Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Firex smoke detector

I did several Google searches very early this morning for Firex 120 1182. In case you're ever wondering about why the smoke detector is going off at 2:30 in the morning, it's because they're most likely to fail as it gets cooler.
The good news is, you can find a manual online eventually.
But, the short, 3 step version to solving the immediate problem is - if your detector is more than five years old, disconnect the power, take out the 9V backup battery, and if it it still continues chirping, put it outside :)
Step 3, proceed to Home Depot, buy a new version from Firex for $14, with a completely different model number, although essentially identical, and, hopefully, enjoy a good nights sleep.


Monday, April 06, 2009

Once a Runner

I've posted a few "lessons from the stairwell" lately. Sometimes, you just need to put your head down and power through a challenge. Once a Runner was the best running book I ever read, which made the point with its legendary 60 x 400m interval session. I still have a dog-eared copy in the basement. It's been out of print for a long time and has just been reissued. Good reviews from Slate (last December) and the Wall Street Journal.

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Sunday, April 05, 2009

Advice for speakers

Good article on "Advice for Speakers". I spoke last week at the Rimm Kaufmann Group summit, and the advice about not speaking to the screen was particularly appropriate.