Archive for February 11th, 2017

For all of you who are reading Moby Dick right now, check out “Power Moby-Dick: The Online Annotation”

February 11, 2017

“[James Harden] is ordinary by many physical metrics. But his deceleration is superhuman—and that explains how he dominates the NBA”

February 11, 2017

Harden himself did not know this until he was tested at the Peak Performance Project.


They were surprised when they saw those numbers. Harden’s “eccentric force”—which sounds like it should be the name of his next Adidas sneaker but is actually the force he generates when he stops his downward momentum—ranked in the 98th percentile. And his “rate of eccentric-force development” was in the 99th percentile.

“I didn’t know before I was tested, but I can feel the difference,” Harden said. “I know what I’m great at and what I’m not great at—and I use it to my advantage.”

“The stories you tell about your past shape your future.”

February 11, 2017

Quoted on page 32 of You Can Write Your Family History by Sharon DeBartolo Carmack.

The quote is attributed to Eric Ransdell, a filmmaker (interviewed here), but an Internet search showed the quote is also attributed to Eric Russell, I assume the British science fiction writer?

“[In February] up to 750,000 herring gulls (the archetypal seagull) circle over Britain…”

February 11, 2017