Reads Listens Views 8/22/2014


Japanese One Stroke Dragon Art, The morbid and beautiful denizens of Lake Natron, Pete Carroll and the Inner Game of Tennis, and  RSP Post-Draft 


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Reads/Views (Football)



No, this is not a Tim Burton film. Photographer Nick Brandt went to Lake Natron in northern Tanzania and found that the 140-degree (Farenheit) temperatures of this lake and its alkalinity akin to ammonia causes the animals to calcify and turn to stone. Makes you wonder about the myth of Medusa, huh?


 Reads (Life In General)

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I’m giving you one more chance to listen to the Inner Game of Tennis chapter. One of the significant takeaways I got from listening is the learning process and the contrast between critiquing and modeling. As a person who has routinely scored as equally left brain and right brain on a regular basis throughout my adulthood, I find that my critiquing tendencies are sharpened with my RSP career, but it’s different as a writer. The modeling methodology described here reminds me a lot of what I learned as an aspiring performer.


Hilarious, informative, enraging, and sad.


2 responses to “Reads Listens Views 8/22/2014”

  1. Um, the overwhelming majority of police officers are good officers, including the officer that shot Michael Brown. Michael Brown was a criminal, who JUST finished committing a robbery and assault, then, proceeded, with his accomplice, to attack Officer Wilson. Reports have come out that Wilson was badly beaten and sustained a broken orbital bone. This completely annihilates the ridiculous narrative that Brown was peacefully surrendering, with his hands up. It’s quite telling that you have apparently taken to the defense of a criminal rather than the people that risk their lives every day to protect ungrateful people like you from such scum.

    • I agree, there are a lot of good officers out there. Including a significant number of the police I grew up with and that are my family. But as they would also attest, a police force is only as strong as its weakest links.

      Developing a good police means being vigilant about the minority that are not. The state of good/bad police is not a simple majority vote analysis.

      The reports you mentioned are reports; not anything proven in court at this point. If it’s proven correct then the officer was just in his actions.

      However, the behavior of the police in Ferguson during the protests as well as many other places in this country where the unjust police behavior has been proven in court or paid off with settlements to people harassed, beaten, and killed indicates what many police I know have been saying for years: training has declined, recruiting standards are lax, and leadership has widespread corruption.

      I believe in the principles that this country is suppose to defend, but it seems to me you’re more bent on defending police forces with weak links rather than looking at opportunities where they fail and need to get better.

      If Michael Brown indeed beat the officer and the officer had cause to defend himself with lethal force then that’s fine. However, I’ve witnessed and have spoken with police who have been witness to events that are similar to the narrative that bothers you and has been a common narrative in our country for decades.

      So the scrutiny may bother you, but I suggest you consider being grateful that people in this country care enough to question authority — which our country’s laws are supposed to built on doing so we don’t have tyranny.

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