2009 Review

Walking: I began the year struggling with knee and hip pain, wondering if I would ever hike again. After one failed regimen, a chiropractor gave me a therapy program that worked. I managed to hike across Wyoming with Ann and Pete, suffering far more intestinal pain than knee pain. Now I’m experimenting with running again,…

Book: Born to Run / Christopher McDougall

I was convinced I’d never run again, but many miles of hiking experimentation had already put me on the minimalist footwear path. This book convinced me to try running again, very cautiously, despite my fear of injuries. So far, I’ve done more running in my Vibram Five Fingers than I’ve ever done before without pain…

Rachmaninoff Festival

I’ve been in Denver this week partially because my dad bought the whole family tickets to a phenomenal series of four concerts over two weekends, a Rachmaninoff Festival. This has proved difficult to explain to our friends who don’t partake of classical music, and our shifting and complex plans (like Ann going to Mexico during…

Book: Anathem / Neal Stephenson

This book had many points of appeal for me. The idea of a monastic society based on science and math instead of religion is priceless. There is a lot of fun wordplay, as indicated by the title. The story contains a primer on ancient greek philosophy and remains entertaining. There are didactic dialogs that as…

Book: The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet / Reif Larson

This is an unusual gem of a book, especially for anyone with any familiarity with being on the nerdy side of the social sphere while growing up near the Rockies. The book is illustrated with a cartographic bent, and the narrative flows into and out of the illustrations like a train passing through tunnels of…

Movie: Stranger Than Paradise (1984)

An accomplished minimalist film – almost nothing happens. While you are waiting you can’t help but ask yourself questions about what is going the minds of the characters, which is probably the point. You have to answer your own questions as the plot slowly plays out, commenting as it goes about the realities of the…

Book: The Story of Mathematics / Anne Rooney

This book was on sale for 4 bucks at Borders when I had some time to kill. To my surprise, I read the whole thing. I have a terrible time keeping historical timelines in my head, but I love the perspective it gives (while I’m reading, anyway). I learn a few surprising things, like the…