Inquisition to Isis – Reason vs Rationalization in the Human Animal

Michel de Montaigne

“It is evident to me that we only willingly carry out those religious duties which flatter our passions. Christians excel at hating enemies. Our zeal works wonders when it strengths our tendency towards hatred, emnity, ambition, avarice, evil-speaking … and rebellion. On the other hand, zeal never makes anyone go flying towards goodness, kindness or […]

‘Triptych: At the Water’s Edge’, by Seamus Heaney [Poem of the Day]

devenish island

On Devenish I heard a snipe And the keeper’s recital of elegies Under the tower. Carved monastic heads Were crumbling like bread on water. On Boa the god-eyed, sex-mouthed stone Socketed between graves, two-faced, trepanned, Answered my silence with silence. A stoup for rain water. Anathema. From a cold hearthstone on Horse Island I watched […]

Thomas Hobbes: Patron Saint Of Late Bloomers (Old People Unite!)


We live in increasingly stupid times. I use this word “stupid” in its most base and pejorative meaning: Willful ignorance. Couple that tendency with a habit of making snap judgments and the glorification of “assholes” and “bitches” (role models for our internet age!), and you have accurately described the state of our collective mind. A […]

Real Coaches Don’t Make You Shit On Yourself, OR, Safety Is For Pussies?


“I don’t care if you have to shit on yourself, do not let that other motherfucker out-curl your ass.” — CT Fletcher I love watching CT Fletcher’s videos. They are funny and quite often inspiring. But, god damn, please don’t coach like that! I saw a recent video of CT Fletcher working with a new […]

Why Coaches Fight, OR, Why You Shouldn’t Care


From Bulgaria To Cuba & Back Again “80% of your success comes from 20% of your effort.” — Vilfredo Pareto 1 “70% of life is showing up.” — Woody Allen “Make the lift, good technique. Miss the lift, bad technique. The rest is noise.” — Jim Moser Tamara was getting frustrated. She was on her […]

Were You Born A Loser? Lessons From D&D


Can you really compete with guys on steroids? What if you weren’t born with the “right” genetics? If you didn’t start when you were 8-years-old, should you quit now and just get it over with? Let’s face it, the best of the best are (with rare exception): genetic freaks who started young and have been […]

How To Open Jars Like Bruce Lee: And Other Athlete Tricks


I saw this interesting discussion on the Dilbert blog (yes, that Dilbert!) about a sneaky trick used to open a jar lid. Let me quote the important section for you: The setup happens when someone in your life asks you to open a stubborn jar. Ideally, that person has already tried several furious approaches to […]

The Declining State Of The American Mind: Foo vs Bar

Mongolian-born grand sumo champion Yokozuna Asashoryu performs ring-entering ritual in Tokyo

Sumo wrestling champions are rarely Japanese anymore. They hail from poorer places like Mongolia, Samoa, even Bulgaria where kids have a deeper incentive to train hard. Understandably, the Japanese don’t like what this says about the declining athleticism, drive, and motivation of their own youth. After all: what does it say about your national sport, […]