I’ve completed exactly one training session on my Wahoo Kickr. During my
research, I had seen mixed reports about the comparisons of power reported by
Kickrs (all trainers, really) and crank based power meters. As this is my new
training tool of choice for my structured, indoor sessions, I thought it
would be important to understand the delta between what I am seeing on the
Kickr app and on my Garmin head unit.
The reality is, however, that since my Garmin is putting out it’s data to a
head unit, and that’s what I will have on race day, unless I am doing ERG
workouts on the trainer, I can use the Garmin power data and be just fine.
Once I realized that, this turned into a mental exercise of “how can I go
about comparing the data.”
So what follows is a what I did and not conclusive statements about the
differences between the two. I wanted to geek out on the data a b... (more)
We took the kids over to the Denver Aquarium today, hoping to take advantage
of the New Year holiday and hopefully hit no crowds. For this installment of
Today I Learned, I was surprised to find out that a large school of piranha
can apparently eat an entire cow in 3-4 minutes. 3. To. 4. Minutes. I’m not
sure that a well coordinated pack of human beings could completely clean a
carcass of a cow with proper butchering knives. I was a bit skeptical when I
read this, but I did a little searching and it turns out that an account of
this sort of cow-nivorous behavior (groan) was repor... (more)
Books Read in 2014
Brandon’s favorite books »
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For 2014, I wanted to read 100 books this year. All in, I read 120. This
number is inclusive of graphic novels. I include those titles, but not
individual comics, as the length of graphic novels tends to be in excess of
150 pages, some as many as 400+ pages. The list above is ordered by rating,
descending. I don’t see any rhyme or reason to the sub-sort within ratings,
so don’t read anything into that.
While one takeaway from the list might be that I... (more)
The title here might be a bit sesationalistic, but the deal certainly shows
how VCs can act in a way that is counter to the wants and needs of the
entrepreneurs and management teams. The news yesterday that Zappos sold to
Amazon has been circulating with many emotions. CEO Tony Hsieh wrote an
amazing letter to his employees, which laid out the deal and what it would
mean for the company. Read it if you haven’t already.
Unfortunately, when the press and journos report on a sale, they focus on the
topline number, and it is rare that they report much beyond that. As most
of my ... (more)
Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog
What happens when your cloud provider has multiple datacenters and has the
ability to move your code around based on their need (read: not your need)?
One thing that any enterprise IT buyer knows how to say is “who’s throat
do I choke?” When you have a composited application, who exactly are you
going to be calling? The cloud providers have yet to address the myriad of
problems which can, and will, arise.
Just when you thought it was safe to start thinking about putting together
all of those services into a composite app, the dreaded siren cal... (more)