Startin-Sport.com: BASE Jumper crashes against a cliff.
Nope. Won’t catch me BASE jumping. [Site is translated.]
New Yorker: Deathwatch.
Worse than that, as advancing age creeps up flexibility, strength, and other intangibles start to diminish. Wait too long, you’ll be trying to write your magnum opus through Coke-bottle glasses while sitting uncomfortably with an artificial hip (that’s likely been recalled). My advice: use it, or lose it.
Youtube: How to chop wood without messing around.
Oy, dude. You’ve got clear lovely wood. Piñon and juniper are knotty, ugly wood. Smell great, but a total bear to chop. I have to chop the stuff we get narrower for our fireplace, and the resinous knots make it a nightmare. Entertaining fires afterwards mildly salve the muscle aches.
BlessThisStuff: Blinker Grips.
Brilliant. Hopefully there’ll be a place to buy other than eBay, soon.
SF New Mexican: Ski resorts may be allowed to charge ‘uphill’ fee.
“Once people accept that as reasonable, as many in Aspen apparently do, the possibilities for monetizing the backcountry are endless.” My italics. No friggin’ way.
Youtube/GoPro: Backflip Over 72ft Canyon - Kelly McGarry Red Bull Rampage 2013.
The Observer: The open spaces where we played are cruelly lost to today’s children.
“Is there a sorrier sight than playing fields that are empty on a Saturday morning?” Rickets was unheard-of when I was a child, relegated to the distant past. I suspect the modern solution will be … skylights.
PS Mag: Study—Musical Feedback Makes Workouts Feel Easier.
But … if you’re blasting it to drown out bad ‘musak’ at the gym, beware for your hearing.
LRB: On Knickers.
“The surgeon’s knife is the new corset, and surely, in terms of discomfort and effect, a step back from my mother’s supple rubber device pricked with tiny airholes to allow the skin to breathe. Or if we can’t manage the knife, from squeamishness or lack of money, there’s changing the shape of the body by the rigorous manipulation of muscle and fat into our notional perfect form.” A diverting read.
Runner’s World: Does Arm Exercise Make Your Legs Tired?
Apparently so. Can’t say as I’ve ever noticed the effect. But then, I usually do large muscle groups first, ending with the smallest ones.
redOrbit: Thrill Seekers Less Adventurous Than A Generation Ago.
“The decline in the sex difference in thrill and adventure-seeking scores could reflect declines in average fitness levels, which might have reduced people’s interest in physically challenging activities.” Healthy grain of salt for these interpretations. For instance, it costs more to do these ‘risky’ activities now. Find a young man willing to solo a rock face with no protection these days. Thin, thin on the ground.
PS Mag: Are We Really Getting Sicker as We Age?
“A new working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research concludes that disease rates are being “compressed” into the last year or two before death. That means we’re living longer, but also living healthier in our advanced years up until the last year of life.” From a purely unscientific viewpoint, modern elderly seem less fit, more frail, than the seniors of the 60’s and 70’s. We were a more active population then - with better diets.
BBC News: Why is cycling so popular in the Netherlands?
“We aren’t cyclists, we’re just Dutch.” More to it than that, however. Read the whole article.
Valet. > Inspired: ‘To Catch a Thief’ Style.
For everyone except Cary Grant, you get out what you put in. If there was ever a man who needed to do lateral shoulder flyes and some rear delt work, it’s Cary. Disagree? Compare to Clark Gable.
CounselHeal: Camping Helps Set Circadian Clocks Straight.
“The study found that a week of exposure to true dawn and dusk with no artificial lights had a significant effect on people who might otherwise describe themselves as night owls. Researchers found that under those conditions, night owls quickly become early birds.”
Vimeo: Experiments in Speed.
I used to think it was only me. Going to the gym, working out on the treadmill, I used to be the only one with the LCD screen turned off. Other than the brief broadcasts of the Tour de France, nothing really appealed. Now I notice about half of morning users have also given up on watching cable tv as they run. Between horrible reality shows and endlessly repetitive news reporting, none of the dozens of cable channels serve to distract from the treadmill-pounding. Seems to make it worse at times. If they got Netflix or Hulu … it’d be different. Anyway. Seeing others do the same thing - maybe there’s hope for our species yet.
Colossal: The Atlas Human-Powered Helicopter Wins the AHS Sikorsky Prize.
Wow. Didn’t think I’d ever see that prize get awarded.
BBC News: ‘Muscle power truths’ revealed.
“As muscles flex, tugging filaments fan out in a lattice …” Strength isn’t a just a two-way street.
Yahoo Health: Your Cardio Routine is Making You Fat.
“Your successful weight loss formula is dieting plus strength training. Period.” ‘Tis true. Excessive cardio can work against you. Plan your cardio fitness against the requirements of your pleasure pursuits; any more, and you have left the path of wisdom.
Guardian.UK: Should driving the school run be banned?
Perhaps not banned, but certainly discouraged. The local elementary school has instituted a one-day-a-week ‘walking schoolbus’ where staff accompany kids dropped off a mile away at the local shopping center. Too bad parents’ fears prevent children from enjoying a good walk to school. Some of my most compelling life adventures - and adventure ideas - started on those walks.
Gadget Flow: Kangaroo Jumps X-Rebound Boots.
Forget RollerBlades. And ignore their ‘lymph flow’ BS. I want to jump around like a kangaroo. [wrist guards recommended, I suspect.]
NY Times: A Popular Myth About Running Injuries.
“Among those who covered at least 600 miles during the year, injury rates in fact were slightly higher among the runners with neutral feet than among those who overpronated. This result confirms those of several earlier experiments showing that when runners choose their shoes based on their foot type — when overpronators wear motion-control shoes, for instance, to reduce how much they pronate — they sustain injuries at the same rate or at higher rates than when they choose shoes at random.” The Brooks Beast [serious pronation control] is going to lose sales, for sure.
Gizmodo: Adidas Springblade—Shoes with Actual Springs Might Be a Good Idea?
Oh, I like ‘em. Then again, I bought the very first run of waffle trainers, too.
Youtube: The Steepest Race in Europe—Red Bull 400 Planica 2013.
My kind of race. Planica, from what I understand, is not very high (900 meters is the number I keep coming across). Try it out here, RB. Ours starts at 2,700+ meters above sea level. I *love* climbing our ski slopes.