Water and Socks

Water

Cold, heavy, squishy, slippery, wet, replenishing, and refreshing water is a runner’s friend and foe. It is a vital friend after a race or long run. During the hottest of days it’s the friend that helps one keep running. On the coldest days it helps keep a runner healthy and warm. Yet during a race water can be a runner’s greatest foe. Falling from the sky in various forms cooling a runner past comfort, adding the burden of more weight to increasing fatigue. Water collecting in the low lands on the course creates another obstacle for the runner to overcome.

Socks

Warm, dry, light, wicking, tight, comfortable and cool socks are essential tools for any successful runner. For a runner socks are the first defense against Mother Nature’s wrath. On the hottest days of the summer they keep one’s feet cool, and on the coldest days of the fall and winter they keep one’s feet warm. During the wettest of days socks keep a runner’s feet dry. They tightly cradle one’s foot reducing the chance for the development of blisters and enhancing comfort while racing.

-John Havlik

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Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop Comfort Edition

Well it arrived yesterday, two days late, all I can say is that it is much nicer than my old wave keyboard that had the broken ‘z’ key (yeay! my ‘z’ key works now). I don’t like the mouse that came with it, mainly because I love my Logitech TrackMan Marble Wheel mouse. I won’t give it up until the day it stops working. At that point, I’ll get a new one. A full review with pictures will come after I get to test it for a while.

-John Havlik

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Mtekktux: Up and running

I’ve finally gotten mtekktux to a place where it is actually useful, rather than a just ‘geeky’ project. I have it set up as a file/print server, of which it took many hours out of yesterday and a few min. this morning to get the printer to work and then shared. I have file sharing working with a nice public folder and Apache, MySQL, and PHP seem to be working together in a nice way. I just need to share to www folder or get FTP to work. I think folder sharing may be easier to do, and more convenient.

-John Havlik

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Tutorial: Subscribing to the CHS podcast

If you are reading this you’re probably not sure how to subscribe to the CHS podcast but you want to. You’ve come to the right place; I’m going to guide you through finding the podcast and subscribing to it in iTunes. If you don’t already have iTunes installed on your computer then you should head over to Apple.com and download a copy and install iTunes.
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Catholic School Cracks Down on Blogging: WTF?

Well it seems that a certain principal (Fr Kieran McHugh) of a certain Catholic High School (Pope John XIII Regional High School) in New Jersey has decided that blogging is inappropriate for school age persons. This would be perfectly fine if the principle was talking about blogging using the schools equipment, but if this was true why would I be writing/blogging about it? EXACTLY! It turns out that the principal threatened to suspend and/or expel any student that has a blog. After hearing this some concerned blogger who attends the school posted in his blog that “pope john kicks you out once you think freely”. Once the school administration found the comment on the internet they expelled the student.

First off even though the school is a private institution they are not allowed to infringe on another person’s rights to preserve their own. Therefore the school should be shut down by the federal government for the restriction of the first amendment. But the fact of the matter is that since it is a private school one is not required to attend that particular school. In the United States we have a particularly good public education system, well at least in my area, in which those whom want to do well are able to learn far more then in the local privatized institutions, and those whom are inclined to work at McDonalds for the rest of the lives are allowed to pursue their own destiny with out holding the more determined students back due to their lack of determination. The school brings up a good point in which I made a while back about blogging, blogging is cool and can be used to replace a hard-copy journal but posting too much personal information on your blog, including address, phone number, picture containing oneself and/or family/friends, and your full name are all not very smart things to do. In my case I post my full name to maintain my claim for the name/word mtekk and the ‘m’ logo which are both my intellectual property.

One has to be smart while blogging, if a teacher can google for your name and find your blog within the top ten google results and then find a picture of you, or enough information that directly links you to your blog then you may be giving out too much information. In my case my blog, mtekk’s crib, happens to be the first result in google when searching for John Havlik and with a little research in my blog and in google results will turn up my state and the city in which I live. My age isn’t too difficult to figure out from previous blog entries and my interests well that one isn’t too hard to figure out, well some of them at least. The thing is that you don’t want to mess with me on the street, let alone try to break into my house. First off I can and will out run you on the street; second I can and will severally injure you in self defense; third I have several guns, including shotguns, with plenty of ammunition to break through even military grade body armor and I’m a excellent shot. Not only those but I’ve other ‘tricks’ up my sleeve to avoid abductors. I post no pictures of myself for obvious reasons, and the internet contains no picture of me. As for many people at my school the same cannot be said, even you-knew-who falls under the category of those whom share too much private information on her “blog” though she is too ignorant to comprehend that it is in fact a blog and what she is doing is blogging not xangaing, which degusts me.

Here is the link: Daily Record – Blogging Ban

-John Havlik

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