Here are my favorite articles, books, and podcasts from 2020

Patterns in Sports

There is no time for thinking in sports. Thinking is just too slow. Reactions must be engrained and subconscious. Consider baseball, America’s pastime.

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The average fastball of a MLB pitcher is 95 mph. A 95 mph fastball takes 400 milliseconds to reach homeplate. The average human reaction time is 250…

If COVID19 creates a zombie apocalypse, what single sentence can transfer all knowledge of jiu jitsu?

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Radiolab recently released an episode that started with Richard Feynman’s first lecture in his Introduction to Physics 101 class at CalTech. He starts the lecture by posing a question then answering it:

If, in…

vacation

Tuesday November 26

It was Denver’s snowiest Thanksgiving in 40 years. This storm dropped so much snow that I had to leave a day early and grab one of the few hotel rooms left.

Wednesday November 27

My hotel room neighbors partied all night. They clearly had multiple rooms and went back and forth between…

One ideal goal of data science is to distill analysis to one number when possible. Then use that number to draw conclusions about your data. But this can be a difficult task when your data set is missing values. Simply ignoring missing data can lead to significant statistical power loss…

books, podcasts, and stuff

New Reads

Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. there are no…

How would humanity face a global crisis?

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Everything is relative to a reference frame

In the series finale of Game of Thrones Jon Snow faced a choice. A choice between love and duty.

Life is a collection of these choices. With every choice comes consequences. Some choices have greater consequences than others, but they all have consequences.

Consequences can be good or bad, right…

Measuring fitness is a lot like gerrymandering — it’s all how you look at the data. Gerrymandering is the act of manipulating voting boundaries to influence elections. Could we do the same with the sport of fitness?

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CrossFit has given us The CrossFit Games. The goal of the ‘Games’ is…

I signed up for the Steamboat Stinger half marathon as a way to get my health and fitness back.

I started with Biodesix on 6/1/2017. Within months of living in Steamboat Springs I developed exercise induced asthma. On Christmas day of 2017 I discovered that mold was the cause. …

Trying to answer the question of “Who am I?” is like solving a quantum mechanics problem. In quantum mechanics (QM) the electron is simultaneously “up” and “down”. We don’t learn which one it is until we perform an experiment. Likewise, we aren’t any more “up” or “down”; “good” or “bad”…

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