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How I didn't run a marathon

] Me at mile 5. Still smiling.

By the time I finally reached the end of the marathon, the finisher's shute had become a wasteland. Instead of the frenetic jostling I was used to at the end of a race... the almost maddening flow of people down the tables of oranges and chocolate milk... emptiness greeted me. A volunteer handed me a finisher's medal and a wilted rose.

This is what it's like to take six hours to finish a marathon.

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Running, a retrospective

Today I set out on my weekly long run for my hood to coast training plan. Normally I do the long runs on a Saturday, but this Saturday we are helping Team Snout with their WarTron dry run. So I moved my schedule all around and ended up with an 8 mile run in the middle of the week. Normally I have a day of break between my last run, seeing my trainer, and the big run.

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Back to the books

Hi everyone.

I have found myself so often lately reading whatever everyone else is reading -- usually whatever Taylor has downloaded and left in our Nook library. But the last year or so, that's all felt pretty superficial. Finishing, for example, Boneshaker or The Magicians or Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I have almost the exact feeling I get from watching an Oscar nominee two years later: That's it? Why was this such a big deal?

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PDX: What to do and see

It's not hard to find things to do in Portland--far from it. What's hard to do is figure out what you'll really enjoy in Portland. Having lived here for a few years, I know what I like to do. So here's a list of the things we recommend to like-minded people.


At Mississippi's Bridge City Comics Taylor working the merch booth for Marian Call and the Doubleclicks.


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A letter from the past


<--Me at 14. My grandparents dressed me up in a kimono they bought in Japan.


October 11, 1994, I wrote myself an entry in my journal sealed "To be opened at 30." Today, on my 32nd birthday, I finally remembered to open it. Here's what my 14-year-old self predicted of my future, followed by my response to her.

Hello, Maria. Now you are at least 30. That means it is 2010 or later.

I got the Idea for this letter from Northern Exposure yesterday. I think it's a good Idea, so I stole it.

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New Computer Time

It's every nerd's favorite time; time for a new computer!

Every gaming PC I have owned since college, basically every PC I've ever owned really, I have built myself. There's something undeniably nerdy about building your own machine from components. Aside from the hours spent checking specs and reviews, being buried up to your elbows in a PC's internals is just a fantastically good time.  The PC I currently use for gaming and dev at home is about 3 years old. It's had some upgrades, but it's definitely getting a bit old and having some issues with new games. It's an Intel E8400 Core 2 Duo, 4 GB RAM, an NVIDIA GTX 460, and NVIDIA GTX 280 (performing Physix co-processing mostly), about 2TB of HD, all in a full tower enclosure. It plays Skyrim on high settings, but not with high res texture packs and the like. I've also had some challenge with Direct X 11 games on the 460 being at all performant.


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