Tom The Architect

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Month: August, 2007

links for 2007-08-25

Living in the Now

There is nothing like the pure unadulterated joy I see in my Daughters eyes. I see it when they are swinging on swings, running through sprinklers and when they giggle. I guess my point is we spend a great deal of time thinking about the future and what can be, all the while sacrificing what is now. We miss so much at times for so little.

Be Still. Be Now.

My twitter Wishlist

Here are two Twitter bots I would love to see:

  • Google search history bot posts at random my search queries every hour or so.
  • FedEx tracking bot send it the tracking number and it twitters the location of your package.

Fat Blogging and losing weight 1 step at a time

I have really taken seriously my efforts to get my weight to a healthy level. So in the spirit of the post by Jason Calacanis I will start fat blogging. I have taken the position that the more I measure my efforts the more likely I will stick with them. I have taken to wearing a pedometer during my waking hours, as a means of measuring my physical activity. My goal is to take 10,000 steps a day. For me that measures just under 5 miles of walking. I have found that I take on an average weekday 3,000 steps (it varies depending on my meeting schedule). So I seek every day to add steps. I do many things to add steps, her are some examples:

  • I park as far as possible from the door a work
  • I actually like going to the Mall on weekends
  • I park up the street from restaurants
  • I take the longer route to meetings

I just try to sneak more steps in when ever possible. I have started to track my steps in a google spreadsheet. I find that seeing my progress increases my determination. I have also started counting my calories, but have not started a food log yet. I work to keep my calorie intake at 1500 on everyday but Saturday (My free day, within reason).

So on the date I started the spreadsheet below I weighed 270 lbs. This is the most I have ever weighed. When I heard the nurse give me the number, I knew right then I was going to make some significant changes. I have not weighed in again, but I will soon. I have used some of the in cell graphing tricks, I like seeing the bar graphs I can quickly see my bad days and my good ones. My ultimate target weight is 185 lbs., so that leaves me 85 lbs. away and I’m going to do it one step at a time.

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Steps Per Day

Date Steps

7/29/2007 10485 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

7/30/2007 10534 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

7/31/2007 12886 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/1/2007 3000 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/2/2007 5608 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/3/2007 4444 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/4/2007 2294 ||||||||||||||||||||||

8/5/2007 13914 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/6/2007 9450 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/7/2007 7324 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/8/2007 11267 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/9/2007 10049 ||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/10/2007 11185 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

8/11/2007 10547 |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||

links for 2007-08-11

links for 2007-08-09

Don’t change your average get more at bats

Marc Andreessen continues to impress me, this time as a blogger. He writes today about how age relates to creativity, derived from an ongoing debate about how age relates to entrepreneurship. Marc provides a study by Dean Simonton covering his life’s work on the subject of age and creativity. The study by Dr Simonton is nothing short of profound and Marc even takes the time to break the study down into understandable chunks for us knuckle draggers.

This is a must read post. I’m not going to try and steal Marc Andreessen’s thunder just go and read his post.

One of many truths about Silicon Valley

This in my experience is a very accurate description of Silicon Valley via The New York Times:

Mr. Hettig, the estate planning lawyer, sums it up for many: “We’re in such a rarefied environment,” he said, “people here lose perspective on what the rest of the world looks like.”

links for 2007-08-03