The Blog (or, “The Web Log” if you’re over 30)

On losing focus

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When I started this blog, I had only one over-arching goal, and that was to give myself an opportunity to practice writing. I write a lot of emails in my day-to-day life, and I write some code and instructions on… Read More »On losing focus

Badge Addiction

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Badge Addiction – (noun): an irrational fixation on the pursuit of intangible awards or the mental illness and compulsive behavior resulting from the dependency. The phrase “gamification” was coined in the not-too-distant past, to describe the introduction of game-like elements… Read More »Badge Addiction

Peloton or Zwift?

For your indoor-riding money, which is better: Peloton or Zwift? I have both, and although Peloton riders and Zwift riders each have more or less the same goal of getting a good cycling workout, they almost could not be more… Read More »Peloton or Zwift?

Weeping Demon repair

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By popular demand (OK, one person asked me about it recently), here’s an old post about my (then) recent repair of an Ibanez Weeping Demon Wah pedal (which conked out during an otherwise slammin‘ performance by an Irish band I play with).… Read More »Weeping Demon repair

The Red Baron

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a Biography of Rittmeister Manfred Albrecht Freiherr von Richthofen NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: In February 1999, when this page was originally posted, this was the Internet’s primary resource on the Red Baron. Wikipedia has pretty much put an end to… Read More »The Red Baron