Ryan Irelan

is building Mijingo and doing limited consulting.

I had a hard time keeping my running training on schedule this summer. I had a foot issue, travel, and then just some days where I had other stuff planned. I’m back on schedule now and working toward being back in shape for the Burning Pines10k in a few weeks.

Walking in America

There is nothing more human, more natural, more fundamental to our freedom, than transporting ourselves by foot. Nothing more purely instinctive than a child answering the desire of feet, legs, spine, and head, to dart forward in the direction his brain urges him to go.

A tragic death, misapplied justice, and why it is so dangerous and uncomfortable to walk in much of America.

I started running in the winter: on a cold, rainy Austin day. My first months of running were glorious. Cold or cool weather, lots of energy. Running in the Austin summer (even early in the morning)? Not so glorious.

Chrome is the new Firefox

The report has been linked to a lot. But it reinforced for me that I have no intention on using Chrome as my main browser again.

With the upcoming updates to OS X in El Capitan, there’s no compelling reason for me to use Chrome any longer. Pinned tabs are what we kept me recently.

El Capitan feels like a bunch of small decisions coming together for a great experience.

Using a kit from iFitXt.com I successfully replaced the display on my wife’s iPhone 5. It was a challenge because the glass was so cracked. But it worked.

The Glory and the Dream

John Dickerson has mentioned this enough that I finally picked up the MP3 audiobook from our library after an aborted attempt to read the paper version.

My biggest impression coming away from it so far (and I’m only six hours in) is that it makes our crazy political times seem fairly normal; it is just a rerun of the shenanigans we’ve seen before.

If you find yourself getting outraged by current political theater then reading some history might help you realize that it isn’t the worst it’s been. In fact, we’ve seen it all before.

Well, not me.

Taking the plunge on the third beta release of El Capitan after reviewing app support reports. Full backup secured (and unplugged) in case this goes all wrong.

Nation of Renters

Om Malik:

I would rather stay debt free than be beholden to the banks. I am a renter by choice. Others aren’t, thanks to Housing Bubble 2.0

I can’t think of anything else I’d rather not do with money right now than buy a house. And that’s especially true in the frothy Austin market.

I’ve been on the ass end of the housing market so my experience definitely influences my behavior. I know the real truth about the so-called investment of a house. I’m lucky because I could pay to get out.

Add up your ongoing costs, maintenance and upgrades to keep the house marketable and it is not the rosy picture real estate agents and mortgage companies paint when you’re house hunting.

But if you approach it as a home that requires an ongoing, sometimes significant investment of money that you might not get back (but don’t care because you’re trading that money for a home) than you’ll be fine.

Otherwise you should consider renting, being debt free, and not beholden to loans.

From a comment on the article that Om linked to:

When I did have a mortgage I remember when I did the last refi at the credit union. I was feeling down about things and asked the loans officer what she thought I was doing wrong? This was around 1990. She said, “are you kidding? Those people up in the new sub-divisons with the boats, trucks, and trailers in the driveways own almost nothing. They owe on everything and if they miss a months work the banks will come and take it all, one toy at a time.”

One important piece of advice I got while planning to go out on my own and run my own business was: Don’t neglect yourself. Pay yourself on time and regularly.

Green Tea Primer

Lots of detail on various green teas and good places to buy them.

Sencha is the prototypical Japanese green, sold in grades from everyday cheap and brawny to complex premium versions with sweet, delicate flavors and hauntingly long finishes.

My personal favorite.

The majority of the Medium articles recommended to me via their emails are pretty low quality. An email blast should be full of good stuff. It wasn’t always like that. My trust is eroding.

Your own ordinary.

Whatever you grew up with, by definition, was ordinary. It takes years for awareness to set in, when you start to realise that maybe some parts of your experience differed from the average. It takes years more until you get enough perspective to see things objectively.

Started reading Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates last night. The memoir starts fast and there’s no mistaking his viewpoint.

Looking forward to reading more.

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