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Outliers and redheaded step-children.

Everyone’s Home

Sun and Daphne and I are home now.  Sun and I are taking shifts taking care of Daphne, which seems like a great short-term idea, but I would like to see Sun again some day 🙂

An interesting tidbit: Newborns are expected to lose about 10% of their body weight in the first few days after birth.  Daphne has actually gained weight already.  We think we may just tie a feed bag to her head.

Thanks to everyone who sent their congratulations, kudos and/or well-wishes 🙂  Let chaos commence!

Sun/Daphne Update

Sun’s hospital stay has been extended so they can make sure she is free of complications.  Basically, they think she may either have a stealthy infection or a reaction to a vaccination, both of which can present similarly.  To be prudent, they’re treating it as if it’s an infection.  So it’ll be a day or two before we’re all back home.

Daphne is doing great, and she already speaks baby talk in nineteen languages.

Treadmill Desk Final

My dad and I put the finishing touches on the treadmill desk top, and it is both functional and beautiful. The wood is from dead walnut trees that had to be cut down, so I arranged for a portable sawmill service to turn them into rough boards about an inch thick. I have enough to make several more of these, if anyone’s interested 🙂  The desk surface isn’t 100% flat because I decided not to opt for a $1000 tool that would parallelize the top and bottom of the rough boards, but it’s close enough to flat that I don’t notice it unless I look for it.  The surface consists of two solid boards joined with biscuits and then sanded with ever-finer grains of sandpaper with a combination of belt and orbital handheld sanders.  Edges were smoothed with sanders, and the cable guides were made with a router.  Finally, it was sealed with two coats of varnish to deepen the color and bring out the grain.  The mounting method is easier to show than to describe, so take a look at the final thumbnail below for that.

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Treadmill Desk Update

Several weeks ago, all that walking on my treadmill desk put me at 6 pounds below my starting weight.  I gained 1 back, which is probably a combination of muscle building and eating more.  Even with the gain, my pants are a little loose, so I really do think muscle buildup is at least a small factor.

I’m doing 6-8 miles per day, at speeds between 1.5 and 2.0 MPH, having ramped up from 4 miles per day a few weeks ago.  Once I max out my mileage, I may add ankle weights, except some paranoid part of me wonders if that’ll make people think I’m under house arrest and wearing tracking devices.

There’s this couch to 10k program that some friends of mine (only one with an online presence, AFAIK) have participated in, and I thought it’d be cool to see if I could catch up to them while working 🙂  It’s not exactly the same thing, since they actually run the 10k, and I’m walking it, but I’m a lot more productive during my miles than they are…