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Daily Reading List — September 24th

Five Useful Cooking Techniques No One Teaches You

Going to need this article in spades once the Whole 30 session kicks in.

Technique is for peaches.

All Boards Need a Technology Expert

Only a multi-year, board-level sponsored effort can ensure a responsible IT overhaul. But without IT expertise at the director level, how can a board truly make an educated decision and, more importantly, follow it through until the end of the project, adapting the design of the overhaul over the course of years to take advantage of rapidly changing technology and consumer behavior?

If your industry hasn’t been completely disrupted yet…

We cain’t have NUTHIN’ nice! Ferrari dealership at Wynn Las Vegas to close 

Tires, coffee and people

And mostly, we run classified ads to find the cheapest common denominator employee and spend all our time building systems to protect our customers from people who don’t care.

Ouch.

I like to relate everything to rugby and triathlon though:

Spending money on jerseys instead of spending time on fitness.

Buying an expensive bike, instead of riding the piss out of the crappy one you already have.

Also, yoga pants. Wait…no…I like yoga pants (not on me).

New IBM Tool Wants To Bring Shadow IT Under Control

I hate the word “control”, but “managing” this stuff is crucial. Management helps you set you direction and figure out what capabilities you need to be driving toward.

The Unexpected Influence of Stories Told at Work

It seems we are especially lifted up by stories of those at the bottom behaving generously and particularly discouraged by stories about higher-ups misbehaving.

I’m just going to leave that right there.

Why Wrestling Matters

I get chastised about being a wrestling fan a lot. Well, not chastised, but I know people are making fun of me in their heads. Just read it.

What is your decision making style?

I did some research and determined I’m a data driven decision maker.

And that was before I took the assessment.

Daily Reading List — July 15th

Project management for work that matters – I've made the mistake of breaking every one of these rules at least once. Good stuff here.

RevCoachAtkinson: For Love – For any of you Robert Earl Keen fans getting weddin'd soon, this could help.

Bonus points if you are able to tweak it to mention someone stepping into the alley with a single-shot .410

Taxi companies fret over impact of Uber, while drivers hope for more money – Whenever I use Uber, I usually end up talking about the service with the driver. One guy in Chicago told me he worked in management for a taxi company, but drove for Uber with his brother-in-law (also a taxi employee) on the side. He said the exact same thing–the taxi company owners hate it, and the drivers are loving it. Many, many drivers are interested in starting their own business, and Uber is the perfect way to get started for them.

Hostile people more likely to suffer a stroke – As we age, it's important to remember that it doesn't hurt your health at all to maintain a cheerful and positive disposition.

Hey! You kids get off my lawn!

Why Your Yoga Class Is So White – And then there's the even smaller percentage of minorities who spend their lives wearing Lululemon. Well, there is that one half-Korean chick.

Why The Cloud You Want Is Not The Cloud You Deserve – Maybe starting with low-risk systems and working your way out based on demand is a good idea?

5 People You Should Regularly Talk Shop With for a Better Career – I like these articles about establishing a "Board of Directors" for your personal life.

Meh – Of course, I only have one thing to say about this…

Daily Reading List — April 25th

Triathlon Fatalities Aren’t Going Away – Really hope someone can figure this out. Everything I've heard is that most of the people who die are fit and experienced, but have an undiagnosed heart condition.

And, uh, we also really need to do something about the number of people getting mowed down by cars when they are out training on their bikes. I stay inside the house because of that. Also there is Netflix.

Inspiration and Outrage in Boston – Outrage! If you're worried about the integrity of bandit runners, stop using your company's computer and bandwidth to try and track down bandit runners using Twitter and Facebook.

Ronald McDonald gets a makeover – Ronald McDonald now *serious* about being creepy. No more messing around.

American Teamwork–How Ryan Hall Helped Meb Win Boston – Great story about sacrifice for your teammates. Ryan Hall has smarts real good.

Why There Will Be A Robot Uprising – Some touch screen devices seem to have already achieved the desired outcome of preventing people from turning them off. #NoDisassemble

Drone Footage of a Rocket Taking off and Landing is Spectacular – The takeoff and landing is amazing on its own. Drones for the +1!

Post-Run Yoga – I blindly clicked, guessing low lunge would be the first thing on the list.

Google’s Secret Weapon To Keep Amazon And Microsoft On Their Toes – Race to the bottom of prices with a concurrent race to the top on speed? Sounds good to me!

4 Manly Lessons from the Minor Leagues – Some great stuff in here for triathletes too, even if you aren't trying to be a pro or get some sort of sponsorship. "Dominate the things you can control." and "Action without vision just passes time." are two of my favorites.

Unfollow Chocolate Milk! – It's about time someone with a louder voice than me said it. I bet Kool Ade, Tang, and every other sugary drink company wishes they'd thought of this scam before the Chocolate Milk cartel did.

Weekend warrior: mastering the art of the triathlon humblebrag – Really, there's no reason to be humble about it. If you're going out and doing ultra distance events regularly, or kicking ass in your age group in short and mid distance events, you are a bad ass. You are MUCH more of a badass than 90% of the population.

Flaunt it while you have it. You're not getting any younger.

Penn State Rugby Team Suspended – Here's the thing–college kids like to drink cold beer and, apparently, set things on fire.

When you have a problem with scholarship Division 1 athletes behavior, you can expect to have similar issues with non-scholarship club sport participants.

Ok..it's probably fair not to expect them to set things on fire because they aren't happy with their coach, but still.

A Bone To Pick With Yogis

Yoga whoops me. It whoops me good. I have a healthy respect for yoga. It’s eclipsed only by buffets on the list of things that expose my personal weaknesses.

But I have a hard time dealing with all the spiritual stuff commonly associated with it. I’m not saying it’s not real, and I’m not knocking people who are into for those reasons.

If that makes your day better, improves your experience, helps you deal with buttheads at work, that’s great. More power to you! I’m just saying I roll those little invisible eyes in my head that no one else can see every time I hear that stuff.

Again, I’m not saying those aren’t real and powerful things. I know that feeling is real–I get it from running.

Running is my flow. “Scottyasana”–Sanskrit for “Fat Jesus Lizard”.

Yoga, running, rock climbing, surfing…whatever. I think it’s pretty badass if anyone can get this amazing experience out of any activity that doesn’t involve a Schedule I narcotic. If you can find anything in life that makes you feel this good and is good for you at the same time, DO IT!!!

What I don’t fully understand is the need to talk about it at length.

Let’s say you go to a yoga class at your gym (or watch a video). It may be that the person teaching the class feels a ton of inner awareness or connection/oneness with the universe. I’ll go ahead and give them the benefit of the doubt and concede that.

But what about the other thirty people in the class? How many of them are feeling that–really feeling that? How many of them are just faking it because they think they are supposed to be feeling it because you keep talking about it?

I know for a fact that some of them (at least one) are thinking, “C’mon! I  just wanted to do a tough workout that includes a little mini-nap at the end! And now you’re talking about crystals and soul rainbows during the nap  part!”

Again. I get it. I know that feeling you’re talking about. But do you really have to talk about it (so much)?

And why would you want to?

One of the cool things about running/runners is that they generally don’t talk about this zen experience they have while running.

Don’t get me wrong. They will talk your ear off about running. They will drone on endlessly about their splits, their resting heart rate, and what they felt like 16.37 miles into the race. They will spend so much time at the water cooler telling you about how dehydrated they are from their last workout that you’ll dehydrate yourself just to avoid dealing with them at the water cooler.

I do it (here) all the time.

My poor wife.

But what I won’t talk about often, especially with people who don’t run, is that feeling I get from running. I’m more apt to mention it in passing with a fellow runner. And even then there’s a look in their eye that immediately lets me know whether or not they understand what I’m talking about and if I should carry on.

And when I do talk about it, there’s no way I’m going to divulge the full extent and details. That’s such a personal thing. Really, it’s too personal for me to put into words.

And if I could, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t.

Besides the fact that this feeling is so personal, I also feel like it’s something of a secret about running that I don’t want just anyone to know. I just found it one day. I was never looking for it.

You have to earn it, and it usually happens by chance. Just because you know it’s possible doesn’t mean you always get to have it, even though you walk out the door every day looking for it. At least that’s my experience.

Could it be that everyone doesn’t get a connection to the universe every single time they practice yoga? And can we talk about it a little less?

Maybe, just maybe, people can find it on their own.

Daily Reading List — August 29th

It Will Now Be Illegal To Toss A Cigarette Butt In Chicago – If you’re willing to litter your own body like this, of course you don’t mind littering anywhere else.

Be More Yogic – Inspiring Yoga Videos | Practice Whenever, Wherever – I know what someone is getting as a surprise. If she read my blog/Twitter, it wouldn’t be a surprise.

Mantra Power – Who here has a racing mantra? I have a few–very personal things I keep to myself, but they work.

Kids, go to college or you’ll die alone in misery – College isn’t for everyone. Skipping college isn’t for everyone either. Dropping out of HS isn’t for everyone either.

Pancakes, however, are for everyone. As long as there is a gluten free option.

On Yoga

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I never want to forget I overheard this conversation:

“You’re not going to wear my yoga pants.”

“Why? You never go to yoga.”

“Yes I do.”

“Touch your toes.”

“I can’t touch my toes. That’s why I go to yoga.”

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