Author Archives: Ryan Olson

About Ryan Olson

Ryan is living every week like it's Shark Week.

Getting my first pair of shoes at the Continental Cup

A lot of people new to the sport of curling often ask if it’s expensive to participate in. Thankfully, the answer is no for the individual curler. In a lot of ways, getting into curling is like going to the … Continue reading

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Getting the joke at the Continental Cup

Watching curling in person can be a unique experience, especially at this weekend’s Continental Cup in Las Vegas. Watching with several thousand enthusiastic fans who are knowledgeable about the game really takes it up the next level. Watching curling in … Continue reading

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Watching the world’s best curlers in Las Vegas

Today is the first day of the 2019 Continental Cup of Curling at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. If you haven’t seen this event before, I would say it’s well worth your time if you’re a fan of the … Continue reading

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On ‘The Good Place,’ Michael is failing his ethics test

So, this post contains spoilers about the TV series “The Good Place” through the episode that aired Oct. 11. It will also discuss elements of the show from past episodes, so caveat emptor. One thing stuck with me at the … Continue reading

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Back in the hack for year 3 of curling

I started my third full year in curling two weeks ago at the Utah Olympic Oval in Kearns. It was great to get back to a sport that I’ve come to enjoy over the past two years. Considering that my … Continue reading

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A comment on commenting systems, specifically Kinja

It seems like there are very few good commenting systems on the Internet. Based on my experience, the free or low-cost services can be very barebones, sluggish or just a pain to use (I guess you get what you pay … Continue reading

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Tasting notes from my first Pie and Beer Day

Monday was the first Pioneer Day that I’ve been able to celebrate in Utah for many years. I started the day in a traditional way — by attending the Days of ’47 Parade in Salt Lake City. After a break, … Continue reading

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From the archive — Eyes on iPhone: North state dials up new device in droves

The first incarnation of the Apple iPhone was formally released 10 years ago on June 29, 2007. Here’s what I wrote for the Enterprise-Record, published the following day. After months of waiting through countless Internet discussions and tempting commercials, scores … Continue reading

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10+1 images from my first year back in Utah

At the end of May, I marked the first anniversary of my returning to Utah. To celebrate the occasion, I reviewed the photos I took from the past 365 days and picked ten that highlighted some of the fun activities … Continue reading

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Hitting 11 million image views on Google Maps

Just a year ago, I passed 2 million views on Google Maps. Imagine my surprise when my images surged past 10 million views just a couple of months ago. The 190 images I’ve published on Google Maps has been viewed 11.1 … Continue reading

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