Wednesday, February 13, 2019

World Radio Day - 2019


Today is World Radio Day!

For a brief background, I'll repost last year's description (from the official website):

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The date of 13 February, the day the United Nations radio was established in 1946, was proposed by the Director-General of UNESCO. The objectives of the Day will be to raise greater awareness among the public and the media of the importance of radio; to encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to information through radio; as well as to enhance networking and international cooperation among broadcasters.

The consulted stakeholders also proposed ideas for the programme of celebration: extensive use of social media, annual themes, a dedicated website enabling virtual participation, special radio programmes, radio programmes exchange, a festival involving key partners, and so forth.

On 14 January 2013, the United Nations General Assembly formally endorsed UNESCO’s proclamation of  World Radio Day. During its 67th Session, the UN General Assembly endorsed the resolution adopted during the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference, proclaiming 13 February, the day United Nations Radio was established in 1946, as World Radio Day.
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So today it's an opportunity to listen old school - radio broadcasts via an actual radio.  I'll put my SDR on the backburner for a few hours and see what I can hear over a physical shortwave radio receiver!

Happy listening!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

2019 Boston Buildup 20K: Race Photos & Results


It may have been a small miracle, but I somehow managed to run the Boston Buildup 20K this morning.  Given that I had no voice to speak of when I woke up (from all the coughing I had done through the night), I was inclined to skip it.  But since I hadn't run either of the first 2 races in the series during January - and, more importantly, I would probably have gone running later in the day - just got in the car and drove to Fairfield.

I was glad I did!  Despite the cold (I wore my jacket over my running clothes), finished in a sliver under 1:42 (1:42:59 - to be precise), an 8:12 pace.  Then my Iphone immediately died after I turned off Strava - so no pictures (the starting line photo is thanks to Tony!).

Here is the link to the official results at Athlinks.  One very cool thing I hadn't realized was that a finisher's certificate was available.  So there is mine - haha :D



Saturday, February 9, 2019

2019 VCTC Tough Love 2x2 Relay


It may not have been the proper training plan to line up for Van Cortlandt Track Club's Tough Love Relay this morning - with the prospect of the Boston Buildup 20K in Fairfield tomorrow morning!  The wintery blast of cold weather was simply the icing on the cake (could not resist that chill pun)! 

But I love VCTC events - and I love running at Van Cortlandt Park - so this was a no brainer.  Plus, the prospect of winning a carrot cake muffin sealed the deal.  And, despite the frigid cold (the wind chill alone had to take the real feel temperature down to low single digits - but when the wind stopped blowing, the conditions were excellent)!

Don't know how we managed it, but Emmy and I teamed up and finished 3rd (behind Susan's team and Benny's team) in our AG.  So in addition to the race gloves - took home carrot cake muffins!

As always, VCTC put on an excellent event (and Carolyn, as RD, did an excellent job as well).  Hiroshi and I did a deja vu photo - a reprise of last week's photo from the TRRC Freezer 5K up at FDR park :D

I'll add link to the results once they've been posted.



Sunday, February 3, 2019

2019 Taconic RR Freezer 5K: Race Photos & Results


It was actually balmy at FDR Park this morning!  And with the temperature at 33 degrees for the start, it was practically a heat wave give the sub-zero wind chills of last week!  The Freezer 5K was my first race since December - plenty of running, just haven't gotten myself over to a start line for a race (of any distance) until today.


I was pleasantly surprised w/my 22:30 (22:32 official), 7:15 pace.  Amazingly, for little if no speed work this season, it was about 6 seconds faster than my 2018 Freezer 5K!  Last year that was good enough for 2nd AG - but this year I dropped 3 places to 5th in my AG - so much for shaving off those few seconds - ha!


Anyway, regardless of time - it was great to be out there running (dare I say... fast) for a change!



Hiroshi and I hamming it up after we finished :D


I'll add a link to the official results once they've been posted.



Saturday, February 2, 2019

Happy Groundhog Day - 2019


Happy Groundhog Day!  And the good news from Punxsutawney this morning, no shadow - Spring arrives 6 weeks earlier!  But given Phil's recent batting average (right just 40% of the time), flipping a coin would actually increase the prediction odds - haha.

Anyway, whether you have faith in Phil's prognostication skills, or not - today is the day to watch Bill Murray in "Groundhog Day" (what better way to celebrate?)...


Friday, January 11, 2019

 
Done!  I "ran" the NYRR 2019 Virtual Resolution Run 5K last night.  This was my 4th NYRR Virtual Race (and the second New Year's Resolution Run).   Never the same as actually participating in a race, but good enough excuse to run faster than training pace :D
 
Missing from this run was the virtual bib, which I did like from last year's race.  Regardless, this Resolution Run, at 26:32,8:33 pace, it was a solid 2 minutes faster than the 2018 edition!  The 8:33 pace was a solid minute plus faster than my average training run pace over the last couple of months.  So while it's not a race substitute, it's great training.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

It was 20 Years Ago Today... The Sopranos Debuted on HBO


Twenty years is a long time - back to the last millennium, actually.  On January 10, 1999 the first episode of The Sopranos was aired on HBO (during what would be the year of Y2K fears).  Who would have imagined it would become one of the greatest TV series of all-time (seriously)!

I must admit, I didn't become a fan until the season 5!  In what was something of an tradition back then, I would buy the complete (previous year) season box CD set for my brother as Christmas presents.  When I finally watched the show it was pretty funny asking him for those previous season boxed sets so I could binge watch them to catch up!  Long before the days of streaming - haha.

Anyway, as a lead-up to the anniversary, HBO has been airing a complete season, day by day, since the weekend.  They are up to season 6, part 2 (or, season 7, if you will) - the final year.

I'm decidedly in the camp that hates the fade to black finale.  But it doesn't detract from my overall love of the show. 

So celebrate the anniversary by watching a few episode today :D