Random thoughts on politics, economics, Greece, and life in California.

After time in NY and abroad, I currently live in San Francisco.

Venice Beach. Fun weekend in LA.

Venice Beach. Fun weekend in LA.



I had the opportunity to spend eight days in Rome and Palermo assisting United Network run its annual IMUN models.

More pictures can be found on flickr.



I was lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Maui in early January.

More pictures can be found on flickr.



The family spent the holidays in Athens this year. With Kaity’s boyfriend Scott joining us for Christmas, I had the chance to play tourist in my favorite city for the first time in many years.

Full set of photos can be found on flickr.



3:04:36 — BOSTON QUALIFIED

This past weekend I completed my first full marathon since running Philadelphia over eight years ago. For the past few months I have been training for the California International Marathon in Sacramento with the goal of qualifying for Boston (sub 3:05 for my division). The day began a bit cooler than expected — a very brisk 25 degrees at the start.

I hit my “wall” at about mile 22. Up to that point I had been able to maintain a pretty consistent sub-3:00 marathon pace (6:52 average mile splits). The last four miles were a bit of a struggle with my calves cramping up badly (note to self: carry extra SaltSticks). I ended up crossing the finish line at 3:04:36 and qualifying for Boston. I hopefully will be running it in 2015.

I was lucky enough to have my buddy Brian make the trip up to Sacramento with me — really amazing to have that kind of support throughout the race. Now excited to just take a few months off.

Strava Breakdown
Official Results
Video of my finish



Ran my first half marathon since February 2012 this weekend — the US Half in SF. Official race time was 1:29:52. Averaged 6:52 minutes per mile. Very happy with the second half of my race — solid splits (~6:30) once the hills were out of the way. Elevation graph of course below.

Official Race Results
Strava Breakdown

Photos from the course courtesy of my friend Megan.



jstn:

America’s Cup racing yachts, 2000 vs 2013.

See also: Learning To Fly.

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Made my first magazine cover. We participated in Our Table cooperative’s Farm to Fork event outside of Portland last month. (I am the second on the left.)

Made my first magazine cover. We participated in Our Table cooperative’s Farm to Fork event outside of Portland last month. (I am the second on the left.)



Hiked Half Dome this past weekend. Last two photos courtesy of Kyle.



Pangea redrawn with today’s political boundaries
via Co.Design

Pangea redrawn with today’s political boundaries

via Co.Design



Some pretty amazing photos from the Red Bull Illume Image Quest photo competition on In Focus. First picture is from Navagio Beach in Zakynthos, Geece. Thanks Amit for the pointer.



Laguna Beach sunset. Great weekend in southern California.

Laguna Beach sunset. Great weekend in southern California.



Here we go…

Lots of rumors. Excited to see what this is really all about.



Unemployment rose to 26.9 percent from 26.8 percent in March, the highest reading since statistics service ELSTAT began publishing jobless data in 2006. It is more than twice the average rate in the euro zone, which hit 12.2 percent in May.

Those aged 15 to 24 remain the hardest-hit, even though the jobless rate for that age group eased to 57.5 percent in April from 58.3 percent in March.

Scary numbers.



Grand Central Terminal in 1941. Where the Apple Store sits today.

Grand Central Terminal in 1941. Where the Apple Store sits today.

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