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best college point guard?

The next Dwayne Wade?


It is a little weird to finally finish reading this trilogy I have been working on for … the past five years. That seems like a long time. I actually would consider myself a fast reader who as a kid would devour books. But these books were like — impenetrable. Dense. But worth it in […]


So beginning Jan. 14, I will be working the graveyard shift! I knew I’d likely (certainly?) have to do a stint on overnights when I took this gig at the LUNO (Large Unnamed News Organization). I will be working my first shift 9 p.m. – 7 a.m. Monday to Thursday. It’ll be four, 10 hour […]

goals for 2008 week 0

So I would kinda like a do-over on the past 10 days as far as fitness resolutions go. First toward the end of last week my left shoulder felt hurty while I was exercising it. Like some joint thing or something in the rotator cuff? It was only sore when I was lifting, though, so […]


I haven’t really been following the whole waterboarding debate that much and if I had an opinion on the issue, as a journalist I wouldn’t state it publicly. But this was interesting … a guy tried waterboarding himself with an inclined weight bench and a watering can.

I figure I would be a good test […]

2 interesting articles

How America Lost the War on Drugs from Rolling Stone.

The Golden Suicides from Vanity Fair, on the suicide of Theresa Duncan, 40, followed a week later by her boyfriend, Jeremy Blake, 35.

‘fat is the new normal’

I was watching “House” on FOX the other day (the only non-sports program I watch other than “Heroes”) and Dr. House was trying to persuade this obese woman to lose weight. At first he thought she was pregnant, then it turned out she had a benign tumor. But she didn’t want it removed — no, […]

12 days of christmas workout

This was today’s workout:

One Handstand Pushup

Two Rocking Pistols, One Handstand Pushup

Three Ring Dips, Two Rocking Pistols, One Handstand Pushup

Four Walking Lunges, Three Ring Dips, Two Rocking Pistols, One Handstand Pushup

Five Medball Cleans, Four Walking Lunges, Three Ring Dips, Two Rocking Pistols, One Handstand Pushup

Six Box Jumps, Five Medball Cleans, […]

how many 5-year-olds could you take in a fight?


man’s search for meaning

I had never heard of Viktor Frankl but I read some interesting posts about him recently on a certain tumblrlog:

Frankl believes (and I concur) that “this striving to find a meaning in one’s life is the primary motivational force in man.”

Later he writes, “this meaning is unique and specific in that it […]

2008 goals week -1

So I am getting a jump start on the Goals for 2008. I have decided to label this week -1 and next week week 0, so as to start 2008 on week 1. (However I want full credit for everything I accomplish in the waning days of 2007!)

Here is my progress so far.

1. […]

mitchell report available for download


I just did a search of “Red Sox” in the report. Aside from Clemens, the only Red Sox names of note are Mo Vaugh (said to have ordered HGH in 2001), Eric Gagne and Brendan Donnelley.

When the Boston Red Sox were considering acquiring Gagné, a Red Sox official made specific inquiries about Gagné’s […]

Mofo Resolutions for 2008

Per Derek’s request, I am posting my probable New Year’s Resolutions for 2008…

Stuff ballots for Mike Huckabee in the New Hampshire primary; Vote for John Edwards just to piss off Hillary; Whenever I order Domino’s, give the White House switchboard number as my home phone; Use the phrase ‘You’re just stupid’ more freely; Watch […]

boston dominance

The Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots are a mind-boggling combined 37-2 since Oct. 18, game 5 of the ALCS. One of the Celtics’ losses was in overtime and the other was by one point.

Oh and by the way, we get the 3-10 SF 49ers No. 1 draft pick next year.

Goals for 2008

In past years I have not been one for New Year’s resolutions. But I have three for 2008 and I am going to post them here.

1. Amassing a score of at least 285 out of 300 on the Marine Corps Physical Fitness Test. To do this I would have to average 19 (strict) pullups […]

ground zero construction

ground zero construction Originally uploaded by derek7272

Latest ground zero photo

‘Ten Politically Incorrect Truths About Human Nature’

This Psychology Today article was posted I guess back in September but has been zipping around the blogoland recently. It purports to use evolutionary psychology to explain “why most suicide bombers are Muslim, beautiful people have more daughters, humans are naturally polygamous, sexual harassment isn’t sexist, and blonds are more attractive.”

I’m not really qualified […]

me and H!

me and H Originally uploaded by derek7272

I have tended to post pictures of me and Flygirl after Flyer events just because she is someone who is also known in the blogoland. However this time I thought I would mix it up a little and post a picture of the very fabulous H. Hello […]

exercise not making you thin, a postscript

Just an addendum to my post about running not making you thin. The other day I saw this photo of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty in USA Today. And I was like, damn he looks like a serious runner. And in fact he is — recently running a 6:49 pace for an 8K, a marathon as […]

hot chocolate run

If you have not been reading very much about racing on the blog, well, that is ’cause I’ve been more focused on Crossfit than running. But I am still very much a runner. Did the Hot Chocolate 15K in Central Park this morning. 1:11:27, good for a 7:40 pace.

Splits: 7:45, 7:18, 7:53, 7:58, 7:45, […]