Two years ago, I completed the Rock & Roll marathon in San Diego in just over 4 hrs. Fast forward to the present, and I’m in a state of recovery, from a year of cancer and its treatments, and 18+ months of on/off plantar fasciitis. But a few days ago I went about 2 miles with my Vibram 5-toe shoes, and today I’ll head out for another few miles in my new low-profile Brooks. My goal is to be running 1/2 marathons in a year, pain and injury free.
Category Archives: daily life
A post from somewhere recently (the Atlantic?) keyed me into the work done by John Nelson at IDV User Experience, such as Thiessen polygons of Craig’s Lists boundaries. Then I wandered onto a similar approach for Massachusett’s Dunkin Donuts regions by PasteInPlace. Soon the indefatigable Seth Dixon had pointed me towards the US Personality map. Next thing I knew, I was back to John Nelson’s production of the US according to its Google Autocompletes. (Which reminded me of the Google Making us Dumber site, which I see has become stale, or maybe it was this Oddee list I was remembering.)
Just a few bookmarks after a Sunday night hour of procrastination…
Media Oversimplifies New Study Linking Alcohol and Breast Cancer. Cabernet may be the smoking gun, but it may not. Is there anything the media doesn’t over-simplify? Isn’t that what we pay them to do?
Can the human body’s reactions to what it ingests and what it’s exposed to over its lifetime be linked to its responses with any certainty? You could spend a bunch of time looking up diseases that you or your neighbor might possibly one day contract, or you could rely on statistics to tell you what’s more likely. Know what I love about this graphic from the National Safety Council? That “Total, Any Cause” is still 1 in 1. Hah, I knew it! Pass the cabernet.
Like my friend Phil always quotes, “If the brain were so simple that we could understand it, we would be so simple we couldn’t. ” Emerson Pugh.
The LA Times hosted a health chat with Richard Louv last week, known for describing “nature deficit disorder.” I’m a big fan of his ideas. It’s an ongoing challenge to keep nature, in all its forms, an active part of the lives of our teenagers. We’re in the midst of one success story: the 13- and 14-yr-old are hiking for a week with their grandparents, at the Grand Canyon and in southern Utah (Zion NP, and elsewhere). We didn’t force them to leave their phones here, and my daughter stays remarkably aware of wi-fi zones in the hotels where they stay. But I know that at least their days are spent hiking and phone-free, and this journey with John and Wendy will certainly be a life-long memory for them. If they just survive the 24-hrs/day they’re spending with each other right now…
And look, even cats know the fun of roaming outdoors.
Stop reading this blog. Go outside and walk around the block, or if you’re lucky, up in the woods.
Thanks, Janet, for the hat tip on Louv’s interview.
I’m finding my life a bit overwhelming lately, with way too much happening and too many unanticipated things to manage. Yet somehow I’ll get through it all, and I’ll survive, literally, and these days too will seem like a blur.
Then what’s left at the end of the day (week, year, life) is fragmented memories that you piece together. I’ve been watching this video clip on life’s moments that my friend Theresa shared with me. And listening non-stop to the new album Rome by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi. And loving them both.
The location-enabled form of navel-gazing. Wear a GPS for 200 days and then categorize all of your activities. Someone has a lot of time on their hands… But from an anthropological perspective, I appreciate the curiosity of it – http://www.tlclark.com/atlasofthehabitual/index.html.