Friday, December 30, 2011

Def Poetry (2002-2007)

Def Poetry, which was co-founded by Bruce George, Danny Simmons and Deborah Pointer, is an HBO television series produced by hip-hop music entrepreneur Russell Simmons. The series presents performances by established spoken word poets, as well as up-and-coming ones. Well-known actors and musicians will often surprise the audience by showing up to recite their own original poems. The show is hosted by Mos Def.

In November 2002, a live stage production, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam opened on Broadway. The show featured poets Beau Sia, Suheir Hammad, Staceyann Chin, Lemon, Mayda del Valle, Georgia Me, Black Ice, Poetri and Steve Coleman. The show ran on Broadway until May 2003, and won a 2003 Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. The show subsequently toured both nationally and internationally.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Hokies Bowl Victories

Catch the article at the Bleacher Report.

Just remembering the good ol' days...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Kina Grannis - "In Your Arms" (2011)

On November 14, 2007, Kina Grannis began posting videos of her self-released songs on YouTube. Her first video, "Message From Your Heart," was entered into Doritios Crash the Super Bowl contest. The contest, which she won, landed her a contract with Interscope Records.

Stairwells was released on February 23, 2010 and debuted at No. 139 on the Billboard 200, No. 5 on the Billboard Top Internet Albums chart, No. 2 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and No. 18 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart.

On November 3, 2011, Grannis released a stop-motion music video for the single "In Your Arms", using 288,000 jelly beans. It took about 2 years to complete the project. The video accumulated over 1 million views within the first three days.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Davis, Williams Suspended for Failed Drug Tests

Washington Post:
Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams and tight end Fred Davis were officially suspended without pay for four games by the NFL on Tuesday, according to a statement issued by the league. Suspensions begin immediately for the pair, who had failed multiple drug tests.

Williams reluctantly accepted the penalty earlier Tuesday, according to a person familiar with his situation. Davis’s response was less clear; he had been exploring whether he had other options than accepting the suspension, which was hammered out in a deal between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, according to people with knowledge of the situation.

Williams and Davis were among 11 NFL players who failed drug tests at the start of training camp, immediately after the NFL lockout was lifted. But as part of the settlement between the NFL and the players’ union, those players received no punishment under a 30-day grace period granted players. During the four-month league shutdown, players were neither tested nor counseled about drug use.

Davis and Williams both failed an additional test during the season for recreational drugs, believed to be marijuana, according to people familiar with their cases. Under the settlement between the NFL and the union, the third positive test is being treated as a second offense, which carries a four-game suspension.

Both players allegedly failed tests for marijuana use some time earlier in their careers.

News of the suspension first broke Sunday, shortly before the Redskins’ 34-19 loss to the New York Jets at FedEx Field.

Davis, whose contract expires at the end of this season, was working with an attorney before the NFL issued its statement Tuesday afternoon to determine whether he could challenge the penalty. But he seemed to have little recourse. Because the suspension is part of a deal between the league and the union, he would have to challenge both if he went to court.

Williams, according to one person who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, accepted the suspension after he and his representatives concluded they had no other choice except to fight both the NFL and the union. The Williams camp, the person said, was disappointed with the deal struck by the union, believing the final outcome should have been more lenient because of the circumstances of the lockout.

The Redskins confirmed the suspensions Tuesday afternoon, after the NFL issued its statement. Under league policy, neither player will be allowed to visit the team’s Redskins Park facility or take part in any team-related activities until the suspension is lifted immediately following the regular season. They also will be removed from the team’s 53-man roster.

Davis has career highs this season in catches (59) and yards (796). He is in the final year of his rookie contract and is scheduled to be a restricted free agent after this season. He was supposed to make $600,000 this year but will likely lose $141,176 by missing the final four games.

Williams, the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL draft, was set to earn $7.852 million in the second year of his rookie contract. He stands to lose nearly $1.85 million.

"You're talking about accountability," Mike Shanahan said, "people being there through thick and thin. And when you don't do that, there's not really anything you can say except, 'I screwed up.' And they were men enough today to stand in front of the team and say, 'Hey, I did screw up, and we promise it won't happen again.'"

"I didn't need an apology," said wide receiver Santana Moss, an offensive captain. "I feel like what they done to themselves, they (needed to) apologize to themselves before they apologize to me."

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Georgetown Course: "Sociology of Hip-Hop - Urban Theodicy of Jay-Z"

USA Today:
WASHINGTON – Michael Eric Dyson parses Jay-Z's lyrics as if analyzing fine literature. The rapper's riffs on luxury cars and tailored clothes and boasts of being the "Mike Jordan of recording" may make for catchy rhymes, but to Dyson, they also reflect incisive social commentary.

Dyson, a professor, author, radio host and television personality, has offered at Georgetown University this semester a popular — if unusual — class dedicated to Jay-Z and his career. The course, "Sociology of Hip-Hop: Jay-Z," may seem an unlikely offering at a Jesuit, majority-white school that counts former President Bill Clinton among its alumni. But Dyson insists that his class confronts topics present in any sociology course: racial and gender identity, sexuality, capitalism and economic inequality.

"It just happens to have an interesting object of engagement in Jay-Z — and what better way to meet people where they are?" Dyson said. "It's like Jesus talking to the woman at the well. You ask for a drink of water, then you get into some theological discussions."

Dyson offered his first university-level hip-hop course in 1995 at the University of North Carolina. Since then, he’s taught at Columbia, DePaul and the University of Pennsylvania, where he offered courses on Marvin Gaye and Tupac Shakur, using his 2002 book “Holler if You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur” as the primary textbook.

In recent years, Boston University has taught Bob Dylan and New York University has taught the Beatles, but college courses on rappers are rare. Courses on contemporary rappers are practically nonexistent.

He says Jay-Z, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is a worthy subject because of his diversity of business interests — a clothing entrepreneur, he's also a part owner of the NBA's New Jersey Nets (soon to move to his native New York borough of Brooklyn) — as well as his immense cross-cultural appeal and "lyrical prowess" in articulating contemporary black culture and his place in it.

"I think he's an icon of American excellence," Dyson said.

Dyson will draw from texts such as Jay-Z’s own Decoded, Adam Bradley’s Book of Rhymes, and Zack O’Malley Greenburg’s Empire State of Mind, along with other articles and films about hip-hop culture.

In his lectures, Dyson wrestles with the idea of rap music’s inadvertent political gravity. “Hip-hop has globalized a conception of blackness that has had a political impact, whether or not it had a political intent,” he booms.

He draws parallels between the writings of civil rights pioneer W.E.B. Du Bois and the rhymes of the ’90s rap legend Notorious B.I.G. He examines Jay-Z’s adolescent street hustle as a late-capitalist aftershock of the dynamics sociologist Max Weber described in his 1905 work, “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.” He explains how America’s 21st-century class struggles kindled the Occupy Wall Street protests — all against the backdrop of the rapper’s ascent from the bottom of the 99 percent to the tip-top of the 1.

One recent lecture centered on how popular black artists reflect their culture and race to the public at large, with Dyson name-dropping LL Cool J, Diahann Carroll and Bill Cosby. The professor and one student went back and forth on whether the rapper's lyrical depictions of his extravagant lifestyle — "Used to rock a throwback, balling on the corner/Now I rock a Teller suit, looking like an owner" is one of many examples — amounted to bragging and rubbing his taste for fine living in the faces of his listeners.

The student took the position that Jay-Z appears overly boastful, but Dyson countered that the rapper, who grew up in a Brooklyn housing project but has since become a multimillionaire, has never lost his ability to relate to the struggles of everyday people and has continued giving voice to their concerns. Though Jay-Z raps about Saint-Tropez and expensive cigars, he also talks about being nurtured by Brooklyn. And in one song, 99 Problems, he attacks racial profiling with a stark depiction of a racially motivated traffic stop: "Son, do you know why I'm stopping you for?" the officer asks. Jay-Z replies: "'Cause I'm young and I'm black and my hat's real low."

The chairman of Georgetown's sociology department, Timothy Wickham-Crowley, says he supports Dyson's course for trying to show how Jay-Z's music fits into American society, and Steve Stoute, an author and marketing executive who has done business with Jay-Z and has spoken to the class, said the course has practical value for students interested in business.

But others have concerns.

Kevin Powell, who writes about hip-hop and has run unsuccessfully for Congress in Brooklyn, said any discussion of Jay-Z should account for what Powell says are the rapper's derogatory lyrics toward women and his expressions of excessive materialism. Kris Marsh, an assistant sociology professor at the University of Maryland who specializes in the black middle class, said that while she appreciated Jay-Z's cultural significance, she was wary of structuring an entire course around him and using his narrative alone to reflect black America. Though hip-hop artists can focus a lens on urban life, she said, "sometimes these artists use poetic license" and blend fact and fiction to an audience that is often suburban and white.

"We're not sure if it's fiction or real life. It can be almost indistinguishable sometimes in hip-hop," she said.

In an opinion piece published in the student newspaper, The Hoya, junior Stephen Wu dismissed as "poppycock" Dyson's belief that Jay-Z could be compared to Homer or Shakespeare.

"It speaks volumes that we engage in the beat of Carter's pseudo-music while we scrounge to find serious academic offerings on Beethoven and Liszt. We dissect the lyrics of Big Pimpin', but we don't read Spenser or Sophocles closely," Wu wrote.

Danielle Bailey, a senior international business and marketing major who is taking the class, said she was a Jay-Z fan before enrolling but now has greater appreciation for his business acumen.

"I know a lot of people are upset, but I think the point of college is to think outside the box. I rarely have classes that allow me to look at things differently," she said, adding, "It's not always about Mozart and Homer."

Dyson makes no apologies, saying the course is a conduit for studying the "major themes of American life" and that hip-hop artists at their best deserve to be classified alongside literary luminaries.

Jay-Z was on tour and not available for an interview, his representative said. But Dyson, who considers himself a friend of the rapper, says Jay-Z has told him he appreciates the course. And Bailey said she heard Jay-Z give a "shout-out" to the class at a recent concert of his she attended.

"You're doing the class there," Dyson says Jay-Z told him. "I'm doing kind of the master class while I'm in concert."

Saturday, December 3, 2011

New Black Keys

Spotlight: David Wilson

"It’s really no pressure; I want to be that spark," Wilson said. "It’s a drive in me. I like making big plays. At the same time, my team needs it. When somebody on offense makes a big play, the whole sideline gets electrified."

David Wilson finished the 2011 season with 1,709 rushing yards, fifth in the nation. He fell short of the ACC’s single-season record for rushing yards, which Virginia's Thomas Jones set with 1,798 in 1999. But it was a school record, and he became just the third player in ACC history to finish a season with more than 1,700 yards. The 5'10", 205 lb. junior ran for 100 or more yards in all but two of the Hokies' twelve regular-season games, tying an ACC record last established by Ryan Williams, then a freshman, in 2009. He finished No. 7 in the country and led the ACC in rushing yards per game at 125.15, and averaged 5.9 yards per carry. He had nine rushing touchdowns and was second in the ACC in all-purpose yards with 163.8 per game, for a total of 2,253 yards. He also caught 21 passes for 126 yards and a touchdown.

In November, Wilson was named the ACC Offensive and Overall Player of the Year. He immediately follows a former teammate, quarterback Tyrod Taylor, in winning the award. Virginia Tech is the first program to produce consecutive Players of the Year since Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward was honored in 1992 and 1993. It’s the fifth time that different players from the same school have won in consecutive years; that happened most recently with the selections of Virginia QBs Shawn Moore (1990) and Matt Blundin (1991).

He was a durable back who proved last year that he could carry the full workload, and his athleticism and explosiveness made him an exciting player to watch.

While there's debate about how high Wilson would be selected should he go pro - ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has him as the 26th-ranked prospect, while Mel Kiper Jr. doesn't have Wilson in his top 25 - there's universal agreement that he'd wow scouts, coaches and general managers at the NFL Scouting Combine given the opportunity.

He could legitimize his 4.29-second 40-yard dash time.

He could show off his 40 1/2-inch vertical leap.

He could dominate the broad jump because, as he reasoned, it's not much different from the triple jump, an event he earned All-America honors in last spring by finishing sixth in the NCAA track and field championships.

More information:
» Oct 26: "Is David Wilson having a Heisman-worthy season?"
» Nov 14: "Turning Into A Record-Setting Duo"
» Nov 30: David Wilson is ACC Offensive and Overall Player of the Year

Thursday, December 1, 2011

TV People: Don't Go Into Music

From The Office:
Leslie David Baker ft N.U.M. - "2 Be Simple"

From Jersey Shore:
Vinny Guadagnino - "Rack City Bitch"

DJ Pauly D - "Beat Dat Beat"

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Spotlight: Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) was an American historian, academic, author, playwright, and social activist. Before and during his tenure as a political science professor at Boston University from 1964-88 he wrote more than 20 books, which included his best-selling and influential A People's History of the United States. He wrote extensively about the Civil Rights and anti-war movements, as well as of the labor history of the United States. His memoir, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train, was also the title of a 2004 documentary about Zinn's life and work.

World War II
Eager to fight fascism, Zinn joined the Army Air Force during World War II and was assigned as a bombardier in the 490th Bombardment Group, bombing targets in Berlin, Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. The anti-war stance Zinn developed later was informed, in part, by his experiences. A U.S. bombardier in April 1945, Zinn dropped napalm bombs on Royan, a seaside resort in southwestern France.

On a post-doctoral research mission nine years later, Zinn visited the resort near Bordeaux where he interviewed residents, reviewed municipal documents, and read wartime newspaper clippings at the local library. In 1966, Zinn returned to Royan after which he gave his fullest account of that research in his book, The Politics of History. On the ground, Zinn learned that the aerial bombing attacks in which he participated had killed more than 1000 French civilians as well as some German soldiers hiding near Royan to await the war's end, events that are described "in all accounts" he found as "une tragique erreur" that leveled a small but ancient city and "its population that was, at least officially, friend, not foe." In The Politics of History, Zinn described how the bombing was ordered—three weeks before the war in Europe ended—by military officials who were, in part, motivated more by the desire for their own career advancement than in legitimate military objectives. He quotes the official history of the U.S. Army Air Forces' brief reference to the Eighth Air Force attack on Royan and also, in the same chapter, to the bombing of Pilsen in what was then Czechoslovakia. The official history stated that the famous Skoda works in Pilsen "received 500 well-placed tons, and that "Because of a warning sent out ahead of time the workers were able to escape, except for five persons."

Zinn wrote, "I recalled flying on that mission, too, as deputy lead bombardier, and that we did not aim specifically at the 'skoda works' (which I would have noted, because it was the one target in Czechoslovakia I had read about) but dropped our bombs, without much precision, on the city of Pilsen. Two Czech citizens who lived in Pilsen at the time told me, recently, that several hundred people were killed in that raid (that is, Czechs)—not five."

Zinn said his experience as a wartime bombardier, combined with his research into the reasons for, and effects of the bombing of Royan and Pilsen, sensitized him to the ethical dilemmas faced by G.I.s during wartime. Zinn questioned the justifications for military operations that inflicted massive civilian casualties during the Allied bombing of cities such as Dresden, Royan, Tokyo, and Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War II, Hanoi during the War in Vietnam, and Baghdad during the war in Iraq and the civilian casualties during bombings in Afghanistan during the current and nearly decade old war there. In his pamphlet, Hiroshima: Breaking the Silence written in 1995, he laid out the case against targeting civilians with aerial bombing.

Six years later, he wrote: "Recall that in the midst of the Gulf War, the U.S. military bombed an air raid shelter, killing 400 to 500 men, women, and children who were huddled to escape bombs. The claim was that it was a military target, housing a communications center, but reporters going through the ruins immediately afterward said there was no sign of anything like that. I suggest that the history of bombing—and no one has bombed more than this nation—is a history of endless atrocities, all calmly explained by deceptive and deadly language like 'accident', 'military target', and 'collateral damage.'"

Academic Career
After World War II, Zinn attended New York University on the GI Bill, graduating with a B.A. in 1951 and Columbia University, where he earned an M.A. (1952) and a Ph.D. in history with a minor in political science.

He was Professor of History at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia from 1956 to 1963, and Visiting Professor at both the University of Paris and University of Bologna.

In 1964, Zinn accepted a position at Boston University, after writing two books and participation in the Civil Rights movement in the South. His classes in civil liberties were among the most popular at the university with as many as 400 students subscribing each semester to the non-required class. A Professor of Political Science, he taught at BU for 24 years and retired in 1988 at age 64.

"He had a deep sense of fairness and justice for the underdog. But he always kept his sense of humor. He was a happy warrior," said Caryl Rivers, journalism professor at Boston University. Rivers and Zinn were among a group of faculty members who in 1979 defended the right of the school's clerical workers to strike and were threatened with dismissal after refusing to cross a picket line.

Zinn came to believe that the point of view expressed in traditional history books was often limited. He wrote a history textbook, A People's History of the United States, to provide other perspectives on American history. The textbook depicts the struggles of Native Americans against European and U.S. conquest and expansion, slaves against slavery, unionists and other workers against capitalists, women against patriarchy, and African-Americans for civil rights. The book was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1981.

In the years since the first edition of A People's History was published in 1980, it has been used as an alternative to standard textbooks in many high school and college history courses, and it is one of the most widely known examples of critical pedagogy. The New York Times Book Review stated in 2006 that the book "routinely sells more than 100,000 copies a year".

In 2004, Zinn published Voices of A People's History of the United States with Anthony Arnove. Voices is a sourcebook of speeches, articles, essays, poetry and song lyrics by the people themselves whose stories are told in A People's History.

The People Speak, released in 2010, is a documentary movie inspired by the lives of ordinary people who fought back against oppressive conditions over the course of the history of the United States. The film includes performances by Zinn, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Viggo Mortensen, Josh Brolin, Danny Glover, Marisa Tomei, Don Cheadle, and Sandra Oh.

Zinn was swimming in a hotel pool when he died of an apparent heart attack in Santa Monica, California on January 27, 2010. He had been scheduled to speak at the Santa Monica Museum of Art for an event titled "A Collection of Ideas... the People Speak."

In one of his last interviews he said he'd like to be remembered "for introducing a different way of thinking about the world, about war, about human rights, about equality," and "for getting more people to realize that the power which rests so far in the hands of people with wealth and guns, that the power ultimately rests in people themselves and that they can use it. At certain points in history, they have used it. Black people in the South used it. People in the women's movement used it. People in the anti-war movement used it. People in other countries who have overthrown tyrannies have used it."

He said he wanted to be known as "somebody who gave people a feeling of hope and power that they didn't have before."

» A Kinder, Gentler Patriotism
» Howard Zinn on Tumblr
» HowardZinn.Org: His Vital Work and Legacy

Monday, November 28, 2011

NBA Lockout Is Over!

"Training camps and a frenzied free agency period are expected to start Dec. 9, followed by a limited preseason slate before a nationally televised tripleheader opens the season Dec. 25."
The NBA has outlined plans for the delayed season as the finishing touches are put to the league's new labor deal.

The regular season would run through April 26 and require teams to play at least one set of back-to-back games if a new labor deal is ratified in time to start at Christmas.

The league posted an outline of what the schedule would look like via its Twitter feed. The plan is a 66-game regular season, ending about 10 days later than usual. The last possible day of the NBA finals would be June 26, two weeks later than the championship series ended last season.

Teams would play 48 games within their conference and 18 non-conference games. No team would play on three straight nights more than three times. Back-to-backs might also be played during the second round of the postseason.

Owners and players are still putting the finishing touches to a new labor deal.

A handshake deal was announced in the early hours of Saturday to end a five-month dispute and salvage the 2011-12 season, owners' representatives and players' union officials were hammering out the finer points of an agreement that still has to be ratified by both sides.

Before free-agent signings can begin and training camps open, 15-of-30 owners must approve the new collective bargaining agreement while the union needs a majority vote from its 430-plus members.

The players must also reform their union, which they dissolved on November 14, to pursue an anti-trust remedy to the labor dispute before putting the deal to a vote.

When the tentative agreement was announced on Saturday, details were vague beyond plans for a 66-game regular season that would open on Christmas Day with a triple-header featuring marquee teams like the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and champion Dallas Mavericks.

Selling the deal may prove difficult for both sides with some players saying they have made too many concessions while hard-line owners believe the opposite.

Saying they lost $300 million last season, owners entered negotiations demanding a hard salary cap system similar to the National Hockey League's, non-guaranteed contracts and a bigger cut of basketball-related income (BRI).

According to reports, owners will get a bigger slice of the BRI pie with the 57 percent players received in the previous agreement trimmed to between 49 and 51 percent depending on various economic factors.

However, instead of an overhaul and a hard cap, owners settled for tweaks to the existing luxury tax cap system hoping they will be enough to bring parity to the league and keep big-spending, big-market teams from scooping up top players as Miami and New York have done.

While players took a cut in revenue, they gained major concession from the owners on complex "systems issues" allowing luxury tax-paying teams to keep some form of the mid-level exceptions and still able to participate in sign-and-trade deals - although both are believed to come with restrictions.

"I think (the deal) will largely prevent the high-spending teams from competing in the free agency market in a way that they have been able to in the past," NBA deputy commissioner Adam Silver told reporters.

"It is a compromise and it is not the system we sought out to get in terms of a harder cap but the luxury tax is harsher than it was in the past deal and we hope it's effective. This was not an easy agreement for anyone.

"Owners came in having suffered substantial losses and feeling the system wasn't working fairly across all teams and I certainly know the players had strong views about expectations in terms of what they should be getting from the system so it required a lot of compromise from both parties," said Silver.

While the owners and players have reached agreement in principle on major issues there are numerous other items in the reported 10-year deal that must be negotiated including drug-testing and the minimum age for league eligibility.

"There is a lot of work to be done in a lot of places, with a lot of committees and player groups and alike, but we are optimistic that it will hold and we will have ourselves an NBA season," NBA Commissioner David Stern said upon emerging with the deal.

More information:
» USAToday: Deal Not Perfect But Both Sides Can Go With It
» ESPN: "Did We Learn Anything from the Lockout?"
» The Top 15 Free Agents

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Space Porn

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS from Michael König on Vimeo.
Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa and the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km with a high ISO HD Camera developed by NHK Japan, nicknamed the SS-HDTV camera. Music: Jan Jelinek's "Do Dekor (Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records)"

Galaxies in Real and Simulated Universes from Risa Wechsler on Vimeo.
We see galaxies in the sky, but cannot see the dark matter clumps surrounding them. However, we can simulate them as they form in a model Universe. The Bolshoi supercomputers create this simulation of the large-scale structure of the universe by first examining the data from NASA's WMAP explorer, which maps out the cosmic microwave background radiation. The video compares data from the supercomputer with the distribution of galaxies observed in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, or SDSS.

The Doors Perform Reading Rainbow

Monday, November 14, 2011

Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez Rivalry

LAS VEGAS -- The wait has been three years for a third helping of the great Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez rivalry, but will it be worth it? And will the outcome provide closure to one of boxing's greatest modern rivalries?

They have met twice before in epic battles that ended in controversial decisions, a draw in their 2004 featherweight championship fight and a Pacquiao split-decision victory in the rematch, a 2008 junior lightweight championship bout.

And now they meet again Saturday night (HBO PPV, 9 ET, $54.95) for Pacquiao's welterweight title at the sold-out MGM Garden Arena, the same site as the first fight. Each has something to prove in one of boxing's all-time trilogies.

"The first two fights were as close as any two fights could be," Top Rank promoter Bob Arum said. "This fight will conclusively demonstrate who the better fighter is and settle a point of contention which has been going on for years."

Said Pacquiao: "This will be an exciting fight because our styles make for exciting fights. He likes to fight toe-to-toe, as I do. We both like action and to engage our opponents. I expect Marquez to be faster and stronger than the last time we fought. He is the ultimate competitor. I am prepared to go another brutal 12 rounds just like the previous two fights.

"There will be a lot of action in this fight. We both have a lot of pride when we enter the ring representing our countries, fighting for the honor of our nations."

Pound-for-pound king Pacquiao, the singing congressman from the Philippines and the only eight-division titlist in boxing history, is a significant favorite. He aims to leave no doubt about his superiority against lightweight champion Marquez, the popular Mexican star and three-division champ who is moving up in weight.

"Marquez has the right to make alibis about not winning our two previous fights," Pacquiao said. "It's because of those alibis that I am so motivated for our upcoming fight. I want to end all the questions he has raised about who won our past fights and who the better fighter is. I have something to prove in this fight."

Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs) has every reason to believe he is the better man, even if many believe Marquez was the rightful winner the first two times. It is Pacquiao who is 1-0-1 against Marquez (53-5-1, 39 KOs), having knocked him down a total of four times -- three times in the first round of the first fight and once in the third round of the rematch.

"I just want to clear out the doubts in the minds of some fans," Pacquiao said.

There are three significant differences between then and now, which Pacquiao believes will make a big difference for him.

One is that he is now a seasoned welterweight (although the fight is contracted at 144 pounds, three fewer than the division limit) used to fighting bigger men.

"I'm bigger. I've been fighting bigger guys for a few years now -- [Antonio] Margarito, [Oscar] De La Hoya, [Shane] Mosley, Miguel Cotto," Pacquiao said. "They're all big."

And Pacquiao beat all of them in resounding fashion.

Another attribute that Pacquiao, 32, points to as an advantage is his evolution as a fighter. Back when he and Marquez previously met, Pacquiao was essentially a one-handed fighter. He's a southpaw and his left hand is deadly, but his right hand was not much of a weapon. He and trainer Freddie Roach have worked on it for years, and it has since become very dangerous and a big part of his arsenal.

"It's a big difference. My right hand is well-developed and I know how to fight," Pacquiao said. "I am a more complete fighter than when we fought previously. I am now a two-fisted fighter. My right is as potent, as powerful and as dangerous as my left. I have as much confidence in my right as I do in my left."

There is also the fact that Marquez, 38, who can brawl with the best of them, is a counterpuncher at heart and gave Pacquiao problems.

"I've been studying since the last two fights how to fight a counterpuncher," Pacquiao said. "Before, we didn't study how to fight a counterpuncher. Now we have perfected how to fight a counterpuncher."

There is another factor, although it is an intangible: Pacquiao's desire to make a statement. Although he takes the high road and has shown Marquez immense respect, there is a palpable sense that Pacquiao wants the knockout.

Those around him say he felt disrespected by Marquez, who has cried for years that he was robbed in both fights, who took to wearing a T-shirt at public appearances that proclaimed in bold letters, MARQUEZ BEAT PACQUIAO TWICE.

"He is tremendously invested in this fight, emotionally invested in this fight," Arum said of Pacquiao. "He wants to win and win convincingly."

Roach has been outspoken about the desire for a knockout victory.

"Manny never predicts and will never say anything bad about this guy, but [Marquez] slapped him in the face when he went to the Philippines wearing a shirt that said 'I beat Manny twice,'" Roach said. "Manny doesn't like this guy, I know that. It's been a little extra motivation for him. And I think after [Floyd] Mayweather couldn't knock this guy out, I think we need to knock this guy out, especially after the last fights [decisions against Mosley in May and Margarito last November] where Manny carried both guys. At this stage, we need a good ending. A knockout is always good."

Marquez, a significant underdog at the MGM's sports book, is out to prove that his excellent performances against Pacquiao were no accident and that he can finally get an official win against his greatest rival -- even if it comes in a weight class where, in his only previous fight, he got knocked down and lost a virtual shutout decision to Mayweather in 2009.

"We are going to clear all the doubts from the first two fights, and I feel very good about it," said Marquez, who has added muscle as he has bulked up. He believes the Mayweather fight should be discounted, saying he did not put on the weight properly last time.

"I had problems moving up, but I would rather fight Pacquiao three or four more times than fight Mayweather once," Marquez said. "Mayweather is a defensive fighter -- he doesn't let you fight. But we know Pacquiao comes to fight and he is a spectacular fighter. He is always going to give you a fight, and that's why I know it will be a war between us."

Marquez said he isn't concerned about the fact that he is an older fighter now. He blitzed through Likar Ramos in the first round in a July junior welterweight fight that was a farce, as Ramos basically laid down. In Marquez's most recent real fight, he stopped Michael Katsidis in the ninth round of a lightweight title defense last November -- but he was badly hurt, dropped in the third round and nearly knocked out.

"I don't believe age has anything to do with it," Marquez said. "I prepare myself very well and I'm going to be just as good as I would have been a few years ago. As long as I had the good training camp that I had, I'll be fine."

As sick as Pacquiao is of hearing about it, Marquez doesn't back off his claim that he was the rightful winner of the first two fights.

"Well, if he is upset about what I said about winning the first two fights, I am upset that I didn't get the decision," Marquez said. "I am motivated just as much as he is. We all have opinions and my opinion is that I didn't get the decisions I deserved.

"All the preparation has been done. Now it's just about having the fight of my life to settle everything once and for all."

Herman Cain For President

Axe Commercial Banned in South Africa

A heavenly ad is turning hellish for Axe.

The deodorant brand has seen its latest campaign banned in South Africa because its depiction of gorgeous angels falling from heaven offends Christians, the Daily Mail reports.

Carrying the tagline "Angels Will Fall," the 60-second commercial sees models sporting wings and halos crashing down from the sky as a man walks down an Italian street.

Following a complaint from a male Christian viewer, who said he was upset by "the suggestion that God's messengers could literally fall for a man on the basis of his shop-bought fragrance," the country's Advertising Standards Authority moved to ban the ad on the presumption that other viewers would also be offended.

"The problem is not so much that angels are used in the commercial, but rather that the angels are seen to forfeit, or perhaps forego their heavenly status for mortal desires," the ASA ruled.

"This is something that would likely offend Christians in the same manner as it offended the complainant."

Thursday, November 10, 2011

3D Time-Lapse of San Francisco

This video, called "Deus Ex Homine," is a stereoscopic 3D motion-controlled time-lapse by artist Peter H. Chang.

Here's a little insight into Peter's creative process:
"Canon 5D Mark II's were used in both parallel and beamsplitter configurations for true, native stereo capture at 5.6K resolution RAW. The camBLOCK and Dynamic Perception were used for motion control. There were some major technical hurdles with both capture and post, but once we saw the results in 3D, it was well worth it."

The 1080p, 2D version is above for the benefit of our readers—and is plenty beautiful in its own right—though if you have some 3D glasses handy, head over to YouTube to see it in three glorious dimensions. Just hover over the 3D button, click "Change Viewing Method..." and switch to your 3D mode of choice. Naturally, 1080p is recommended if your computer can handle it at full-screen.

Edited by Peter Chang
Color correction and grading by Brad Kremer
Produced by Peter Chang and Christopher Frey
Music by Michael McCann "Icarus" from Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - "Letter From God To Man" (2007)

Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip are a hip-hop duo, combining electronic beats with sung, spoken, and rapped lyrics. The pair are Daniel Stephens (aka dan le sac; production, programming, keyboards, guitars and backing vocals), and David Peter Meads (1981-) (aka Scroobius Pip; vocals/rapper). The name "Scroobius Pip" is an intentional misspelling of the Edward Lear poem, The Scroobious Pip. dan le sac originally hails from Corringham and Scroobius Pip from neighbouring Stanford-le-Hope in Essex.

On Christmas Eve 2007, whilst still unsigned, the duo released a free download of "Letter From God To Man" which includes a sample of Radiohead's "Planet Telex".

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

American Sets "Largest Wave Surfed" Record

Huffington Post:
American professional surfer Garrett McNamara just broke the world record for "Largest Wave Surfed" by successfully navigating this 90-footer off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. The previous world record (77 feet) was set by Mike Parsons in 2008.

McNamara's amazing feat took place in Praia do Norte, Nazare, Portugal, during the ZON North Canyon Show 2011.

According to the Portuguese Hydrographic Institute, as reported in Drift Magazine, "the proximity of the 'Nazare Canyon' to Praia do Norte creates a situation that greatly increases the swells intensity."

"I feel so blessed and honored to have been invited to explore this canyon and its special town," McNamara told Surfer Today. "The waves here are such a mystery."

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Cataracs - "Top Of The World" w/ Dev

best youtube comment: "This porn has really good music."

The Cataracs are an American hip hop indie-pop duo formed in Berkeley, California, consisting of David “Campa” Benjamin Singer-Vine, a songwriter and vocalist and Niles “Cyrano” Hollowell-Dhar, a songwriter, vocalist, and producer. The duo started out as an independent group, during their years at Berkeley High School. The two were first signed to the label Indie-Pop. They are currently based in Los Angeles, California.

The song "Top Of The World" was released as a single on March 22, 2011 as a digital download in the United States and Canada and currently serves as the first single released from the duo's upcoming fifth studio album, 12.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Flying Lotus - "Zodiac Shit" (2010)

Flying Lotus (born Steven Ellison) is an experimental multi-genre music producer from Los Angeles, California. His debut album, 1983, was released on Plug Research Records in 2006. He produced much of the bumper music on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim programming block, for which he is uncredited.

His third album, Cosmogramma, was released on May 3, 2010, in the UK and May 4, 2010, in the U.S. The title comes from an incident when he was listening to an Ashram lecture from his great-aunt Alice Coltrane and he misheard the words "cosmic drama" as cosmogramma. The album was awarded the top spot in Exclaim! Magazine's annual ranking of Electronic albums.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Lockout Costs NBA Two More Weeks

Washington Post:
NBA Commissioner David Stern canceled an additional two weeks of the season on Friday after the league and its players’ union were unable to resolve their labor dispute and come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

The league had already eliminated the first two weeks, wiping out 100 games though Nov. 14, and the next round will take away 112 games through Nov. 30.

The Wizards would lose nine more games, bringing their total to 14. They will miss out on the first West Coast trip of the season, which included games against the Los Angeles Lakers (Nov. 15), Sacramento (Nov. 16), Golden State (Nov. 18) and Denver (Nov. 19). They will also lose home games against Boston (Nov. 22), Minnesota (Nov. 26) and Cleveland (Nov. 30) and two other road games, against Detroit (Nov. 25) and New York (Nov. 28).

With the league now wiping out most of the first month of the season, the Wizards would miss two paychecks – or about $7.42 million. All NBA players would miss out on an estimated $400 million.

Players have been locked out since July 1 and no talks have been scheduled since negotiations again broke down when both sides failed to figure out how to divide revenues.

The players’ union received 57 percent of basketball-related income in the previous collective barganing agreement, but has been willing to go down to 52 percent. Owners are seeking a 50-50 split, a number that has resulted in three bargaining breakdowns in the past month.

“I’m just reflecting the calendar,” Stern said. “I mean, there’s just — you need 30 days to play, and so the last two weeks of November are gone. It’s already getting to be November 1. The calendar takes care of our games. These are not punitive announcements, these are calendar-generated announcements.

“We had quite openly discussed with the players that if we could make the deal, we could get the season in,” he said. “And we knew that if we had been able to make a deal, in the first year of the deal, the amount — because we had already agreed with the players that their current contracts would be paid, the amount being paid to them would be far in excess of 50 percent.”

Schedules would likely have to be scrapped and done over, if the two sides are able to reach an agreement that could salvage the season.

More information:
» At least John Wall ripped it up in the Las Vegas "Lockout League":

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Fugees - "Rumble in the Jungle" w/ A Tribe & Busta (1996)

The Rumble in the Jungle was a historic boxing event that took place on October 30, 1974, in the Mai 20 Stadium in Kinshasa, Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). It pitted then world Heavyweight champion George Foreman against former world champion and challenger Muhammad Ali. Ali won by knocking out Foreman in the eighth round.

When We Were Kings is a 1996 documentary film directed by Leon Gast about the famous Rumble in the Jungle heavyweight championship match between Ali and Foreman. The film won the 1996 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, and is frequently regarded as one of the best boxing documentaries ever.

A soundtrack album was released in 1997. It features live festival performances in addition to new music by Zelma Davis, the duet "When We Were Kings" performed by Brian McKnight and Diana King, and "Rumble In The Jungle", the final recording done by the Fugees, in a collaboration with A Tribe Called Quest, Busta Rhymes, and John Forte.

How to Build Your Brand at Music Festivals

The Smoking Section:
1. Make Sure Your Music Is Mixed Properly
This is number one for a reason. Whether it’s a CD or some other form of free, there’s nothing worse than playing an album that’s not mixed properly. More specifically, it’s a sure way for your tunes to be quickly glossed over. Don’t invest so much into cover art and packaging that you forget to make sure your vocals sound crisp and aren’t drowned out by the instrumental.

2. Put Your Best Song First
Sure it’s cliché but you really don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Grab the listener’s attention early and get them on your side. Don’t make or expect them to suffer through the intro and couple of freestyles before they find something that resonates. Because truthfully, they may not make it to track five.

3. Carry Yourself With Class
One thing we’ve found very humbling while submitting ourselves to events like this is that you never know who you’ll bump in to. Since half our livelihood is consumed online, many times putting faces on Internet acquaintances, artists or personalities is easier said than done. So, before you give someone you don’t know the cold shoulder, keep in mind they might have the skeleton key to your success. Treat everyone like he or she is the most important person in the room.

4. Stand Out With Stage Presence
When there are 101 rappers on the bill, your live performance has to include more than you standing on stage mean-mugging. Let’s face it, you’re probably far from a hometown crowd and not everyone knows your songs. So figuring out a way to stick out is key. If it helps, go watch Tyler The Creator or MGK perform on YouTube and remember where their stage shows took them.

5. Limit Your CD To 5-7 Songs
As mentioned before, your release won’t be the only one someone will have the opportunity to check out. Instead of 19 tracks for the listener to go through, select the strongest tracks and go with those. If your first track is as strong as you believe it is, there’s a good chance they’ll give the rest of your songs a fair shake.

6. Personal Interaction Is Everything
Sure, everyone is passing out CDs. And, while it may seem like overkill to hand them out one by one to each person you see, it’s going to get you way further than simply setting them on tables and expecting people to care enough to put them in their pocket. Since you’re not in demand, briefly introducing yourself to potential fans and asking if they wouldn’t mind listening is your only option. Otherwise, you’re oh-so-important project becomes a coaster for $5 beers.

7. Consider Passing Your Music Out In Another Format Than CD
Despite us living in a digital age, CD’s have managed to hold on as the major distribution for underground music. Outside of our cars, though, CD’s don’t get a lot of burn. Had we not driven to Atlanta this year, going through these CD’s would have been a much more major ordeal. Business cards with a link to your music or a usb drive will allow bloggers and other technologically inclined individuals to digest your music in their preferred format. Plus accumulating these won’t weigh down a backpack quite as bad.

8. Stay Away From Freestyles On Your Sampler
While freestyling over the hottest beats of today and yesteryear may seem like a good idea, it isn’t helping you. Save that for when you have an identity and a fan base. The best way to gain fans and prove your artistic merit is to craft original songs. No will knock you for rocking over another person’s beat, just make it memorable. For the long run, you’ll fare better by establishing your own sound.

9. Have A Gimmick, But Don’t Be Defined By It
Again, with so many competitors in your vicinity during festivals like these, setting yourself apart is a necessity. But, before rocking the Kid ‘N Play fade or jumping into a pharaoh costume, don’t sore thumb yourself. Sometimes standing out so much will make people forget you’re an artist at all: let alone one worth taking seriously.

10. Limit Face-Time With People
Despite everything said about acting buddy-buddy with potential connections, know when to walk away. Just because you’re talented doesn’t mean Gotty™ is going to miss a cig break to listen to you freestyle. Say your piece, exchange daps and keep it movin.’

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Behind The Scenes of Deadmau5 Tour

Deadmau5 Meowingtons Hax Tour Visuals - Behind the Scenes from POSSIBLE on Vimeo.

Deadmau5 has always been famous for delivering a jaw-dropping stage show, and with his Meowingtons Hax tour, he’s kicked it up yet another notch.

Now POSSIBLE Productions, the designers responsible for his custom visuals, take you behind the scenes with this three-minute clip, capturing highlights from the spectacle as well as a glimpse at the development process.

Build a better mousetrap, as the old adage has it, and the world will beat a path to your door. No wonder POSSIBLE’s clients include Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, The Glitch Mob, and Wolfgang Gartner.

World Series Best Photos

Game 1

In an expected pitchers' duel, Allen Craig, who had the first go-ahead pinch-hit RBI in a World Series since 1996, helped ace Chris Carpenter and the Cardinals take Game 1 of the Fall Classic against the Rangers.

Game 2

The Rangers were reliving a bad dream after Cards pinch-hitter Allen Craig once again delivered a go-ahead hit off Alexi Ogando. But Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus, both stellar on defense, ignited a two-run ninth-inning rally to even the World Series at 1.

Game 3

Pujols hit three home runs—just the third player in World Series history to do that in one game. He had hit for 14 total bases, the most in World Series history. He had six RBI, again, tying the World Series record. Finally, his five hits tied yet another World Series record.

Game 4

A night after Texas pitchers gave up 16 St. Louis runs, Derek Holland allowed two hits over 8 1/3 shutout innings to pull the Rangers even in the World Series. Mike Napoli's three-run homer paced the offense in support of Holland.

Game 5

Mike Napoli delivered the crushing blow in Game 4 and returned to his wrecking-ball ways in Game 5 vs. the Cardinals, hitting a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth to position the Rangers within one win of their first World Series title.

Game 6

Texas had two chances to clinch its first World Series title, but St. Louis -- down to its last out each time -- rallied in the ninth and 10th. The drama ended when David Freese, who forced extras with his triple, hit a walk-off shot in the 11th to force a Game 7.

Game 7

A postseason run for the ages concluded with the Cards crowned as World Series champs for the 11th time in franchise history. Chris Carpenter pitched on short rest to help dispatch Texas in Game 7, and David Freese earned Fall Classic MVP honors.

Tony La Russa, the third-winningest manager of all time and most assuredly a future Hall of Famer, retired fewer than three days after winning a World Series for the third time, the second time with St. Louis. He amassed 1,408 regular-season victories with them in 16 seasons. The Cardinals skipper is also the only manager in Major League Baseball history to win multiple pennants in both leagues and the second to win a World Series title in each as well.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

David Calvo: Rubik's Cube Juggling

Cooley, Hightower Out For The Season

A Washington Redskins team in desperate need of more weapons instead has lost another key offensive component. For the second time in three years, tight end Chris Cooley’s season will end early due to injury.

The Redskins announced Tuesday that Cooley, an eight-year veteran, had become Washington’s third offensive starter in two weeks to join the season-ending injured reserve list. The Redskins also have lost guard Kory Lichtensteiger and running back Tim Hightower to ACL tears.

Cooley had surgery on a broken index finger last week and was expected to miss at least four games. But it’s apparently his knee that was the bigger problem. Cooley met with orthopedist James Andrews on Monday afternoon.

“I think he’s gonna probably take a look at an MRI, take a look at some X-rays and give us his opinion,” Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday.

It was not immediately known Tuesday evening whether Cooley would require surgery on his knee.

Cooley has been among the franchise’s most recognizable faces the past several seasons and one of its most consistent performers. He is a two-time Pro Bowler who earlier this season became the Redskins’ all-time leading receiver among tight ends.

Despite his success, Cooley’s long-term future in Washington may not be known for several months. Cooley will be 30 years old before next season begins, and although his contract for next season is not guaranteed, he’s due to earn $3.8 million in 2012.

Slowed by a bad knee all preseason, he took on a diminished role in the team’s first five games and had just eight catches for 65 yards this season. Tight end Fred Davis, meanwhile, became one of the Redskins’ top receiving options. Through six games, Davis leads the team with 28 receptions and 423 yards. He also has two touchdowns.

Cooley broke his finger in Washington’s Week 6 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but his left knee is what has really affected him this season. He had arthroscopic surgery on the joint immediately following the 2010 season, but it still bothered him when the Redskins reported for training camp in July.

He missed all of the preseason, had the knee drained several times and underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy in order to play in Week 1 against the New York Giants.

Each week, he spoke hopefully about the knee’s progress and was excited for the rest of the season. As recently as Friday, Cooley said he expected to return.

“This has been a weird year for me,” he said. “Not practicing in camp, then not playing the way I want to play, now being hurt for another month — I’ve never experienced something like this.”

The Redskins are reeling from other injuries to their offensive personnel, including Santana Moss, who is out five to seven weeks with a broken hand; Trent Williams, who missed Sunday’s game with a high ankle sprain; and backup quarterback Rex Grossman, who was hospitalized with pneumonia. On defense, starting free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe missed Sunday’s game as well.

The Redskins have not announced any additions to the 53-man roster. Second-year tight end Logan Paulsen saw increased action in last Sunday's loss at Carolina, posting two catches for 48 yards.

“Logan Paulsen’s been very consistent since he’s been here,” Shanahan said Monday. “He’s a guy who’s done a good job with the running game, good job in the passing game, he’s really consistent. I thought he handled himself extremely well in that game, making some big plays, big catches, big blocks. He’ll continue to get better.”

Cooley was a third-round draft pick in 2004 by Joe Gibbs and Vinny Cerrato. Though he will have missed a total of 20 games from 2009 to 2011, he didn’t miss a single game in his first five seasons. In fact, he didn’t miss a single practice either.

He was asked last week about the Redskins’ constant rotation at quarterback during his tenure in Washington and how it has affected his career.

“I’ve been happy with my career and you can’t change the way it’s been,” Cooley said. “It could’ve gone any way. I’m happy with the way my career has went. I’d just like to win more football games.”

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Caps On Historic Streak

The Washington Capitals enter the week atop the NHL's standings, starting the season with seven consecutive wins for the first time in franchise history. After tying a franchise mark with a 4-0-0 start, the Capitals picked up three more wins last week, defeating the Florida Panthers, the Philadelphia Flyers and an impressive 7-1 win against the previously undefeated Detroit Red Wings.

Washington's 7-0-0 start is the best in team history and the Capitals five-straight home victories to start the 2011-12 campaign is also a franchise record.

Remember when the Caps won the final seven games of the 2007-08 regular season to squeak past the Carolina Hurricanes into the top spot in the Southeast Division? That winning streak earned the Capitals their first Stanley Cup playoff berth in five years. That winning streak was also Washington’s first of five games or more in more than seven years.

Washington’s drought between five-game winning was the longest current drought among all 30 NHL teams at the time, and also the longest in Washington franchise history. The Caps went the first 464 games of their existence without a five-game winning streak, and that streak from March 21-April 5, 2008 ended a 498-game spell between five-game winning sprees.

That seven-game winning streak was the also the first of five or more games with Bruce Boudreau behind the Capitals’ bench. Since then, the Caps have made streaking more of a regular occurrence in these parts.

During the 2008-09 regular season, the Caps enjoyed two winning streaks of five games in length and one that lasted seven games.

In 2009-10, the Capitals had a five-game streak, two six-gamers and of course the franchise record 14-game winning streak that stretched from Jan. 13 to Feb. 7, 2010.

Last season, they had winning streaks of six and nine games. This year, they’ve got the current seven-game run working as they get ready to set out on their first multiple-game road trip of the season.

So after going more than seven years without a winning streak of as many as five games, they’ve now had 11 winning streaks of five or more games in just under four years since Boudreau took over behind the bench.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Tough Mudder Virginia 2011!

I understand that Tough Mudder is not a race but a challenge.
I put teamwork and camaraderie before my course time.
I do not whine--kids whine.
I help my fellow Mudders complete the course.
I overcome all fears.

More information:
» Tough Mudder Virginia Event Photos
» Men's Journal: An Obstacle Race Without the Wait