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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.”

David Barra

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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

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