Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Vintage Illustration

I love vintage illustrations. It's like 8mm film with paper and ink. Was life ever like this?

Texting While Driving = More Likely to Wreck = DUH

Some highlights:

“You should never do this,” he [Tom Dingus...yes, the guy in charge has the name Tom Dingus] said of texting while driving. “It should be illegal.”

Over all, texting has soared. In December, phone users in the United States sent 110 billion messages, a tenfold increase in just three years...

...drivers took their eyes off the road for around five seconds when texting.

...texting represents a much greater risk to drivers than other distractions.

87 percent of people consider drivers texting or e-mailing to pose a “very serious” safety threat (roughly equal to the 90 percent who consider drunken drivers a threat). Of the 2,501 drivers surveyed this spring, 95 percent said that texting was unacceptable behavior. Yet 21 percent of drivers said they had recently texted or e-mailed while driving. About half of drivers 16 to 24 said they had texted while driving, compared with 22 percent of drivers 35 to 44.

Youth Pastor Hazing on the Rise | LarkNews.com

View more news at http://www.LarkNews.com - A good source for Christian news.

HT: @size14shoe

Monday, July 27, 2009

Inside Out | Sunday, July 26th 2009

Michael Phelps' New Stroke

Michael Phelps is arguably one of the best athletes of all time, almost certainly the best swimmer and is without question built ideally for his sport.

Phelps is in Rome at the World Championships and apparently he and his coach had been working on a new stroke, windmill style, for him to...I don't know...I guess somehow get an edge.

I didn't work.

He was the slowest on the relay.

Bowman, his coach, said something to the effect of: "We won't try that again."

What is fascinating to me is that they would even fiddle with his technique. Why? He's clearly the fastest and best there is. Why mess with something that is great?


To improve there must be change.

I am in awe of the fact that they were willing to change what was clearly working to try to get even better. What if in our churches, lives and jobs we all had the same attitude? Many organizations do. And they benefit.

Even if it's the best it might be worth trying. So we might have to say: "we won't try that again." So what?

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Girls' Room Update

Although I am not nearly cool enough to go there, we were in Clifton & stopped in @ Urban Outfitters & snagged some letters made out recycled materials for the girls' room.

Also scored glass bear shaped salt & pepper shakers.  Oh yeah.  Uber-hip.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Edie Stars in ER

Results of jumping on the couch after mommy's several warnings not to.  

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Coldplay's Strawberry Swing Video

CLICK HERE to watch

Now...Todd & Scott...I know you guys are Coldplay haters but watch the video & dare not to think it's neato.

ht: @holidayatsea

Sunday, July 19, 2009

THE way

ht: @long_ck

Anchor Bay Triathlon July 11th, 2009

This was my first open water swim and it was WILD. 1/2 mile total; 1/4 mile out, 1/4 back. The first half of the swim was chaos because people were all crammed together. Some kept getting disoriented and then swimming diagonal. I got kicked, scratched, slapped, poked and drank a bunch of the bay.

The second half of the swim was great because the field had stretched out so I got a groove.

Shortly after we got out of the water the sky exploded with a t-storm. So we rode & ran in the thunder, lightning and rain. Crazy. By the time we were running my shoes were completely soaked so with every step I was squishing. Great time, though!

No pics of me biking or running. Only T. I was THAT fast. Or something like that...

Total Time: 1:20.25

Swim: 15:46
Transition 1: 1:54
Bike: 33:59
Transition 2: :29
Run: 28:19