Sometime in late August, I injured my trapezius muscle. The trapezius is a large, diamond-shaped muscle that covers most of your back. It aids in neck and shoulder movements and provides critical support when using your back, including when you’re hunched over, riding a bicycle. The doctors who checked it out aren’t sure if it’s just a strain or if… Read more →
Bicycle commuting has come to Silicon Valley in a big way. I see more riders every day on their bikes, pedaling to work. Commuting in this area is much easier than many other parts of the country. The terrain in the valley is generally flat, unless you’re cycling from somewhere like Los Gatos, where your return journey will be mostly… Read more →
Let’s talk about product choices once more. I’ve started commuting by bicycle. As commutes go, it’s not particularly onerous. I’ve experimented with a number of routes, and have settled on two different routes, one for going to the office, the other for the return jaunt. The morning ride is about 8 miles, the evening ride 7. It’s all relatively flat,… Read more →
My Twitter feed blew up today when I linked to this post at Forbes by Jason Evangelho, describing how high end, high priced gaming PCs are propping up the PC industry. I’m not sure why this is surprising. Your basic desktop PC, whether for home or business, is cheaper than ever even as they become more computationally powerful. By the same… Read more →
The basement lab in my house has a passel of PCs, ranging from an unused Pentium 4 system in a ridiculous flowered case to my production system, based on the lastest Haswell CPUs. In between are systems built on Sandy Bridge (both LGA 1155 and LGA 2011) and Ivy Bridge CPUs. As I look over these PCs, I’m struck by… Read more →
This is about a bicycle, and the wrong bicycle at that. But it’s not just about a bike. It’s also an object lesson in why you should clarify your thinking when you’re buying a high cost item. Whenever you buy something that’s not just a quick impulse buy, you’re actually buying the concept of what the product means to you…. Read more →
There’s a lot of ink, real and virtual, being spilled about the upcoming vote on the Internet sales tax, aka The Marketplace Fairness Act. Amazon has decided it’s okay with it, while eBay is opposing it. Whether it will save brick-and-mortar retailers is an open question. From my perspective, however, it’s something of a yawner. For years, Californians didn’t pay… Read more →
Like any gearhead, when I get interested in something remotely technical, I dig a little deeper. That’s how it is with my cycling.
I ride a 2012 model Felt Z5 for daily fitness rides. It’s got a carbon fiber frame and Shimano 105 drivetrain. But like any piece of hardware, I’ve done a little upgrading. I’ve changed out the seat, added a frame pump, mounted a GPS-based bike computer and more.
In the past few months, I’ve played through the entire Mass Effect series (for the third time), Tomb Raider, a good chunk of Far Cry 3 and Bioshock: Infinite. Playing Bioshock: Infinite, in particular, made me think of player agency: how much control and decision making do you give a player in a story based game? Player agency in strategy… Read more →