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May 13, 2011

Blogger Meltdown; Random Shots of Beauty

*tap, tap, tap* … Is this thing on??

The “big news for me that honestly isn’t that big” from Thursday and Friday was the brief implosion of Blogger, which went completely off the grid for nearly 24 hours, and caused all posts which had been published within the 30 or so hours prior to the shutdown to completely vanish – including the just-about-final draft of a cool product review I had scheduled for Friday morning.

Consequently, the posting schedule’s getting shuffled around a bit this weekend, and the review post (which I fortunately had saved as a Word document) will show up here Sunday night. In the meantime, I’m doing the customary weekend Random Shot of Beauty, but including a bonus Random Video of Awesomeness that originated in the same venue. And hopefully nobody at Blogger will accidentally spill Mountain Dew on the mainframe anymore … because I kind of didn’t know what to do with myself this week in those awful hours when my virtual world went dark. I wish I were exaggerating.

The Random Shot of Beauty is an easy one: a leftover shot from last weekend’s Miwok 100K:

A view of Point Reyes as seen from the hillside high above Stinson Beach. It tells you something about the beauty of the Miwok course that this picture didn’t make the race report.

As for the Random Video of Awesomeness, it was filmed by Jim Vernon of a Bay Area trail running group called The Endurables, and it chronicles the race among the leaders throughout the day at Miwok. It’s simply mind-boggling to realize how fast these dudes are moving, especially when you see them in person and note how effortless they make it look. Even though we were in the exact same race that day, these guys and I were doing completely different sports.

"Miwok 100K 2011" by The Endurables (click to play):

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Tristan 5/14/11, 5:23 AM  

Nice pic, really enjoyed the writeup for that race earlier in the week. Great video as well, those guys and gals didn't even seem winded at the end! Do you know if those top tier runners at follow any type of run/walk strategy, or do they just run the whole time? I have been wondering about that as I've been doing more and more research into ultra running. I just found your blog a couple weeks ago and have been really enjoying reading your archive, keep up the good work!

Michael Shane Helton 5/14/11, 6:21 AM  

Sorry to hear about the blog loss. Reminds me of college where I learned the hard way to always have multiple backups of anything done on a computer after losing a 50 page final. ugh.

Richard, ImaginePolitik 5/16/11, 6:46 PM  
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