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Category: Reference

Read — 2017/05/05

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Ivanka Trump and the push for paid parental leave“, by M.S.R. (The Economist).
  2. A leap into the future! The race for a sub-two-hour marathon“, by George Ramsay (CNN). Best of luck to Mssrs Desisa, Kipchoge, and Tadese.
  3. How to watch Saturday’s sub-2 marathon attempt“, by Scott Douglas (Runner’s World).

MLK Day — 2017-01-16

Two speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

  1. “I have a dream” (1963-08-28) — audio and text
  2. “Beyond Vietnam” (1967-04-04) — audio and text

Running-shoe reviews

  1. 2015 Spring shoe review” (Club Running Magazine, 2015 Spring, p 12). Enter full-screen mode to facilitate reading.

Read — 2016/08/23

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Why ‘practice makes perfect’ might be a lie“, by Melissa Pandika (OZY). Recently published research suggests that “practice…stopped predicting performance” among elite athletes. Still, “[a]cross all skill levels, deliberate practice explained 18 percent of differences in performance” — so don’t throw in the towel just yet.
  2. The power of negative thinking“, by Oliver Burkeman (Wall Street Journal).
  3. Why you need negative feelings“, by Elizabeth Bernstein (Wall Street Journal).
  4. 50 amazing puns from past pun competitions“, by Alvin Ward (Mental Floss).

Read — 2016/08/02

Today’s selection of articles:

  1. Japan approves massive stimulus package“, by Yoel Minkoff (Seeking Alpha).
  2. BOJ action: Team Abe provides a coordinated package“, by Jesper Koll (Seeking Alpha).
  3. Could nanotechnology end hunger?“, by Melissa Pandika (OZY).
  4. Pokemon Go catches lawsuit for game’s creators“, by Steven Musil (CNET).

How to select quality salmon

Yesterday I starting to watch the film “Jiro dreams of sushi“, and this morning I struck up a short conversation with a chap at the fish counter who was carefully selecting his fillets — and who turned out to be a former Alaskan fisherman. So it goes.

What I was told: Look for meat that is shiny and firm. If you can see the scales, the ideal is shiny and free from patchiness.

The following post is a simple and helpful reference:


Online references for proper squat technique:

  1. Squat: proper form, benefits, muscles worked — the definitive exercise guide” (Stronglifts).

Read — 2014/10/27

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Is the Affordable Care Act working?“, by Troy Griggs, Haeyoun Park, Alicia Parlapiano, Sona Patel, Karl Russel, & R. Smith (NY Times). A clear overview of the ACA’s impact to date.
  2. The spy who told me: Asia is where the real trouble is at“, by John McLaughlin (OZY). Why China’s saber-rattling merits top attention from US officials.
  3. To improve a memory, consider chocolate“, by Pam Belluck (NY Times). Two words to remember: cocoa flavanols. I’m not sure why the article conflates chocolate with candy bars; chocolate exists in several other (and, dare I say, better) forms.
  4. Kissing business acquaintances“, by B.R. (The Economist).

Read — 2014/08/16

Today’s selection of articles includes:

  1. Suicide, a crime of loneliness“, by Andrew Solomon (New Yorker). “[T]he overwhelming impression is one of sadness”.
  2. New iPhone: a sapphire screen and a higher cost“, by Daisuke Wakabayashi (Wall Street Journal). More scratch-resistant, crack-resistant,…and expensive.
  3. We may be one step closer to a cure for jet lag“, by Roya Wolverson (Quartz).
  4. The next sultan?” (The Economist). Recep Tayyip Erdogan wins his ninth consecutive presidential victory.
  5. Justice for jocks” (The Economist). A critical look at college sports in America.
  6. This app will change the way you shop forever“, by Alexandra Macon (Vogue). Feed updates aren’t for everyone, but still a value-generating concept. Buyer beware: Just because something is easy to buy doesn’t mean you should buy it!
  7. Who’s your beauty muse? 16 Vogue editors share the inspiration behind their signature looks“, by Mackenzie Wagoner (Vogue).

And for reference, the homepage for an ultramarathon in Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido: the Lake Saroma ultramarathon. For those not into distance running (yet), the scenic views along the 100 km route can be enjoyed by all,–and, arguably, are more pleasantly enjoyed on bike. N.B.: Brush up on your Japanese, or keep Google Translate on standby, as the site appears to be in Japanese only.

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