Just finished reading Dean Karnazes – Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner – and what an excellent and inspirational book it is. What it skips about training and nutrition delivers back in double in pure emotion. It makes my mind spin, just to think how can one run for 320Kms……
«If you can’t run, then walk. And if you can’t walk, then crawl. Do what you have to do. Just keep moving forward and never, ever give up.»
«Some seek the comfort of their therapist’s office, other head for the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy…»
«If it comes easy, if it doesn’t require extraordinary effort, you’re not pushing hard enough: It’s supposed to hurt like hell.»
«I’d also come to recognize that the simplicity of running was quite liberating. Modern man has virtually everything one could desire, but too often we’re still not fulfilled. “Things” don’t bring happiness. Some of my finest moments came while running down the open road, little more than a pair of shoes and shorts to my name. A runner doesn’t need much.»
«The real battle was inside my head.»
«Life is a not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming: “WOW!! What a ride!”»
«Most dreams die a slow death. They’re conceived in a moment of passion, with the prospect of endless possibility, but often languish and are not pursued with the same heartfelt intensity as when first born. Slowly, subtly, a dream becomes elusive and ephemeral. People who’ve lost their own dreams become pessimists and cynics. They feel like the time and devotion spent on chasing their dreams were wasted. The emotional scars last forever.»
A colleague at work send an email about this wonderful piece of software. Logstalgia (aka ApachePong) – a website access log visualization tool. It plays (or replays) the Apache access logs as a battle between a incoming torrent of requests and a pong paddle as the server.
Sample code, with regards from ssh, and unix pipes (in full screen glory):
ssh firstname.lastname@example.org tail -f /home/userdir/logs/access.log | logstalgia --sync -f
Utility – None
Geek factor- Trough the roof
A lie repeated thousands of times becomes a truth
Dr. Paul Joseph Goebbels – Adolf Hitler’s Reich Minister of Propaganda
No wonder why some governments, companies and persons are pushing so hard to shut down Wikileaks…
Attended (half) Ignite Portugal in LX Factory. The concept is quite simple, 5 minute talks about creativity, innovation, technology, entrepreneurship and other themes. Each speaker presents 20 slides that show up 15 seconds each. So, there is no time for bullshiting, the speakers must go straight to the point.
I enjoyed a lot the frenetic pace, and the talks were very interesting and diversified points of view. Unfortunately, already had a dinner party scheduled, so i missed part 2… definitely a must do again experience.
This was a busy weekend, signed up for the half-marathon event that runs parallel to the Lisbon Marathon. Lousy traffic jams downtown due to traffic Sunday restrictions and the marathon itself made it impossible to get to the starting line on time. So, what we did (me and TC) was to stop the car near Restauradores and start running with the “marathonists” well ahead of the half start line.
The scenary was very nice, running along Lisbon main avenues, the river and plazas. So, the aftermath was 24Kms in 2h30~ the longest run i ever did, with the last uphill through Av. Almirante Reis very hard to the legs and knees. As always the time is not important at all for a weekend runner, but was very nice to make such a distance.
Note to myself: a full marathon IS VERY VERY HARD looking back to the mental finish after “only” 24kms
At end i also won two nasty blisters, one at each foot, maybe due to wrong socks or just the plain distance… now i go bath my legs in cold water…