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Mark Puckett
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The area for the pad being cleared
One of the single most time-consuming tasks in house construction is preparing the pad on which to pour the foundation (we have "slab" foundations here).  The pad is  built up to create a level space for the foundation.  Our property slopes at a rate of 1 f...
One of the single most time-consuming tasks in house construction is preparing the pad on which to pour the foundation (we have "slab" foundations here).  The pad is  built up to create a level space for the foundation.  Our ...
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My C720P went down 10 days ago.  I used it as I had breakfast at a hotel (business trip), no indication of issues.  I plugged it into the charger, no problem, took a shower, came back, and all was black -- no orange or blue lights, no power up...

Acer sent a new charger, and that proved the charger was not the issue.  I have returned the device for repair.   It was only six months old, and had always been handled with care.  It is still my favorite laptop.
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Sounds like an issue with the hotel's power fried it.
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two-wheel ride
As I had a week off, I decided a bike ride this morning would ease the body back into the routine.  Tomorrow, I will get back to my 200x100 intervals. This ride was the same distance as the last one, but it did not feel as strenuous.  The thighs burned a li...
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moving on up...
This morning I did my first 4x2 (or, for the mathematically correct, 2x1) intervals, roughly 200 meters by 100 meters.  I have the workout setup on my Garmin 620, and it buzzes me when an interval ends. I purposely set out to control my pace, which varied b...
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a mile run...
I wish I could say something wonderful about this run, so let me think....hmmm...I have it; well, two things, actually: 1) I made the contiguous run without reaching 90% of HRmax, and 2) my cadence averaged 180 spm. As for the rest, the way back is going to...
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not ready to push it up yet
I ran another set of 3x2 intervals this morning.  Before I began the run, as I was dressing for it, I considered pushing up to 4x2 intervals.  I had a long enough time to prep to remember the inflammation I felt in the ankle after my run 2 days ago.  I deci...
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I am recovering from a broken ankle, which caused the damage to the tendon which was inflamed.  Today, no post-run inflammation, so the tendon is strengthening.  But yes, I am listening to the body so that I might wisely push ahead.

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Back on track, again
I fell off the face of the earth on purpose.  The top of foot pain (TOFP) returned and would not let up.  I was not going to post complaints and whinings and general verbal diarrhea.  I had no idea if I would come out of the woods.  As I stated before, I kn...
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Barefoot, the great healing therapy of feet.  Stretch your calves, massage (not just rub) the top of your foot to encourage blood flow.  Shorten your walking stride...these can help.  I would avoid shoes with arch support, as this prevents natural motion of the foot.  But that is my opinion.

I hope your feet are feeling better very soon!  Prendre soin de toi, mon amie!
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Is there any way to do panoramic wallpaper on ChromeOS?  I have a Chromebox with dual monitors, and would like to have a wallpaper (I have several photos as candidates) which bridges both monitors.
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real life sometimes interrupts
OK, I did not fall off the face of earth, nor collapse along my running trail, nor did I take a vacation to a place which has no mobile signal whatsoever.  I worked.  I spent last week running some operational tests with new technology at our test site, whi...
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laughing at myself...
I got the bicycle ready yesterday afternoon, then took it for a short (3.4 miles) ride.  The ride was on street, concrete paths, and dirt trail.  My thighs burned like a yule log, I has huffing and glad to slow down to cross intersections.  I was sure this ...
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it's Friday, it's all good
Fridays, gotta love 'em.  The weekend is just hours away.  The work week, with all the good, hard effort to deliver as the job requires (and sometimes, then some more), is winding down to its close.  It's all good. For me, this weekend involves my one mile ...
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+Mark Puckett  so sorry for the slow response to your question about cycling.  

With your current setup you primarily use your quads to force the pedal down starting about the 11:00 o'clock position of the pedal through the 6:00 position.  The remainder of the crank ring (the cog rings to which the crank arms and pedals are attached) rotation is powered by the other leg so your starting leg is mostly at rest.

With the appropriate gear-- shoes, cleats, and cleat friendly pedals -- the rider is mechanically "locked" to the pedals. This connection allows for applying force throughout the 360 degree radius of the crank ring with each full rotation. The push down phase is a little shorter because at about 7:00 you begin to pull your foot rearward while pushing down, thus engaging your hamstring and calf muscles.  This part of the stroke continues with a pulling motion that is then supplemented with a lifting motion driven by your hip flexors through the 4:00 position. Here the majority of the force comes from your hips until the 2:00 position when you add a forward pushing motion to the foot to force the foot over the top of the crank cycle.  And, repeat.  The other leg is doing the same thing, albeit 180 degrees out of phase.

Now compare that mental picture to the phases of a running stride, and you'll see why I suggested you can stimulate most of the same musculature when you ride. 

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roadwork again
I went back to my 3x2 intervals (~150m by 100m) this morning.  The morning temperature was an irresistible 64 degrees (18C).  I disciplined myself to run a bit slower to reduce impact (always among the recommended "back in action" approaches after injury), ...
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I am a geophysicist.
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All modes and expressions of borehole seismic acquisition, measurements, processing, and interpretation.
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    Wireline Geophysics Domain Leader, present
    Global oversight in business development, engineering and research for the geophysics domain of Schlumberger's Wireline segment.
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Elizabethtown, Kentucky - Lexington, Kentucky - Grand Junction, Colorado - Evanston, Wyoming - Wichita, Kansas - Oklahoma City, OK - Houston, Texas - Sceaux, France
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Husband, father, Kentuckian, Texan, scientist, adventurer, runner, musician, teacher, student, blogger ...sinner redeemed by Jesus Christ.
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Hobbies include music, both listening and playing.  I only play the guitar, but dabble in the genres of classical, Latin, blues, rock, and beginning to study jazz.  I like to run, an activity I hope to maintain the rest of my life.  I like to blog, and cover a variety of subjects.  I enjoy cooking, though my repertoire is limited to a few main courses and salads. 
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    Electrical Engineering, 1975 - 1980
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