Day 25: Flare

Kid jumping for a frisbee with bright sun flare behind

Day 24: Belt

An excavator with belts for wheels

Finished reading: The Rationalist’s Guide to the Galaxy by Tom Chivers is an entertaining and interesting book about AI risks and the Rationalists that worry about them πŸ“š

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Starting to see the Fall colour changes on today’s run. Powered by PUP and Rage Against the Machine

One tree with bright orange and red leaves along a trail

Starting Fall with a pumpkin ale from Lake of Bays brewery

Pint glass full of beer beside the empty can from Lake of Bays

Day 23: A day in the life. Enjoying the nice Fall weather outside with a good book

Holding a Kobo ereader with Neal Stephenson’s Termination Shock as the cover image

Day 22: Road

A cottage road turning a corner with bright sun up and to the right

πŸš΄β€β™‚οΈ Likely the last ride of the season with this crew. Getting too dark! Unfortunately we had to end early, thanks to a flat tire.

Crew of cyclist near a lake with the sunrise behind. Ride stats are overlaid: 22.39km 1hr10min

Sunrises are a nice benefit of getting up early

Orange sunrise over a beach

Day 21: Fall

A tree with bright red leaves on a residential street

Day 20: Disruption

Sign on wall: β€œNo trespassing. This area is under constructionβ€œ

Day 19: Edge

Edge of the train platform with yellow warning surface

GPS Watch? No Thanks. Top Runners Are Ditching the Data.

For many, GPS watches are a remarkably useful training tool. But there are other runners, including world-class runners like Jacobs, who have a hard time understanding the fuss. To them, a smorgasbord of data is more hindrance than help. And get this: Some runners don’t wear watches at all.

I’m sympathetic to this idea. In general, I’m trying to stop obsessing over my health and fitness data (tough for this data analyst to do). That said, I’m far from an elite runner. So, I don’t have enough body awareness to intuitively know my pace zones and find realtime data on my performance helpful for making sure my runs are effective.

Perhaps more importantly, my watch is also my source of music and a way to keep my family updated when I’m out on a long run.

I don’t expect to be running out the door without my watch anytime soon.

Day 18: Fabric

Close up of chair fabric

Day 17: Intense

Red hot coals in a fire pit

Interesting guest column by Reg Whitaker in Wesley Wark’s National Security and Intelligence Newsletter

The leading physicists mobilized in the Manhattan Project were on the one hand applying intelligence in the sense of the same pure quest for knowledge that had driven the discoveries of scientists from Galileo to Einstein. On the other hand as a military scheme, the Manhattan Project was an intelligence problem in the sense of secrets that had to be protected from enemy eyes, or indeed from any eyes, friendly or unfriendly, from outside the charmed circle of the initiated and security-cleared.

πŸƒβ€β™‚οΈ Today’s run was an endurance run with a progressive fast finish. I tried breathing through my nose for the first hour to keep things slow.

Powered by Billy Talent and Beastie Boys

Map of the run in Cambridge. 20.99km in 1:59

πŸ“Ί I enjoyed Foundation Season 2. A good part of that enjoyment requires letting go of the original books and embracing this reinterpretation

Foundation poster

Finished reading: The Mountain in the Sea by Ray Nayler has so many fascinating ideas about consciousness, intelligence, and language embedded in a good story about a community of octopuses. I really enjoyed this oneπŸ“š

Day 16: Oof!

Smashed and cracked Apple Watch