Biking to CBG

From HP to CBG’s Bike the Garden event.  To and from, with three laps around the campus, makes for 14.5 miles and one tired nine-year-old.

The ridge across our east-west path is the edge of the Highland Park Moraine, and it’s about a 50′ elevation change.  More about that local geography here.

kml from GPS

SNMMI 5k 2016

It’s been some time since I (1) ran, (2) ran a race, or (3) imported a GPS track into Google Earth for the purpose of a post tagged “race report”.

Along the waterfront in downtown San Diego.  Chip time 5 km in 24:06 (7:45 pace).

san diego 5k



Spring birds

At the feeder in April and May,

  1. Junco
  2. Robin
  3. Black-capped chickadee
  4. Goldfinch
  5. House finch
  6. Brown-headed cowbird
  7. Red-bellied woodpecker
  8. Northern flicker
  9. White-breasted nuthatch
  10. Chipping sparrow
  11. White-crowned sparrow
  12. Mourning dove 5/10
  13. Rose-breasted grosbeak, M and F 5/11
  14. Baltimore oriole 5/11
  15. Common yellowthroat 5/11
  16. Indigo bunting 5/12
  17. Blackpoll warbler 5/12
  18. Yellow warbler 5/12
  19. Palm warbler 5/12
  20. Blue jay 5/13

March 2016 in review

Various photos and events in March,

Amongst lots of inclement-weather days, one really nice weekend for a walk through CBG

Seeing They Might Be Giants at the Vic in Chicago.  (Lyall’s favorite: “Clap your hands”, my favorite: “Robot Parade”)

Waiting for the show to start

Waiting for the show to start

Residual snow on the court (or field) didn’t stop anyone from outdoor tennis (or baseball) practice.



For that matter, when it did: board games and visits to the gym.


Wall art


This gallery contains 7 photos.

Me: “How about we paint something like this? I’m thinking steampunk /slash/ Wysocki.” Artist (not me): “hmm…”

Music in 2015

Now the Pazz & Jop is out, so I can check for albums from early in the year that I’d forgotten.  Here’s my best-of list, in which compared to the nominal P&J critic I overvalue sonic beauty and timbre, production and engineering, and harmony; undervalue lyrics, melody.  (For reference: 2013 and 2012)

Best-of 2015 (version 3)

  1. Punch Brothers, best of the year, of which every time I listened I think of someone to whom I could drop-ship a copy.
  2. Joanna Newsom, almost as good as Have One on Me, maybe better if you appreciate the efficiency of packing as much into a single-album package.
  3. Sufjan Stevens, took a while to grow on me, unusual in serving equally well as background music or listening music
  4. Low, my favorite of all the Lows so far, just the right mix of spooky and something else
  5. Dave Rawlings Machine, is not a Gillian Welch record, but as close as we get is still a really engrossing listen
  6. Sturgill Simpson, like everyone else who liked this album, I don’t much like country, but I keep listening for that vocal tone and will file it away between Bill Callahan and Nick Cave
  7. Torres, rockous and catchy in the same way that Metric used to be
  8. Metric, rockous and catchy almost in the same way that Metric used to be
  9. Decemberists, slowest burner of the year (as was The King is Dead) but now pop-easy to listen to and hum along