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Hi, I’m Brad Feld, a managing director at the Foundry Group who lives in Boulder, Colorado. I invest in software and Internet companies around the US, run marathons and read a lot.

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Snow in Homer

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The snow is finally sticking in Homer – what a beautiful day.  I’m looking at my web cam in Homer, AK from Keystone, CO where it’s also been snowing.

Homersnow

Winter (and ski season) is here.

Alaska Bears

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Having seen a few bears up front and personal (think “20 yards away”), I know how incredibly intense they are.  Chris Wand send me this link from a set of photos of Alaskan bears that one of his friends took recently.  My favorites are Chocolate Eating and Brothers with Fish.  As a special bonus for the nerds in the crowd, it shows off Google’s Picasaweb.

Net Neutrality and Alaska

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A Boulder reader forwarded me an interesting article in eWeek titled The Doctor on the Digital Tundra that talks about how the issue of net neutrality could impact rural Alaska, using a doctor who lives and works in Homer, Alaska as the launching off point for the story.

Mount Redoubt – A Perfect Childhood View

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Amy grew up in Anchor Point, Alaska until she was 8 years old.  We still own the land and make an annual pilgrimage when we are out here.  Following is the view (of Mount Redoubt) from what used to be her living room window.

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It’s 18 miles from our house in Homer.  I know because it’s my run on Friday.

Amy The Earthquake Sensor

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I grew up with tornados (I lived in Dallas) so I never experienced many earthquakes.  My first one was in the middle of the night in Walnut Creek, CA while sleeping in a hotel in the late 1980’s (Ramada Renaissance, I think).  I’d taken a late night flight from Boston to California and was sound asleep in preparation for an early morning meeting at one of my California clients (Contra Costa Endocrine Associates.)  I woke up, noticed the ceiling moving in the opposite direction of the bed, then noticed it going the other way, then noticed it going the other way, and thought I was having a heart attack or an aneurysm.  About 15 seconds later it stopped and I laid in bed for a minute or so trying to figure out what was going.  “Earthquake?” popped into my head, I called down to the front desk, and got a busy signal.  Yup.  “Hmmm – what do I do?”  I didn’t know, so I went back to sleep.  The next morning I read in the paper that it was a 6–something and one person died when they got disoriented and jumped out a window.

Amy – on the other hand – grew up with earthquakes.  So – tonight as we were both reading as she was finishing her tea – in advance of a trip to Anchor Point – she looked up and said “Earthquake!”  It took me a few seconds to figure out what she meant.  We went downstairs to our computers, went to the Alaska Earth Information Center site, and didn’t see anything.  A few minutes later, an earthquake (3.97 – let’s call it a 4) was reported at 7:39 PM AKDT 52 miles from Homer.  It was short (only a second or two) – but it was definitely an earthquake.

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