CFM Annual 5k (est. 2017)

Here is the 5k/10k route my friends and I created for the 2017 CFM retreat in Cocoa Beach: Click here if the map does not play. Route map for CFM Retreat 5k/10k by Matthew Rensberry on plotaroute.com

Boys in the Boat

This book is a great story about the 1936 USA Olympic Rowing team in the Berlin Olympics. It goes into detail of each of the characters who made up that team, what they endured to make it there, and how they won. I learned a lot about the sport of crewing, life during the Depression,…

Mathletics

What a dense book! I enjoyed it and dreaded it. It has interesting details, yet is quite heavy in statistics. I encourage anyone who wants to see how stats can be used in life to read this book: Mathletics: How Gamblers, Managers, and Sports Enthusiasts Use Mathematics in Baseball, Basketball, and Football by Wayne L….

What the Luck?

I just finished the book, What the Luck – a book by Gary Smith that goes in depth into how regression to the mean affects us in so many parts of our lives. Regression is a package of pitfalls and opportunities. Avoid the pitfalls and seize the opportunities. In this book, he describes several statistical…

YouTube Videos that matter (kinda)

Here are a collection of YouTube videos I have found influential in some way in my life. Hopefully they are of some curious interest to you too. This video is one of my favorites because it demonstrates that investing time and energy will make you great and technically you can do anything if you throw…

My Life Principles (and 2015 goals)

What I Choose to Value: Other people – I want to be an Active Listener to value others Quality – I want to enjoy Good Things Knowledge/Experience – I want to be an avid Reader Organization – I want to maintain order in my surroundings along with a hint of chaos (to encourage creativity) Curiosity –…

My new phone is a flip-phone

On October 28, 2014 I began a personal experiment to wean myself from smartphone dependence, so I got myself a Samsung Flip-Phone. I will attempt to describe my reasoning for trying such a “far out” experience. Once upon a time, cell phones did not exist – actually, before that, at one point phones did not exist,…

General Financial Advice

Here is a collection of advice I have gathered from several sources and experiences. I am using this to also lead a teaching discussion. Personal Finance – Notecard version: Max your 401k or equivalent employee contribution. Buy inexpensive, well diversified mutual funds such as Vanguard Target 20XX funds. Never buy or sell an individual security….

always have a story…

The other day, I read an online article about what makes people interesting (unfortunately, I cannot find this article now that I want to quote it). Every person has something interesting to share. I find myself captivated, at times, in the process of encouraging others to discuss with me their interesting experiences. This listening takes…

My Best Facebook Lists

To date, these are my best Facebook lists that I can find. There is actually 1 more I wish I could find, but somehow lost 🙁  Number “8” seems to always add character!!!   Today, I found out a friend of mine, SFC LeBoeuf, just finalized his 3rd divorce last week. Given his vast experience…