Posted February 5th, 2013 @ 01:42pm by Erik J. Barzeski
Today's my father's birthday.
I haven't talked to him in years. There was an awkward Christmas after the Fourth of July kicking out, and not much after that… You only owe family so much, and can only be told you're no longer considered a son before you realize that things are probably better this way.
But I'm not a fan of putting negativity into the world unnecessarily, and nobody deserves to suffer poor health, so I hope he's doing well, and hope that my mother's doing well too. Happy birthday, Rich.
Posted January 28th, 2013 @ 11:00am by Erik J. Barzeski
At first glance you might think "gee, I need to get some of those shoes!"
But in reality, I'm again reminded of a study where people jumped from various heights onto a bed of cushioning below. The cushioning was the same, but when told the cushioning was firmer, they'd land more softly, and when told the cushioning was softer, they'd land more firmly - they stopped using their bodies to cushion themselves naturally, relying on the "softness" of the cushioning to do it for them.
I'm reminded of a second study where forces were measured with the same group of people wearing shoes and going barefoot. As you would expect, when running barefoot the people landed less forcefully and cushioned themselves more naturally and delivered far fewer forces up their bodies than before.
End result: it may actually be quite a bit safer (less force delivered up your legs to your knees and hips and back) to run with less padding than more.
Walking - and standing around - is a different story altogether.
Posted January 26th, 2013 @ 10:10am by Erik J. Barzeski
Bobby Bonilla apparently knows this.
SAN JUAN, P.R.—One year from today*, the Mets will add to their payroll a 47-year-old, past-his-prime power hitter who has a reputation as a malcontent—a player who has been retired from professional baseball for nine years and won't play another game again.
Nevertheless, starting on July 1, 2011, Bobby Bonilla will remain on the franchise's payroll for 25 years, collecting an annual salary of $1,193,248.20. Those are the terms the Mets agreed to Jan. 3, 2000, when they bought out the final year of Mr. Bonilla's contract.
* The article is from 2010.
It's incredible that the Mets would choose to pay $30M instead of $6M. Then again, maybe the owners were figuring they wouldn't own the team down the road and were able to foist the balloon payments onto someone else.