Farewell, Harold Ramis, comedy super-genius and philosopher of a generation.
“Most people wrongly assume it’s the serious art that teaches us about the Real Meaning of Life — dark films, serious poetry, boring documentaries, heavy-handed religions. But I posit the opposite: Everything you need to know about what it means to be alive can be found in comedy, particularly of this kind. Comedians are far better prophets because they are deeply flawed, but at least in their quest for laughter to blot out the horrible, they transcend the plodding omniscience of philosophers and gurus to go for the jokes.”
It is no secret that Seattle Seahawk’s coach Pete Carroll includes yoga and meditation as part of his training regime for his players. I was on a train back from a great weekend at Ashtanga Yoga Richmond when Sunday night’s Super Bowl ended with the Seahawks crushing victory, and so I thought I would test out the hypothesis that the Seahawk’s won because of all the yoga and meditation they did on my cab driver. “More likely it was their defense”, he replied.
The below snippet is from last August’s ESPN article on Coach Carrol’s training philosophy:
“The big idea is that happy players make for better players. Everyone in the facility, from coaches and players to personal assistants and valets, is expected to follow Carroll’s mantras regarding positivity of thought, words and actions. “Do your job better than it has ever been done before,” he tells them. Yelling and swearing are frowned upon, and every media interview with a player or coach ends with a thank-you to the reporter.”
Substitute the words “students”, “staff”, “teachers” and “principals” and you have the same description of what yoga in schools looks like, too.
For everyone who has ever wanted to learn how to beatbox (I’ve been walking around saying ‘bouncing cats’ and ‘baboons and pigs’ all day, just without the beats):
With NY beginning to get blanketed in snow, and with many roads already closed due to dangerous driving conditions, we have decided to keep AYNY closed for Friday morning’s class. The school will be open, however, for the Saturday led class and meditation. To all in the storm’s path, stay warm! For all in warmer weather, stay warmer
Below is the weather service’s storm warning:
Winter Storm Warning now in effect until 1 pm EST Friday.
- Locations: New York City, Northeast New Jersey and Southern Westchester County.
- Hazard types: snow and blowing snow.
- Accumulations: snow accumulation of 5 to 9 inches.
- Winds: north 15 to 25 mph with occasional gusts up to 35 mph.
- Wind chills, zero to 10 below zero late tonight and Friday.
- Visibilities: one quarter mile or less at times.
- Temperatures: falling through the 20s tonight and into the teens late tonight into Friday.
- Timing: occasional light snow, becoming a steady wind driven heavy snowfall tonight into Friday morning.
- Impacts: heavy snowfall, and blowing and drifting of powdery snow tonight into Friday will create dangerous travel conditions and could impact Snow Plowing operations. Wind chills below zero could lead to frostbite or hypothermia for anyone exposed to the cold.
I think the zero to ten below zero temperature prediction is a good enough excuse to stay in…
See you soon,
Here is a great post on five simple things to do in order to get work done more effectively from Hightail.com
“Office workers are interrupted (or self-interrupt) every three minutes, according to a study by Gloria Mark at the University of California, Irvine. To make matters worse, it can take up to 23 minutes for a worker to return to the original task. No wonder it’s so hard to get work done. And while our ability to juggle work is necessary, multitasking is a weakness, not a strength. A 2009 study at Stanford University found that frequent multitaskers not only underperformed when compared to nonmultitaskers, they also used their brains less effectively when they focused on a single activity.”
I know I am going to try to apply some of these, though I don’t think I’ll be getting in to work any earlier to get a jump on the day… I definitely find that the 90 or 25 minute work chunks work great, though.