Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Nevada

I built a bed for the back of the truck and went to Nevada. It was fun, but very cold. I would prefer a cabin so I could drive less and also get work done.

Tonopah. Not much.


Spencer's Hot Springs outside Austin, NV. Recommended.



Virginia City. Cute.


Update 2: 2016 Race Schedule

Another update: I was selected for neither Western States nor Hardrock. I am on the waitlist for Barkley. Spot #28, which is almost exactly on the bubble. I do not know what to think of that. The orienteering events are probably decent training, but I'm out of shape right now. Pull out and plan on next year, or train like crazy and hope the list turns over quickly? I don't really want to wait until the last minute and then pay for an expensive flight if things turn out well.

February 7: Orienteering in Sunol Regional Wilderness
February 27: Orienteering at Cal
March 18-20: Orienteering in Morgan Territory
April 1, Barkley Marathons (waitlist bubble!)
April 23, Zane Grey 50 (signed up)
June 4 or 18: Bone Tempest (Mt. Tam)
July 9, Capitol Reef 50/100 (100 held only if sufficient interest)
OR: Skyline Mountain 50 near Ogden, UT
August 6, Angeles Crest 100 (signed up)
August 20, Waldo 100K (lottery Feb 15-24)
September 17, Plain 100
September 24-25, Mogollon Monster
October 15, Euchre Bar Massacre

Maybe also, but unlikely:
More BAOC Orienteering Events
March 19, 4MPH Challenge
May 14, MeOw Marathons
US Skyrunning Tahoe-area 50K June 19
Idaho: two 100K and a 50M in June, July, and August

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Work, Fun

My team's prizes for open/reproducible social science got written up in New York magazine and The Atlantic, and we presented the awards today at our annual meeting.

And I'm seeing John Prine tomorrow night with friends, so life is pretty good.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

Staying Local

Impractical

Vegducken

Vegducken



Alameda Wine

Alameda Beer

Alameda Night

Craneway Pavillion


The tinfoil is the most important part

Linear Accelerator

The original LBL accelerator

Pt. Richmond is cute. Who knew?

Tall friend, large boat

Red Oak Victory

Funeral Warehouse?


Port of Oakland

West Oakland

Fun flat 50-mile ride with BH.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Update: 2016 Race Schedule

Probably more for my own benefit than yours, I'm updating my draft 2016 schedule:

April 1, Barkley Marathons (application, lottery Dec 25)
April 9, Lake Sonoma 50 (lottery Dec 1-10)
April 23, Zane Grey 50 (signed up)
June 25-26, Western States (lottery, entered)
July 9, Capitol Reef 50/100 (100 held only if sufficient interest)
July 15-16, Hardrock 100 (lottery, entered)
August 6, Angeles Crest 100 (signed up)
August 20, Waldo 100K (lottery Feb 15-24)
September 17, Plain 100
September 24-25, Mogollon Monster
October 15, Euchre Bar Massacre

Maybe also:
BAOC Orienteering Events
March 19, 4MPH Challenge
May 14, MeOw Marathons
Bone Tempest

I got into Zane Grey and put in for Western States. Maybe because I've been traveling to dreary London for work and not running, I'm not looking forward to many races, but there's time for that to change.

This new 50K in Mendocino sounds really nice, but conflicts with Zane Grey.

US Skyrunning lists a Tahoe-area 50K June 19 that could be great.

BF reminded that the Idaho Trail Ultra Series puts on some good races (two 100K and a 50M in June, July, and August) that could justify a trip. I'm disinclined at the moment, but after Western States and Hardrock lotteries don't pan out, and if Capitol Reef doesn't put on a 100, I could swing that way for sure. There are nonstops on Southwest from Oakland to Boise, after all.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Miami, Mostly Street Art

I went from London to Miami to present some food stamps research at a public policy conference. Gf drove down, and we stayed in Wynwood, a very cool industrial/art neighborhood. I would have liked to see Little Havana as well, but Wynwood had more than enough to entertain us. We AirBnB'd a cool studio, but the bedroom shared a wall with a heavy metal show that went till 1AM, so they're not getting a five-star review.

Mural in progress

Bored with all the incredible street art






Zebra Corner

Scribbly Corner

Colorful Corner


Boyband Auditions


The food was disappointing, but the bathroom door made up for it

Exactly how I feel



Three of my favorite things








Admiring the walls




Female Scientists


Downtown after the conference
I'd be interested to learn more about Miami's urban planning. How does a neighborhood like Wynwood, where practically every surface is covered in art, come to be? What are housing costs like for working people? Does the condo boom vindicate my belief that housing does actually trickle down, and that a massive increase in the supply of housing is what the Bay Area needs? But Miami doesn't seem very walkable--mandatory parking minimums are likely too high, as they are everywhere, and there need to be a lot more public access easements along all the waterfronts. Thank god for the California Coastal Commission.

I'm finally home now. Looking forward very much to not traveling for a month.