In pictures: Zambia’s leading lady in the ring – My buddy I.B. sent me this. He’s an Indian guy who grew up in Zambia and has a British accent. He also wrote the first code editor I’m aware of that allowed you to highlight and comment a complete block of code.
I attended a USA Rugby coaching clinic this weekend that was phenomenal. It could not have been more different than the USA Rugby “education” sessions I’ve attended in the past. Admittedly, I had very low expectations coming in, but this was time well spent.
A big part of it focused on coaching in general, not just coaching rugby, and it could have applied to any sport–any subject for that matter. Another benefit was that it actually reminded me of one of my weaknesses of being more of a big picture person. I tend to focus more on the “why” and “how” than on “exactly how”. I’m more likely to think about strategy first, then spend the bulk of my time on the various tactics I can use to implement that strategy. Technique seems to get lost in the shuffle a lot of the time.
If you’ve ever seen me do anything other than type on a computer, you know technique is not my strong point.
So, where would you guess my weakness is as a coach? Duh. Teaching technique. I need to remember that going forward and make an effort to focus more on technique and fight my urge to always move on to the next tactic.
Another option–try to align myself with people who excel at coaching technique. I like that option better. Then I wouldn’t have to work on my coaching technique so much. 😀
While I was enjoying perfect weather to play rugby–temp in the 60s, overcast skies, a light rain falling–and listening to people complain about playing in the cold, I was not taking part in what may have been the South’s greatest fireworks display this year, which was put on by my former club.
This was filmed from about 60-70 meters. To give you some perspective, the little ant-sized figure on the screen just under the play button is a person (allegedly)
I hear there is talk of actually scheduling this event on purpose in future years.
WordCamp Orlando 12.05.09 – I plan to attend this…unless there's a rugby coaching clinic that weekend. Please tell me there isn't a rugby coaching clinic that weekend. Please, just tell me SOMETHING about the coaching clinic schedule. Please.
Galco’s Soda Pop Stop – So cool. I saw a video on the owner linked from Seth Godin. I love to see people doing stuff like this. There's a guy right down the street with a little business called Mailman Joey's who sells specialty sodas as well. How's this for a rule for your kids–you can only have soda that comes in a glass bottle and is made with real cane sugar. That's my new rule for me anyway.
Both Pat and his younger brother have both been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and this is a great effort to not only recognize their accomplishments as athletes, but to use it as a platform to raise money for research.
I’ll be posting more on this as the date nears, but it’s cool that they’ve been able to put this game together.
I’m definitely a Southern guy. I don’t need a stupid Facebook quiz to tell me this. It’s just something I know. Want proof? Try saying I’m not. Say it to my face! 🙂 However, according to this guide to winning over Southern girls, I don’t know much about how to woo women.
That explains how I ended up with the low-maintenance, easy-going, unpretentious, jaw-droppingly-beautiful girl I did instead of Scarlett O’Hara. Who wants a girl that wears curtains?
Still, I think I did pretty well for myself when I was fishing out of the Southern Pond, despite the fact that I frequently broke many of Bickers’ rules. You can click over to read the 15 things she recommends, but here’s a quick run-down on how I score with each of them.
I actually do this one
I agree with this as well…so far, so good
I’m not getting up just to do that
Yeah, but I do this for everyone, not just girls
I pay people to do this one…does that count?
Do rugby boots count? If not, it was over before it even started
At the table, yes. Inside, not always
I can do that
I don’t chase girls. Even when I was single, I didn’t chase them. Ok, I didn’t make it obvious that I was chasing them.
No way! I gotta eat!
C’mon! Do you think your life is some sort of fairly tale? Really?
I’ll buy dinner…no problem. But if we go for coffee after, you should at least offer to pay for it. (Of course, I wouldn’t let you).
Some guys can pull this one off, some can’t. It’s worth not making the effort to see which kind of guy you are.
Never? Never? That’s not really fair to ask of us.
Twist my arm–I promise to do my best to get you drunk, just don’t make me listen to the novel about your day.
If you haven’t checked out Livestrong, it’s the best site I’ve seen so far for tracking everything. They even have sports (like rugby) listed so that you can just pop in the amount of time you spent playing it will throw it into your calorie track. Lots of foods are already logged there, so just type in what you ate and it will more than likely show up. It also lets you group together common meals you eat and recommends healthier food choices.
There’s an active community there, and they also have really cool programs called “Dares” set up that allow you to join in and participate.
Success is much easier when you are quantifying everything. They have Facebook integration and an iPhone app, and I hope there’s an Android app coming out soon.
Other cool features–a water tracker in the sidebar that lets you hit a button and claim hydration. It’s actually a great motivator to drink more water.
So call the seat belt a boon to safety — no doubt true — but credit it too with spurring the modern study of risk compensation, which by now has been observed well beyond the highway—”in the workplace, on the playing field, at home, in the air.” When people perceive greater safety in skydiving, living in flood zones, having unprotected sex or even in high finance, they evidently take more chances.
My friend Jerry had a great idea…replace seat belts with huge metal spikes on steering wheels. Build all cars so that any crash will kill the driver. That will make people much more careful.
It goes along well with my idea of requiring every person on a airplane to be armed. Don’t own a gun? You’ll be handed one right after passing through the metal detector–sixteen in the clip and one in the chamber.
In all seriousness, the risk compensation thing explains why rugby is actually safer than football. With no pads you are a little more careful about what you do with your face and shoulders. That, or you have a very short career.