1. A short documentary titled “FIVE/FIVE” that shows that even a short guy can learn how to dunk. Through high impact training and sheer determination. And, oh yeah, it helps if you’re black. The short plays like a parody of an inspirational video on down to the slow-motion filming and the random shot of a dashboard digital clock.
2. Most studies on the link between mental and physical exertion have measured how physical activity impacts mental stamina. New research looked at the reverse:
In simpler terms, exercise simply feels harder when your brain is tired, so you quit earlier, although objectively, your muscles are still somewhat fresh.
The finding is not surprising, but the fact that it hadn’t been studied is. The next question would be which order of activities decreases productivity the most. I find that physical exercise often rejuvenates my ability to think while if I spend a day thinking/writing/reading I’m worthless at the gym.
3. A self-esteem building program in New York City that tells young girls that they’re beautiful even though many of them aren’t.
4. Hugging sucks. I agree with the gist of the piece but wouldn’t be such a whiny bitch about people who wield the hug around as a social tool. If it’s not the hug it will be something else. I’m not a hugger, but sometimes I wish I was because it’s nice to have more rather than fewer weapons.
5. High school sports programs are associated with better academic performance among boys.
6. Howard University president resigns amid budget troubles. I wonder how racism will have caused the school’s possible future bankruptcy.
7. The tension between the movement to save Detroit’s art versus saving Detroit the city is fun to watch.