Monday 11K with 1K test at home route in 3.13. Pretty good considering the route is all snow. Tuesday 8K with 6 x 1K there 3.16-3.22 with 1 min breaks. Avg. 3.19/km. Wed 22K long one in nice sunshine along the coast towards Suomenoja and back.
Archive for February, 2009
That flu stuff came, went, and came back. Happily enough it was just two days fever for sure. A couple of my friends have been out-of-order for a week, obviously with this same stuff.
Anyway, this week I’ve been back in running with 100% health again. Since it’s still February I didn’t miss much. I think I ran every night this week. Two times 11K, one 9K, today 18K. Plus a few times 6K. Next week will welcome some 20K+ runs and more pain in Arena…
Here’s a list of startup-things I’m pretty much involved in at the moment, in no particular order:
- Open Source License Checker — something started already years ago at our university, now we are trying to turn it into a company
- DJ Online — a patented online music distribution system, which is a complete product used already by tens of bars and restaurants, and now needs just sales, sales and sales!
- “Grill Barbeque” — a project without a real name; we try to launch a new fast-food chain
There are also some other ongoing things that could turn into a start-up or me joining them in the near future.
The flu returned for another two days. So I had time to read something, and I did Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother (a hard copy via Amazon).
Quick review: I liked the overall scenery a lot, but I’m biased. San Francisco and all the relevant organizations from local newspaper publishers to EFF and the Swedish Pirate Party are familiar enough to me to be able to get in to the mood of his characters. I also liked the basic idea of figuring out what Patriot Act combined with a crazy government could mean in the extreme.
What I did not like was how unrealistic the story was, after all. One-dimensional security guys patrolling in the streets of SF and picking everyone from their homes who connect to some encrypted Xbox network. Teenagers running the whole show. Give me a break. It was all too present-day stuff, like a year or two from now. Also, while I’m definitely not an expert in writing good prose I’ve read much better flowing stuff than this. For some reason this book felt like not completely polished, a bit like a long blog post (occasional edit typos, sudden story-stopping wikipedia-level briefings on tech terms). I can pretty much side with those who have noted Doctorow is just reusing his blogs and personal preaching.
It’s always good to read topical books like this. However, maybe because of all these issues in the “implementation”, the main point of the book, that we should watch the watchers, did not sink in that effectively. Actually I’d say Doctorow’s first novel Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom was more enjoyable to read and will probably be his best novel ever. And in my opinion, his best work with a message is Content. It’s not a novel but a collection of columns and opt-eds.
I haven’t posted on running for a while because I haven’t had much to say. I had four days off in a row due to some sort of flu, which actually started over a week ago. Last week was perhaps something like 50K+, and this week only 23K. Today tested on Arena that everything is ok again. Two miles: 5.23 and 5.29, and two times 400m: 68 and 67. Usual breaks. Happily the speeds were normal although I could feel the weakness in my running.