Reno Tahoe Odyssey Map
Links to download data files are below the map.
To download a file, right click a link below and choose “Save link as…” (or “Save target as”) from the popup menu:
Random interaction with Siri
- Me: WTF Siri? (not abbreviated)
- Siri: I'd blush if I could
I’m Running in a 170-Mile Race!
The Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Relay Race is a 170+ mile footrace in May that starts in Reno, climbs up and around Lake Tahoe, then returns back to Reno. The race is non-stop, running continuously for over 24 hours. This will be a bit of a stretch for me - my current distance is a little over 3 miles.
I’m currently in my second week of training to increase my distance from 3 miles to 6.
Fundraising for charity is part of this event, so more to come on how you can help by donating to a very worthy cause.
2012 Weekly BCS Rankings
I created this chart to illustrate the progression of weekly rankings for the top-25 teams through the recently-concluded 2012 NCAA Football season.
Interesting that the teams ranked in the top 5 at the start of the rankings all finished within the top 5 at the end of the season. There were meteoric rises and falls elsewhere, e.g. Stanford, Texas A&M and USC.
Team names that appear on the chart with no associated line ranked in the top 25 for only a single week, hence no connection to previous or subsequent weeks (e.g. Cincinnati and Wisconsin). BCS ranking data became available at week 8 of the season.
December Snow Depth
It’s still early, but a quick glance at the NOAA Snow Analysis illustrates how much the current ski season has improved over last year’s unusually poor conditions here in California. The Sierra Nevada and Cascades mountain ranges have the highest snow depth in the US right now:
Focusing in on the Sierra Nevada shows Mammoth Mountain with a substantial snow pack:
Last year December yielded a total of only 2 inches of snowfall. Over 114 inches have fallen in December currently, with another week (and a couple more storms) left before month-end. And this on top of a strong November snowfall, twice that of last year.
I’ve been to Mammoth twice already this season and conditions were excellent both times. Looking forward to the next trip soon!