Friday, August 10, 2012

Best of the Week #71

Winner of the Men's Steeplechase right after the race. LOVE.
Welp today started out really awesome, then took two turns for the disastrous -- all before 9:00 am!

Good news first: I ran in the rain this morning, and I LOVE running in the rain.

So yeah, all was awesome in Friday-morning-of-Mollie, until I thought, I want watermelon for breakfast, and proceeded to slice my finger open and bleed all over the kitchen. And then I left my apartment, closed the door (which locks when you close it), and realized my keys are on the coffee table. Siiiiiigggghhh. #FridayFail.

Other than that though, it’s been an amazing week o’Olympics! I'm sensitive to spoliers, so I won’t tell you anything. But yesterday’s men’s 800m final. Watch that. And yesterday’s women’s 800m semis.  And the women’s 5K heats from Tuesday (to quote my Mama: They just look so strong and awesome, and they probably feel strong and awesome, and doesn’t it just make you want to race a 5K on the track right now???) (Me: Eeeehhh, I ran a track workout on Tuesday, and I can’t say I felt particularly strong or awesome….)

My most popular post this week was my race/day report from the River to Sea Relay last summer. People must be googling this year's race and coming across my post -- it was such a fun day!

"Olympics Trolling."
  • But it’s also the time when I’m reminded of my existing personal prejudices about sports, when I may discover new ones (as new events are added), and when I try to figure out whether there’s any defensible rationale to my preferences. Reflecting on my sports bigotry, I think the simplest model is a two-dimensional space that, I think you will agree, is both easy to understand and wholly objective.

Olympic swimming and The Hunger Games collide, and it is perfection: “Why Nathan Adrian Is Real-Life Finnick Odair.”

"25 Olympic Events I Could Actually Win"
  • 22. Marathon-looking at pictures of Ryan Lochte and Tom Daley and thinking about what a generous God ours truly is.
  • 23. Being offended by the sport of beach volleyball in general.
  • 25. Working out really hard one day, feeling all athletic and whatnot, and being like “DAMN DOES THAT EVER DESERVE A COOKIE.”

Hallelujah. “I Won't Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here's Why.”
  • In blog posts, on Facebook statuses, in e-mails, and on company websites, your words are all you have. They are a projection of you in your physical absence.
  • On the face of it, my zero tolerance approach to grammar errors might seem a little unfair. After all, grammar has nothing to do with job performance, or creativity, or intelligence, right?
  • Wrong. If it takes someone more than 20 years to notice how to properly use "it's," then that's not a learning curve I'm comfortable with. So, even in this hyper-competitive market, I will pass on a great programmer who cannot write.
The title sums it up pretty well: “The Drunk Guy, Kobe Bryant Jr., the Nude Model, and the Other Two Guys Who Won Bronze: Meet the Five Men's High Jump Medalists.”

I hate when announcers talk about athletes (usually female) getting “mean” when what they really should be saying is “competitive.”
  •  “You need to have that cutthroat mentality. Not mean and not, ‘I want to hurt you.’ It’s: ‘I respectfully want to beat you and give you my best game. Crush you, yes. Not your soul. Just you, on the court.” – US beach volleyball player Misty May-Treanor, explaining her competitive approach
I love the song. I love the video. Go dancing man! And I want to go to the beach sooooooo bad!
If you’re interested a bio of the dancing man.
  • People know me because I bought an ipod about a year ago and I didn’t want to wait all week for the dance floor and it started bucketing down and I chucked on a suit, inspired by Charlie Chaplin Dancing in the Rain, and just went and danced in the rain and it was so much fun. Everyone filmed me on their iphones, and I woke up and I was Byron Bay Dancing Man all over YouTube.
The 5 Golden Rules Of Moving” – just in case you need them.
  •  2. Remember to eat. This is directly related to number one. When you don’t eat, you feel hangry. (Hanger = anger spawned by hunger.) Hanger is a horrible emotion. It comes from deep down in you, a bubbling cauldron of stress and caloric deficiency leading to a meltdown of child-actor proportions. You might not even think you’re hungry. Just eat anyway. This isn’t about enjoying the meal. This is straight fuel.
  • 3. If you’re wealthy, hire someone to do all this for you. Because duh.
McKayla is not impressed. 

Weird. Not the findings, but more so the Who are these researchers and shouldn’t they have better things to do??? part. "When placed under stressful situations, men rate larger women as more attractive, new research has shown."

Oh the Brits and their dry humor: The Happiest Olympic Worker 2012. (YouTube)

Odds are I won’t be going to Iceland any time soon…so I will just watch this timelapse in awe instead.

"The White Correspondent’s Burden: We Need to Tell the Africa Story Differently"
  • All I can imagine from these headlines is that Africa—all 54 countries, all 11.7 million square miles of it—must be a very deadly place.
  • But I’ve lived there. It’s not.
  • Congo, like America, is very many things, all at the same time. This should be obvious. Why would a foreign country be any less complex than our own? So why, then, if you’re reading or watching most American news, do you tend to see the same simplified stories over and over again?
Go Coca-Cola. This is a great add.

An excellent disclaimer: [Editor's note: This article is completely offensive to every track cycling fan. We suggest you post two comments and come back in the morning.] It's London Olympics meets 'Jersey Shore': Welcome to the Velodrome.”

“If you love the carnage of a great white as it attacks its bait don't miss this video.” Why yes, thank you I will not miss it! “Great White Jumping in Slow-Mo

Mmmk that is all. Have a great weekend!