeks ago, this post covers some statistics on running throughout 2019.

I track all of my runs with a Garmin fenix 5 watch synced to Strava, but also have been logging each one to a spreadsheet as I complete them. That way I’ve got an easy dataset to work with for analyzing and charting the results.

Here’s the overall breakdown of stats for the year:

Stat Total
Total Distance 615.55 miles
Total Duration 86 hours, 32 minutes
Total Activities 148

Family Vacation

December 27, 2019 • #

Today starts the annual family vacation, this year over in the Disney area south of Orlando. To a Floridian the destination isn’t terribly exciting, but we wanted to keep it simple this year. 3 of the cousins are 6 months or younger, so any trip involving lots of on-the-go activity or air travel becomes challenging.

There aren’t any big plans other than relaxing at the house, swimming (yep, in December), and maybe a couple of trips to theme parks with the kids.

Goal Summary: Wrapping Up 2019

December 17, 2019 • #

For the last couple weeks of the year I’m going to post a few wrap-ups to summarize how I did on hitting personal goals from the beginning of the year. At the beginning I laid out a number of attainable but aggressive targets for myself, having never really done this before in any trackable way. I’ve never been an extremely goal-oriented person, so I thought I’d experiment to see what sort of mental impact this could have and how it helps the habit-forming process.

I’ll briefly run through the targets I set up, with a status on my...

Giving Thanks in 2019

November 28, 2019 • #

We had our two family Thanksgivings today, which makes for a hectic but enjoyable day with most of the families. The kids can really go hard on days like this — no idea how they last so long.

Here’s the shortlist of gratitudes for 2019:

Family Update

November 26, 2019 • #

It’s been busy around our house the last couple of days.

Hung up some Christmas lights:

House Christmas lights

We have some chickens for the week while our friends (their owners) are out of town:

Kids with the chickens


Saw Frozen II and had dinner with some friends:

After seeing Frozen 2

Still have a get together here at the house, a couple of Thanksgivings, a holiday parade, and I’m sure plenty more!

A Twitter "bestof" List

November 11, 2019 • #

The only content feeds I regularly peruse anymore are my RSS subscriptions and Twitter. I’ve been trying to pull away a bit more from looking at Twitter so often. This is a common problem these days that people are responding to in much different ways. You’ve got folks like my co-workers Bill & James coming at it with a sanitization strategy, trying to clean up their feeds in various ways. Then you have those on the “Waldenponding” end of the spectrum (like Cal...


November 3, 2019 • #

A while back I started a text file for logging the best quotes I run across. I put up a page to document those here publicly. No sense in keeping good stuff to myself when I can share my favorites.

A few highlights:

“It is impossible for a man to learn what he thinks he already knows.”


“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”

F.A. Hayek

“Argue as though you are right, but listen as...


October 31, 2019 • #

We had a good time trick-or-treating with the kids over at a friend’s house in South St. Pete. Elyse and her friend from school had been planning together to do Halloween together, so we had to oblige. Everett will go along with anything with free candy.

Everett in the wagon

Elyse eating candy

The Every Day Blog

October 29, 2019 • #

Inspired by Fred Wilson’s AVC blog, I started posting something every day here last year on October 4th. The 1 year mark passed by and I didn’t even notice. It’s become such a part of my mental routine to keep up with that it’s become pretty painless.

Most of my posts are topics I find interesting or links I run across. I find myself zeroing in on themes that tend to appear in my reading patterns. Through the process I’ve also come up with a few recurring “series” type posts to do regularly:


Netlify for Content Management and Hosting

September 10, 2019 • #

We’ve been exploring options for adding a CMS to our Jekyll-powered website for Fulcrum over the last couple of weeks, looking for ways to add more content editor-friendly capabilities without having to overhaul everything under the hood, or move to a full hosted CMS like Wordpress. The product and design teams responsible for the technical development of the website all prefer the simplicity and flexibility of static site generators, but understand the relative opacity of learning git, command lines, and the vagaries of something like Jekyll for team members just writing content.

One of the options we’ve...

Search the Archives

September 5, 2019 • #

Since I’ve been posting here so frequently, it’s gotten challenging to scroll through the archive to find links to things I wrote about before. Last night I worked on implementing a simple site search page that searches the title, text, and tags of posts to find relevant content. This is a short post on how I put that together.

I use Jekyll to manage the site content and generation, with all of my posts written as markdown files with some custom front-matter to handle things like tagging, search-friendliness,...

Labor Day

September 2, 2019 • #

The kids had a great holiday — a beach day with their cousins, lunch on the beach together, then an evening playtime slash barbecue over at a friend’s house for dinner. It was the first beach trip here at home since probably Fathers Day of last year. We need to do it more often on the tail end of the summer.

Kids on the beach for Labor Day

I even got a 5-mile run in while everyone was napping and relaxing after the beach trip.

Suncoast Developers Guild

August 30, 2019 • #

A few months ago I joined the advisory board of the Suncoast Developers Guild, a code school and developer community here in St. Pete. Our company has been involved with this group since back when they first launched the Iron Yard campus back in 2014.

Suncoast Developers Guild

We’ve had a successful experience connecting with the local community through this channel, supporting students looking to shift careers into work on software and recruiting them into our team. Currently 5 people from our dev and product teams came out of those cohorts of front-end...

Fulcrum as a Personal Database

July 29, 2019 • #

I use Fulcrum all the time for collecting data around hobbies of mine. Sometimes it’s for fun or interests, sometimes for mapping side projects, or even just for testing the product as we develop new features.

Here are a few of my key every day apps I use for personal tracking. I’m always tinkering around with other things as we expand the product, but each of these I’ve been using for years pretty consistently.

Gas Mileage

Of course there are apps out there devoted to this task, but I like the idea of having my own raw...

Elyse 4.0

July 14, 2019 • #

Elyse just had her 4th birthday this weekend!

Elyse on her 4th birthday

She picked out her own theme, her own cake, and wanted to have her party at Jump Station here in town. Tons of her friends and family came out, so it was great to see everyone and always fun to see her living it up with all of her friends.

Everett also had a blast there running all over the place climbing, jumping, and sliding with the older kids.

When we got home she had a big time opening all of her...

Independence Day

July 4, 2019 • #

We had a typical, yet action-packed day for the 4th. The kids had a sleepover with their cousins, so I did get about an hour of reading in total silence this morning, which was certainly not typical.

Friends and fireworks

But after that they did swimming and cookout up at my folks’ place, then swimming and more food over at the neighbor’s house. Then we got to go down to the Snell Isle Bridge to watch the downtown fireworks with friends.

18 Months Down

June 24, 2019 • #

I just got back from a trip up to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville for the every-three-month scans cycle. MRI and CT scans clear with only a couple minor things to monitor. These weekends are always a bit of a mental “reset”, and a relief to be done with. Laying in a tube for 90 minutes is never fun, but I’ve done it enough times now that it’s sorta routine. Being proactive about monitoring change is more important than a little discomfort for a couple hours.

Now it’s off my mind til September.

Father's Day

June 16, 2019 • #

I’m not a big holiday person, so I don’t think much about it when something like Father’s Day rolls around.

Simple morning with the kids doing breakfast, then I spent most of the day over at the old place getting it prepped for listing this week. Home Depot trips, painting, yard work, and power washing. Looking forward to getting that thing sold.

Elyse made me a great card this morning. She knows I love maps!

Elyse Father's Day card

Neighborhood Run Progress

May 26, 2019 • #

I’m making quick work of the streets of Shore Acres. Yesterday I set up a quick and dirty local database that I could load the tracks into. I’m just using the GPX export feature on each activity and the ogr2ogr command line utility to import each one.

Run Shore Acres progress

Now I can see the streets get painted as I complete the job.

I ran a quick calculation on the street centerline data to estimate the total distance of roadway and counted about 37 miles. Once I’m done...

Forming Habits

May 23, 2019 • #

This year has been an experiment for me in how one goes about forming habits — at least those of the healthy, positive variety.

We’re all familiar with falling into negative habits and how easy that can happen. There are automatic gravitation-like forces pulling us toward unhealthy habits all the time. Eating junk food, lazing around the house watching TV, not exercising, not reading, spending too much time with social media. What all of these things have in common is short-term gratification. In fact, I struggle to think of any easy traps like this that only have a delayed, long-term...

Tidal Resiliency

May 17, 2019 • #

Yesterday evening I attended a community meeting in our neighborhood on the tidal resiliency plan the City of St. Pete is putting together to combat the periodic street flooding we get during high tidal or rainfall events.

The city planning folks in attendance were showing maps of the neighborhood and projected areas of high water during these events. The crux of the issue in Shore Acres is that during spring tides, water from the bay pushes back up the storm drain pipes and comes out the streetside storm drains in some of the lower intersections in the...

Moving to Three Months

April 25, 2019 • #

I still haven’t published the long backstory on my cancer battle from 2017. It’s still a work-in-progress. There’s a draft going, but I want to make sure I do justice to the whole story properly, and it’s a little hard to spend time on. One day soon I’ll get it out there.

I mentioned a bit about my immunotherapy treatment a few weeks ago. Long story short is that there’s been good news recently, uneventful scans and visits (other than those 90 minute sessions in the MRI tube — not a good time there).

A quick update from today’s visit...

The Breakthrough & Immunotherapy

April 2, 2019 • #

I’ve been listening to the audiobook of The Breakthrough, Charles Graebel’s book about the origins and effectiveness of immunotherapy for cancer treatment.

There’s been a draft post in my archive for months to tell a longer version of the story on my cancer diagnosis and treatment. It’s been something that’s hard to write up in detail — hard to muster the motivation to spend time on the topic any more than I have to. I’ve had good news since late 2017, but still dwelling on it too long is not something I’m interested in....


March 31, 2019 • #

We’ve now got the bulk of our essentials sorted through and moved over to the new house. There’s plenty of work left to do to get our old house emptied and ready for listing, but the hard work is done. Now comes the fun part of getting situated and organized in the new place to enjoy it.

Moving is a blast

A 26’ truck, 3 trips between houses, and 1 trip to the storage unit got us all set to now reduce the problem to basic cleaning and finishing a handful of half-done projects in...

Starting the Move

March 24, 2019 • #

We’ve started moving what we can over to the new place. This weekend was our first free time to get some of it done, but we still had a couple of family commitments both Saturday and Sunday that occupied time. Between that and the kids in the way we got a few large items and boxes moved, but plenty left to go.

It’s going to be a busy week.

The New House

March 15, 2019 • #

New house

We closed today on our new house. It’s only about 10 minutes away from where we live now, but a nicer neighborhood, more space, a larger garage, closer to parks, with better school access for the kids. We’re excited about finally making this jump after talking about it for 4+ years. We’ve always liked where we live currently, the location and the house, but we’ve outgrown it with two little people now here. There’s been no packing or moving yet; we’re on our way to Jacksonville tomorrow for medical follow-up stuff. So all...


February 24, 2019 • #


Today we got to see the touring production of Hamilton in Tampa. It’s every bit as good as the hype.

I’m a history nerd already, so the subject matter is right up my alley. I read the book a couple of years ago and enjoyed it tremendously. I hope that the level this has reached in popular culture has increased peoples’ interest and respect for American history.

Building a Link Archive

January 7, 2019 • #

Since I started my daily writing routine a few months ago, I’ve posted tons of links to interesting things. Sometimes I do “link posts” (like this one), and I’ve been consistently doing my “Weekend Reading” series on Saturdays.

I wanted a way to catalog these links such that I could generate an archive page with a history of all of them.

With Jekyll there are always several ways to work up a solution to a problem. I decided to try out this method using a specifically-defined links array in the front...


January 1, 2019 • #

With 2018 in the rear view, it’s time to set some goals for 2019.

Here are some things I want to focus on, and some markers to aim at by year end.


  • Run 500 miles — At just under 10 per week on average, this feels achievable, but will require consistency. A fall off the track will be hard to catch up from. I’d like to do some races in here, also.
  • Eat better — Nothing specific here. More cooking at home, more plants, less grease/fat, less quantity, more fish, more variety.
  • Meditate 10 minutes per day,...

2018 in Review

December 31, 2018 • #

2018 was a good year, both personally and professionally. Rather than a long-winded post about everything that happened, here’s a brief summary of accomplishments, major events, family stuff, and travel.


  • Read 43 books. Check out my favorites of 2018: part 1, part 2.
  • Traveled to NYC, San Francisco, Atlanta, Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Toronto, St. Augustine, and Boston.
  • Ran 214 miles in 66 separate runs. (This one is particularly special to me. Since I had two...

Fenway Park

October 22, 2018 • #

A few weeks back I had an opportunity to catch a game at Fenway Park for the first time. That’s definitely a bucket list item checked off.

Fenway Park

Tim got tickets last minute, some great seats down past the bend on the third base side, beneath the Monster. It was a beautiful night, with Chris Sale on the mound against the Blue Jays.

The Map Collection

October 17, 2018 • #

I’ve been collecting paper maps for years. It’s one of the few collection habits I’ve allowed myself to keep (well, including books). Some time back I wanted to inventory all of them. So I built an app in Fulcrum to log the title, source, publishing date, and photos of each.

Map Collection

My collection’s up to 210 now. I’m working on a way to publish this. The other similar app I built a while back is a “map of maps”, basically a similar structure to my collection, but actually geotagging out in the world where...