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The Next Machine Age and The Skills Workers Will Need To Succeed In It

We are in the midst of a remarkable, and potentially terrifying “second machine age,” in which digital technology is evolving at a boggling pace in its power to perform an amazing range of functions in our economies and our lives. Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee profile this change in their…

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Quick-Start Primer for a Low-Carb Diet

If you’re thinking about trying a low-carb for weight-loss, here’s a post that will get you started right now. I’ve been eating primarily low-carb (with targeted exceptions for intense running training periods) for more than a year this time around, and find myself at the leanest I’ve ever been, even while…

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A Game of Roads: A Song of Ice And Runners

How routes get chosen for a group run, and what happens when they don’t. It’s 7:45 on a crisp, sunny, 15 degree January morning in New Hampshire. There are about a dozen middle aged men in black winter running tights, windbreakers advertising various marathons they have run (Boston heavily represented),…

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The Feast of Epiphany

The Feast of Epiphany. Here’s a look at the splendid altar at our parish, Saint Marie’s, in Manchester, NH.

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Heavy Medal Christmas Tree

Struggling to figure out how to display all those race medals (assuming your spouse prefers you don’t hang them in the kitchen)? I was cleaning the basement this afternoon and got side-“tracked” with marathon race medal organizing and an old artificial tree we had in the closet. Made a heavy…

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Jerome and Treadmill: A Modern Victorian Yuletide Horror

As Christmas Eve approaches, I’m republishing here a tale about distance running, monsters, debt, and self-sacrifice. For those of you who run around New Hampshire and think there’s something familiar about the leader of the little club of marathon-running supernatural detectives who meet at McGill’s, perhaps he was an inspired creation. Merry Christmas!

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Three tactics for getting out of bed to run in the morning

I am not by nature a super early riser, or a morning runner. For many of my marathon running years, I got up just in time to breakfast, shower and get to work, and not a minute earlier. I ground out my midweek long runs at night, starting after we…

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Om Malik on the Future of the Cloud

Om Malik writing in Fast Company provides an optimistic look at the future of cloud computing. “If the growth so far is astonishing, the big boom is yet to come, driven by the increasing presence of sensors in our world, including next-generation weather monitoring systems and cars such as the…

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Three productivity tips that trump the rest

In this video a couple of Fast Company editors chat about their productivity issue, and why productivity is such a hot topic right now. Leadership editor Kathleen Davis says this speaks to something great about human nature, “that we always want to be a better version of ourselves.[…] People are…

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Why singing is good for you, even if you think you’re bad at it

Apologies to our neighbors, but all that singing is medicinal. I can’t begin to count the number of people over the years who’ve told me they can’t sing, or have no talent for musical instruments. Pish. It doesn’t matter whether you’re gifted. Even if you think you’re terrible at music,…