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Sports Discussion / 2016 Rio Olympics - open thread
« on: August 05, 2016, 06:02:31 pm »
This is a cool series of animated infographics by the NYT on what separates some of of the top US athletes:

Tennis / Wimbledon
« on: July 06, 2016, 04:02:15 pm »
Really pulling for an all-Williams final. Probably the last time we'll ever see it! It's unbelievable how long Venus and Serena have dominated the women's game. Others have come and gone but the Williams sisters -- Serena in particular, the goddess that she is -- remain. They've both been pros for more than 20 years! That's fucking insane!

Also I want Federer to win again.

Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Brexit
« on: June 22, 2016, 08:20:20 pm »
Not a lot of Brits on here, I don't think, but holy shit the UK might actually vote to leave the EU tomorrow. This is so stupid it beggars the imagination. But then again Donald Trump has been popular here for months. Turns out lots of white people are still scared of brown people all over the place, not just in the US. That's either reassuring or deeply depressing, or both.

This is what I'll be following obsessively as soon as I wake up tomorrow:

« on: June 09, 2016, 10:35:40 am »
My cousin is an actor and writer and she is destroying it right now. I am really proud of her and excited for her! And feel like bragging a little to all y'all quasi-strangers! She's about to be in another play on Broadway, with Nathan Lane and some other famous people. And the most influential and famous theater critic in New York (and therefore probably the country) gave her play that just opened a raaaaaave. Jesus.

There’s a raw spot — one of the tenderest places on the continent of human emotions — that exists between laughter and pain. Make that between laughter and everything that feeds pain: rage, hatred, desperation, hopelessness, fear, even physical disease.

Such is the location of Halley Feiffer’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City,” a play that is as deeply felt as its name is long. To be literal, its setting is a sickeningly pink double room in the hospital of its title.

But as anyone who’s spent much time in similar rooms knows, antechambers to death are incubators for those guffaws that it’s hard to distinguish from sobs, places where you find yourself fighting a close battle with the urge to giggle madly. To give in to such an impulse, in such a context, would be very, very inappropriate.

Or would it? “Funny Thing,” which opened on Tuesday night at the Lucille Lortel Theater, makes a convincing case that hard laughter is an absolutely appropriate response, if not a socially sanctioned one, to those moments when life seems like too bad a joke not to respond otherwise.

« on: March 14, 2016, 01:46:56 pm »
It's March 14, y'all.

The admirable number pi:
three point one four one.
All the following digits are also initial,
five nine two because it never ends.
It can't be comprehended six five three five at a glance,
eight nine by calculation,
seven nine or imagination,
not even three two three eight by wit, that is, by comparison
four six to anything else
two six four three in the world.
The longest snake on earth calls it quits at about forty feet.
Likewise, snakes of myth and legend, though they may hold out a            bit longer.
The pageant of digits comprising the number pi
doesn't stop at the page's edge.
It goes on across the table, through the air,
over a wall, a leaf, a bird's nest, clouds, straight into the sky,
through all the bottomless, bloated heavens.
Oh how brief - a mouse tail, a pigtail - is the tail of a comet!
How feeble the star's ray, bent by bumping up against space!
While here we have two three fifteen three hundred nineteen
my phone number your shirt size the year
nineteen hundred and seventy-three the sixth floor
the number of inhabitants sixty-five cents
hip measurement two fingers a charade, a code,
in which we find hail to thee, blithe spirit, bird thou never wert
alongside ladies and gentlemen, no cause for alarm,
as well as heaven and earth shall pass away,
but not the number pi, oh no, nothing doing,
it keeps right on with its rather remarkable five,
its uncommonly fine eight,
its far from final seven,
nudging, always nudging a sluggish eternity
to continue.

-Wislawa Szymborska

Off Topic / sleight of hand
« on: January 26, 2016, 05:30:35 pm »
Been way into watching sleight of hand magic since last summer. Penn and Teller Fool Us is probably my favorite TV show at the moment, some of this stuff is truly insane.

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Also, there is Ricky Jay, the GOAT:

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Politics, News, & SHeeT! / Snowpocalypse 2.0 - DC hilariously unprepared
« on: January 21, 2016, 08:58:40 am »
We got an inch of snow last night and traffic on some major highways and roads (66 and 395 in particular) was stopped or moving under 5mph for up to NINE HOURS. People were still on the road at 3 in the morning. And tomorrow we're going to get 1-2 feet. HALOL we are not ready.

Never been happier to not commute by car. Jesus.

Check it out (warning, autoplay):

MOVIES & ENTERTAINMENT & SHeeT! / star wars: the force awakens
« on: December 17, 2015, 10:28:33 pm »
[catches breath]

Sports Discussion / USA Rugby Sevens defeats All-Blacks
« on: December 06, 2015, 03:29:18 pm »
Just saw this today, first time we've ever beaten New Zealand in rugby (and yes I know sevens isn't real rugby or whatever), go 'Murica!

Football / The Game
« on: November 28, 2015, 09:45:28 am »
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to quote KG, i'm so hype right now. 2.5 hours to kickoff. gonna go work out now.


Gerontology. 2015 Nov 10. [Epub ahead of print]
Kicking Back Cognitive Ageing: Leg Power Predicts Cognitive Ageing after Ten Years in Older Female Twins.
Steves CJ1, Mehta MM, Jackson SH, Spector TD.
Author information
Many observational studies have shown a protective effect of physical activity on cognitive ageing, but interventional studies have been less convincing. This may be due to short time scales of interventions, suboptimal interventional regimes or lack of lasting effect. Confounding through common genetic and developmental causes is also possible.
We aimed to test whether muscle fitness (measured by leg power) could predict cognitive change in a healthy older population over a 10-year time interval, how this performed alongside other predictors of cognitive ageing, and whether this effect was confounded by factors shared by twins. In addition, we investigated whether differences in leg power were predictive of differences in brain structure and function after 12 years of follow-up in identical twin pairs.
A total of 324 healthy female twins (average age at baseline 55, range 43-73) performed the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) at two time points 10 years apart. Linear regression modelling was used to assess the relationships between baseline leg power, physical activity and subsequent cognitive change, adjusting comprehensively for baseline covariates (including heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, lipids, diet, body habitus, smoking and alcohol habits, reading IQ, socioeconomic status and birthweight). A discordant twin approach was used to adjust for factors shared by twins. A subset of monozygotic pairs then underwent magnetic resonance imaging. The relationship between muscle fitness and brain structure and function was assessed using linear regression modelling and paired t tests.
A striking protective relationship was found between muscle fitness (leg power) and both 10-year cognitive change [fully adjusted model standardised β-coefficient (Stdβ) = 0.174, p = 0.002] and subsequent total grey matter (Stdβ = 0.362, p = 0.005). These effects were robust in discordant twin analyses, where within-pair difference in physical fitness was also predictive of within-pair difference in lateral ventricle size. There was a weak independent effect of self-reported physical activity.
Leg power predicts both cognitive ageing and global brain structure, despite controlling for common genetics and early life environment shared by twins. Interventions targeted to improve leg power in the long term may help reach a universal goal of healthy cognitive ageing.

squat, bitches.

Pretty interesting stuff, working my way through slowly:

Powerlifting / Strongman / janae marie kroc
« on: July 28, 2015, 06:38:44 pm »
Turns out Matt Kroczaleski has been transitioning to Janae Marie Kroc for the past year or so:


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