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Minecraft Mods

Once again I found myself in a roll best categorized under the heading of “parent” as I strove to figure out how to install a mod on my brother’s game, minecraft. While this is certainly not a particularly novel arrangement as I am sure that numerous people have groped their way through such things before–especially […]

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Documenting Progress

Over the past couple days as my summer projects are just getting off the ground, I’ve been struggling with how to best document my progress. Should I send out a quick tweet as a start/finish a new step, should I post a picture and status on facebook, or should I write a post here with […]

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Ginger Beer

Ever since visiting Bermuda five years ago I’ve been in love with ginger beer. Having both a freshness and a heat all its own, this soda stands well apart from any of the typical American drinks. Ginger beer, for those of you who haven’t experienced it, is akin to ginger ale but more complex, and […]

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Running

Joe English Trail Challenge

The Start Being both a small race–and this being the first year of the race–the Joe English Trail Challenge was not chip timed. Instead of using a traditional starting gate, which would have unfairly hurt those starting behind the first wave, the race director (RD) decided to do something a bit unorthodox. The RD had […]

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Odds & Ends

Over the course of the past couple weeks I have been working on several essays in parallel, and per my usual style none of them are complete yet. Instead, I felt it would be more interesting to write up a quick note based on some random, otherwise pointless writings that I discovered hiding in my […]

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Tiny House

Last night I stumbled upon the Tiny House Movement and instantly felt myself drawn in. The Tiny House movement values utility, pragmatism, and simple aesthetics over size; and the goal of most tiny house designs is to minimize the footprint and size of the structure by keeping only the bare minimums. Rather than using a 25 ft3 […]

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Running on Quotes

“Perhaps the genius of ultrarunning is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the […]

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Farm

The Kelly-Hubbard Farm

This summer my parents and I bought a farm in central-west, or is it west-central mass? Well either way, it’s a plot of land with an old farmhouse, barn, and shed about 10 miles off the scenic Mohawk Trail (Rte 2) in Warwick, MA. There’s 67 acres, most of which is still forested with somewhere […]

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Making a Bar

Rather than try to find a bar that not only fits with my expectations for function and quality, but also one which is cheap, I decided to build my own. After growing up in a household of DIY type people who are not afraid to get their hands dirty, I figured a project of my […]

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Art, it matters

Art has the sad fate of being the antithesis of science, and therefore also of progress. Art, more so than any other activity, brings about the most human aspects of our society. It is sacred by its own right. Art is not a necessity for survival, but isn’t that why it’s so special? Rather than […]

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Travel

Pinnacle Ultra – Narrative

And there I am, skipping through the woods on a particularly rocky descent. With each passing moment the bagpipe is getting softer and softer until it’s lost completely in the autumn foliage. I pass through a particularly yellow section, a stark contrast from the bright red oak leaves that just surrounded me. Perhaps this is […]

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Complacency

All too often we let the satisfaction of living our lives the way we imagine to be relegated solely to our imaginations. While it is hard not to fall into the trap of claiming that we are too busy or our schedules don’t work out or that it costs too much, most of the time […]

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Antropology

Recently the field of Anthropology has been capturing yet another person into it’s net; anthropology has completely conquered my sensibilities. While I realize it is a bit early in our love affair to honestly attest to any long term plans and commitments, I must say that anthropology is a field that I may go to graduate school […]

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Writing for Life

Although I am one to tell others that writing is an activity that I both enjoy and find useful, I am also one that struggles with actually committing thoughts to written words. First I must confess that if someone were to inquire about my writing ability I would claim “I am a fine writer, quite […]

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