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Surprise last minute baseball

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We’re only tourists in this life. Only tourists but the view is nice. And we’re never gonna go back home…

- Everybody’s Coming To My House

quoted Saturday, July 28th, 2018 06:13 pm GMT -5

When the mandolin Turtle plays in your neighborhood ❤️🎶

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 28th, 2018 03:27 pm GMT -5

Had two birdies on my way to an 87 from the white tees at Dahlgreen

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 28th, 2018 01:25 pm GMT -5

Good morning, Chaska

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Just so, so conflicted about Fake Journey

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 27th, 2018 09:37 pm GMT -5

Not sure all Def Leppard songs age equally well, but Rick Allen is still The Thunder God

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 27th, 2018 08:39 pm GMT -5

Cheap Trick, right on time

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Late night rooftop

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Awesome to be back with @WeRunMPLS tonight @ Indeed

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, July 26th, 2018 09:23 pm GMT -5

Such a nice evening at Saints baseball tonight: shutout win, helmet taco salad, reindeer grounds crew

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 25th, 2018 10:40 pm GMT -5

Tonight’s purchase

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MPLS Sound

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Still no Chrome 68 on the Mac side, but my Windows VM just updated – guess it’s time to finally finish the Let’s Encrypt testing

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, July 24th, 2018 03:41 pm GMT -5

Getting closer to https

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Lowertown is it

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Japanese casino legislation very interesting: no limits on foreign visitors, but locals must pay $53 entry fee (with limited entries/month)

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, July 23rd, 2018 02:15 pm GMT -5

So I think this explains things more than carbs – started officially training for the TC 10 Mile tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 09:06 pm GMT -5

Going off-menu with Peterson

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Twiggy’s last show ever

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My spirit animal

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All of my former teams make me proud, but big congrats to Alex Cook, the new IT Director @FortuneBay

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 07:47 am GMT -5

I started rhyming just to be somebody. To make Ice Cube notice me at the party…

- Brother Ali

quoted Sunday, July 22nd, 2018 01:16 am GMT -5

Brother Ali (and a whole lotta bass)

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Happy the shelf life of my Dumba jersey has been extended

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 21st, 2018 12:33 pm GMT -5

This crew, though 😎

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 20th, 2018 08:37 pm GMT -5

Historic Height

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Go Big Air or go home

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Does the Mouse know about this?

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Unlike all others

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Good capex or best capex?

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Farewell, Twiggy

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It’s been 15 years, but I’m headed back to the TC 10 Mile in October

@kingsbury tweeted Thursday, July 19th, 2018 02:23 pm GMT -5

X Games break with SK

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Love it when initial troubleshooting identifies a tripped breaker that powered everything down

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 01:27 pm GMT -5

A Domain of One’s Own

story posted Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 09:35 pm GMT -5

This site has been my personal domain for a long time. This week, I learned there is a relatively recent movement afoot in higher education to let students pick a domain name and learn about the technologies and processes involved to maintain and create a digital identity that they own and take with them after graduation. Here are sample programs from BYU, Michigan State and Bryn Mawr.

As I’ve written before, this site runs on a Mac mini server at a data center in Las Vegas. I manage all aspects of it, which has pros and cons. It feels great to control what tools I use, choose the look and feel and know that I’m not at the mercy of some big corporation who might suddenly decide to terminate the service and/or account (although I’m still subject to the terms and conditions of the colocation contract). I also love that I can experiment with new technologies and stay current with coding, automation and design.

Given the political, technical and security/privacy news lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the digital content I create, both on this site and on social media. 7minutemiles currently has automation in place to create posts from Twitter and Instagram, but that is always subject to changing APIs that can break at any time. I’ve thought about throwing in the towel on both of those services (from an automation standpoint), but the question becomes one of reach versus reliability and social media wins that battle hands down.

For now, I’ll work on adding https via Let’s Encrypt, modifying my theme to be more responsive and mobile-friendly and designing some custom data entry screens for runs, rides, golf scores and events. Once I’m back in good graces with Google’s search algorithms, maybe then I’ll look at going dark on those other services…

It was a good day

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What these athletes do on skateboards on the Big Air jump is surreal – I can’t ride down the hall safely

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 03:12 pm GMT -5

That Eric Idle song at the end of the HBO Robin Williams documentary = ❤️❤️❤️

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, July 16th, 2018 10:05 pm GMT -5

The other side of the tracks

pic posted Monday, July 16th, 2018 12:44 am GMT -5

I can slip through the bars of a prison if I were ever incarcerated, but I don’t know what I would do wrong – my body yields no evil inclination…

- Dixie the Tiny Dog

quoted Monday, July 16th, 2018 12:41 am GMT -5

A Sunday night bike ride

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Look what’s closer now

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Read the story about Lumines on the Verge – $15 and four hours later, the battery in my Switch is dead

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 15th, 2018 04:57 pm GMT -5

Watched Goodbye Christopher Robin, then fell down a Milne rabbit hole for an hour

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 14th, 2018 09:11 pm GMT -5

Felt great closing with five pars at Bluff Creek in Chaska – shot an 86 from the gold tees in the heat

@kingsbury tweeted Saturday, July 14th, 2018 01:51 pm GMT -5

Can’t believe I didn’t sign up for VaultPress earlier – $39 a year seems like a great deal

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 13th, 2018 09:38 pm GMT -5

We love our Little Chef

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Little Chef in her element

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Frustrating day troubleshooting trunked fiber connections between switches, but we’ll try again tomorrow

@kingsbury tweeted Friday, July 13th, 2018 06:51 pm GMT -5

Best one in Minneapolis

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I’m an outlaw, quick on the draw

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Decisions, Decisions

story posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 11:31 pm GMT -5

I love to eat. Growing up, this was never a problem. I was a scrawny little kid, I ran in high school and stayed active through most of my adult life. Sure, I gained a little weight as I got older and my metabolism changed, but I felt like I could always eat pretty much whatever I wanted, as long as I stayed active. In my mid-forties, my running performance actually peaked, as I got faster and stronger (and amazingly got back to my high school weight). Life was good.

Then something changed.

The last two jobs have been stressful. Work priorities overshadowed personal priorities when it came to staying active. Stress eating is a thing. Ready access to all-you-can-eat buffets and fast food doesn’t help. Race results backed way off from the string of PRs and I had my first DNF (although it was a 50 mile trail run with 25,000 feet of elevation change). Then my doctor told me a number I didn’t want to believe…

Read more…

So much stuff today: X Games, World Cup, day baseball (x2), Cisco Umbrella, Sony RX100 VI, burger special, Sonos AirPlay 2, DirecTV/ESPN

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 02:42 pm GMT -5

New burger special

pic posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 12:40 pm GMT -5

I’m not anti-car, but this summer it’s my fourth favorite form of transportation ✈️🚈🚲🚗

@kingsbury tweeted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 09:31 am GMT -5

A Student of History

story posted Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 12:09 am GMT -5

Back in my high school days, I had the option to take more than your average amount of history classes: Ancient Civilizations, Western Civilizations, American Experience. St. Paul Central’s Quest program was an early precursor to AP and IB type coursework and Mr. Demers, the history teacher, was one of my all-time favorites. I also was a fan of geography, so when you mixed in the opportunity to travel that my mom’s work allowed, history literally came alive for me.

This past week I’ve been watching the Ken Burns and Lynn Novick ten-part documentary on the Vietnam War. It amazes me how much I didn’t know about this historical event that played out during my lifetime – especially since my father participated in it directly (and it’s the reason I’m not a native Minnesotan). Now I’m looking forward to lunch with him and having an opportunity to ask questions about a topic we’ve never really discussed much (something I wish I’d done with my grandfather and World War II).

I found it interesting to see so many similarities between then and now politically. We like to think that our current environment is the most divisive ever, but this has really been America for a long time. As Thomas Polgar, the Saigon station chief for the C.I.A. wrote in his last cable from the embassy: “Those who fail to learn from history are forced to repeat it. Let us hope that we will not have another Vietnam experience and that we have learned our lesson.”

Note to self: research how so many Midwest politicians rose to play such prominent roles during this period of history (Humphrey and McCarthy in Minnesota, McGovern in South Dakota).

I’m tellin’ ya baby, they kicked your little ass there. Boy, they whooped yer hide real good…

- Archie

quoted Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 07:31 pm GMT -5

Perfect summer riding weather tonight after work

@kingsbury tweeted Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 07:12 pm GMT -5

New Saints WiFi vs. LTE

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Just your average 53-year-old Rafael Palmeiro in the lineup tonight

@kingsbury tweeted Monday, July 9th, 2018 07:29 pm GMT -5

The other Saints

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You don’t say…

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King of the North

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Most lupine ever

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Gooseberry is my favorite “rest stop” ever

@kingsbury tweeted Sunday, July 8th, 2018 08:02 pm GMT -5

All the best places

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Personal Records & Mileage

  • Mile - 6:10
  • 5K - 21:42
  • 10K - 44:40
  • Half - 1:38:40
  • Full - 3:43:32
  • 50K - 7:37:00
  • 2018 Run Mileage: 113.7
  • 2018 Bike Mileage: 825.4

Upcoming Races

  • TC 10 Mile - 10/7/18
  • Get in Gear 10K - 4/27/19

Upcoming Sporting Events

  • Vikings vs. Jags - 8/18/18
  • Vikings vs. Seattle - 8/24/18
  • Saints vs. Winnipeg - 9/2/18
  • Vikings vs. 49ers - 9/9/18
  • Vikings vs. Bills - 9/23/18
  • Vikings vs. Cardinals - 10/14/18
  • Loons vs. Galaxy - 10/21/18
  • Vikings vs. Saints - 10/28/18
  • Vikings vs. Lions - 11/4/18
  • Vikings vs. Packers - 11/25/18
  • Vikings vs. Miami - 12/16/18
  • Vikings vs. Bears - 12/30/18

Upcoming Concerts

  • Pearl Jam - 8/18, Wrigley Field
  • Pearl Jam - 8/20, Wrigley Field
  • Twilight Hours - 8/23, Music in Mears
  • Erik Koskinen - 8/30, Music in Mears
  • Taylor Swift - 8/31, USBS
  • Taylor Swift - 9/1, USBS
  • Liz Phair - 9/15, First Ave
  • Hamilton - 9/18, State
  • Leon Bridges - 9/20, Palace
  • Avett Brothers - 10/11, Mystic Lake
  • Ed Sheeran - 10/20, USBS
  • Hippo Campus - 11/23, Palace
  • Elton John - 2/21, Target Center
  • P!nk - 5/5, Xcel