Oct 262014

Oct 152014

Fitbit Stats 2014-10-12

My stats are down a bit this week from last but I expected it. Instead of trying to walk as much as possible each day I have decided to shoot for consistency and attempt 20,000 steps each day (about 10 miles). I was able to do this for every day except Sunday where I walked just under 10,000 steps.

Sundays, when I looked back at my step history, have always been a low step day and that makes sense. I think I will not ‘worry’ about it and make Sunday my rest day and only shoot for 10,000 steps on that day.

Oct 112014

Richland Invite Fitbit

The 2014 Richland Invitational is over. I was at the course for about 5 hours. Took 3500+ photos and according to my fitbit I walked just over 4 miles.

I have loaded all the photos into Lightroom and now I will sort the photos into their appropriate race folders, delete the blurry shots, and do whatever else it takes to get these photos online.

Oct 112014

Richland Invite Shot Map

Ready (sort of) for the Richland Bombers Invite!

Last year I published a little over 7500 photos from this event. I am going to try to cut back a bit this year but not sure how successful I will be.

On the map above I have marked the locations I plan to shoot from to capture the race. Last year I believe I came down the hill from shot 3 and shot the kids as they made the corner to go up the hill. Cutting that out should help.

Oct 092014

The Way of Kings.
Brandon Sanderson.
Page: Audio Part 30 - 47min 45sec
The purpose of a storyteller is not to tell you how to think, but to give you questions to think upon.
― Brandon Sanderson, The Way of Kings

When this line was spoken in the book, a light went off in my head and I realized that many of the books I enjoy are not just a story but instead force me to think/rethink my own presuppositions and world view.

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Oct 052014

The Way of Kings.
Brandon Sanderson.
Google Books

Book Info

The Way of Kings
by Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Tor Books
Published: 08/31/2010
ISBN-10: 0765326353
ISBN-13: 978-0765326355
Started: 10/05/2014
Finished: 10/10/2014
Source: Library
Reason: Recommended by my son, Geoff.
Format: audiobook

Publisher Synopsis

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soiless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter.

It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor that transform ordinary men into near-invincible warriors. Men trade kingdoms for Shardblades. Wars were fought for them, and won by them.

One such war rages on a ruined landscape called the Shattered Plains. There, Kaladin, who traded his medical apprenticeship for a spear to protect his little brother, has been reduced to slavery. In a war that makes no sense, where ten armies fight separately against a single foe, he struggles to save his men and to fathom the leaders who consider them expendable.

Author Info
Brandon Sanderson was born in 1975 in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a child Brandon enjoyed reading, but he lost interest in the types of titles often suggested to him, and by junior high he never cracked a book if he could help it. This changed when an eighth grade teacher gave him Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly.

Brandon was working on his thirteenth novel when Moshe Feder at Tor Books bought the sixth he had written. Tor has published Elantris , the Mistborn trilogy and its followup The Alloy of Law , Warbreaker , and The Way of Kings and Words of Radiance , the first two in the planned ten-volume series The Stormlight Archive. He was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series; 2009’s The Gathering Storm and 2010’s Towers of Midnight were followed by the final book in the series, A Memory of Light , in January 2013. Four books in his middle-grade Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians series were released by Scholastic, and his novella Infinity Blade Awakening was an ebook bestseller for Epic Games accompanying their acclaimed Infinity Blade iOS video game series. Two more novellas, Legion and The Emperor s Soul , were released by Subterranean Press and Tachyon Publications in 2012, and 2013 brings two young adult novels, The Rithmatist from Tor and Steelheart from Delacorte.

The only author to make the short list for the David Gemmell Legend Award six times in four years, Brandon won that award in 2011 for The Way of Kings. The Emperor’s Soul won the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novella. He has appeared on the New York Times Best-Seller List multiple times, with five novels hitting the #1 spot.

Currently living in Utah with his wife and children, Brandon teaches creative writing at Brigham Young