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So close to 800 miles but laziness and nice helping of knee pain slowed me down for most of December. Still a good year of running all things considered. Here's to new shoes (done, check!) and good health for the new year.

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My dad had a double knee replacement at 61 from running his whole life. I lift weights now.
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Grapevine - Highway 5.
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Nice truck hauling!
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Took this picture with my phone and, seriously, I'm impressed. 
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+Peter Moody I only hate the Giants, I love SF. Oakland on the other hand... Also, pointing down does not work because 1) view is obstructed by ugly and uninteresting rooftops and 2) I had the phone flat against the hotel window to eliminate reflection. 
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C-3PO - Star Tours!

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Monterey, California
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Lady Mechanika is a pretty dope comic. That is all.
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Kind of pretty much my second worst nightmare (right behind clowns).

Mad Tea Party - Disneyland.
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North Beach and Coit Tower - San Francisco.

Shot with the "good camera" and a jerry rigged stand constructed of an office chair and hotel bible.
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The most valuable use of a Bible in 2016.
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This is like the best damn thing I've read in the past two months. 
 
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It's better to do something imperfect that helps than not help at all.  We so easily forget that.  Here's a great story to help us remember: the Hair Dryer Incident, as told by psychatrist Scott Alexander:

The Hair Dryer Incident was probably the biggest dispute I’ve seen in the mental hospital where I work. Most of the time all the psychiatrists get along and have pretty much the same opinion about important things, but people were at each other’s throats about the Hair Dryer Incident.

Basically, this one obsessive compulsive woman would drive to work every morning and worry she had left the hair dryer on and it was going to burn down her house. So she’d drive back home to check that the hair dryer was off, then drive back to work, then worry that maybe she hadn’t really checked well enough, then drive back, and so on ten or twenty times a day.

It’s a pretty typical case of obsessive-compulsive disorder, but it was really interfering with her life. She worked some high-powered job – I think a lawyer – and she was constantly late to everything because of this driving back and forth, to the point where her career was in a downspin and she thought she would have to quit and go on disability. She wasn’t able to go out with friends, she wasn’t even able to go to restaurants because she would keep fretting she left the hair dryer on at home and have to rush back. She’d seen countless psychiatrists, psychologists, and counselors, she’d done all sorts of therapy, she’d taken every medication in the book, and none of them had helped.

So she came to my hospital and was seen by a colleague of mine, who told her “Hey, have you thought about just bringing the hair dryer with you?”

And it worked.

She would be driving to work in the morning, and she’d start worrying she’d left the hair dryer on and it was going to burn down her house, and so she’d look at the seat next to her, and there would be the hair dryer, right there. And she only had the one hair dryer, which was now accounted for. So she would let out a sigh of relief and keep driving to work.

And approximately half the psychiatrists at my hospital thought this was absolutely scandalous, and This Is Not How One Treats Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and what if it got out to the broader psychiatric community that instead of giving all of these high-tech medications and sophisticated therapies we were just telling people to put their hair dryers on the front seat of their car?

I, on the other hand, thought it was the best fricking story I had ever heard and the guy deserved a medal. Here’s someone who was totally untreatable by the normal methods, with a debilitating condition, and a drop-dead simple intervention that nobody else had thought of gave her her life back. If one day I open up my own psychiatric practice, I am half-seriously considering using a picture of a hair dryer as the logo, just to let everyone know where I stand on this issue.

Miyamoto Musashi is quoted as saying:

The primary thing when you take a sword in your hands is your intention to cut the enemy, whatever the means. Whenever you parry, hit, spring, strike or touch the enemy’s cutting sword, you must cut the enemy in the same movement. It is essential to attain this. If you think only of hitting, springing, striking or touching the enemy, you will not be able actually to cut him.

Likewise, the primary thing in psychiatry is to help the patient, whatever the means. Someone can concern-troll that the hair dryer technique leaves something to be desired in that it might have prevented the patient from seeking a more thorough cure that would prevent her from having to bring the hair dryer with her. But compared to the alternative of “nothing else works” it seems clearly superior.

http://slatestarcodex.com/2014/11/21/the-categories-were-made-for-man-not-man-for-the-categories/

Thanks to Richard Mlynarik for leading me to this, indirectly.  He actually pointed me to an interesting article about psychology and network theory:

http://slatestarcodex.com/2016/12/14/ssc-journal-club-mental-disorders-as-networks/

The idea is that some mental disorders, instead of having a single "root cause", are a network of symptoms that reinforce each.  Some, not all!
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Digital cameras are also very useful in this context. For example, if someone is concerned that they may have left the gas stove on, they take a photo (date/time stamped) before they leave. Take the camera with them. At any time they can check the photo -- but in practice it turns out they rarely need to -- just knowing that the photo exists makes the difference.
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Open Sea Exhibit - my favorite place at the Aquarium. Taking pictures of people taking pictures is almost as interesting as the animals themselves. :)
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Nah... They're very very shy really. As a photographer: Too shy! :P
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Jellyfish swarm - probably the most popular exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.
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+Dave Sparks Thank you! I had to elbow a couple dozen tourists out of the way, but it was worth it. :)
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One of favorite restaurants, period. Great tasting and addictive small plates, creative drinks, and they know how to do whiskey and rye. A+++.
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