On Courage and Goals

This post is about courage and failure, and how to think about success or failure when the objective is difficult. Aaron Steele's 2014 Leadville 100 race report is one of the more honest and inspiring race reports I've read. Leadville is a brutal, high altitude 100 mile running race in »

Seth Godin and Clear Thinking

Tim Ferriss's interview of Seth Godin was stunning. It made me feel the way I did at my first TED conference, at 16 in Monterey - "Why didn't anyone tell me that it was okay to think this way?" Seth thinks about the world, his mission and his »

Cascalog + Hadoop Counters, Finally!

I've just merged a Cascalog pull request of mine that gives Cascalog operations access to the statistics that Cascading generates at the end of each job. I've also added global inc! and inc-by! functions that let you increment custom Hadoop counters from within your functions and operations without having to »

Wyoming Rando Roundup, Pt 2

This is my race report from the 2015 Jackson Hole skimo race, the second of two ski mountaineering races I completed this weekend. (Here's my report from yesterday's race at Grand Targhee.) Jackson was going to be bigger and badder than Targhee, no question. I knew that I'd be hucking »

5 Books for Endurance Addicts

This post is about some of the books related to endurance training and sports that have inspired me over the last couple of years. Training for endurance events changes you. At the beginning of a season, on my first long run, ten minutes in I feel anxiety creep in. How »

Cascalog 2.0 In Depth

Cascalog 2.0 has been out for over a year now, and outside of a post to the mailing list and a talk at Clojure/Conj 2013 (slides here), I've never written up the startingly long list of new features brought by that release. So shameful. This post fixes that. »

SkiMo Season is Here!

(Jason Antin cranking up A Basin in our second Skimo race of the year. Photo by Camera Photography.) My running season ended in September with the Wasatch Front 100, and I resigned myself to a winter of weight lifting and sporadic winter trail running. It takes a LOT of motivation »

API Authentication with Liberator and Friend

I've just finished rewriting a number of PaddleGuru's internal APIs using two great open-source libraries; Liberator and Friend. Liberator is a library for writing RESTful resources in Clojure. Friend is an authorization and authentication library written by the prolific Chas Emerick, Dominator, Esquire. You've certainly seen his stuff around if »

Upcoming Talks in 2013

This is the year I teach myself to become a better public speaker. I've spent the past year coding up a number of powerful Scala and Clojure projects, all the while avoiding the important and difficult work of teaching and writing about the import and use of those projects. Well, »

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