Sep 252014

RunningTimes- - Kamiakin Cross Country

Congrats to the Kamiakin Braves Distance Runners & Cross Country Boys in making the RunningTimes Top 10 (at #5).

Go Braves!

5. Kamiakin HS, Kennewick, Washington (NR)
Kamiakan won the Sundodger Invitational on Sept. 20 in Seattle with 36 points over defending NXN champ Gig Harbor (62) and previously No. 8-ranked Central Catholic (69). Senior Andy Snyder led the way in second place with a 15:14 5K.

Source: RunningTimes
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Sep 242014

My Current Fitbit Badges

My Current Fitbit Badges

One of the ways Fitbit tries to encourage their users is to hand out virtual badges for certain milestone achievements: steps in day, floors climbed, lifetime distance walked, and more. I have never been much of a badges kind of person but I do find myself wondering how soon I will be able to ‘best’ myself and earn a new badge.

I just earned the ‘250 Miles Lifetime Distance’ badge which isn’t too bad since I have had my Fitbit for less than a month and for someone who says he doesn’t care about badges, I have to admit I looked ahead and the next distance badge is given at 500 miles, so maybe sometime next month. Looks like I also need to hike up Badger Mountain some more so I can work on my lifetime floors climbed badges.

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Sep 232014

Fitbit 2014-09-21

Happy to see that I averaged over 20,000 steps per day. My goal is 16,000 (so I can hit 500,000 steps per month). Was really surprised that I hit 295 floors climbed in the week! Glad I decided to buy the Fitbit One that counts steps.

Shelly Edens just got her Fitbit Flex and she is working at pushing me off the top. Will be fun to see what I do this next week.

Sep 222014

Book Info

The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published: 09/01/1992
ISBN-10: 0449911519
ISBN-13: 978-1400031702
Started: 09/12/2014
Finished: 09/22/2014
Source: Library
Reason: Read "The Goldfinch" and this was also recommended. Became available on audiobook so got it from the library. The book is also on the Torchlight List: Around the World in 200 Books Also listed as a Top Teen book
Format: audiobook

Publisher Synopsis

The Secret History, the first novel by Mississippi-born writer Donna Tartt, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1992. A 75,000 print order was made for the first edition (as opposed to the usual 10,000 order for a debut novel), and the book became a bestseller.

Set in New England, The Secret History tells the story of a closely knit group of six classics students at a small, elite Vermont college, Hampden College, similar in many respects to Bennington College (in Bennington, Vermont) where Tartt was a student from 1982 to 1986.

The story is an inverted detective story, not a Whodunit but a Whydunit.

One of the six students is the story’s narrator, Richard Papen, who reflects, years later, on the situation that led to a murder within the group, the murder being confessed at the outset of the novel but the events otherwise revealed sequentially. In the opening chapter, as the reader is introduced to Papen, we are told of the death of student Edmund “Bunny” Corcoran, although few details are given initially. The novel explores the circumstances and lasting effects of Bunny’s death on the academically and socially isolated group of Classics students of which he was a part.

The impact on the students is ultimately destructive, and the potential promise of many young lives is lost to circumstance. The story parallels, in many ways, a Greek tragedy with fate dictating the very circumstances that lead to an escalation of already fermenting issues.

Source: Wikipedia

Author Info
Donna Tartt was born in Greenwood, Mississippi and is a graduate of Bennington College. She is the author of the novels The Secret History and The Little Friend, which have been translated into thirty languages.

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Sep 182014

RingCentralAfter an update of the RingCentral software on a Windows 7 Professional machine the following message was received:

RingCentral Softphone encountered an error accessing your Local Messages. Please Contact your System Administrator to check your user access settings (Error 0).

It appears that something gets confused in RingCentral’s LocalStorage directory since you can navigate to this directory, C:\ProgramData\RingCentral\LocalStorage , and view all the files but the RingCentral software cannot.

The solution I found was:

  1. Close out of RingCentral completely
  2. Delete the LocalStorage directory and its contents: C:\ProgramData\RingCentral\LocalStorage
  3. Restart RingCentral

Source: RingCentral Community

Sep 032014

Kurt Vonnegut.
Google Books

Hard for me to believe I have never read this book – so it goes.

Book Posts

  • Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  • Book Info

    Slaughterhouse-Five: The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death
    by Kurt Vonnegut
    Publisher: Delacourt
    Published: 03/31/1969
    ISBN-10: 0440180295
    ISBN-13: 978-0440180296
    Started: 08/31/2014
    Source: Library
    Reason: NYT Top 100 List
    Format: Audiobook

    Publisher Synopsis

    Slaughterhous-Five is one of  the world’s great anti-war books. Centering on the  infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s  odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey  of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning  in what we are afraid to know

    Author Info
    Kurt Vonnegut was born in Indianapolis in 1922. He studied at the universities of Chicago and Tennessee and later began to write short stories for magazines. His first novel, Player Piano, was published in 1951 and since then he has written many novels, among them: The Sirens of Titan (1959), Mother Night (1961), Cat's Cradle (1963), God Bless You Mr Rosewater (1964), Welcome to the Monkey House; a collection of short stories (1968), Breakfast of Champions (1973), Slapstick, or Lonesome No More (1976), Jailbird (1979), Deadeye Dick (1982), Galapagos (1985), Bluebeard (1988) and Hocus Pocus (1990). During the Second World War he was held prisoner in Germany and was present at the bombing of Dresden, an experience which provided the setting for his most famous work to date, Slaughterhouse Five (1969). He has also published a volume of autobiography entitled Palm Sunday (1981) and a collection of essays and speeches, Fates Worse Than Death (1991).