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.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

2017 mountain goals

Need to figure out what do in 2017, ski a few more 14ers, at 48 currently, it would be cool to get to 50 this year.  Here's the 10 left:
  • pyramid
  • capitol
  • n. eolus
  • eolus
  • sunlight
  • windom
  • culebra
  • wilson peak
  • el diente
  • crestone needle
The list is getting thin, lot of them far away, and really difficult.  It'd be cool if I could do 2 or 3 this year, maybe back to telluride to try for el diente and wilson peak, maybe even do mt. wilson for a pure summit ski.  If the snow totals are epic it might be a good year to try Pyramid or Capitol too, as the more snow on those peaks the easier they'll be.  It's exciting times for sure though.  

In addition to the 14ers, last year I got to ski 2 new peaks, Citadel, and Peak 1.  It was cool skiing some of the peaks closer to home, in the ski what you see mentality.  Some of the other local peaks that are on the to do list:
  • Tenmile peak
  • Apache
  • Navajo
  • Shoshoni
  • Hagar
  • Flora
  • Red Peak
Come summer time, it'd be really cool to get the kids into rock climbing outdoors, maybe figure out a way to incorporate that into a summer camping trip.  I know the kids would love that.  Some other hiking with the family and maybe a family backpacking trip too, if that is at all possible, maybe just me and Grady.

Either way, lots to do, several lifetimes of adventures in the Colorado rockies and I couldn't be happier to live here and have a family that not only supports me in my endeavors but also likes joining right in!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

One political post

So Trump was elected and I was surprised that he was, all along I felt there is no way he we will win, and yet he did. So some people ask why or how he could be elected. Trump getting elected is the byproduct of a generation of apathy. A passive population ignoring politics, having had it usurped from them by the minority of people who feel that something different is better than anything like the current state of affairs.

For those that feel the government no longer serves them the blueprint was laid out 240 years in the Declaration of Independence. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

The question is now whether or not this will precipitate any change, or will it be more of the same. People posting on Facebook or Twitter, claiming to abhor the current system, and then doing absolutely nothing about it. Personally I believe this is all part of the natural evolution of any civilization in decline, similar to the Roman Empire in 400 AD. It is part of the cycle of the ascendency and decline of a civilization. The eventual byproduct will be a civil war in this country with the lines this time being drawn on the left or the right, with perhaps abortion being the main dividing line, as slavery was during the first civil war.   Time will tell, but I do know that I'm as ashamed of the fact that our country could elect a bigot like Trump as I am of the general political apathy that has stained my generation.

I find myself reading this passage over and over to help stay grounded during these tumultuous times.  "You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."