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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG


Fitness Update, Fall 2016

by Ken Newquist / September 24, 2016

I'm now paying to get my ass kicked.

After nine months of working out on my own, I reached the plateau that I knew I'd reach. I was walking a few miles a day, running 3-5 miles a couple days a week, and doing the occasional stretching exercises in the morning. I've been slowly improving my run times -- my best mile is 8'42" on the indoor track, my best 3 miles is 30 minutes with an average 9'57 pace.

Exercise, Resumed

by Ken Newquist / February 7, 2016

2015 was a great exercise year for me. Through a combination of running, walking, the occasional game of disc golf, and coaching baseball for a bunch of 8 and 9 year old boys, I lost 15 pounds and hit my summer goal of 210 pounds.

I had a great routine -- get up in the morning, go for a run with the dog, then go to work. Get in another walk or a brief run in the evening, then go out on Saturday or Sunday mornings with the guys for some disc golf. According to my Apple Watch's exercise app, I was regularly hitting my 1,200 active calorie movement goal.

Under the Geek Tree: RPGs, Board Games, & Fallout 4

by Ken Newquist / January 3, 2016

Last year saw an array of family games invade the Geek Tree. This year it's all about the RPGs.

The first two books to hit the Geek Tree's space-and-rockets themed tree skirt were Savage Worlds books that I received for my birthday.

I, Watch

by Ken Newquist / September 1, 2015

I bought an Apple Watch. It's pretty cool.

I'm not one for buying expensive new gadgets. Like most geeks, I buy my share of technology, but my upgrade cycles tend to be long, and if I do get something bright and shiny, it's because it satisfies a specific need. My original iPod, for example, let me stop renting audio books from, replacing a $45 monthly fee and snail mailed boxes of audio tapes with one small device and an $15 Audible subscription.

Crazy Summer Update, August 2015

by Ken Newquist / August 25, 2015

Back in July I wrote about my "One Awesome Summer" list -- the big list of all the stuff I wanted to do this summer in spite of being in the middle of an all-consuming project at work. That project had me regularly working 12-14 hour days in late June and July, and it threatened to overwhelm my summer. Feeling like my summer would be over before it began, I decided to make a list to make sure that summer felt like summer. It couldn't take away the long work day, but it could help mitigate them.