Web-log

Web-log entries from 2015

2015-12-28

We all gotta help each other out

On my ride to work this morning, while passing through the highly sketchy intersection at SW Miles & Barbur, I noticed a car stalled —... more

2015-12-18

Two people I met this week while riding my bike

After dropping my kids off at school this morning I was riding back through outer SE Portland and a woman riding slooowly the opposite direction... more

2015-12-03

Turtles and Dolphins

For about three years now I’ve given the winter-weather bike commuting advice to be a dolphin, not a turtle. TL;DR: dress for warmth and ease... more

2015-11-19

My kids are so badass

It should have been pure misery on our ride to school today. 40°F and the kind of fine misty rain that penetrates every zipper and... more

2015-11-07

Race Report: Pedalers at the Poor Farm

I could’ve won the race Saturday. Well not Saturday Saturday but Saturday in an alternate universe where I had about 10% better bike handling skills.... more

2015-10-19

Race Report: Cross Crusade #3 (Cascade Locks)

What was remarkable about yesterday’s race was its unremarkableness. I staged in the middle and finished in the middle. Given my track record in Cat... more

2015-10-03

Race Report: GPRM #5, Heiser Farms

(Writing this report about two weeks too late.) Weather golden, cool windy and dry after a rain. Ground tacky, not dusty, not muddy. Fast The... more

2015-09-24

Race Report: Blind Date at the Dairy #2, 9/23/2015

I can only assume three other guys had minor mechanicals. Because I was DFL. I don’t just mean I was DFL in my category. I... more

2015-09-08

Race Report: David Douglas #1 (GPRM #1), 2015-9-5

I misread the start list on Athletepath for this race and for two days thought I finished 31 of 35. Which TBH felt about right.... more

2015-08-31

Laziness and fear

This one is for Portland friends: With a few caveats, if you live inside ~60th & work in PDX city core, & you drive to... more

2015-08-11

Twenty years ago today I was on a train bound for Eugene

I moved to Oregon for grad school the weekend after Jerry Garcia died. I was with my brother at a head shop in Lincoln, Nebraska,... more

2015-08-06

I lied my way into this career

I lied my way into my first full-paying web job (as a junior web developer at a large electronics company headquartered in the Portland suburbs).... more

2015-07-04

Eulogy for my father, Vernon Lee Souders, 1936 – 2014

Delivered at the Merna Community Cemetery, July 2nd, 2015 Dad was not a Churchy man and while he liked to discuss religion, he didn’t often... more

2015-06-07

Tools matter

Banging my head since Thursday against a UX job I’ve been working on in OmniGraffle (my go-to design tool for the last six or eight... more

2015-05-29

#NoMoreGhostBikes

Photo: @__P__J (Twitter) I went on a memorial (and protest) ride this afternoon for Mark Angeles, a recent Reed grad and by-all-accounts Swell Guy who... more

2015-05-29

If you handed a driver a loaded gun…

This morning on my my commute I saw: a dude eating yogurt out of a cup with a spoon and turning the wheel with his... more

2015-05-28

River effect

A common Portland summer weather pattern is a dense layer of low clouds (but not usually fog as in California’s marine effect) forming late in... more

2015-05-11

Good Enough

New iPhone battery + hard reset = PRACTICALLY NEW iPHONE. ca 2005 computers (laptops+desktops) became Good Enough and the only reason I buy a new... more

2015-05-01

Grooves

Over the last four years I wore a literal groove into the gravel behind the bleachers at the Lewis and Clark baseball diamond. This narrow... more

2015-04-09

Nunivak Island; Internet; Research; Humans

I got an email today from the granddaughter of a famous Nunivak Islander who was an important information source for my graduate research. (Unfortunately I... more

2015-03-28

The best park in Portland is Albert Kelly Park

The best park in Portland is Albert Kelly Park. It's boggy and muddy, the playground equipment is older than me (including a merry go round... more

2015-01-27

My father in Baghdad

I had a dream last night in which my father appeared. Dead people often appear in my dreams, most commonly for a year or two... more

2015-01-19

Frustration and Ignorance

Ignorance in Django: “How do I make my app do [comically simple task]?” Ignorance in Drupal: “How did I get this far in over my... more