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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

Ken Newquist's blog

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.

Geek Tree 2015

by Ken Newquist / December 31, 2015

The Geek Tree finally has an angel.

For years, the topper of the geek tree -- my personal ode to speculative fiction in Christmas tree form -- had a Santa Yoda at the tree topper. Yoda was great, and I'm sure he'll return to his place of honor eventually, but this year I had a true angel ... a Weeping Angel from ThinkGeek.

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 BooksOnTape.com, 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.

One Crazy Summer

by Ken Newquist / July 1, 2015

I'll admit it: I was feeling sorry for myself. I'm the lead for a major project at work, and that project doesn't launch until the last week of July. Until then my summer's going to consist of a never-ending series of meetings, reports, and general cat-herding aimed at making sure everything goes perfectly in high summer.

Debugging the Xbox One Spontaneous Shutoff

by Ken Newquist / January 3, 2015

My family's big Christmas present this year was an Xbox One. The kids and I are loving it -- I'm battling my way through the Halo: Master Chief edition, and the kids are questing for the Lonely Mountain in LEGO: The Hobbit.

Unfortunately while Halo looks great and the voice controls are very 21st century, the damn thing unexpectedly turns itself off for no apparent reason. No overheating warnings, no next generation Red Ring of Death, no debug on restart telling me something bad happened.

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