πŸ“· Park

At Lory State Park this morning before I ran the Quad Rock 50 mile race for the 5th time. Six trips up and down this mountain, with over 11,000ft of elevation gain and loss. It went about as well as could be expected, given my three separate niggling injuries. My crappy body was figuratively held together by kinesio tape.

11 books in January

  • The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman
  • Brighton Rock by Graham Greene
  • You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) by Tammy Strobel
  • The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
  • The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno
  • Money by Jacob Goldstein
  • Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) by Scott Rieckens
  • Meet the Frugalwoods by Elizabeth Willard Thames
  • The Minimalist Home by Joshua Becker
  • Gratitude by Oliver Sacks
  • Daring Greatly by BrenΓ© Brown

7 in February

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • 81 Days Below Zero by Brian Murphy
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
  • Family Happiness by Leo Tolstoy
  • How to Argue With a Racist by Adam Rutherford
  • How to Be Perfect by Michael Schur

8 in March

  • Irresistible by Adam Alter
  • Finding Everett Ruess by David Roberts
  • The Body by Stephen King
  • LaserWriter II by Tamara Shopsin
  • Blitzed by Norman Ohler
  • The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
  • Island by Aldous Huxley
  • Gangsters of Capitalism by Jonathan M. Katz

I read 16 books in April, a new personal record!

  • Spies, Lies, and Algorithms by Amy B. Zegart
  • Thirst by Heather Anderson
  • The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning by Margareta Magnusson
  • Mud, Rocks, Blazes by Heather Anderson
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed
  • Becoming Odyssa by Jennifer Pharr Davis
  • Stolen Focus by Johann Hari
  • Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande
  • The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life by J. L. Collins
  • A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford
  • Things That Matter by Joshua Becker
  • System Error by Rob Reich, Mehran Sahami & Jeremy M. Weinstein
  • Stolen Focus by Johann Hari
  • Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

The current MacBook Pros have the best trackpad I’ve ever used. Going back to Apple’s Magic Trackpad (the second best trackpad I’ve ever used?) has been disappointing.

With my ear held next to my new M1 Ultra Mac Studio it’s still not as loud as my PC on the other side of the room. It’s louder than my M1 Max MacBook Pro at idle, but quieter when the MBP’s fan kicks in (as it does when building large projects).

Playdate C API:

1.1. Why use the C API?

Performance. Lua is garbage collected.

You had me at “Performance. Lua is garbage”.

2021 12 30 ATY

Team Ragfield had a pretty successful Across The Years race a couple weeks ago. In the 48 hour race Melissa ran 136 miles, while I ran 141. In the 24 hour race 12 year old Will ran 50 miles! Personal bests for everyone. Family total: 328 miles.

I camped 19 nights in 2021, which is up from 2020, but significantly down from pre-COVID times.



In 2020 I read 65 books. In 2021 I somehow managed to read 83 books, including a whopping 16 in December, including 12 in the last 12 days of the year. Here’s the list:

  • Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
  • Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card
  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • The Expert Guide to Sleeping Well by Chris Idzikowski
  • Ender in Exile by Orson Scott Card
  • Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • Shadow of the Hegemon by Orson Scott Card
  • Mockingjay (Hunger Games, Book Three) by Suzanne Collins
  • Humanology by Professor Luke O'Neill
  • Radical Kindness by Angela Santomero
  • Shadow Puppets by Orson Scott Card
  • Shadow of the Giant by Orson Scott Card
  • Shadows in Flight by Orson Scott Card
  • The Storm Before the Storm by Mike Duncan
  • Everything That Remains by Joshua Fields Millburn
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • Failure Is Not an Option by Gene Kranz
  • Waking Up by Sam Harris
  • How to Do the Work by Dr. Nicole LePera
  • I Am C-3PO – The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Fellowship Of The Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Return Of The King by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Silmarillion by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Coddling of the American Mind by Greg Lukianoff & Jonathan Haidt
  • Feeling Good by David D. Burns, M.D.
  • The End of Everything by Katie Mack
  • The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, Book One) by James Dashner
  • iGen by Jean M. Twenge
  • Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin & Joe Dominguez
  • The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • The Death Cure (Maze Runner, Book Three) by James Dashner
  • The Kill Order (Maze Runner, Book Four; Origin) by James Dashner
  • Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • Lost and Found by Orson Scott Card
  • Love People, Use Things by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Verge by Patrick Wyman
  • Wanting by Luke Burgis
  • The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  • Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  • Love People, Use Things by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus
  • Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday
  • Hero of Two Worlds by Mike Duncan
  • Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
  • Effortless by Greg Mckeown
  • A World Without Email by Cal Newport
  • Lab Rats by Dan Lyons
  • This Is Your Mind on Plants by Michael Pollan
  • Quiet by Susan Cain
  • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
  • Endure by Alex Hutchinson
  • The Joy of Missing Out by Tanya Dalton
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Fever Code (Maze Runner, Book Five; Prequel) by James Dashner
  • The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
  • Chatter by Ethan Kross
  • Switch by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  • Logan's Run by William F. Nolan & George Clayton Johnson
  • iGen by Jean M. Twenge
  • Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman
  • The Last Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Crank Palace: A Maze Runner Novella by James Dashner
  • Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  • Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
  • The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes (A Hunger Games Novel) by Suzanne Collins
  • Duplex by Orson Scott Card
  • Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl & William J. Winslade
  • The Ickabog by J. K. Rowling
  • I Am Error: The Nintendo Family Computer / Entertainment System Platform by Nathan Altice
  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff
  • Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
  • King Dork by Frank Portman
  • Andromeda Klein by Frank Portman
  • King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman
  • Lying by Sam Harris & Annaka Harris
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell

I went on a trip with my new 14″ MacBook Pro and a couple small (30W, 60W) USB-C power supplies. I didn’t plan to use it heavily, and smaller power adapters have always worked to trickle charge previous MBPs. The battery died while it slept and no power adapter would charge it. It would not turn on until I returned home and plugged it into the 96W power supply that came with it. Lesson learned?