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Iditarod day nine: (Tracker video): Dallas opens up into White Mountain

Tuesday,  03/17/15  01:55 PM

I recorded this little video of the #Iditarod 2015's awesome GPS Tracker, a speeded up version of the action which has taken place over the last 18 hours, showing defending champion Dallas Seavey (#46 in the tracker) extending his lead as he blasts from Koyuk into White Mountain by way of Elim, followed by Aaron Burmeister (#63) and Dallas' father Mitch Seavey (#18).  Further back racing for fourth and first woman bragging rights are Jessie Royer (#3) and the past three years' runner up Aliy Zirkle (#32).

All the teams will take a manditory 8-hour break in White Mountain, and will resume racing late tonight.  You might think its over but its never over 'till its really over, as everyone found out last year!  Stay tuned...

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Tuesday,  03/17/15  10:14 PM

happy St. Patrick's Day!Top of the evening to you, hope you had a wonderful little day.  And now, this:

Purple Reign: the unmaking of a Yahoo.  A pretty scathing longform critique of how Yahoo fell from the highest high into the race to the bottom.

How to Google something you don't know how to describe.  It's great to see Visual Search getting some recognition as a new field!

Burn: Starbucks is in hot water after launching a campaign that encourages baristas to talk about race relations with customers.  Glenn Reynolds notes "a race-and-gender-studies degree tends to lead to a barista position, so at least they're trained, but most of us don’t really care what they have to say."

the LeviathonThis looks ... very cool:  The Leviathan.  It's not clear whether this is an actual trailer or a concept, but I'm in.

And from jwz: how Make Magazine ensured I'll never click a link to their site again.  Amen.  How horrible is all that adcrap which surrounds content these days?

 

from highest to lowest on Earth

Tuesday,  03/17/15  10:20 PM

This is a pretty cool infographic: from the highest to the lowest points on Earth:

 

 

Iditarod day nine, cont: halfway to Safety

Tuesday,  03/17/15  11:37 PM

As the last full day of the 2015 #Iditarod ends, Dallas Seavey is out of White Mountain and about halfway to Safety, both literally and figuratively (the next and last checkpoint is named Safety).  He's about four hours ahead of his father Mitch, who just left White Mountain after his [mandatory] 8-hour break there.  That should be an insurmountable lead.  Aaron Burmeister is third, another hour or so back, and that's most likely where he'll finish too.  He's just about to leave after his 8-hour.

While lacking in suspense, the finish of this year's "Last Great Race" will provide some drama; we have Dallas, winning his second in a row and third overall, just ahead of his father, who has also won twice before; a family dynasty.  And we have Aliy Zirkle breaking her string of three second places to finish a likely fifth, after battling Jessie Royer.  And who knows what else might happen?

Dallas has about 40 miles left to go and is traveling about 7mph, so that's around six hours 'till he finishes.  Most likely he won't stop, although he could easily afford to rest in Safety for a bit.  So we'll probably have a winner early tomorrow morning!

In the meantime, here are some pictures from the trail...

Dallas Seavey leaves White Mountain

Dallas Seavey and team leave White Mountain

White Mountain on the Fish River

White Mountain on the Fish River
Mitch Seavey's team pulling into the checkpoint

DeeDee Jonrowe from the air

DeeDee Jonrowe and team, from the air
they are presently heading for Koyuk, in about 30th place

three teams leave Unalakleet at the same time
headed over the ice to Shaktoolik

Dallas Seavey mushes into the sunset

Team Dallas Seavey mush into the sunset

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