Wharf to Wharf

On Sunday I ran in the Wharf to Wharf race in Santa Cruz. Yep. Just me and 15,000 of my closest friends. It was a fun 6 mile race from the Santa Cruz Boardwalk to Capitola.

I ran pretty well, but unfortunately, I made one critical mistake: I did what I was told. The race organizers told us to line up before the starting line according to our pace. I figured I could run a seven and a half minute per mile pace, so I lined up next to the “Seven Minute” sign. Makes sense, right?

Wrong. I spent the first three miles fighting my way through huge crowds of slow runners. Puffing, out of shape people in new running shoes. Groups jogging four abreast, chatting amiably about last weekend. Even people walking in front of me, fer crissakes!

It took me a full 2 minutes after the start to actually walk across the starting line. It took me 12 minutes to finish the first mile! My split times could only get better after that – 2 miles at 8 minutes, 2 more at 7:30, and 6:55 for the last mile.

In spite of the crowds, it was fun run. It was cold and foggy in Santa Cruz when we started out – perfect running weather. People lined the entire route to cheer us on. And there were bands of all types every few blocks- rock bands, surf punk, drum teams, even bag pipers. It made for a real festive event.

Just the same, I think I’ll look for a less popular event for my next race. And I’ll know better than to listen to the organizers.

Peter at the finish

Another wave I didn’t ride

In spite of everything, home prices in Santa Clara just keep setting records: Santa Clara County home prices sizzle.

Just eight months after reaching $600,000, the median price of houses sold in Santa Clara County blasted past the $700,000 marker in June, hitting a record of $705,000.

That’s up nearly 18 percent from a year earlier, and up 2.2 percent from May 2005.

Median prices were up in all nine Bay Area counties compared with a year earlier. DataQuick cited healthy demand, continued low mortgage interest rates and a few more homes on the market as the likely factors behind the strong June.

Clone this chip!

Research firm In-Stat claims that new Godson-2 processor being produced in China is a copy of the MIPS architecture. (It also gets my vote for creepiest processor name – it sounds like a bad horror movie.)

China has produced the second version of the first microprocessor produced in the country, according to research firm In-Stat, and it’s largely a copy of the MIPS chip invented by the company of the same name based in the U.S.

Since MIPS hasn’t licensed its technology to the Godson designers, they risk being sued if they sell the chip outside of China. Then again, given how poorly MIPS has been doing lately, maybe it’s not that great a risk. (Pun intended).