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We ran a Muckrun!

Today, Julie, Jack, and myself participated in a muckrun to raise money to fight Multiple Sclerosis.  We were originally planning on doing it with a group, but everyone else flaked.

It was really fun.  Enough talking.  The pictures:


Andrew's Picks: "The Martian" and "The Knick"

I went on vacation several weeks ago and I intend to write about it soon.  In the meantime, Julie has already done so and posted lots of pictures, so you should check them out over at her blog, ialbatross.com.

I actually need to leave for work in a few minutes but I thought I'd give a quick shout out to my recent media picks.

The first is "The Martian", by Andy Weir.  I haven't seen the movie but I intend to.  The book is pretty fantastic.  It has that wonderful quality of good science fiction where you want to try living in the character's world.  It also inspired me to resume my secret project.  All the talk of engineering and ingenuity made me want to make a thing I've been planning for a few weeks.  I'm going to continue to keep it a secret however until I've actually started.  Right now I'm in a lengthy design phase.

Secondly, Julie and I have been watching the first season of "The Knick".  "The Knick" stars Clive Owen and…

August: Some More Pictures

Lazy? You bet. Enjoy some pictures showing off what I did in August. Diving Jack and I went diving. We didn't get any good underwater pictures, unfortunately.

The Biggest Scare I Ever Experienced

I'm reposting an answer I wrote in reply to the following question posted on Reddit: "What's the biggest scare you've ever gotten?"

I was surprised by how proud I was of my response, so I decided to share it here.

Broomball. Broomball is a made up alternative to hockey where you replace the puck with a ball, the sticks with brooms, and the skates with shoes. I have no idea who came up with this, but I was invited as part of a youth group event in high school. It was actually an inter-youth-group event: my BBYO chapter was invited to play against our local USY chapter. Of course it was their idea. We tended to think of ourselves as a lot cooler than the USY kids (which is funny if you have any idea what these acronyms stand for). We would've suggested paintball or something. Mind you, I sucked at paintball and I certainly had no idea how to play hockey, but the idea of broomball seemed literally insane. Disregarding that pee-wee bastardizations of real sports s…