Mashable: Why Are the Dutch So Dang Good at Speed Skating?
“It’s in our genes.” I think so. I may be nine generations away from The Netherlands, but put me on a pair of rollerblades … and watch out. I should post a photo, but I have the habit of wearing embarrassingly colorful tights when I go out. I’d never hear the end of it.
Runner’s World: The Seven Most Common Running Injuries.
Wired: Why Formula 1 Cars Are So Ugly This Year.
“The 2.4-liter V8 engines, which wailed like banshees as they reached 18,000 RPM, are being replaced by turbocharged 1.6-liter V6 engines that rev to around 15K. The turbo spins at 100,000 RPM and produces a distinctive high-pitched whistle as the turbine continues spinning to generate power for the hybrid system.” What’s the best network/channel to see F1 on?
WSJ: Sochi 2014 - Olympic Broadcasts Are 24% Action, 33% Commercials.
I tried. Honestly I did. NBC’s coverage of the Opening started off terribly rude and condescending … I lasted one more day for a little slopestyle and figure skating, but the commercials and commentating were so bad I switched off audio. The high volume blathering minutiae that accompany every bit of action suck all the joy out of athletic performance. I haven’t turned on a single Olympic broadcast since Day Two.
I simply don’t care anymore.
WSJ: Under Armour Suits May Be a Factor in U.S. Speedskating’s Struggles.
Did they not use them in practice before the Olympics? Making changes at the last minute - bad idea.
The Economist: Putin and the media: Dreams about Russia.
“The response of state television was immediate and telling: instead of letting the mishap pass, the live feed was instantly replaced with a recording from a rehearsal. This substitution of reality is just one measure that gives the Russian media a whiff of Orwell’s ‘1984’.” More disturbing to me was NBC’s editing of the opening ceremony, and the commentators’ inability to meaningfully describe any of Russian history, much less the Tolstoy personalities (“Oh this is a symbol that means a lot to the Russian people. They get this.”). It was pretty rude, overall. This is not to defend Putin; just to bash NBC a bit.
Motoriginal: 1953 Cunningham C4R closely followed by 1952 ...
Someone please pay my way to Goodwood next year ...
The Smart Set: Sweeping Smooth.
Do watch the video, when you have time, after reading the article.
CNet: Sochi visitors entering hacking ‘minefield’ by firing up electronics.
Phew. And VPNs will, no doubt, slow everything to a crawl. I can only imagine the teeth-gnashing frustration of photogs sending pix back to news services ...
Youtube: The Art of the Pit Stop.
Porsche returns to LeMans.
Time: The Psychology of a Sports Fandom.
“Fan groups tend to demonize followers of rival teams, for example, for no other reason than that they root for the opposition.” Tell me again why this is news?
Telegraph.UK: How to choreograph a theatrical fight scene.
Cool. In my calendar, too.
Youtube: SMP Racing — Nurburgring.
Not particularly remarkable, just well-shot. Using a cold, bleach-bypass sort of filter.
Startin’ Sport: Formula 1 Ferrari F14-T 2014.
I suppose it’s appropriate that an Italian car would have a Roman nose ...
Guardian.UK: Texas club says auction of right to kill black rhino will fund conservation.
Auction off the premeditated murder and dismemberment of an aged endangered Black Rhino, mitigating that evil by donating to support the victim’s “extended family.” Talk about a ‘death panel’ ...
NY Daily News: 3-time Olympic champion ski jumper Morgenstern hospitalized after crash.
Ye gods. Best wishes for a swift recovery.
The Economist explains: What exactly is the “quenelle”?
Noted. A gesture I hadn’t heard of or seen.
Stirling & Cooper: Animated GIFs.
People have forgotten how amazing Fangio was as a driver. He could do this kind of line lap after lap, with an inch of variation.
BBC: Why the US is addicted to fast cars and street racing.
Hmmm. What’s Italy’s (Ferrari …) and Germany’s (Porsche …) excuse?
New Statesman: We still don’t really know how bicycles work.
“It turns out that taking into account the angles of the headset and the forks, the distribution of weight and the handlebar turn, the gyroscopic effects are not enough to keep a bike upright after all. What does? We simply don’t know.”
Vimeo: It Couldn’t Be Done.
Supercharged: CERV II Concept 1964 Chevrolet.
Hey, I remember that car! Someone made a model of it at some point.
Slate: Suing Lance Armstrong.
“… DOJ and Landis have invoked a little-known law, the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, which stops the clock on the statute of limitations for fraud committed against the government during war. The idea is that because the United States has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, the clock on Armstrong’s fraud never began ticking.” Yet we have many, many old laws that get pushed ‘beyond original meaning’. Recall the Mining Act of 1872.
Youtube: Mercedes-Benz TV - Magic moments.
SciAm: Formula 1 Racing Loud Enough to Damage Hearing.
Check the photo! I suppose SciAm has a theory about what Formula One cars actually look like …