Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Man Who Never Quit, Finally Decides to Give Up: Should we do the same?

Late in the evening of August 24th the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced it would sanction American cyclist Lance Armstrong for using performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) and orchestrating a team-wide doping scheme during the course of his career. A consequence of this sanction is the stripping of his unprecedented seven Tour de France titles Read more [...]

“I felt very, very small”

About one month ago, Curiosity, a robotic rover designed and operated by NASA, landed on the surface of Mars, some 350 million miles from Earth. A live broadcast of the landing was displayed in Time's Square, and NASA's website was temporarily shut down due to high traffic. Around 45,000 people subscribed to the Twitter account of Curiosity's flight Read more [...]

Broken Rules

An old saying is that “Rules are meant to be broken,” but that’s really not the case. Whatever the particular motivation behind any given rule may be, though, the rationale is never that the rule gets broken. Despite that fact, rules are frequently broken, and today, for a certain class of third graders, one particular rule was about to be just that. Broken. Read more [...]

Lost in the Woods

The following is an individual’s opinion and reflection to try and answer the question with which every man, woman and child struggle to throughout their life: what the fuck am I doing, and why? You see, my answer to this may vary slightly day to day depending on a multitude of things like if I’m tired, hungry, sad, just got laid, or drunk. Read more [...]

Stumbling off Olympus

Earlier this morning I was flipping through the channels when I came across the Olympics. The event? Women's 20 kilometer "race walk." It's a type of foot race in which, apparently, you have to move as fast as possible while having at least one foot on the ground at all times (which you don't when you run). Here is a video of some race walking: The Read more [...]

The Poorest of Choices

I’m watching Women’s Olympic Basketball, and the United States’ star player is named Destinee Hooker. She’s an athletic black woman with a howitzer for a right arm and the lateral quickness to cover ground like tarp on rain delay. Yet I know I’m not the only one who notices her incredible name. Read more [...]

Killing the Living Room

“Living Room” is an awful term. Don’t get me wrong, the sign effectively references its object. Instead, it is an awful term because, if taken literally, it’s too general to specify any one particular type of room, and not only when interpreting “living” in its biological sense. Read more [...]

The Dark Side of the Rainbow

You, at some point, have probably heard about "The Dark Side of the Rainbow," even if you don't recognize the name. Surely, at some point in your life, some bleary-eyed aquaintance wearing a Grateful Dead t-shirt has told you that if you play Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" album over the video for "The Wizard of Oz," the two synch up perfectly. Read more [...]