Hello! I'm Ben Terry.
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I'm just a Gen X guy from mid-Michigan who works in IT, likes to play some guitar and music, and digs role-playing games. I believe everybody should have their own little piece of the internet. In that spirit, this is my personal Home Page. In the sidebar to the left I list some other places on the web you can find me.

What's Happening With Me?

September 27, 2022: This site is maybe more for me than for anyone else. I do continue to update the site over time, but don't bother making mention of each time I do so on the main page here. Yesterday and today I've been thinking about bookmarks or favorites. You know, the way of saving sites in your web browser? I had almost 380 bookmarks, and they are a real grab-bag of things that have piled up over the years. I've now come to think that browser bookmarks are not very good. They lack context and are just a list, possibly categorized into folders. If you have your own web-accessible space, isn't a well formed page full of your bookmarks much better? The main advantage I see to a web page of bookmarks over using the browser is that you can still search the bookmarks, but you can also add text describing the sites linked to. You can go as far as you want with this, even typing some paragraphs to remind yourself of your path of thought, or craft a narrative and so on. I'm currently trawling through my old bookmarks, commenting on them and cleaning them up, but think I may then post them to my site here. Bookmarks can feel a bit private, so I dunno if I'll abandon private Bookmarks completely, but I'll give it a try. As for other plans for this site? Not sure that I have any aside from adding more junk about my interests. The site is currently a very manual HTML affair, and I sometimes consider making it more dynamic in some way, or integrating it with my social media presence, or improving my RSS implementation and all. I'll get to it as interests dictate.

May 12, 2022: On May 1st this year I started in on some exercise. My friend Rich pitched the idea of putting up a Google Spreadsheet with some benchmark activities and a tab where each of us in our Street Fighter role playing group can log what we are doing. I've historically been pretty bad with exercise and keeping up any kind of physical activity, but for some reason decided I'd give it a shot. I'm not getting any younger! Anyways, here I am just 1 exercise session away from hitting 2 weeks and things are going well so far. A lot of what I'm liking about the idea is that we have these benchmark activities, and ultimately, ideally, you could hit the benchmarks in every category, but the goal is really just to exercise and hopefully progress. I personally started in doing every other day. A day of squats and push-ups (incline right now, as I work up to regular push ups), then the next exercise day has been 30 minutes on the rowing machine. I'm thinking next week I want to step things up a little, try to do 5 days a week on the rowing machine, but 4 of them are just putting in 30 minutes at whatever pace while one of them is trying to get my best 5K time. Then I'll be able to add in at least one more strength focused exercise, like another day of squats and push-ups, or trying to get the beginnings up pull-ups happening, or whatever. I should be working the difficult muscle stuff about every other day rather than what works out to once every 4 days, as it works out for the 1st 2 weeks here. Also, while usually I have been doing more than 1 set, I think I should always do more than 1 set of a strength exercise. While there has been progress in these 2 weeks, and that's awesome, the CDC recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, and 2 days of muscle strengthening exercise. The rowing can cover that 150 minutes, then the extra muscle day gets me into at least 2-3 days of that a week. No rules here. Just things for me to try.

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