Author Archives: Alec

The Blog has moved

This website is now dedicated to pages about cycling, hiking, and anything else I decide to write about. The blog part of it has moved to http://firstworldproblems.blog  

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More Choice, Less Satisfaction

We were watching Netflix a few days ago, and we couldn’t find the movie we wanted to see. But apart from that movie, there were so many choices of movie or TV series. It was overwhelming. Add in Amazon and all … Continue reading

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A Whirlwind of Inactivity

I haven’t been doing very much, because my life has been a whirlwind of inactivity. There are many things I’ve convinced myself I should be doing. I should ride my bike, lift weights, learn French, learn web software development, write, create art, … Continue reading

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A technology service Uber alles?

So what is Uber? Europe’s top court is trying to figure that out so European countries can decide how to regulate the company. Uber claims it’s an app, “an intermediary providing a technology service in exchange for a fee”. Taxi drivers … Continue reading

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A Sea of Grass

After my last post about the Earth and Sun, I thought I’d post something I’d previously written about the scale of the Universe. As I said, this stuff fascinates me and boggles my mind. I love the feeling of utter … Continue reading

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An Awe Full Hot Day

On a hot day, one of the things I sometimes think about is how much energy the Sun is putting out. I can’t conceive of this much light and heat from man-made sources. The Sun has been doing this for over 4 … Continue reading

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On The Road Again

It’s hot in Arizona. It’s too hot to ride. It’s time to get out of the heat. It’s also time for a change. Much as I like the cycling around here, it gets boring to keep repeating the same few rides. … Continue reading

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Good Advice?

I’ve been reading a lovely little book called Hegarty On Creativity. It’s so much easier to read about creativity than to actually be creative. The book contains lots of good (?) advice. Here’s a photo of part of one page. … Continue reading

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The Sedentary Life

“Write about how a committed exerciser like yourself copes with sedentariness.  I know you’ve written some about it before, but I am curious about your process.” – my friend Nancy Well, it’s been difficult. We just got back from a trip … Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism – How We File Our Taxes

American politicians love to throw about the words “American Exceptionalism” and to use them as a weapon against other politicians who dare to claim that perhaps America can learn from other countries. Which is sad. It’s always sad to see the government … Continue reading

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