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You know when December rolls around and you scratch your head trying to think of what you want for Christmas? You've probably seen things throughout the year, but you've either bought them already, or you've long since forgotten. So here's my list... I'll make it as I see things throughout the year!

My Life on the Run
May 8, 2008

As I was looking through this month's Runner's World magazine, reading a bit about  Bart Yasso's adventures, I noticed that he has a new book out entitled My Life on the Run. Sounds like fun!

Recounting his adventures in exotic locales like Antarctica, Africa, and Chitwan National Park in Nepal (where he was chased by an angry rhino), Yasso recommends the best exotic marathons for runners who want to grab their passports to test themselves on foreign terrain. With the wit and wisdom of a seasoned insider, he tells runners what they need to know to navigate the logistics of running in an unfamiliar country.

One of the posts in my marathon log recounts how much fun I've had while running on vacation. Sounds like this is something that lots of other runners have had fun.

Thanks Meredith! 28th birthday.

Into Thin Air
May 7, 2008

Someone at work today mentioned a book that I hadn't heard about: Into Thin Air. It chronicles a terrible Everest disaster, which came about when two large expeditions, both involving novice climbers, were hit by a mountain storm.

Climbing Everest isn't something that I would want to try. It just sounds too dangerous. But as with many things, it's something that you can experience through the words of people who have gone. Can't wait to read this book.

Thanks Jon!

The Age of Spiritual Machines
April 27, 2008

Although I've read The Singularity is Near, I have yet to read Ray Kurzweil's previous book, The Age of Spiritual Machines. I didn't realize that this book has predictions for 2009, 2019, 2029, and 2099, so I'm curious to see what good old Ray Kurzweil has to say. Although I don't have a lot of patience for the singularity theory, I think Ray is otherwise a brilliant guy and I expect his predictions for 2019 could be fun to read and ponder.

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