29 September 2010
I saw this graphic today as I was looking for an mp3 version of the "Celtic Chant" as played by the Notre Dame Marching Band (check it out here not a great video but it is amazing to see the whole student section doing it). Back to the graphic - how many teams with gold helmets can a team put on the schedule. The Irish (themselves wearing golden helmets) are playing SEVEN teams sporting gold on top. That is too many. We need some more color contrast in there (in addition to teams we can beat).
[Catherine said to reading the synopsis before the movie comes out might help.]
28 September 2010
And, Sunday morning was just about perfect for a race. Completely dry, cool and low humidity. The race started at 7 and we were running when the sun came up. kt was running the 10k, and my brother-in-law, and stoppable and I were all tackling the half-marathon. And, despite my less than impressive final couple weeks of training, I really had no problems with the run. I felt pretty great the whole run. There was a while around mile 10 or so where I was thinking, "How long til this is over?" but by the time I hit the last mile or two, I was still feeling fine.
To be honest, I wasn't blown away by the organization of the race (parking/traffic, porta-potties, course design, poor mile marking and post-race festivities all left a bit to be desired), but no major problems. The serious hill at mile 8, while not fun, was a good challenge.
And it was SO great to run it with family...it makes such a difference! I was thrilled to get it completed and happy with how I felt after. (Must've been the G1, G2, G3 treatment!...or the Bud heavy tallboy after crossing the finish line.)
Total time 1:55:44 (41 seconds behind stoppable but ahead of the overall half average 2:07:29)
8:51 average mile time
Overall place 619 of 1684 (63rd percentile)
Place in Males 379 of 719 (47th percentile)
Place in M30-34 73 of 126 (43rd percentile)
My splits (from the 5 mile markers I was able to see) back up what I stated above.
First four miles we averaged - 9:37
Started to speed up, mile five was - 8:53
Miles 6, 7, 8 we were pushing it, averaging - 8:39
Mile 9, we hit our stride (and some downhill) - 8:09
Mile 10 slowed down a touch but still hitting our pace - 8:20
The last three miles we averaged - 8:23
27 September 2010
First, Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) is donating $100M to the Newark public school system.
[sidenote: The article states that the school system missed out on a $400M grant due to clerical error...Ouch.]
And second, my crush Lindsay Lohan will be heading back to rehab for the fifth time. That is after four visits jail. Come on girl, get it together...and bring back the red hair.
24 September 2010
My three boys all love music, and that makes me happy.
Rock Around the Clock - Haley and the Comets
Be Not Afraid - Earthen Vessels
23 September 2010
22 September 2010
21 September 2010
I put off my long run on Sunday due to the crappy weather, which I probably would've enjoyed if I'd just gone out and did it. Instead I had to fit it in on Monday which already included work, coaching my volleyball girls, and my first Spanish class. So I started my 11.5 mile loop at 8:30. And I had a fantastic first 7-8 miles. I was averaging under 8:30 thru mile 7. And they felt great. Funny how a mile of hills can change your attitude. We turned onto 56th Street and those hills were the end of my energy reserves. I made it through them and about a mile further but at 10.3 I threw in the towel and uttered those awful tasting words, "I need to walk." Blah.
I'm hoping that race day will be much better. It will be in the morning, not after a long day. There will be lots going on to get caught up in. My brother will be there to push me on and won't accept any excuses. I'll have a GU or a Gatorade 1 before the race. Regular water stations. And probably most importantly, I won't start off quite so quick. 9 minute miles will get us done in under two hours, so I need to keep that in mind.
20 September 2010
Nicholas Kristof "Message to Muslims: I'm Sorry"
Paul Krugman "The Tax-Cut Racket"
Give them a read if you are interested in what all the tax bill hubbub is about or if you want to think about freedom of religion in another light. Or don't, whatever. :)
Tell me if you want it.
Oh My God - Cults
She Came Along - Kid Cudi (with Patsy Cline)
ADD SUV - Uffie (with Pharrell)
XXXO (remix) - M.I.A. (feat. Jay-Z)
Like a G6 - Far East Movement (feat. The Cataracts)
Major Tom - Shiny Toy Guns
Kiss With a Fist - Florence & The Machine
Bully - Lissie
Older - Band of Horses
Lingering Still - She & Him
Mr. Rager - Kid Cudi
Burning For You - Shiny Toy Guns
love in this CLUB MED - K.Flay
Whip My Hair - Willow Smith
Cameras - Matt & Kim
Words of Wisdom - Hoodie Allen
19 September 2010
More rain today and I've filled it with book-reading, bathroom-cleaning, yoga-exercising, coffee-shop sitting currently and Mass-celebrating later.
17 September 2010
How would I handle the political arena in our country without these two guys to keep me sane?
Now, answering an online campaign that raised $200k+ for education charities ["Help Restore Truthiness to the Classroom"], the two are going to hold opposing rallies on the Washington Mall. Both slogans are fantastic. I haven't had a chance to watch the videos yet, but that that image alone of Colbert as the Lincoln Monument had me laughing. Check out Colbert's "Keep Fear Alive" or Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" site for more info.
16 September 2010
15 September 2010
I think I would love to teach at a school like this. I read "More Than a Dream" a couple years ago and LOVED it (read my review of it here). It combines several things I believe in: Catholic faith, working with at-risk youth, the role of working in developing responsibility and real-world knowledge, and high quality education.
sidenote: that Iowa Public Radio webpage is crap. I have little tolerance for low quality webpages. No search box on your site? Gimme a break.
14 September 2010
For my debut coaching appearance, I have to say I loved it.
13 September 2010
sidenote: I noticed Michigan is with adidas now, not sure how long that has been going on, but that is a major coup for them to pull them away from Nike.
10 September 2010
- "This is under the theory that the best way to honor Americans who died at the hands of religious extremists is to do something that is both religious and extreme."
- "a person whose seminal career achievement has been building a thriving congregation of about 50 people."
- "When this sort of thing happens, it is important to remember that about 5 percent of our population is and always will be totally crazy."
- "Helping us achieve that state of public grace is the highest possible duty of every elected official. But, lately, they’ve abdicated or worse. And the fight for public sanity has fallen to average citizens...“Let me say first, there are crazy people in every society."
This thought popped into my head again this morning when the Flobots song "Anne Braden" (which is a completely fantastic song, btw) came on my headphones. The idea that there are defintely those extremists out there but we have to do our best to off-set their hatred and close-mindedness with true morals, tolerance and calm heads.
09 September 2010
The first one was this discussion topic on the forum on Gapers Block. There are some interesting statements from people and my favorite one - "I'm a web developer. It's fun at times and I like it, but I think I'd rather be on a canoe in a lake in Canada, as far away from a computer as possible." I didn't contribute my answer to it, but if I had it might read like this:
08 September 2010
There are a myriad of reasons/excuses I could offer. With a change in job, it always takes some time to figure out how your 'free' time is going to be. I've been busy with lots of other things in my evenings. I'm coaching some middle school volleyball and have not been making it to the coffeeshop much. If I make it there once a week, that is doing good, whereas when I was teaching I'd be there at least 3-4 times a week. But last night I had a realization that one of the biggest reasons for fewer posts is not being in a school setting. I don't have those humorous/poignant/reassuring interactions with young adults that used to give me fodder for my blog.
So, I will have to be more observant in my daily life for those "human experience" stories. And I will have to set aside some time each night for blogging. And I am making a pledge to myself to be more diligent about my posting this month. As you can see, I started well - three on September 1. And not much since. But I'm working on it!
Other than that the biggest chunk of time spent on my iPad has been using it as the world's most expensive mancala game. I'm getting pretty good.
07 September 2010
01 September 2010
After that, there was a special on Alabama and its program as it kicked off the season. It really shows you a lot of what goes on during two-a-days, both on the field and off. I totally loved it (even though I don't like 'Bama). Reminded me of all the great things (and some of the unpleasant ones) involved with that first week or two of practicing. Check your listings for a rerun "College Football Special: Alabama All-Access"
First off, the iPod lineup: The shuffle gets a makeover, keeps its pricepoint of $49. And it looks...eerily like it did before they made that 'mistake' of moving all the controls to the headphones. Still, I say nice job to apple for bringing back a great functional design. The nano gets a major form change also, and this one is completely new. The nano says goodbye to the control wheel and hello to the touch screen. And it is square now, with a clip. The iTouch gains front and back cameras, FaceTime (video chatting), can record HD video and is thinner. The iPod classic still looks the same, it seems to be the forgotten sibling. Most exciting, for me at least, is the announcement of Ping. It is all about "social music discovery." As Steve Jobs said, like if "Facebook and Twitter meet iTunes." Can't wait to try it out. Oh, and the new iTunes 10 icon is going to get a makeover to remove the CD since the iTunes store will be outselling CD's shortly.
To leave you with some iTunes store numbers: 11.7 billion songs, 450 million TV episodes, 100 million movies, 35 million books, and 160 million accounts.