The P.G. Wodehouse Method of Code Refactoring

I am a long-time fan of P.G. Wodehouse (author of, among many other things, the Jeeves and Wooster stories and novels), for which I have to thank my old friend, Industry Figure Larry Helmerich: I own, I believe, about 50 of his novels or collections of short stories. I am also a long-time Douglas Adams […]


So the question to be answered was: can a WordPress blog (my blog, in fact), be updated from an iPhone? And the answer is…yes, and no. I could edit text, and take photos, but I couldn’t upload photos — I had to e-mail the photos from the iPhone to an actual computer, and then post […]

Holy Crap

From The New York Times: JP Morgan Pays $2 a Share for Bear Stearns In a shocking deal reached on Sunday to save Bear Stearns, JPMorgan Chase agreed to pay a mere $2 a share to buy all of Bear — less than one-tenth the firm’s market price on Friday. As part of the watershed […]

Economic Forecasting Geniuses!

The Los Angeles Times continues to amaze with its selection of experts chosen to be quoted on their economic forecasts. On the other hand, they do still have a killer graphics department. Let’s go to the graph! During 53 months between 1991-1996, Southern California home prices fell 19%, a huge drop, and one that many […]

Study: SSRI’s Not Much Better Than Placebos

I don’t have a horse in this race, but this study is just especially delicious, for one facet of the result. First, the main result: after a meta-analysis of data from several past studies, the authors found that Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI‘s), such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft, are really not much better than […]

Solvang Century 2008 – Official Photos

Here are some professional photos of the event, featuring some of the key players. Yes, the pictures are large, but these men are larger-than-life. Note also that I do not have copyright to these photos, even though I have purchased them. I’m free to use them for my personal use, though, whatever that means. In […]

Solvang Century 2008

The weekend started well. We avoided sliding into a ravine at the Gaviota pass, where half of the road was washed out, and had a delicious night-before dinner at Mattei’s Tavern. Wined and dined, sleek and satisfied, we were ready to ride 100 miles on our trusty bicycles. The next morning, Ron and I both […]

Solvang Century 2008 Countdown

T-minus 6 days: Egad, look at that thing. Especially that Wacky, Wacky Foxen Canyon Road — that’s the 1,100-foot climb from mile 75 to mile 85. It just keeps getting steeper the higher you climb! It took me 75 minutes to climb it in 2002, my best performance ever: I was fatter, but younger. Industry […]

Urgent Care for Craig

E-mail from my sister Jan about her son Craig, last seen chasing a Fed-Ex plane: I got a call from Craig Saturday night. It began, “The good news is that the ring is off and I get to keep my finger.” He broke his finger playing basketball on Thursday night and didn’t take off his […]

Ready or Not

With one week to go before the Solvang Century, we wanted to get one last big training ride under our belts before entering the week-before training-embargo period (and even so, we were encroaching it, since we rode on a Saturday, and Solvang is the next Saturday). Click on the picture to see a larger image: […]