Paine on Loving The Smover


“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.”

–Thomas Paine (1737–1809)

American political theorist & writer

In early 1776, Thomas Paine published the best-selling pamphlet Common Sense. It sold more than 500,000 copies (before the Internet), influenced the U.S. Declaration of Independence, and set the stage for The American Revolution (some pretty powerful words).



Google Earth: Mapping the Peachtree Road Race


The 42nd annual Peachtree Road Race, one of the largest 10K races in the world. There are expected to be 60,000 running the race this year, so it should be quite an event.



There are a variety of sites that have interactive maps of the course, and I’ve found is one of the best. Along with standard maps of the course, they also provide an elevation profile, which explains why many people run too fast during the first half of the race and burn out before the finish:


Of course, my favorite feature is simply being able to download the KML file and explore the course for myself. Atlanta has solid 3D building coverage, especially toward the end of the course:


The race is held every year on July 4th, which is Independence Day in the United States. If you’ll be celebrating the holiday today, I hope you have a great time and stay safe!