As the owner of two 10.5 EEEE feet, my options in running shoes have always been limited. New Balance generally had good support for those of us with wide feet and became my mainstay for many years. When I became interested in minimalist running, however, neither they nor any other manufacturer let us join the party. I was not interested in going completely barefoot and, while I do plan to try out the various styles of running sandals where width is more easily accommodated, I wanted to ease into minimalism by starting with something intermediate between those and my current standard shoes.
After one of the Backyard Burn races last Spring, I stopped by the Lucky Foot tent to see if my own feet might get lucky in finding a new solemate. As it turns out, they did. While at first owner Jeff Van Horn shook his head when I asked about wide minimal shoes, after a second he reconsidered and had me try on a couple of Inov-8 models. The first pair (I don’t recall the number) almost fit, but was a little too tight. The second pair, the Terrafly 303, fit well without socks, but was a bit tight with socks on. I happened to be wearing a particularly thick pair of socks that day, however, so I figured my thinner Balega or Injinji socks would probably work out.
Inov-8 offers four levels of heel-toe drop: 0, 3, 6, and 9 mm. The Terrafly 303 has a 6 mm drop, meaning it is not completely flat, but still much flatter than a typical running shoe. That’s exactly what I was looking for to ease into things. After receiving the shoes (with great service from Lucky Foot), I tried them out with my thinner socks. They were snug, but not too tight. I got used to them gradually by starting with some short walks, then short runs, then increasing my distance until I felt ready to use them in races. From July through November I ran five trail races of 8 – 10k over various surfaces in both wet and dry conditions and the shoes always performed well with good traction. The mesh construction along with the lower height definitely lets in more water than my previous shoes in rainy conditions or on dewy grass, but most of the races I do include stream crossings so I’m used to wet feet.
I would still like to find a genuine EEEE minimal shoe, but in the meantime the Terrafly 303 has staved off thoughts of trying to make my own. When money allows, I’ll test out the 3 mm and 0 mm Inov-8 models to see if any of them unintentionally fit me as well.
I tried to share the screen from my 15″ MacBook Pro with Retina display to my iMac for the first time today, using the Screen Sharing feature built into the OS (10.8.5 Mountain Lion on both computers). The first thing I noticed was that it took much longer to connect than for my previous non-Retina MacBook – well beyond what the higher resolution could account for. The next, more important issue was that all I got was a black screen.
I found a bunch of hits on similar issues, but all referred to screen sharing with Skype, WebEx, or other services, not the built-in function. For those services the solution was generally either reducing the resolution on the MacBook to a non-HIDPI resolution (I haven’t tested this yet) or a software update.
The solution I found for the built-in Screen Sharing is to change the setting from “Adaptive Quality” to “Full Quality” under the View menu. Unfortunately, this only works if I display both screens – the built-in Retina display and the external 20″ standard resolution monitor I have attached to the MacBook. I can select just the 20″ display successfully, but if I select just the Retina display it fills the window with static.
I received a Logitech G13 Gameboard as a Christmas gift. I did a quick test on a handful of games and got mixed results. Games with pre-made profiles seemed to work fine while those I tried with the default or a custom profile often failed. In some cases the gameboard keys simply did nothing while in others the cursor/character would move continuously with nothing pressed as if a direction key were being held down.
I’m using the gameboard on a 2009 iMac with Mac OS X 10.8.5 and the games I was testing were all launched through Steam. While I found a number of hits on G13/Mac/Steam issues, they all turned out to be from the time of the initial launch of Steam on OS X and were no longer relevant. Eventually I determined that the source of the problem was the built-in joystick.
The default profile has keys mapped to the joystick axes. Even though the joystick was centered, these keys seemed to be constantly triggered, perhaps due to the games misinterpreting the joystick as a full game controller. I fixed the issue by switching the joystick mapping in the default profile from individual keys to simply “joystick” within the Logitech software.
Logitech G13 Gameboard
Three things happened today that I’m choosing to take as omens for the new year:
- I picked up what I thought was a piece of yarn from the floor and it turned out to be a slug.
It will be a year of unpleasant surprises.
- When eating out, I calculate the tip then add a bit so that the total is a whole dollar value. Tonight’s tip turned out to be $6.66.
It will be a year of repetition. Or the apocalypse. Probably the former.
- On the way home we saw two police cars pulling into a Dunkin Donuts parking lot.
It will be a year of stereotypes.
Unclear from the omens is whether I’ll actually start publishing on this site more than once a year. Hopefully yes, starting with the sixteen drafts I’ve written but never quite completed.
Edit: One more thing happened just after writing this – our cat peed in a (luckily) empty box sitting next to my desk. For others that might be an omen, but for us it’s unfortunately just business as usual.
It will be another year of Nature’s Miracle.
Interview with Rob Wiethoff, the voice of John Marston on Red Dead Redemption.
Just a quick radio interview, but it was an interesting combination of an actor from one of my all-time favorite games being interviewed by an actor from one of my all-time favorite web series (Doraleous and Associates).