Friday, September 2, 2011

Best of the Week #31

TGIF,  am I right???

I started this most glorious Friday morning with an 80 minute pool run with Cris, and am currently chasing said run with a Whole Foods Morning Glory Muffin. Carrots and coconut and apples and raisins and whole wheat flour - you have got to try these!  

I can tell that school’s back in session because the usual high school-aged lifeguards at the pool have been replaced by their middle-aged supervisors and the Tenleytown metro is crowded with kids getting off on their way to class.

But I’m not back in school! I’m at work, per usual. The end of summer signifies better weather, a less crowded city (oh the tourists), and just a continuation of life as it goes.

And life is going here at EatRunRead! My most popular post this week was my Cherry Cupcakes with Cherry Frosting, closely followed by a flashback from summer 2010: Where I’m at: A story of running AWFULNESS.  

The big news on the running front this week is the world championships in Daegu, South Korea (the 4th largest city in South Korea…a fact that has been mentioned more than twice in the broadcast and therefore I have committed to memory to be used at the earliest trivia opportunity). I’m a few days behind on my track-watching (God bless DVR), so don’t tell me any results! But if you haven’t seen it yet, the women’s 1500 is a race to watch! This video isn’t in English…sorry about that…but great nevertheless! (source)

I always enjoy a good infographic. This shows the geographic distribution of dominant ethnic groups in America, or, as Blattman called it, “Where the Germans Live.”

I got some link-love from Love From the Oven in her "Cinnamon Rolls Bites From Other Blogs" series. Ooohhh now I want cinnamon rolls…

This humor piece, “Your Hollywood Internship Welcome Packet” on McSweenys is snarky and hilarious.
  • There are no pointless tasks, only pointless questions about your pointless tasks.
  • Yes, we’re both from Michigan. That, however, is where the conversation ends.
  • While your arriving early and staying late is noticed, it will neither be rewarded nor appreciated.

Especially after my recent trip to India, this Wired article about the world’s biggest identification project was really interesting. “Massive Biometric Project Gives Millions of Indians an ID.” It’s long but worth the read.
…They are the latest among millions of enrollees in India’s Unique Identification project, also known as Aadhaar, which means “the foundation” in several Indian languages. Its goal is to issue identification numbers linked to the fingerprints and iris scans of every single person in India.
That’s more than 1.2 billion people—everyone from Himalayan mountain villagers to Bangalorean call-center workers, from Rajasthani desert nomads to Mumbai street beggars—speaking more than 300 languages and dialects. The biometrics and the Aadhaar identification number will serve as a verifiable, portable, all but unfakable national ID. It is by far the biggest and most technologically complicated biometrics program ever attempted.

Shut Up and Run posted this video, “Breaking the Barrier,” that cracked me up:

And this post from Catalogliving:

Gary! One of the dog plates is getting frisky. I told you we should have had them fixed.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have a new album. Listen to this song. 

Tomorrow is the last Free Summer Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in DC, so if you're staying in the city take advantage! More info here. 

I hope everyone gets to leave work early today and has an amazing 3-day weekend!