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BlackBerry is bringing stickers and a digital storefront to BBM


Following Facebook Messenger, Line, Kakako Talk and many other messaging apps, BlackBerry today announced that it’s finally bringing stickers to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM).

The feature will begin as a limited external beta, alongside a new area of the cross-platform messaging service called BBM Shop. Similar to its competitors, stickers will be separated into ‘packs’ around a specific character or theme.

BlackBerry will be promoting a set of original characters to begin with, called CosCat, Gilbert’s Tales, Bubble Bot, but it’s likely that roster will increase over time. Facebook and Path, among other apps with a messaging compontent, have offered characters from well-established brands such as LEGO, Peanuts and Despicable Me, to tempt users and their hard-earned cash. BlackBerry said it would do the same with characters from TV shows and movies, although it stopped short of giving examples or what the pricing structure would be.

The move isn’t original by any means, but it’ll make BlackBerry more competitive with some of its closest rivals. Given all of the attention bestowed upon Facebook and WhatsApp recently, BlackBerry needs to make sure that it doesn’t lose any traction of its own in the coming months.

While pricing wasn’t touched upon, stickers – especially branded packs – and the introduction of the BBM Shop suggests that BlackBerry is hoping this will become an important revenue stream for BBM.

Coming next to BBM: Stickers

http://thenextweb.com/apps/2014/02/21/blackberry-bringing-stickers-digital-marketplace-bbm/?fromcat=all#!wOCxL

Visionect Is A Low-Cost Platform For Building E-Paper Applications


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Building hardware projects has become immensely simpler thanks to Arduino and Raspberry Pi. But Visionect scratches a far more-intersting itch: e-paper interface design.

At its core the device is a very simple cased or uncased e-ink reader. It consist of a very simple, waterproof device with an e-ink screen and allows programmers to build HTML5-based applications that can be pushed directly to the platform. Built as less of a dev kit than a thin client system, you use the Visionect screen as sort of a dumb terminal for your web projects although the system does allow for complex app development.

It should cost about 240 Euro when it launches. The Slovenian Team added a 120Mhz processor which powers the very basic terminal features of the device. Most of the heavy lifting, then, is done on the Visionect servers and pushed to the devices as needed.

It’s an interesting strategy – cheap hardware and a focus on cloud services – and I suspect it could catch on in situations where an e-ink interface would be ideal due to environmental concerns. In other words, don’t think of this as a denuded Kindle but instead a Star-Trek-esque flat control panel that is weatherproof and won’t be overpowered in sunlight.

via The Digital Reader

http://techcrunch.com/2014/02/21/visionect-is-a-low-cost-platform-for-building-e-paper-applications/

Adrien Broner vs Marcos Maidana


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Updated: December 14, 2013
This post was originally published at Houndsports.com

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Adrien Broner and Marcos Maidana had no problems with the scale at their last press conference before getting in the ring  for their bout at the Alamodome in San Antonio , Texas. Neither boxers struggled with making weight with Broner weighing in at 144.4 pounds, and Maidana 146.2 pounds.

Things got a little heated later when Broner began to heckle the Argentine , Maidana responded and Bernard Hopkins had to go on stage to separate them.

Adrien Broner came up and spoke as usual, with the arrogance, does not fear the power of his opponent and is sure to keep him undefeated.

“Maidana never fought with me , has never seen anyone like me in the ring , I feel good , I’ve eaten lots of ice cream .”

“I have to stay focused, I will not fall into distractions , I will not lie : this is the biggest fight of my career , he will try to hurt me, so I’m ready.”

” The plan is to go out and hit Broner , keep busy. I’m ready to throw a lot of punches and push it throughout the fight . I am also ready to cut off the ring ” Maidana went on to say.

The fighters are ready and just waiting for the first bell.

 

Here is the under card for tonight

Thurman Keith 145.8 vs . Jesus Soto Karass 146.2

( Interim WBA Welterweight Title )

Leo Santa Cruz vs 121.4 . Cesar Seda 121.6

( WBC Super Bantamweight Title )

Beibut Shumenov vs 175 . Tamas Kovacs 174.4

( WBA Heavyweight Title )

Antonio Lopez

Antonio Lopez

An unapologetic Clippers fan Antonio has always been a writer and sports fan at heart but other than his love for writing, he also fancies non-fiction books, cartoons, road trips, beaches, and cats. Antonio is in charge of maintaining the HoundSports webpage and is also an editor for the site.

If anything, Bitcoin is inflationary


Bitcoin fails as a form of “money” according to how economists look at money. This has lead many economists to conclude that Bitcoin will fail. What it really means is that economists need to change how they look at money.

The Internet is the history of disruptive innovation. The telephony system had evolved slowly for over a 100 years, then the Internet came along and changed everything. The old engineers, steeped in telcom lore, unwilling to challenge old assumptions, claimed that the Internet would never work. And, according to their principles, it doesn’t. For example, when I use Facetime with my brother who lives in Japan, there is a lot of “latency” or “lag” between when I say something and I see my brother react. That’s what the old telcom engineers warned us about: the “packet switching” nature of the Internet would cause unpleasant lag in telephone calls.

But did I mention my free video call, in high definition, from my iPhone in the United States, to his iPad in Japan? That this works at all, and so cheaply, is inconceivable according to old telcom principles. No matter how right the old telcom engineers were, they were still obsolete. Nobody cares about their old principles; the Internet is a whole new set of principles of free, world-wide, high-speed connectivity.


Old economists have the same problem as old telcom engineers. What economists say about Bitcoin is correct, after a fashion, but it’s obsolete.

For example, a major critique of Bitcoin is that there is a fixed supply (21 million coins), and thus can’t expand to accommodate demand. This causes the value of Bitcoin to rise (“deflation”). This in turn encourages hoarding (why spend the coin when it’ll buy twice as much tomorrow?). And this in turn causes the value to rise even further. This means nobody will be able to buy anything using Bitcoin because everyone else will be hoarding them.

That’s true for normal currencies, but not true for Bitcoin. The idea that hoarding money makes it unavailable only applies to physical money, because you can’t move it around and subdivide it. This doesn’t apply to electronic currency, because somewhere in the world you can always find somebody willing to part with a billionth of a coin so that you can use it to purchase something. Hoarding has no effect on the “supply” (sic) of money available for transactions.

Well, another reason hoarding is bad is because it causes volatility. As people hoard Bitcoin, a bubble forms, a sort of ponzi scheme driving up the value until the music stops, after which the price collapses. Such volatility makes it too impractical to use as money.

Again, volatility matters more for physical currency than electronic currency. Volatility is only a risk for the duration that you hold onto the currency. This matters, for example, if you need to save money to pay rent at the end of the month. But, in a fully liquid electronic system, such timing goes away. Instead of a monthly, weekly, or even daily wage, you could get paid once per second. The incoming pennies every second can then automatically be spent every second on rent, food, gasoline, and so on. Even in situations like Zimbabwe’s trillion-percent inflation, earning/spending electronic money on a 1-second timeframe means volatility doesn’t much matter.

Bitcoin’s timeframe is around 10-minutes for transaction, so volatility matters somewhat more. But here’s the thing: the amount payment processors charge for Bitcoin is less than what they charge for credit cards like American Express or Visa. The total risk associated with Bitcoin, including volatility, is still less than the total risk associated with other payment methods. And in any case, a recent study has shown that Bitcoin volatility has been steadily decreasing.

So we’ve proven that Bitcoin’s deflationary issues don’t matter, but here’s another thing: it’s not even deflationary.

The word “Bitcoin” can mean many things. It can refer to the coins (B⃦) themselves. It can refer to the “blockchain” (public ledger) that holds those coins. It can refer to the “bitcoind” software that most everyone uses to process the blockchain. It can refer to the “protocol” that the software implements. It can refer to the general algorithm that the protocol/software implements. It can refer to the general idea of “cryptocurrency without centralized control”.

If 21 million coins aren’t enough, somebody can simply fork the blockchain, starting a new one with another 21 million coins. Or, somebody can fork the software/protocol, creating a new currency with more than 21 million coins (and other useful properties, like shrinking the transaction window, or changing the proof-of-work algorithm). Or, somebody can come up with a wholly new cryptocurrancy vastly different than Bitcoin.

People have done all these things. There are a vast number of “Bitcoin” things running around.

For example, “Bitcoin mining” can now only be done by those who invested a lot of money in custom silicon chips (“ASICs”). It takes two years to create a new chip, so only enthusiasts who invested two years ago can profitably mine Bitcoins today. However, many forked Bitcoin variants use different mining incompatible with these chips. You can still mine these “alt-coins” (as they are called) using a desktop computer with a graphics card. I do this. I mine whichever alt-coin is more profitable at the moment, and then exchange them for true “Bitcoins” at the end of the day. Thus, I’m earning about 0.02 Bitcoin per day (about $10) through mining — but without directly mining Bitcoin. This demonstrates that more “coins” are being created than just the 21 million limit on Bitcoins.

Some of these alt-coins, namely Litecoin and Dogecoin, can be used to buy things online. For a payment processor, or online trading site, handling multiple types of coins is as easy as handling one. If Bitcoin is volatile and has a high risk premium, a buyer could easily switch to Litecoin, which might have a lower premium. If more people would use Litecoin, then that means fewer people would use Bitcoin, and that the value of Bitcoin would drop.

QED: Bitcoins are inflationary in the long run.

So it’s not about Bitcoin, but the entire ecosystem of alt-coins that needs to be evaluated for inflationary or deflationary tendencies. On the whole, the system is inherently inflationary (anybody can fork the system at any time), but it depends upon the willingness of payment processors and customers to use new kinds of coins.

We might find that it’s self-regulating as alt-coins are accepted or dropped from the system. New alt-coins might be created when the price of existing coins rises. Lesser alt-coins might stop being accepted when their price decreases. We might find a decade from now that the Bitcoin-ecosystem turns out to be more stable than national currencies.

What we see here is that old timers (the economists) are right on every principle, that a physical currency limited to 21 million coins would be inflationary, volatile, and unusable as money in the economy. But, they are ignoring how online currency changes those rules, and that Bitcoin isn’t a single currency, but an entire ecosystem. For economists to be right, they have to hold onto their immutable principles for old currencies and ignore all the innovation happening online.

Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Krugman opined back in 1998 that “by 2005 or so, it will become clear that the Internet’s impact on the economy has been no greater than the fax machine’s”. After being mocked for that, he gave this rebuttal:

“I don’t claim any special expertise in technology… The issues about Bitcoin, however, are not technological! Everyone agrees that it’s technically very sweet. But does it work as money? That’s a very different kind of question.” — Paul Krugman, from Business Insider

But he’s wrong. That Bitcoin is technology has everything to do with whether Bitcoin works as money. It’s like old time telcom engineers who claimed that while they didn’t understand computer networking, they didn’t have to, because it was long distance transmission of data that mattered, regardless whether it was computer data or voice data.

Consider my claim that the Bitcoin-ecosystem is inherently inflationary. Let’s take that to the logical extreme and assume that anybody who has Bitcoin gets rid of them as fast as they can, as they would any inflationary currency. They only acquire Bitcoin if they can immediately spend them. If that’s the case, and assuming that Bitcoin accounts for 10% of the U.S. underground economy, then the value of Bitcoin comes out to one penny, or 1¢, or $0.01. It’s simple math, taking the $2 trillion underground economy (IRS estimate) and taking into account the 10 minute transaction window enforced by the Bitcoin protocol.

I arrive at this 1¢ value by technology, now explain it with economics. I’m pretty sure squaring the two will discover something new about the properties of money, all monies, that economists hadn’t considered before, at least, been able to convincingly prove. I predict that in 20 years (these things take time), some economists are going to win Nobel Prizes for their theories on cryptocurrencies.

The technology of decentralized cryptocurrency is here to stay. It’ll be used by those dissatisfied with existing currencies (namely, the underground economy unhappy with the surveillance mandate placed on existing money). Instead of poo-pooing this technology claiming it won’t work, the successful economist is going to be one that analyzes it, gathers data, and explains why it does work.

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Getting Started With Google Chromecast: The Unofficial Manual


Got a new Chromecast? Here’s the manual Google should have put in the box.

Adriana Lee January 04, 2014 Play

As the new year arrives, many of us are greeting it with shiny new gadgets, courtesy of the holiday season. And one in particular has been a noteworthy hit—Google’s Chromecast streaming device, which is still holding strong as Amazon’s bestselling electronic.

Unlike many other new gadgets this year, this $35 TV dongle—which can “cast” or send streaming media to your television from the Internet—is incredibly affordable, making them perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for early adopters and non techies alike. The only downside for the latter: There’s no manual in this box.

That’s pretty common with electronics these days. Software updates so often and swiftly, core features can change from one minute to the next. Still, if your parent is wondering where to plug this in or your spouse can’t figure out how to “cast” shows from that trusty mobile device, then pass this on as the unofficial, missing manual.

Begin At The Beginning: Setup

On one end of the USB stick-like device, you’ll find the HDMI plug that goes into your TV. (If the space between ports is crowded, owners can use the included HDMI extension cable.) The other end features a micro USB port, where the charge cable would plug in, if necessary. Older televisions may not power Chromecast, but later models with more recent versions of HDMI might be able to supply the necessary electricity.

To find out which one you have, plug it into the TV first without the power cable, and see if it comes on with the television. If not, then you know you need to plug in the charge cable and wall adapter/power brick. (Don’t forget to choose the appropriate source on your television.)

Next, you’ll need to add your Chromecast to your Wi-Fi network. You can do this a couple of different ways, either by downloading the Chromecast mobile setup app on your Android or iOS device, or the desktop application. (You don’t need to do both, unless you want to have Chromecast settings control across all of your devices.)

Once Chromecast has been plugged in and the setup app has been installed, launch the application and follow the prompts. Be sure to have your Wi-Fi network name and password handy.

One look at your Google gadget tells you why these steps are necessary. The dongle has no keyboard, button or interface of any kind, so there’s no way to add the gizmo to your network without something acting as the input for it. In this case, it will be your mobile phone, tablet or computer.

Essentially, Chromecast creates its own network, and your mobile or laptop joins it, so they can communicate. Once that happens, you can use the ancillary device to name your Chromecast and add it to your wireless Internet network.

That’s App-tastic!: Discovering What To Cast

When Chromecast first launched, there were only four apps that worked with it. Now, there are 14, including Google’s own YouTube, Google Play TV & Movies and Google Play Music. Not a huge selection, but they cover some of the biggest and most popular offerings. Beyond those mentioned, you can currently use Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Pandora, VEVO, Red Bull.TV, Songza, Plex, PostTV, Viki and RealPlayer Cloud. Bear in mind that most of these require subscriptions with the individual services.

Google created a dedicated page listing Chromecast-friendly apps, and you may want to bookmark it. Over time, as more apps support the device, they’ll likely be added there for quick reference.

Once you have an app that you want to cast from, the task is simple. Just launch a compatible app and look for the cast icon.

When you see it, just tap that and choose your Chromecast to begin casting the content to your TV screen.

Here’s what it looks like on a Netflix video playing on an iPhone.

It’s the same icon in HBO GO, but in a different position.

And Pandora.

You can also stream videos and music using the related websites on your laptop, thanks to the Chrome browser.

Casting only works from the Chrome desktop browser (computer) or the individual supported apps (mobile). They also let you play, pause, scrub or adjust volume on the TV stream, like a remote control. Just be sure to have the specific app on screen (or website on your computer), when you need to change playback settings.

Note that you can’t cast website videos via Firefox, Safari or Internet Explorer. It also won’t work using any of your phone’s Web browsers. This means you can’t use your phone’s Chrome browser app to cast.

Advanced Chromecasting tips: To stop TV casting and resume playback on a device, the user simply needs to select the Chromecast icon (on their mobile or laptop) and choose their device. The video or music stream will pick up at the same point the TV left off.

If several mobile users are on the same Wi-Fi network, any of them can also take control of the stream. They just need to launch the same app that’s casting and tap the Chromecast icon on their devices. In the case of YouTube, multiple phones and tablets can even see and add videos to a unified “TV Queue,” which works like a playlist. (Once joined to a YouTube Chromecast event, the “TV Queue” appears inside the app. Tap it to see what’s playing and what else is in line to play. Search for other YouTube videos, and a “+ TV Queue” option pops up.)

Other Ways To Cast

The section above outlines the primary use for Chromecast, which receives the stream directly from the Internet. Since the transmission doesn’t go from your phone or computer to the TV, there’s no hit on battery life.

Additionally, you can cast something directly from your computer to your television—whether a full Chrome browser tab, a compatible media file or your whole desktop screen. But be warned that it will zap your battery and, if it’s an older model, the laptop could struggle with this task.

Tab casting and desktop casting are experimental features, but they can come in handy if you want to share photos with a room full of people or pipe your own videos to the TV. You’ll need the Google Cast extension for the Chrome browser to make this work. Once you add it to your browser, you’ll see the Cast icon you’re already familiar with sitting at the top of the browser window, near the URL bar. Bear in mind that tab casting can transmit audio, but desktop casting does not.

Tab casting is rather interesting for another reason. Thanks to this feature, anything you can open and play within a Chrome browser can play on your television. This includes many unsupported video sites—particularly at full screen playback—as well as select video files (including H.264 MP4 files and WMV vids), audio clips and songs, and images. You can open computer media files in Chrome easily, whether by dragging and dropping them on your Chrome browser or, within the application, going to “File -> Open File…”

Plex and RealPlayer Cloud also allow you to send your own files to Chromecast now as well, and they offer cloud streaming (to all of your devices) as well as organized libraries or folder structures, so you can find specific items easily.

The Google streaming stick’s affordability and relative ease of use has made it very popular among mainstream consumers. And the company’s recent Chromecast hackathon and rollout of new apps bode well for a future of widespread Chromecast support, making for a very happy year for online streaming fans.

Enjoy.

Feature image by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite. 

Addition: A few Chromecast users have contacted me to report glitches with their units. Indeed, I have also noticed hiccups in my own Chromecast streaming as well. But in my case, the blame fell on an inconsistent wireless signal in my home. The device is entirely Wi-Fi dependent, so if your signal’s not strong or inconsistent, this could cause problems. Other users, with routers placed in the same room with their Chromecasts, tend to have smoother operation with their units. So if you experience issues, check your Wi-Fi signal and router placement.

http://readwrite.com/2014/01/04/google-chromecast-manual-beginner#awesm=~os1hEyXBIasfBN

Bikes & Airplanes – Executing and dreaming.


As a person who grew up in Holland, a place with more bikes than humans, I ride my bike every single day to attend school, play field hockey and to meet with friends. It’s easy to feel the progress I make when riding my bike because of all the impulses around me. Cars pass by, I see friends on their way and as I cycle, the world around me fades to the outer sides of my eyes to disappear in a matter of time. I can tell I’m on my way to reach my destination. The ability to accelerate by simply cycling faster, to see the rising sun by taking another route and to brake when I need to slow down. The control is literally in my hands. Biking for me is not just a way of transportation. For me it’s even more, it’s more a way of life. The control I have to go my own way, make progress and reach a destination. Biking is executing, actually doing something instead of dreaming.

Flying at 6 miles above earth with more than 555 miles per hour is what I really enjoy. The magic of this way of traveling happens inside of the plane. There’s no internet connection during the 9 hour flight and therefore no distractions at all. Not a single email asking for a reply, a Facebook post to like and a text from a girl to respond to. There’s no way I feel like I’m making progress on a flight. Because the plane doesn’t seem to be moving when you’re up high in the sky. All the control is out of my hands as soon as I enter the airplane. There’s time to be bored and to think of all, yet nothing, that’s printed on my retina as the engine is floating above the clouds. During the flight I’m surrounded with skies that inspire me to do great things and actually make progress as soon as I touch down again. There’s time to read books I have always wanted to read, to meet random people and write down everything that’s going on in my mind.

The earth with everybody who’s making progress in order to reach their own goals forms an immense spaghetti of distraction because there are so many different roads to ride because of all the different roads people create. Therefore I find it important to keep my own goals and desires clear in mind. Getting lost in the world of distraction is something that would terrify me. Being able to jump back and forth from way to way in order to develop myself as a broadminded person is a good thing though. The control is all in my hands to find a different way to go somewhere, gain knowledge and still move forward. For me it’s all about the execution not whether a destination is reached or not. Contrary to the busy and sometimes really distractionful earth there’s the quiet space that embraces it all. Skies have always been fascinating me, the colors combined with different shapes of clouds always make me stop and stare for a second. The open and infinite space reminds me of peaceful dreaming with no need to clear your mind.

“When Thales the astronomer was gazing up at the sky, he fell into a pit. A Thracian slave woman, who was both wise and witty, is said to have made fun of him for being eager to know what was happening over his head while failing to notice what was right there at his feet.” — The Astrologer who Fell into a Well from Aesop’s Fables

Dreaming is a good thing for sure, but with only dreams, no progress is made. I have no plans to keep my head in the clouds, I’m focused on the execution. It’s a good thing I’m not on a plane that often and instead cycle daily.

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16 y/o teen by day. Super hero & app developer by night.

 

I ran for a year


my shoes, photographed by chris wanstrath

my shoes, photographed by chris wanstrath

My only goal was to keep running.

I started running a year ago. I had just begun a new job after leaving my own startup. I was tired of being a founder and desperately needed a break. I wanted to have a calmer lifestyle and I wanted a hobby.

Running seemed like a great choice for a hobby. As a computer programmer, my brain gets a great workout but my butt sits in a computer chair all day. I thought that a little bit of exercise would balance it out.

I didn’t entirely start from scratch. In the past I had jogged every once in a while, maybe once a month. I had a pair of Nike running shoes that my parents had bought me for Christmas and some grungy workout clothes. On the recommendation of my coworkers, I downloaded the free Nike+ running app for my iPhone.

My first run was just two miles at 12 minutes per mile. That’s pretty slow. However, for a non-athlete I felt fairly good about it. I jogged a couple more times that week. After a couple weeks of regular jogging, I set a goal for myself.

Don’t quit.

I knew I would never be fast enough to impress anybody so it didn’t make sense to make speed my goal. I could have picked a race to train for, a 5k or half miler, but I knew how those ended. Everyone seems to quit running right after their big race. I wanted to do something different. I wanted to not quit.

My goal involved not going too long between runs. If I skipped more than a couple days, wouldn’t that be quitting? So I started running four and five days a week. The longest I went between runs was three days when I was in Hawaii for vacation.

My goal made all the difference. I was still slow, but I could at least feel good that I was running a lot. I’d have good days where I would run fast and feel great but I also had lots of bad days where I was tired and just didn’t feel like running. In retrospect those days were almost better than the good days because they reinforced my goal – I didn’t quit.

I ran my first 5k on Halloween, nearly five months after I had taken up running as a hobby. I wore a costume – fairy wings – and tried to keep up with a random guy with an owl on his head. I finished in 28 minutes and was super happy. I learned that racing wasn’t always about being the fastest, but doing my personal best.

I also learned that there are lots of kinds of runners. I’m definitely a certain kind – the 30 year old woman who wants to stay fit. There’s also the 20-somethings who ran in college, the middle-aged dads and moms, the older runners, and even little kids. During my next 5k race, my primary goal was keeping up with the 10-year old boy running next to me.

There’s lots of good things about running. I run outdoors so I get some fresh air and occasionally some sunshine (lots of fog here in San Francisco). My favorite part about running is when I do long runs on Sundays. I sometimes pick a cool or weird place to explore and run to that place. I’ve seen the Seward street slides, the tiled steps at Moraga and 16th, the Wind Harp tower, and nearly all of Golden Gate park. Did you know there are two windmills in Golden Gate park? I thought I imagined them after running six miles to get there.

Running also gave me a new perspective on my body. I’ve always been so focused on my mind and my body was just something that I lived in. I finally felt that my body had a purpose – to run.

There are lots of downsides to running as well. I sweat a lot when I run. A LOT. I’d come back to the office after a run and the office dog would run up and lick my sweaty legs. I had to stop caring if people saw me all sweaty and gross.

Thanks to my slow pace, I haven’t really been injured yet. I have tripped and scraped my knees, more than once. I’ve also lost a couple toenails after long runs and big hills. I’ve learned to keep my toenails short and watch out for gaps in the sidewalk.

My one year running anniversary was last Saturday, June 8. I had signed up to run a race on the exact day of my first run. Sadly I never got to run that race, it was cancelled shortly after the Boston Marathon bombings.

Instead of running a race on my anniversary, I signed up to run a full marathon in December, hired a running coach, and set a regular running schedule.

I’ve started to think of myself as a runner.

If you would have told me a year ago that I would be working out almost every day and running 100 miles a month I would never have believed you. Running really snuck up on me. I had modest aspirations and didn’t really care if I was great at running. I just wanted to stick to my one goal.

Don’t quit.

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Former co-founder of Pownce, Grove, Convore.

 

15 Racing Predictions for 2014


Races that are rained off turf will be run over Bubble Wrap in an IKEA parking lot. Graded stakes status remains unchanged.

The Breeders Cup adds three interspecies races.

“None of the Above” becomes a choice for Eclipse Award voters.

The Quinella becomes a bad drink, rather than a bad bet.

Celebrity race callers and races called chosen by internet voting.

If Todd Pletcher or Bob Baffert lose the Kentucky Derby they forfeit their suits.

Cable cam, drone cam, Cam from Modern Family…there has to be a better camera angle for stretch runs.

Horse names released and recycled, creating renewed relevance for Jon White’s Kelso stories.

The industry finally confronts the problem of where to put all the retired and rescued horseplayers.

Consolidation of tracks and races. Arlington-Woodford-Capposella-Go For Wand-Norberto Arroyo-Downhill-Cheesecake Factory Where Pimlico Used to Be-Invitational-Classic shatters attendance records.

Discarded tickets placed on walls instead of floors. Stooping-associated lumbar surgery industry declares bankruptcy.

DRF website only accessible by invite only. Delayed pop-up ad on home screen remains.

Dead heat trophy presentations conducted in the Winners’ Octagon.

All riders wear EquiSight cameras for every race. Tracks eliminate admission fees and only charge for live video streaming and replays.

CHRB institutes mandatory, random “hug it out” sessions between jockeys.

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Communications manager & occasional horse racing blogger for @WirePlayers. Most jokes still in beta testing.

Published December 26, 2013
 https://medium.com/p/e75a197745c0

 

Kobe’s minutes to be limited initially


EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Kobe Bryant was on the court for nearly every minute of the seven games he played last April before tearing his Achilles.

He’ll be much scarcer when he makes his long-awaited return in the Los Angeles Lakers‘ game against the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

“I don’t think it’s a magical number,” Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said after practice Saturday when asked about a minute range for Bryant. “He’s totally well and ready to go. I think he’ll be limited by his wind and ability to be able to take the pounding. So, I would be surprised if more than in the twenties. It shouldn’t be any more than that.”

Read more – > http://espn.go.com/los-angeles/nba/story/_/id/10096899/mike-dantoni-says-kobe-bryant-minutes-exceed-twenties

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The Power of Embarrassingly Small Goals


See original article at http://smplme.wordpress.com/

 

The joy of setting lofty goals

 

So often when we set a goal, we set an impossibly large goal, and it makes us feel good — doesn’t it?

 

I’m not the greatest swimmer, so I’ll set the goal of swimming five days per week and compete in a triathlon.

 

I don’t enjoy reading much though I know I should do more of it, so I’ll set the goal of reading the great classics in philosophy.

 

My partner and I have fallen into a rut and lost our sense of adventure, so we’ll set the goal of doing something adventurous every week.

 

Goal original

Goal original (Photo credit: Peter Fuchs)

 

We feel good when we set these ambitious goals because at the starting line, before we’ve gotten wet, cracked open Aristotle’s “Nichomachean Ethics”, or jumped out of an airplane holding our lover’s hand… it all seems to be within reach. We see the possibilities and we already feel the success when we pack our bathing suit for a morning swim, when we enter the used bookstore to grab a classic, and when we think about all of the adventures that lie ahead. It’s because the work hasn’t started yet. It’s because we haven’t yet taken stock of where we truly are in this moment, and just how far away these ambitious goals are from this place.

 

When the work starts, and our distance from the end goal becomes painfully apparent, we find ourselves feeling discouraged, and we stop. Too much uncertainty lies between our starting place and where we want to end up, and it becomes easier to envision our failure rather than our success. To make this realization less painful, we begin to speak within ourselves, convincing ourselves that the problem was not us, nor was it our approach to achieving the goal — the problem was the goal itself. As a result, we don’t experience the rush of a successful triathlon completion, we don’t fill our minds with some of humanity’s greatest ideas, and our relationship remains stale.

 

Worse yet, the pain this should cause us fades with time, because we become someone that hates the water, has no need for lofty ideas, and our relationship is fine the way it is because we’ve found what we like and we stick to it.

 

My own failure

 

The first example regarding swimming is a personal example, so I’ll speak to that.

 

I have had many false starts on my path to becoming a stronger swimmer. It starts with me being inspired by watching an expert glide effortlessly through the water. I then set a goal to swim just like that. I research and purchase the gear that will help me get there. I get to the pool. I find myself gasping helplessly after one or two laps of inefficient swimming, my enthusiasm fizzles, and I convince myself that I am not cut out for this and so it would be best if I stick to what I am already good at.

 

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