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Brandon Watson

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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)

Piranha Eat Fast

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)

My Kindle Life 2014

Books Read in 2014 Brandon’s favorite books » Share book reviews and ratings with Brandon, and even join a book club on Goodreads. 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)

Zappos Deal Shows VCs Hate Entrepreneurs

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)

Building a Composite Application Using Multiple Web Services

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)