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Archives for August, 2008

Jersey bird

The Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission (DRJTBC) recently announced the arrival of a peregrine falcon chick. The proud parents nested in the steelwork under the I-95 Scudders Falls Bridge. I traverse that bridge once a week when I’m attending my little class o’ regulatory dabbling at Temple U. It’s a heavily trafficked span, but…

Did He Really Say That?

Did Steve Doocy of Fox News really say what I thought he said about Sarah Palin? Yep. She has “international experience” because Alaska is right up there, you know, next to Russia! Sure. And I must be fluent in French because I don’t live that far from Quebec.

Maybe Running Far and Fast IS Genetic

So Greg has made it clear that he doesn’t think that there’s any genetic basis for why some groups of people are able run very far, very fast. At the core of this are so-called “racial traits”. Any casual observer of the Olympics will note the dominance of people with dark skin in distance running…

Heat+Distance=Record?

It is well documented that as the temperature around an endurance athlete increases, performance decreases. And while one can train for and adapt to warm race conditions to mitigate that decrease, the effect remains. But at the highest levels of competition, control of the mind may make all the difference. Given the conditions, conventional wisdom…

Sex and the Olympic Village

A very entertaining article in The Times today regarding Olympians and sex. The author, former Olympian Matthew Syed, discusses just what goes on behind closed doors (and sometimes on rooftops) at the Olympic village. He offers the usual bag of “reasons why” (testosterone, being away from home, etc.) but it’s presented in a light and…

Hokey Haiku #1

Time for a new category here at the Refuge, namely “Hokey Haiku“. It’s just a fun way to communicate a simple thought or observation of the day in a mere 17 syllables. Don’t expect Robert Frost or e.e.cummings though. Summer’s vanishing Where is my calculator? The semester starts Yep. I’m back on campus.

Amazing Women’s 10,000 Meters

Spoiler alert: If you don’t want to know anything about the Olympic Women’s 10,000 meter final just yet, stop now.

So. The new gig.

After coping with an immediate family member’s severe illness (thankfully resolved; better living through chemistry pays off) and discovering that my talents do not lie in management within a very large company, I stepped back from my almost 20 year career in discovery research several months ago. I gleefully wallowed around the home front, decompressing…

It Can’t Be Stopped?

“Once religion takes hold in a society it can’t be stopped.” So says President G W Bush in an interview with Bob Costas at the Beijing Olympics. Let’s all hope that such is not the case. You can find the video here. The section in question is about 3:15 in. There are plenty of other…

Olympic Broadcast Acoustics

There had been reports of the usual last-minute rush to complete facility construction at the Beijing Olympics. Now I wonder if they completed the main broadcast center. While watching the coverage yesterday, at one point NBC went to Bob Costas at the center and I noticed something strange. It was apparent that Mr. Costas was…