a golden bike ride

What a great day for a bike ride! We rented some bikes at Blazing Saddles, right next to the hotel. Then took off for the golden gate bridge. It was a beautiful day and no surprise, the bike paths were very crowded with all kinds of people enjoying the outdoors …

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the starlight coastal

A 23 hour train trip? At some point that seemed like a really charming idea. Eight hours in, I'll say that the bloom is off the rose. Its been a nice ride, and a good chance to catch up on some reading and blogging but for the most part its …

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how many trees in the state of washington?

What? There is no real way to know the answer to this question, but it is one that was posed to the group today. How do you handle uncertainty? How do well do you think on your feet? This is a typical interview question used by many high tech companies …

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jterm 2014 - day 1 at amazon

Jeff Bezos likes to talk about technology and civilization and where we are at in terms of the analogy that we are still at "Day One." He recently observed that we are so early in Day One that the alarm clock hasn't even gone off yet.

With new technologies, it …

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envisioning the future

Today was a big day. The Microsoft mother ship.

We began our visit with an hour in the Envisioning Center, this is Microsoft's take on the future, 5 years out. There was some pretty cool stuff in there. If you've ever drooled over the fancy table on Hawaii Five-O where …

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chapel talk - 11/4 nehemiah 13 1-3, 23-31

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This is the text from my chapel talk yesterday. The video (mostly of the top of my head) can be found on the Luther Portal. Make sure you go to the On Demand tab and look for me on November 4.

I’m going to begin today with a slightly …

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john riedl tribute

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This is the short tribute speech I gave last Friday at the University of Minnesota.  Actually, I had to edit my speech to be shorter than this, so I thought I would just post this longer version, plus it contains some fun old images I dug up that I didn't …
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