My daily readings 06/26/2013

    • Two things happened in Boston on Marathon Monday. One was a violent crime and an act of terror. The other? Its opposite. A superhuman effort to help those injured— for many, it was an automatic impulse to rush into the chaos—and a partly improvised, near miraculous fight to save lives and limbs. Sean Flynn recounts the harrowing, heroic minutes when those two worlds collided
    • There are stations arranged inside the tent to treat the casualties, each with a physician, nurses, an athletic trainer, and a physical therapist. Powers is the captain of the athletic trainers inside the tent, sixteen plus him. Another thirty trainers are outside at the finish line. Last year, when the weather was in the mid-80s, the race was lousy with hyperthermia and dehydration. But this year should be better. The high won’t reach fifty under cloudy skies.
    • Round the world! There is much in that sound to inspire proud feelings; but whereto does all that circumnavigation conduct? Only through numberless perils to the very point whence we started, where those that we left behind secure, were all the time before us.
    • Most gave up before exiting the Atlantic. The last four sailors vying for the Golden Globe—Englishmen Robin Knox-Johnston, Nigel Tetley, and Donald Crowhurst, and Frenchman Bernard Moitessier—set out for different reasons, but they all faced the same test: to prove they could endure the danger of the sea and the strain of solitude in their crossings.
    • Noon sights involve less-complicated calculations—theGolden Globe sailors used them. Even Apollo 8 made use of celestial navigation: when Jim Lovell accidentally deleted some navigational records, he recreated them using the spacecraft’s built-in sextant.
    • In third place, somewhere in the southern reaches of the Indian Ocean, was forty five-year-old Nigel Tetley, an inoffensive Brit recently retired from the Royal Navy. While perusing the newspaper one morning with his wife, aboard his forty-foot trimaran, the Victress, he had read about the race and simply decided to take part. Multihulls (catamarans and trimarans) were, at the time, new and controversial yacht designs; they are fast, light, and cheap, but once capsized, they tend to stay upside down, held in place by the weight of the masts and sails. Part of Tetley’s reason for sailing was to test the suitability of a trimaran for round-the-world racing. Otherwise his motives remained obscure.
    • Robin Knox-Johnston landed in Falmouth on April 22, 1969, 313 days after he left, winning Robin Knox-Johnston landed in Falmouth on April 22, 1969, 313 days after he left, winning the Golden Globe trophy and bragging rights as history’s first nonstop solo circumnavigator. The British public had been following the race closely,
    • In a 1962 speech to Rice University, John F. Kennedy laid bare his argument for a mission to the moon: “We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won…Only if the United States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war.” Even though we know the ocean—the blue in our blue planet—is inconceivably small relative to the universe, in our cultural memory it is inseparable from the idea of exploration, the necessity of risky state-sponsored ventures to establish hegemony over new territory, and the prospect of heading into a vast and dangerous unknown.
    • Why do we waste the so much of our lives as servants to people that we don’t care about? We spend at least 40 hours per week working for other people to become richer than ourselves. That’s 35% [168 hrs/week – 56 hrs sleep/week / 40 hrs working] of our waking life from ~22 yrs old to ~65 yrs old. If you live to 75, you spend over 20% of your entire life doing work for someone else. And this isn’t to mention the so-called education required to get the servant job. And don’t think self-employment is anything but a new boss.
    • Usually I get a bit of a blank look, some uncomfortable excuses and then I tell them a version of the following. The effect is often quite dramatic, so I thought I’d share.
    • How just doing the first, tiny part of your idea can help you find out what you need to do to really make it a big idea

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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