Archive | November, 2011

1963. Arthur Miller.

19 Nov

“… My argument with so much psychoanalysis is the preconception that suffering is a mistake or a sign of weakness, or a sign even of illness when in fact possibly the greatest truths we know have come out of people’s suffering. That the problem is not to undo suffering or to wipe it off the face of the earth, but to make it inform our lives instead of trying to cure ourselves of it constantly and avoid it- avoid anything but that lobotomized sense of what they call happiness. There’s too much of an attempt, it seems to me, to think in terms of controlling man rather than freeing him, of defining him rather than letting him go and it’s part of the whole ideology of this age which is power mad…”



15 Nov

The results are in for the US Half Marathon and now it’s time to reboot for La Transtica’s upcoming run across Costa Rica. I’ll be keeping things casual for the next few days to let my body patch itself up before the next hundred miles.

My left foot is a bit of a concern- I’ve been experiencing some pain at the top of my foot during and after runs. It definitely affected my pace during the half marathon, but my mantra for the day was “Take it Easy”, so I eased up and trudged on.

There are a plethora of causes to foot pain, from simple things like shoes that don’t fit, to something a little more complex like a stress fracture… Hopefully I’ve just been a bit overzealous when tying my shoes and it’s nothing more than that. Fingers crossed.

San Francisco US Half Marathon

Finishers: 3541, Female: 1959, Male: 1582

Overall Place: 265, Sex Place: 47, Age Division Place: 22

Time: 1:44:42, Pace: 8:00

PBS-Stretching California’s Water Supplies

1 Nov

I abhor the modern mainstream media. It’s a slave to advertising and mass consumer markets, the underbelly of a capitalist scoiety gone amuck. The media’s top priority should be to objectively inform the public, fostering engaged citizenship. However, it is unmistakably clear that the media is solely focused on its bottom line and appeasing its advertisers. We’re being dooped by glistening smiles and fat conglomerates. It’s a sad situation.

But there is always hope and in the case of media, hope is tangible. America’s Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) publishes quality broadcasts consistently. With the hundreds of channels available on the television, PBS is one of the few that has programs worth watching.

This month, KCET will be airing Huell Howser’s “Stretching California’s Water Supplies“. The program explores the organizations and technologies working to preserve California’s most precious natural resource. From motivated non-profit organizations to resource-conscious farmers, the program’s three segments will investigate the innovations behind California’s water conservation efforts and how they affect our everyday lives. I’m actually looking forward to watching it.

As the world’s supply of potable water is strained, it’s important to be aware of the issue through objective information. Not surprisingly, such information is not readily available in mainstream media. At least there’s PBS. If you’ve got the time, watch the show as it airs tonight (and throughout the month). If you can’t, at least you know there’s a problem- and knowing is half the battle.