Things I Read Instead of Novels This Month

A culinary paradigm shift
Super Bowl Party Tips: How to Eat a Chicken Wing

Warning for aspiring dieters
Why You May Want to Rethink Eating Soy
My parents have heard horror stories from a doctor of theirs in the States, too. Soy may have less side effects here in Asia, particularly in the monasteries. The #1 rule of dieting is to eat as much food as you need and no more. What exactly you’re eating doesn’t matter as much.

Case in Point:
Twinkie diet helps nutrition professor lose 27 pounds

Literary Humor
The Adventures of Lil Cthulhu

More Cthulhu Humor
Cthulhu Kids First

The Grey Lady doesn’t really do humor, but she does write about it
I Can Haz Cheezburger Blog Leads to a Web Empire

In America, English is checkers; in Great Britain, it’s chess.
The English Language in 24 Accents

A quick checklist for your next interview
The 10 Types of Crappy Interviewees

Warming the cockles of my heart
Stephen Colbert’s Sunday School

I’m not even mad. This is amazing.
The Shadow Scholar

I’ve written toward a master’s degree in cognitive psychology, a Ph.D. in sociology, and a handful of postgraduate credits in international diplomacy. I’ve worked on bachelor’s degrees in hospitality, business administration, and accounting. I’ve written for courses in history, cinema, labor relations, pharmacology, theology, sports management, maritime security, airline services, sustainability, municipal budgeting, marketing, philosophy, ethics, Eastern religion, postmodern architecture, anthropology, literature, and public administration. I’ve attended three dozen online universities. I’ve completed 12 graduate theses of 50 pages or more. All for someone else.

In my language program, class sizes are so small that the teachers know right away whether we’re writing our own papers or not, and we have no reason to cheat because we don’t get grades or even a degree. All we can take out of ICLP is the very Chinese ability we improve by writing papers.

But most college professors are upfront about caring more about their own research and publications than they are about teaching students. They say it’s what’s expected of them. So they’re not all engaged in their students’ own work and often outsource the grading to TAs.

The students need grades and degrees for future employment. But what they’re researching in particular may not be relevant to anything they do in the future. So it makes economic sense for them to outsource the work, too.

It’s an equilibrium, but is it the best way for 18-22 year olds to spend their time? What can we do better?

Small businesses can counterbalance big ones in college sports just as in other markets.
The Rise of College Football’s Middle Class

As recently as 10 years ago – and certainly 20, 30 and 40 – talented players were willing to be stockpiled at big-name programs and wait their turn in the hopes of one day starting (maybe as a junior or senior). This is how the Longhorns, Buckeyes, Wolverines, Fighting Irish and Trojans churned on. Those programs still get more than their fair share of top talent. They still field elite teams. They don’t get them all any more though and, as such, they can’t be great every year.

Today’s recruits want to play immediately and a number of them have shown a willingness to seek out that playing time rather than simply follow the well worn path to an old school power.

Pretty inspiring.
NBA Awaits Satnam from India, So Big and Athletic at 14

Satnam Singh Bhamara did not grow up dreaming about playing in the NBA — because he never saw the game. He didn’t even know what basketball was.
He just grew.
And his dreams were mostly what he read in books, limited to his life in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, a faraway outpost in the state of Punjab, India, close to the Pakistan border, where his father farmed, and he too, expected to farm one day.
Then his father told him a story, a sad story about long-ago missed opportunity, about a game he knew and loved but never was allowed to play, a game he quietly wanted his son to try, offering a window to a whole different world.
There were no basketball courts in his village to play on, no cable television to deliver the games, so his father sent him away, where others could teach him to play, quickly discovering he had an incredible gift, an athleticism very unusual for someone growing so fast and so large, leading him down the path he walks today.
In a country of 1.3 billion people, 7-foot, 250-pound Satnam Singh Bhamar has become a beacon for basketball hope.
At age 14.

A sport you forgot about
Coach Salazar talks future of U.S. long distance, training Ritzenhein

I think in running, to be honest, that even though athletes are very dedicated and are willing to train and do whatever they need to do to prepare, more often than not they’re not in a very professional environment where you’ve got a high performance director and a coach that are really monitoring your daily activities. In what other professional sport does an athlete decide, ‘Well, maybe I’ll just do these or that exercise today, or maybe I’ll do therapy today or maybe I won’t. Maybe I’ll look at game film today or maybe I won’t.’ What we tried to set up in the Oregon Project is a very professional atmosphere where we’re not leaving any stone unturned and treating these athletes — they may not be making $5 million a year like some baseball player or basketball player — but there’s no reason they shouldn’t be in as professional an environment as them, and that means that you’re guiding them and giving them the best that sports science, medicine and technology can give.

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