August 23rd, 2008

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Book Review: Hackers and Painters

A few weeks ago, I finished reading Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, a book one of my coworkers lent me. If you're in the IT industry, you owe it to yourself to read it. If you're not in the IT industry, there's a good chance that you'll enjoy it, too.

In the book, Paul Graham details what he thinks is required to be successful in the computer age. Basically, it boils down to being smart, willing to work hard, and take risks. Graham's in a good position to give this advice, having been behind a very successful start-up that was eventually sold to Yahoo. One of the most interesting aspects of the book is how Graham is able to stay away from a dry and technical style, and combine discussions about the great computer minds of our time with discussions about the great painters of the past.

All in all, I very much enjoyed the book. I definitely recommend it.
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Got My Run In This Morning

I overslept a little, but that wasn't such a big deal since I only had 10 miles to run today. I was out the door by about 9:30 and cooling down on the front porch by about quarter 'till noon. A bit of a faster pace than my other long runs, but I don't know if I could have maintained that faster pace for a run twice as long.

This week, I hope to get my bicycle out and do some cycling on my non-run days to help with the endurance. And I'm going to try to use my short run to work on a little speed. I'm not trying to break any records or anything, but I think my speed right now is right on the edge of too slow for them to allow me to complete the race. So I need to pick it up a little from that.

My first mile or two today was tough, but the rest of the run was lots of fun. At one point, I was considering adding another mile or two, but I know that's a dangerous thing to do on what's supposed to be the recovery long run. Also, it was starting to get hot again, and I didn't want to mess with having another battle with the heat like I have the past several weeks.

All in all, a great run. In an hour, I'm going to be watching the men's marathon at the olympics. That's the one event I've been looking forward to whole time.