Wednesday, August 8, 2007

old new ipod

See the hip ipod-ish thing in the cool colors?

It's a transistor radio from 1954... maybe proving what the writer of Ecclesiastes says — that there really is "nothing new under the sun". Even when it's the latest, most radical, exciting, brand new thing just out.

Like an ipod. (Well no, to be exact, that would be the iphone, but anyway.)

The BBC did an article on this. To read more, click here.

Monday, August 6, 2007

NYC Nike Half Marathon

Look at that time! Ethiopia's Haile Gebrselassie — considered the world’s greatest long-distance runner — won Sunday's NYC Half-Marathon in 59 minutes and 24 seconds!

At 34, Gebrselassie ran the second-fastest half marathon on United States soil. And the second-fastest half-marathon of his career. He has succeeded in every distance from 5K to the marathon.

59 minutes and 24 seconds!

Hmm. Right about then I was just about to leave Central Park with another 6.5 miles to go...

But that's what I love about New York City — people like me get to run in the same race as Haile! Around 10,000 of us.

The other thing about the race that's so cool is the course. You get to run through the heart of the big apple. And the best bit — running down 7th Avenue, past Carnegie Hall, past Carnegie Deli, into an entirely blocked off Times Square where the only sounds you hear are singing, bands and great crowds of cheering spectators. Amazing.

To watch the race, click here.

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