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Web Savvy? Not So Much. The Benefits of Making Mistakes.

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 | 7 Comments

For anyone that tried accessing the site yesterday, my apologies.  I was messing around with things I shouldn’t mess with.  For those that are curious (both of you), I was playing with the SLQ settings.  It then took me several hours to fix.

This is the inherent danger in being a ‘do-it-yourself” sort of person.  Sometimes you mess up shit.  Luckily, my past mistakes and subsequent corrections gave me enough know-how to figure out the problem and correct course.  Sure, it took 5,000 times longer than anyone with at least rudimentary knowledge of databases would have needed, but it turned into a valuable learning experience.

Trying new things, learning new skills, and accepting new challenges keeps life interesting.  I am always on the lookout for new opportunities to screw something up, which then requires fixing.

How about you?  What new experiences have you had lately?  What did you learn from the adventure?

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  1. K Bramhill
    January 22, 2011

    Any idea what’s happened to the Barefoot Running Society web site, perhaps you can fix that too?!?
    That’s been broken for a day or so now & I have scouted out a run for them & now can’t post it?

  2. betsig250
    January 20, 2011

    At first I did not like them on the treadmill either but lately they have been fine.

    Why do you say proper form is impossible? Check out and I know it has helped me out after going to 2 session with the guys from Playmakers.

  3. Nathan Matthews
    January 20, 2011

    I’ve never run on a treadmill, but I know my form is much better on a slight incline so that makes sense. Where did you get Merrell Trail Gloves by the way.

    Perhaps I just need to call all the stores in the Northern Virginia Area and see if anybody’s got them.

  4. Brandon
    January 20, 2011

    Running with NEW Merrell Trail Gloves on a treadmill sucks. Top of Foot pain will develope because proper form is impossible on a treadmill. Now increase to 3% of elevation and all pain will decrease. Just sayin…

  5. Damien Tougas
    January 20, 2011

    Was the SLQ or SQL settings?

  6. Aaron
    January 20, 2011

    Back ups will get you back up quickly. Restore whatever configuration files you changed, or if you really need to get it back fast, just restore the whole site and figure out what went wrong later.

  7. David Sutherland
    January 20, 2011

    I ran my first trail race this past weekend, the Chilly Cheeks trail race in Reading, PA, and learned a few things:

    1. Racing flats + Yaktrax + 25% inclines = Yaktrax ankle warmers (next time, I’m duct-taping them on).

    2. If you live long enough and keep running, you’re bound to eventually start winning age group awards.

    3. A speedo is appropriate running attire when combined with a Viking helmet, a too-short fur tunic, and VERY hairy legs. Oh, and a hammer…

    4. It is actually possible to bonk only 5 miles into a race when you do it the day after a 14mile tempo run.

    5. 10:40 miles can feel like 6:00 miles if the snow is deep enough and the hills are steep enough.

    That’s it. Cool blog, by the way.