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Short notes & asides

Nature vs nurture

I recently learned my grandfather was an alternate for the Canadian Olympic track team. Had I known this when I was a kid, I might have started running much earlier!

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The meaning of a solar eclipse

“What is the meaning of a solar eclipse? To the ancient Chinese, solar eclipses meant that dragons were devouring the sun. To the Czechoslovakians, they meant that ice giants, bitter enemies of the sun, were conquering it. To the Romans, they meant that the sun was poisoned and dying.… Read the rest

The people I love the best
jump into work head first
without dallying in the shallows
and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.

–Marge Piercy

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“We come into temporary harmony with the water, and are fortunate to sometimes be allowed to pass through.”

Evan Morrison, open-water marathon swimmer, who notes that it echoes:

“The best one can hope for is to come to an agreement with a body of water on any given day.”… Read the rest

The NYT eliminates its public editor role

Liz Spayd was more of a columnist than a true ombudsman, but the Huffington Post coverage points out why that role is still important: Not necessarily for accountability (since we all hold the newspapers we read accountable these days), but simply for getting answers:

by being in the newsroom, public editors and ombudsmen can often get responses from management on editorial decision-making that outside reporters and critics cannot

Sadly, almost no newspapers have ombudsmen any more.… Read the rest

Forming an exploratory committee to consider swimming from the Golden Gate to McCovey Cove July 9. Anyone own a boat I could hire for the day?

(Last year I did this as part of a relay — this year I’m considering a solo swim)

crossposted from Facebook

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“Swimming cultivates imagination; the man with the most is he who can swim his solitary course night or day and forget a black earth full of people that push.”

–Annette Kellermann

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Infinite City

Was already desiring this book and then I saw the author’s autograph. Smitten.

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The new paternity leave

“Taking paternity leave is so rare that it’s not a question of how much time you’re going to take off, but whether you will be able to take any at all.” That’s pretty sad!

Here’s a great post (and a very funny infographic) from one dad who took 12 weeks off with his newborn.… Read the rest

Here’s a lovely turn of phrase from a friend of Tomasz Tunguz:

The entire story reminded me of an old friend who often tells me, “We are lent into each other’s keeping.” Our time with each other is borrowed, its duration is unknown, and that uncertainty makes it precious.

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