Greg Nilsen

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Running for a Cause at the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2015

After finishing my first marathon in Charlotte last year, I’ve had it in my mind to run a marathon right in my backyard at the Pittsburgh Marathon.  Since running in 2014 wasn’t an option (no hard feelings, Marissa Moore), I’ve had my eyes set on the May 2015 race for some time now. At the same time, I had also been thinking about doing a fundraiser as part of my running.  After all, why should I be the only one...

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Midweek Music Break: Freezepop – Science Genius Girl

Let me take you back to 2002, my senior year in college, and I was entranced by my new favorite PS2 game: Frequency.  Among the interesting and challenging songs found in the game, one of the more memorable was “Science Genius Girl” by Freezepop, a quirky synth band from Boston. Why is this song so memorable?  Well, it’s light and fun.  Is there a point to it?  Not really.  Sure, you could stump about “yay…women and science” but the song...

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Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

So, I’ll admit that eggplant isn’t one of my favorite foods.  Even when I had Eggplant Parmesan in the past, I hadn’t enjoyed it because I found it mushy and unpleasant tasting… However, my wife is a big fan and I began playing around with strategies for making it in a manner we would both enjoy it and I think I’ve settled on the following. First, I slice the eggplant into slices that are about 1/4″ thick and then toss...

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Midweek Music Break: Hootie and the Blowfish – Let Her Cry

It was 1994 and Hootie and the Blowfish were blowin’ up all over the country.  Their contagious, laid back, loose and folksy music caught the ears of music fans across the country, and I was no exception. However, the song that stuck with me over the years is “Let Her Cry”… In what may have been a foreshadowing of Darius Rucker’s country music career, “Let Her Cry” is an emotional and powerful song of love, addiction and struggle.  Actually, for...

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Midweek Music Break: The Submarines – Birds

I came across The Submarines on Pandora last year, originally with a remix of theirs (which will be a later MMB post, someday), but that caused me to check them out further and discover the relaxed, upbeat, and seemingly simple “Birds”. Besides being a great groove, what I love about this song is it’s deceptive simplicity.  A lot of that is how it starts out with just simple guitar, bass and drums, then adds the vocals.  However, the song continues...

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Ray Rice Cut: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In what has been one of the uglier mishandlings of off-field events in the NFL, today more damning evidence of Ray Rice’s came to light leading to his contract with the Ravens being terminated and being banned from the NFL indefinitely.  From this, there are three points I’m taking away: 1) The Good – TMZ has finally contributed to society by bringing to light the Knockout Video.  Honestly, if this had not come to light, then Rice would be back...

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School Days Are Here…

Well, for the first time in my life as a parent, the school days are here.  This morning, I sent my oldest off to Kindergarten. It is amazing that time has gone so fast, yet I’m mostly excited.  There were no tears this morning, as everyone was excited for the new beginning.  Mostly, I’m relieved that it has finally come and now my son can begin enjoying his education as I did so much.  It feels like a new phase...

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Midweek Music Break: Feed Me – No Grip

Feels like this is coming early this week after the long Labor Day weekend, but here we are! One of the areas of music I’ve had a growing appreciation for is “electro house” and similar styles.  One reason for this is that it’s great music to run to.  It’s typically got steady beats, high energy, and limited lyrics (which can be a bit distracting). While exploring for new music a few months ago, I happened across Feed Me’s Calamari Tuesday and...

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Midweek Music Break: Third Eye Blind – How’s It Going To Be

A bit of a throwback this week, as I go back to my high school days for material.  To this day, this is probably my favorite Third Eye Blind song coming off of a terrific self-titled album, Third Eye Blind.  Even though it was Semi-Charmed Life and Jumper that got all the attention off this album, it’s this song that really connected for me.  Plus, I did it for karaoke a few weeks ago, so it’s fresh in my mind....

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Run Around The Square 2014

So, this morning I ran the Run Around the Square 5k.  I hadn’t run the race since 2010, which also happened to be my first 5k.  It’s a race I really like in general: I used to live in the neighborhood, the course is a mix of roads and park trails, the final 3/4 of a mile are all downhill, and there’s a great post-race atmosphere (hot dogs, beer and more!).  It’s about all you could ask for in a...