Pearl Jam (Ride Festival)

There is not much infomation here, so visit for the full details!

The Ride Festival announce their lineup. I have never seen Pearl Jam, this can and should be good.



Telluride power outage Feb 13/14 2016

I don't always take my DieHard battery charger to bed with me, but when I do it is to power my phone through 14 hour and counting power outage.

Updates:  (from Twitter , Facebook and else where)

8:42  SMPA: The Telluride outage updated time of expected restoration is 12pm.

8:00  Telluride Ski Resort: Lifts 8 (Oak St) and 10 (Sunshine) will not be running until power is restored. Other lifts will be running on diesel beginning at 9 am.

7:30 am SMPA: Crews are still working to restore power to the Telluride area. Will post a new estimate of completion time as soon as one is available.

Hey we made the Denver Post!

Telluride's electric does not come in via a "grid". A rockslide took out the transmission line. Photo from San Miguel Power Association.



In part because I feel asleep at 9pm on a Saturday night, I was up at 5 am and have been interested about our local "grid" and power in general.

As many of you know Telluride had a big part in AC electricity.  Ophir is right over the hill from Telluride.

"The Ames Hydroelectric Generating Plant, located near Ophir, Colorado, was the world's first commercial system to produce and transmit alternating current (AC) electricity for industrial use. It is now on the List of IEEE Milestones.[1]"

San Miguel Power Association ( is our local rural electric cooperative that serves our members in portions of Montrose, San Miguel, Dolores, Mesa, San Juan, Hinsdale and Ouray counties in southwestern Colorado.

Image from SMPA.


Power in a mountain communities is hard.  Low population density, rough terrain, inclement weather all play a part of why we have power outages several times a year.




Hope everyone stayed warm through the night and they can get power restored quickly.


Casper Mattress

Let me first state, to the best of my knowledge, in the last 25+ years of my adult life, I have never myself purchased a proper mattress.  How is that possible?  One of the first things I bought when I moved in to my new place was a nice air mattress.  It had served me 7 months.  Yet the time as come to move to the next stage of bed.

Casper advertises a lot on my favorite Tech podcast TWiT, so I thought I would give them a try.  I read as many reviews as possible and seem like a good fit for me.

After reading the rest of this post and are interested,  I can get you $50 if you follow the following link: $50 off

Here are some thoughts on my new Casper Mattress:

First off it was delivered by UPS in a BOX.  Yes a box.  Here is unboxing video sped 8x of me setting it up.  Quite amazing how it expands out into a queen size mattress.

I have since got a frame for it so it does not sit on the floor.

As the reviewers have said, it will be firm.  I tend to like a firmer mattress anyway.  I put a heated pad over it so it acts a bit like like a mattress topper.

After about a month, I am very happy with it.  It is firm, but not hard.  As other reviewers have pointed out, the side walls collapse a bit when sitting on the edge, but it is not terrible.

I am very happy with my purchase, it came with free delivery, so no worry about paying that extra charge and hassle of getting it too your place.

Also, it comes with a 100 night trial.  No springs attached.


Again if you are interested, here is $50 off

Sleep on...


A full year (52 weeks) of successfully keeping my weekly streak going of 15 tasks accomplished

Successfully kept up a streak of 52 weeks of accomplishing 15 tasks.

Successfully kept up a streak of 52 weeks of accomplishing 15 tasks.


People that are close to me know that I love to set goals and and task systems.  I have been with ToDoist for quite some time now and love it.  As a fan of this system is the closet that I found to that methodology.

One of the things when I first started out that I thought was unnecessary was how ToDoist gamified task completion. However, it turned out to be a huge motivator for me.  I am NOT a creature of Habit, so this is sort of a big deal that I successfully accomplished at least 15 tasks per week EACH WEEK FOR A YEAR.

Heck, I am such a big user of ToDoist, I am in the top 15% of users and have Master status!

Master Status


Here are some of the reasons why I like Todoist

  1.  It has a great Android app.
  2.  It integrates well with IFTTT so I can do things like:
    1. Star an email in gmail and it will add a task.
    2. Move a card in Trello to my In Progress list and it will add a task
    3. Setup rules in Zapier with Jira
  3. It has decent integration with Google Speak so I can add tasks via voice
  4. Reliable
  5. In the cloud so everything "syncs"
  6. Fairly inexpensive


Regarding my implementation of GTD, I use Labels for this.


Next Action:  Tasks that are the Next Action to get a project done.

Current Sprint:  What I want to accomplish this week.



According to my Year in Review  January is my most productive month, but really fall of the enthusiasm train.  May is when skiing is not on the agenda and have some time to think again.  November is a project month as well.  Interesting...



No surprises here that Sunday is my day to frantically reach my weekly goal, because Friday's happy hour always gets in the way.


This chart surprised me at first, but really what is going on is my crossing off items that I did throughout the day.



Note, I use ToDoist at the ground level of task completion.

For 10,000 foot, I use Trello and Jira for bigger projects

For 30,000 foot I Mindmap using Simple Mind

But those will topics for another day.

Good, now I can check off a task about blogging.

Task on my friend!



It is 2016 and guess who is going to start blogging again? Me!

!!! Happy New Year !!!

So it is now 2016 and I have a goal to blog 52 times (average once a week).

What this blog WILL be:

  • Posts of interest to me.
  • Disconnected.  The content might seem random to the observer.  See above.
  • Mechanism to help develop the habit of writing once a week.
  • Varied length.  Some long, some short based on energy and bandwidth.
  • The goal is NOT to be perfect because Posts won't get written.   The goal IS to get ideas out my head that might just be useful to someone.
  • Use of grammar is my prerogative.  I am sure I will fail, but I will try to be better.  See Above.
  • Adaptive.  As the year progresses, I will try different things. Some will work, some will not work.
  • Hopefully worth your time.

Cool.   I can now check Blog Week 1 off my list.  :-)

Chat with you soon!