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Comment Uber-Jeepney? (Score 2) 27 27

Seems like a natural fit for the Philippines, given the blessed anarchy of the Jeepney:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

Disclaimer: I spent a couple of years in the Philippines as a child, but haven't been back in decades. So Jeepneys may not be as widespread/chaotic as I remember.

Comment Stockdale Paradox (Score 5, Interesting) 158 158

From James Stockdales Wikipedia page:

In a business book by James C. Collins called Good to Great, Collins writes about a conversation he had with Stockdale regarding his coping strategy during his period in the Vietnamese POW camp.[11]

I never lost faith in the end of the story, I never doubted not only that I would get out, but also that I would prevail in the end and turn the experience into the defining event of my life, which, in retrospect, I would not trade."[12]

When Collins asked who didn't make it out of Vietnam, Stockdale replied:

Oh, that's easy, the optimists. Oh, they were the ones who said, 'We're going to be out by Christmas.' And Christmas would come, and Christmas would go. Then they'd say, 'We're going to be out by Easter.' And Easter would come, and Easter would go. And then Thanksgiving, and then it would be Christmas again. And they died of a broken heart."[12]

Stockdale then added:

This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end - which you can never afford to lose - with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be."

Comment Re:This is a warning many need to hear (Score 1) 489 489

Or, to quote the great Jack Donaghy, "We are an immigrant nation! The first generation works their fingers to the bone making things, the next generation goes to college and innovates new ideas, the third generation...snowboards and takes improv classes."

Comment Re:Concusion detection tech (Score 5, Interesting) 240 240

Runners who use minimalist/no shoes generally use a forefoot/midfoot strike (the ball of the foot hits the ground first), while those with thickly padded shoes are usually heel-strikers.

Heel strikers tend to run more upright, with the heel landing well forward of the runner's center of gravity, while fore/midfoot strikers lean more foreward, with the foot landing almost under the CG. It's like you are always just 'falling forward', with your feet catching you from falling on your face. It takes some getting used to, but the effect is much lower impact than heel striking.

The reasoning is twofold: 1) If your foot lands well forward of your CG, you are effectively retarding your forward progress and increasing the force traveling up your legs, and 2) By striking with the heel, you remove the flexing of the foot and calf muscles as a shock absorber, and the force travels directly up the leg - right up into your knee. The padding in the heel of the shoe (and it's always the heels that are heavily padded) don't make up for the loss of the foot/calf system as a shock absorber.

You can run using a fore/midfoot strike with a thickly padded shoe, but the thick heel just seems to get in the way.

Comment Re:Is this a surprise? (Score 4, Informative) 123 123

Yep, the Fulton Recovery System - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulton_surface-to-air_recovery_system

I get the impression it was similar to ejecting from an aircraft: Yes it worked, yes it was fairly safe, but you only did it if you really had to.

Comment Re:Soul Crushing? (Score 2) 276 276

Having lived in both the Boston area (Cambridge/Somerville) and Albuquerque (considered more of a 'sprawl' city), I can say that Boston was better if you are a *consumer* of culture. Obviously, ABQ cannot hold a candle to Boston for museums, symphony, cuisine, etc.

However, I noticed when I moved to ABQ that a much greater percentage of people I met were *producers* of culture - people in dance/theater troupes, people in bands, folks who restored cars, someone who played amateur football - and this was working at a similar DoD-oriented facility to the one I had worked at in Boston. The folks in ABQ actually had a little time/money left over at the end of the day to pursue hobbies.

Was it high art? No, but what is more 'enriching', someone listening to a symphony or someone who composes a song themselves? I ended up getting a Masters in Architecture, which would have been utterly impossible in the Boston area - I was so maxed out paying the mortgage and other expenses I could never have afforded to take the time off.

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