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February 4, 2020
When your coworkers absolutely smash your birthday 
when your coworkers absolutely smash your birthdaywhen your coworkers absolutely smash your birthday


January 31, 2020
We Got a New Treadmill Sensor 

Last week we got this treadmill sensor by NPE.

And damned if it doesn’t turn out that I run even slower than I thought I did.

Runn syncs with a variety of running apps; I’m using the excellent ismoothrun, which also syncs with your Apple Watch and contributes to your rings”.

So okay, the downside is I’m about two-and-a-half minutes slower per kilometer than I thought I was, according to the Runn sensor. I’ve been told that I might find I’m a bit faster once I start running outside, which I plan to do once the weather gets better, around the end of March/beginning of April.

The upside is I can run for an hour and a half straight, which is a big achievement for a girl with asthma, who used to do literally anything to get out of gym class in school.

I also picked up some new shoes last week, and tried them out for the first time today. And I have to say, they are excellent. They are very cushion-y. Whatever CUSHLON is, I could feel the difference over my two year old Adidas, for sure.




January 30, 2020
Work-from-home Coworkers 
work-from-home coworkerswork-from-home coworkers


January 27, 2020
Exercise Book Archive 

1930s, United States of America

Fom the Exercise Book Archive, a project which allows everyone to discover the history, education, and daily life of children and youth of the past through this unique material.”

Everybody is invited to contribute.




January 24, 2020
Progress! 
progress!progress!


January 23, 2020
When a Man Took a Joke in a Pepsi Ad Seriously, Chaos Ensued 

Pepsi initially refused his claim: The Harrier jet in the Pepsi commercial is fanciful and is simply included to create a humorous and entertaining ad.” But Leonard was already lawyered up and ready to fight. His attorneys fired back with This is a formal demand that you honor your commitment and make immediate arrangements to transfer the new Harrier jet to our client.” Pepsi didn’t budge. Leonard sued, and it went to court.

From Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World by Matt Parker, and via lithub.com




January 17, 2020
Becoming Someone who Runs 

On Wednesday I registered for my first ever 10K. It’s in May. This was thanks to the encouragement of my husband, who ran the same 10K two years ago, and who is going to run it with me this year. (I definitely would not have even thought to register without his support, for I am, by and large, extremely lazy.)

Today I ran my fastest (indoor) 10K ever.

For a real runner” this isn’t a great time. In fact, it would be considered pretty slow. Okay, very slow. But it’s the fastest I’ve ever run, and I’m pretty proud of myself. I’ve been running consistently (two to three times a week) for about a year and a half. I’ve been running approximately 10K once a week since October. I’m going to start ramping up now for the 10K race. But the fact that I could run 10K on the treadmill today and not keel over, not even want to stop and walk, felt like a real accomplishment.

Yes I would like to be faster before my run, and yes I will need a lot of training to get there. But today I’m feeling pretty pleased with my progress.




January 16, 2020
Last night I dreamed about eating spaghetti sandwiches 

I even dreamed that there was a wikipedia article for them.

I was pleased to learn this morning that this is, in fact, the case. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghetti_sandwich




January 7, 2020
More Christmas gifts from friends 
more christmas gifts from friendsmore christmas gifts from friends


January 2, 2020
Tweets that are also web hosting jokes 
tweets that are also web hosting jokestweets that are also web hosting jokes




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