Friday, June 17, 2011

Best of the Week #24

Happy Friday!

The bad news is: my supposed 3-2-1 mile tempo this morning was an execrable* epic fail. (Me to coach: I’m supposed to be getting better, but I think I’m getting worse? George: Yeah, you’re definitely getting worse.)

The good news is: I remembered everything I needed for the day – shampoo, makeup, clothing, etc. - Work gym shower win!

My most popular post this week was A Saga of the Unprepared. Ah the benefits of being a complete spazzy-pants…readership! :)

I’m now two weeks into my new job. So far it’s been a lot of behind-the-scenes strategic planning sort of stuff, but hey-o! check out the Satellite Sentinel Project Blog today!

And along the lines of serious-face news, please read this Nicholas Kristof post “A Plea From South Kordofan State, Sudan.”
One very wise commenter adds, “Dear Editors, Given the readership and influence of the New York Times, I would imagine that replacing the front-page story of Representative Weiner's 'chaotic final scene' with a headline linking to this email would be a prudent decision.” Agreed dear sir.

But you all don’t come here for Africa news, so let’s make a subscribe to my Satellite Sentinel Blog, and I’ll minimize my Eat Run Read coverage of dire humanitarian situations. Ok? Ok.

Also, the views expressed on this blog do not reflect those of my employer. No duh.

Wthat out of the way, shall we proceed with the Best of the Week?

Forbidden in France: the words 'Twitter' and 'Facebook'
A new French law forbids domestic TV and radio broadcasters from using the names of the two American social media giants in an attempt to prevent 'clandestine advertising.' But media experts and commentators call the ban 'chauvinist,' 'out of touch,' and 'stupid.' (source)

This video is hilarious. Tibetian monks crack me up in the best way possible…they’re just so happy! TV Anchor’s Dalai Lama Joke Goes Wrong.
Recently on Australia's version of the Today show, anchor Karl Stefanovic sat down for an interview with the Dalai Lama, during which he attempted a joke about the religious leader going into a pizza shop. That's when things got really awkward. (source)

Awesome pictures of supposed bridesmaids gowns. (source)

(Last Africa reference this post, I swear!) I really want to see this movie. Viva Riva! is the first dramatic feature made in Congo by a Congolese director. It is also the first feature that is mostly in the local language, Lingala.

The Russian Military admits feeding dog food to soldiers. That is disgusting.

I'm not sure exactly what kind of attack these South Korean special-ops soldiers are preparing for, but this picture comes from the Foreign Policy Blog and depicts “military training.” I guess you never know… (source)

This is really scary – DC local runners be careful! Tell someone when/where you’re running (and that includes me…). (source)
Just got back [12pm Tuesday] from a jog on the trail between the zoo & Pierce Mill in Rock Creek Park. A man who appeared to be homeless grabbed my hand as I jogged past him but I got away from his grip. He laughed as I ran off. I went to the police station and reported it.
The story is scary, but it’s the comments that kill me! Like actual extreme fire-breathing rage. No one deserves to be attacked. EVER.

Finally, in the wise words of Blattman..."Just in case you happen to hate your job today..."

It's probably not that bad!

*Execrable – adj. utterly detestable; abominable; abhorrent. 


  1. FWIW, I found that when I was coming back, my speed was there right away, but my stamina was a while coming. I assumed part of this was because stamina has always been my weak spot, but after speaking with others, I understand that this is pretty common when coming back. And, because you've got so much more speed than stamina, it's very very easy to go out too quick in a tempo.

    I ended up slowing my tempos down to what seemed ridiculous (7:10 first mile -- I was doing intervals with one group, and tempos with another), and just focusing on going as slow (or slower than) I needed to finish the workout -- after 2-3 weeks of that, my tempos started improving.

    I also thought this morning's weather was...not great.

  2. This morning's weather was tough. I just did an easy 7 but my HR kept getting out of its zone.

    Sounds like you love the new job!

  3. I love that you have two different pb cheesecake wants! :) May just have to make one for my man for father's day. Hope the running gets better. It's never fun when the mind remembers, but the body says, "no way Jose'."

  4. Thanks for the encouragement Cris and Elizabeth! Glad to hear I'm not the only one with this problem! And Lisa...I KNOW! I want them sooo bad! I've been enlisted to make something epic involving chocolate and peanut butter for a friend's birthday. But it's not till July! GAH how can I wait that long???

  5. Sorry, it sounds like George thought you were me! :) I think you just had a bad morning and are probably adjusting to the heat - you know you are not getting worse! Plus I think the idea of that workout made it hard too.