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February 6, 2019

"Hunter Killer"

I recently watched this excellent new movie.

After the first half hour or so of the two hour film, I thought to myself, "Wow, no way they can keep up this level of intensity to the end" — but they did.

I would've loved this movie when I was a kid as much as I did last week.

Random thoughts and observations:

• Gerard Butler — the star whose name I just learned though I'm sure I've seen him before in other films whose names I can't recall — is excellent as a U.S. submarine commander.

• Michael Nyqvist is just as good as a Russian submarine commander. I was shocked to learn online that he died in 2017.

• Gary Oldman as an admiral/chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is terrible: he looks disheveled. Worst performance by him I've ever seen, and I've seen a lot of them. He's usually the best actor in any film he appears in. 

• The action sequences and special effects are superb.

February 6, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (3)

6 things I once thought about running that I no longer believe

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1) That I should buy new running shoes every 200-300 miles regardless of how much they'd worn down

2) That I should value maximum shock absorption over all other parameters when it came to choosing running shoes

3) That interval training was required in order to run distances fast

4) That carb loading the night before long races (half-marathon/marathon) improved performance

5) That weight training to increase upper body strength improved distance running performance

6) That stretching before a workout or race was a must

February 6, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

DEAD SLOW

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Wonderful British phrase.

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Moving at this almost imperceptible speed, along with putting on your emergency flashers when you pull out of a parking spot in a shopping center lot,

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you're in the catbird seat (as it were) when it comes to avoiding an unexpected collision.

February 6, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Reconstructing intelligible speech from the human auditory cortex

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Sounds eerily like HAL.

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[via the Neural Acoustic Programming Lab at Columbia University]

February 6, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What is it?

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Answer here this time tomorrow.

Hint: bigger than a bread box.

Another: not one of Jupiter's moons.

February 6, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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