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 [https://medium.com/@eightysteele/leadville-100-6f1cfdc47fa#.317q8inpt] is one of the more honest and inspiring race reports I've read. Leadville [https://en.wikipedia.org/ »

Seth Godin and Clear Thinking

Tim Ferriss's interview of Seth Godin [http://fourhourworkweek.com/2016/02/10/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 »

Cascalog + Hadoop Counters, Finally!

I've just merged a Cascalog pull request of mine [https://github.com/nathanmarz/cascalog/pull/270] 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 »

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 [http://www.samritchie.io/wyoming-rando-roundup-pt-1/] from yesterday's race at Grand Targhee.) Jackson was going to be bigger and badder than Targhee, no question. I »

Wyoming Rando Roundup, Pt 1

Wow, I haven't gotten crushed that hard in a race in a long time. Just fully WHIPPED! Jenna and I drove out to Jackson yesterday for the "Wyoming Rando Roundup", my first real weekend of racing since I signed up for all of these races [https://samritchie.io/racing] a »

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 [https://groups.google.com/d/topic/cascalog-user/F8EkFM7HiE0/discussion] and a talk at Clojure/Conj 2013 [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v%3DuuJW3EaN_3Q] ( slides here [https://speakerdeck.com/sritchie/ »

Hardcore Cascalog: Dynamic Queries

A little side note before I get started - pivoting from my last post on ski mountaineering racing [http://www.samritchie.io/skimo-racing/] to this post on advanced Cascalog [https://github.com/nathanmarz/cascalog] patterns has made me realize that I'm a full-fledged connoisseur of the esoteric. I'm embracing it! »

SkiMo Season is Here!

(Jason Antin [https://twitter.com/jasonantin] cranking up A Basin in our second Skimo race of the year. Photo by Camera Photography [https://www.facebook.com/camaraphotography].) My running season ended in September with the Wasatch Front 100, and I resigned myself to a winter of weight lifting and sporadic »

API Authentication with Liberator and Friend

I've just finished rewriting a number of PaddleGuru [https://paddleguru.com]'s internal APIs using two great open-source libraries; Liberator [http://clojure-liberator.github.io/liberator/] and Friend [https://github.com/cemerick/friend]. Liberator is a library for writing RESTful resources in Clojure. Friend is an authorization and authentication library written »

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 [http://sritchie.github.io/projects/], all the while avoiding the important and difficult work of teaching and writing about the import and »

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