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Archive for September 2012

how to drill a two foot hole through a tree.

wanting to make progress on The World’s Most Awesome Treehouse(s) i asked about drilling a hole through a tree and got some fantastic advice which led me to ordering a big bit, baby. but how to get that bit through the tree? well, for that, you need a big drill. something like the milwaukee 3/4 […]

a big bit, baby!

progress on The World’s Most Awesome Treehouse(s) is going a little slower than i’d like ( pesky marathon training! ) but it’s still happening. thanks to suggestions after asking about drilling a hole through a tree i done did ordered a 3/4″ x 24″ auger bit which is plenty long enough to make it through […]

ragsy the fluffiest ragdoll. killer?

our ragdoll cat, ragsy, brother to dearly departed truck the cat is a really rather pleasant cat but there’s something about his countenance that always makes me wonder if maybe he thinks i might make a for a nice meal if only he were just a bit of a bigger cat. but maybe it’s just […]

45 degrees F. time to bust out the fashionable winter running gear.

finally running weather befitting a snowdeal! after running in brutal heat and humidity all. summer. long. i am absolutely, positively ready for running in colder weather and much, much prefer 32F-60F running over 70F-90F. and, hey, what’s not to love about running around in veeeeery fashionable cold weather stretch pants? i’ve had these hind running […]

The Evolution of the Emoticon

i don’t care what you youngsters say, an emoticon must always have a nose and you must always type two spaces after a period ( emoticon story via kottke )

deep fried decisions. county fair food edition.

when in rome?

here comes the science: why cilantro-haters hate cilantro

six years after i started documenting my dislike of cilantro ( and here ) after learning i was not alone upon reading a boingboing post, they point to new research on the genetic basis for why cilantro-haters hate cilantro which is linked to a variation in a gene associated with our sense of smell. see […]

Where Cows Are Happy and Food Is Healthy

nicholas kristof writes a very nice op-ed in the new york times about organic valley yamhill, oregon producer bob bansen, “where cows are happy and food is healthy”. don’t miss the great video that accompanies the article, “milk of human kindness”.

Beyond Farmers Markets: Why Local Food Belongs on Grocery Shelves

our adopted hometown, viroqua gets a nice shout out from kathleen merrigan, deputy secretary of the USDA in the atlantic article “Beyond Farmers Markets: Why Local Food Belongs on Grocery Shelves”, “It is happening in Viroqua, Wisconsin, a town of 4,400…”.

20 miles! and the brutal math of Being A Clydesdale.

whoohoo! i ran 20 miles for my long run this weekend in preparation for the chicago marathon which is, unbelievably, only 4 weeks away! i was “only” going to run 18 miles for my LSD ( long slow distance ) run this week, but things were going so well i decided i had enough gas […]

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