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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

An Update!

Sorry it's been so long. I was on vacation for the past week. To make it up, here is an extra long post to keep you occupied through the workday. Kickin off with a doozy: Don Cheadle as 'Captain Planet' via Funny or Die, so you know it's gonna be good.
The other four could use some work, but I thought Ma-Ti was spot on.
(via THD

Andre Smith's stomach TotallyLooksLike Yip Yip Aliens


Tuesday, August 23, 2011


A few videos:

Andy Levy "Apologizes" to Chris Brown

Not a big FoxNews fan, but even less of a fan of Chris Brown.
(via TDW)

Ball Bounces off Centerfielder's Head
Starts triple play.

(via deadspin)


Muppts: The Green Album

"On August 23rd, Disney will release a music album titled Muppets: The Green Album, which features contemporary musical artists such as OK-GO, Weezer and My Morning Jacket covering the songs of The Muppets. You can buy the CD now for only $11.29. But you don’t need to wait until next week to hear it — NPR has a “First Listen” of the cd in its entirety. Hit the jump to listen to the full album."

(via /Film)

What I'm really surprised (but very pleased) about is the fact that they're all reasonably talented artists.
Thankfully no Black Eyed Peas in sight.

Tracks list:

  1. OK Go - Muppet Show Theme Song
  2. Weezer - Rainbow Connection (feat. Hayley Williams)
  3. The Fray - Mahna Mahna
  4. Alkaline Trio - Movin' Right Along
  5. My Morning Jacket - Our World
  6. Amy Lee - Halfway Down the Stairs
  7. Sondre Lerche - Mr. Bassman
  8. The Airborne Toxic Event - Wishing Song
  9. Brandon Saller - Night Life
  10. Andrew Bird - Bein' Green
  11. Matt Nathanson - I Hope That Something Better Comes Along
  12. Rachel Yamagata - I'm Going to Go Back There Someday

Monday, August 22, 2011

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Post #1005

Apparently I've posted over 1,000 times! (Unfortunately I missed celebrating the 1000th exactly, but so it goes...)
Nothing special to commemorate this grand occasion, just spreading more interweb love.

Seriously people, why bother?!
(Doghouse Diaries)

Anderson Cooper giggling

(Good stuff starts around 2:32).
(via TDW)

Where's Wall-E?
(Click for larger)
(If you want a hint: He's next to Bad Robot)
(via THD)


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

In the News: August 17, 2011

It's been a while...

Every Hour Of TV You Watch After Age 25 Shortens Your Life By 21.8 Minutes
I bet Jersey Shore is twice as bad for you.

"Every hour of TV you watch after age 25 shortens your life by 21.8 minutes, says a study by a bunch of researchers in Australia.
Apparently prior studies have shown that watching a lot of TV shortens your life expectancy, but the exact amount it shortens it had never been quantified.
And now it has been!
More details:

  • Compared with those who watch no TV, people who watch 6 or more hours a day live 4.8 years less.
  • Women who watch a lot of TV live 1.5 years less than those who don't
  • Men who watch a lot of TV live 1.8 years less than those who don't
Not surprisingly, there's a huge "uncertainty interval" in the study. So go ahead and keep the boob tube on while you rationalize it away."
(Business Insider)

15-minute daily exercise is 'bare minimum for health'
Wait, so less TV and more exercise is good for you??

"Just 15 minutes of exercise a day can boost life expectancy by three years and cut death risk by 14%, research from Taiwan suggests.

Experts in The Lancet say this is the least amount of activity an adult can do to gain any health benefit.

This is about half the quantity currently recommended in the UK.

Meanwhile, work in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggests a couch potato lifestyle with six hours of TV a day cuts lifespan by five years.

The UK government recently updated its exercise advice to have a more flexible approach, recommending adults get 150 minutes of activity a week.

This could be a couple of 10-minute bouts of activity every day or 30-minute exercise sessions, five times a week, for example.

Experts say this advice still stands, but that a minimum of 15 minutes a day is a good place to start for those who currently do little or no exercise.


Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Big Fat Mac

Old news, but Mac (aka Rob McElhenny) on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", got really fat before this season.
Why? Just because.

Here's an amusing video of his costars' reactions:

(via Barstool)

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

London Riots

Seriously, what is going on in London??

These pictures are just crazy:

(via THD)

(The Times via TDW)

Cee Lo Green - Cry Baby

I love Cee Lo...

Urkel (AKA Jaleel White) stars as Cee Lo Green in his latest single/music video.
(Also- I bet he hates being called that, but until he has a better role (unlikely) he will be known as Urkel).

Sunday, August 7, 2011

How to Get a Real Education

My cousin sent this to me a while ago, but just getting around to posting now...

Reposted in its entirety, but WSJ if you want to read in its original formatting.

How to Get a Real Education
Forget art history and calculus. Most students need to learn how to run a business, says Scott Adams.

I understand why the top students in America study physics, chemistry, calculus and classic literature. The kids in this brainy group are the future professors, scientists, thinkers and engineers who will propel civilization forward. But why do we make B students sit through these same classes? That's like trying to train your cat to do your taxes—a waste of time and money. Wouldn't it make more sense to teach B students something useful, like entrepreneurship?
I speak from experience because I majored in entrepreneurship at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y. Technically, my major was economics. But the unsung advantage of attending a small college is that you can mold your experience any way you want.

There was a small business on our campus called The Coffee House. It served beer and snacks, and featured live entertainment. It was managed by students, and it was a money-losing mess, subsidized by the college. I thought I could make a difference, so I applied for an opening as the so-called Minister of Finance. I landed the job, thanks to my impressive interviewing skills, my can-do attitude and the fact that everyone else in the solar system had more interesting plans.

The drinking age in those days was 18, and the entire compensation package for the managers of The Coffee House was free beer. That goes a long way toward explaining why the accounting system consisted of seven students trying to remember where all the money went. I thought we could do better. So I proposed to my accounting professor that for three course credits I would build and operate a proper accounting system for the business. And so I did. It was a great experience. Meanwhile, some of my peers were taking courses in art history so they'd be prepared to remember what art looked like just in case anyone asked.

One day the managers of The Coffee House had a meeting to discuss two topics. First, our Minister of Employment was recommending that we fire a bartender, who happened to be one of my best friends. Second, we needed to choose a leader for our group. On the first question, there was a general consensus that my friend lacked both the will and the potential to master the bartending arts. I reluctantly voted with the majority to fire him.

But when it came to discussing who should be our new leader, I pointed out that my friend—the soon-to-be-fired bartender—was tall, good-looking and so gifted at b.s. that he'd be the perfect leader. By the end of the meeting I had persuaded the group to fire the worst bartender that any of us had ever seen…and ask him if he would consider being our leader. My friend nailed the interview and became our Commissioner. He went on to do a terrific job. That was the year I learned everything I know about management.



Some recents from Lamebook.


A few from 9gag.

A person inside a costume of a person inside a costume!

Whatever it is, it's adorable.


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Barefoot Craze

Being part of the shoe industry, I got the chance to attend the APMA's Annual Scientific Meeting.
(American Podiatric Medical Association, in case you were wondering).

One of the hot topics this year is barefoot running.
I know many of you are interested it as well so I thought I'd take the time to share what was covered at the APMA and throw in some personal thoughts as well.

First, the APMA's position on barefoot running:
Barefoot running has become an increasing trend, and a possible alternative or training adjunct to running with shoes. While anecdotal evidence and testimonials proliferate on the Internet and in the media about the possible health benefits of barefoot running, research has not yet adequately shed light on the immediate and long term effects of this practice.

Barefoot running has been touted as improving strength and balance, while promoting a more natural running style. However, risks of barefoot running include a lack of protection--which may lead to injuries such as puncture wounds--and increased stress on the lower extremities. Currently, inconclusive scientific research has been conducted regarding the benefits and/or risks of barefoot running. (APMA)
In layman's terms: their position is that they have no position.

If nothing else, this should be the main takeaway:
Regardless of what anyone tells you (proponents or opponents) there is no study that conclusively measures the effects of barefoot running.

Both supporting and opposing evidence was presented at the discussion with the conclusion being just as the APMA position states.

Here is some fodder for both sides:

  •  Barefoot running does strengthen muscles in the feet. Whether this benefits overall physiology is still unknown.
  • There are many people who claim to have had pain (back, knee, hip, etc) disappear after transitioning to barefoot running
  • Runners tend to land on the balls of their feet, rather than their heels, which proponents claim is "more natural".
  • Because your bare feet are more vulnerable, runners tend to run more cautiously and are more aware of their surroundings
  • Studies have shown that barefoot running decreases stress and impact on the feet and legs.
  • Not really supporting evidence, but running barefooted changes your running style, shortening stride length and increasing turnover rate.

  • Podiatrists have seen an increase in the number of stress fractures in patients (most claiming to have had pain after starting barefoot running regimens).
  • A poll of elite runners showed that while many utilized barefoot running exercises, few exceeded using them in more than 10% of their training and none had reported an increase in performance.
  • Your feet are highly vulnerable to the external environment. Puncture wounds are common (tetanus does not sound like fun) and you need to be cautious of the temperature (I assume frostbitten or baked feet is not fun either).
Overall, there seems to be trend leaning towards the careful and methodical introduction of barefoot running into training regimens.
Even the podiatrists presenting acknowledged that they utilize barefoot running in their own exercise.

However, there are alternatives to going completely barefoot....
'Minimalist footwear' is the latest trend in the major running brands (Saucony, Asics, Brooks, New Balance). I say 'major' brands because Vibram, the makers of the 'Five Fingers', is not primarily a running shoe brand and their shoes were initially marketed as canoeing/water shoes.
[If the demand is there, perhaps I will follow up with a post on the technicalities of minimalist shoes and the various models available.]

In addition to minimalist footwear, there is another movement called "Good Form Running" (GFR).
It promotes a different style of running that doesn't focus on the equipment so much as the mechanics of running.
I have not read any literature or heard anything that supports this style, but as it closely mimics your posture as if you were running barefooted, I assume any benefits of barefoot running would be similar.

My take:
Again, there appear to be benefits to barefoot running and you may want a small part of your training to be barefoot running. I think of it like 'cross-training your feet'.
However, while we may have evolved to run barefooted, we did not evolve to run on hard surfaces like pavement (see: stress fractures), so if possible barefoot training should be done on grass or other softer surfaces.
I think a good median is to start with cushioned minimalist footwear and maybe some GFR to build up your foot strength. Thus, you get the potential benefits of barefoot running with few of the risks.

I believe the barefoot movement is here to stay and even if actual barefoot running is not widespread, footwear construction will have fundamentally changed to be more minimalist.
Additionally, as more studies of its effects are completed, better training guides will arise to help athletes transition safely to include it in their workout programs.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Go Engineering!


"Several years ago, Rockwell International decided to get into the heavy duty transmission business. We were getting ready to tape our first introduction video, as a warm up, the professional narrator began what has become a legend within the trucking industry. This man should have won an academy for his stellar performance. Now remember this is strictly off the cuff, nothing is written down, this became the biggest talk in the industry, vs our new product which we were introducing. I think you will enjoy this once in a lifetime performance from this gentleman."

In case it wasn't clear, the guy is just talking out of his ass.
He's a professional narrator, but true engineers are just as good at it.
(via Neatorama)

We just talk like that to hide the fact that we can't really do anything...
But at least we're more useful than physicists...

(But no more related to engineering)

Monday, August 1, 2011

So they raised the National Debt Ceiling...

In case you didn't watch the vote (not really much to see anyway):
A lot more Democratic rejection than I would have thought...

"The U.S. House on Monday passed the debt-ceiling deal worked out by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders, sending it to the Senate for consideration a day before the deadline for the government to face possible default.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced his chamber will take up the measure at noon on Tuesday. No amendments will be allowed, and approval will require a super-majority of 60 votes in the 100-member Senate, Reid said.

On Monday, the House overcame opposition from liberal Democrats and tea party conservatives for ideologically different reasons to pass the measure by a 269-161 vote.

"The agreement reached Sunday by President Barack Obama and congressional leaders from both parties calls for up to $2.4 trillion in savings over the next decade, raises the debt ceiling through the end of 2012 and establishes a special congressional committee to recommend long-term fiscal reforms.

The legislation needs to reach Obama's desk by Tuesday at the latest. If the current $14.3 trillion debt limit is not increased by that point, Americans could face rapidly rising interest rates, a falling dollar and shakier financial markets, among other problems.

Glad we got that out of the way, but a long-term solution is still necessary.

Also still in question, whether or not S&P will lower the USA's credit rating.
(Reuters via ChartPorn)