Thursday, January 17, 2019

I haven't written a blog post in a while, so today I'm going to write one.

Monday, April 30, 2018

2018 Mount Edwards Ski

In my pursuit now of not finishing another list, I'm starting my ski most of the centennials project.  Completed #2 today, Mount Edwards, it was a fun day out. Click here if the iframe does not load

Monday, April 2, 2018

a new language

Not too long ago, a hole opened in the middle of the sky and all the words that have ever been spoken in every language were sucked up into the vacuum and the world was left without language.

After some years had passed, there were two men left alone, in a cave.  Each man had two sticks.  They looked at each other, then at their sticks, and one of the men took the two sticks and smacked them together, making a "fwap"ing sound.  The other man looked back into his eyes and then back down at the sticks in his hand, then back up again.  Slowly, he took the two sticks and "fwap".  After a few minutes, the first took the sticks in his hand, this time, two whacks, "fwap, fwap" and the second took the sticks in his hand and went "fwap, fwap" in return.  The two men looked each other in the eye and knew that they were in this together, and thus, a new language was born.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Best Octoberfest beers you can get in highlands ranch area

All the best Oktoberfest beer lists contain all the rare fancy octoberfest beers that all the beer advocate wankers claim to be the best so they can lord their superiority over others when really they are just masking their lack of self confidence.  What follows here is a list of the best octoberfest beers you can actually buy in a liquor store and take home and drink.

  1. Sam Adams Octoberfest
  2. Paulaner Oktoberfest
  3. Left Hand Oktoberfest
  4. Spaten Oktoberfest
  5. Sante Fe Oktoberfest
  6. Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest
  7. Shiner Oktoberfest
  8. Great Divide Hoss Oktoberfest Lager
  9. Prost Marzen Oktoberfest
  10. Dry Dock Docktoberfest 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

tech debt

The best way to deal with tech debt is to never accrue it in the first place.  The second best way to deal with it is to pare it down incrementally.  Finally, only as a last resort, should you freeze feature development and do a long period of paying down tech debt.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Top 10 tips for creating top 10 lists

  1. Limit the topic to topics that are interesting.
  2. Make #1 the most important on the list, or the least.
  3. If you run out of interesting points, you should just end the list.
  4. Keep the number of items between 9 and 11.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mount Flora Ski Descent

Mount Flora was the last of the James Peak Wilderness Peaks ski descents that I've done over the past 10 years or so.  James peak, Witter, Parry, Eva, Bancroft, and Flora make up the range that dominates the view for westbound travelers on I-70 when they crest the hill just past the buffalo herd overlook.

The morning started from Berthoud Pass, at 5:30am, skinning up the service road to Colorado mines peak.  Since my brother Mike was diagnosed with leukemia, I've decided I need to just go at these peaks alone, which really sucks, because doing this alone is scary and just not a ton of fun.  Hopefully Mike will be fully healed in a couple of years and we will be back at it together in no time. So here I am, by myself, alone and afraid.  Let's see, boots on, ok, skins on the skis, ok I can do this, not too bad, let's go.   I skinned up the service road to just below Mines, just past Mines peak the windward slopes were blown free of snow so I bootpacked up to the summit of Flora.

It was cold and windy on the summit, I dropped down into the bowl and everything was still frozen solid, a fairly scary 800 vertical later I was down at ethel lake. I managed to bootpack back up to the saddle and then hike back to the pass.  6 hours, 7 miles, 2500 vert total on the day.

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