Friday Inspiration, Vol. 190

Screen capture from (people) of water

Forest Woodward and the folks from Gnarly Bay made a film about human connections across cultures, but also about outrigger canoe racing, and you should save it for when you have 23 minutes to watch it. (video)

Champion racer Amelia Boone opens up about her decades-long struggle with an eating disorder in a brave piece of writing.

One study of many cited in this short Atlantic piece on friendship: “it takes about 50 hours of socializing to go from acquaintance to casual friend, an additional 40 hours to become a ‘real’ friend, and a total of 200 hours to become a close friend.”

I didn’t know that last year’s Leadville 100 winner, Katie Arnold, had a) never run 100 miles before the 2018 Leadville 100 b) two young kids and c) heard her orthopedist recommend never running again after a broken leg, and her training plan for ultrarunning (or lack thereof) is even more incredible.

“Vary the time and length of your naps, avoiding any kind of pattern. A good nap should not exceed 17 minutes; enough to trick them into starting an errand, but not enough to finish. If Dad is watching the baby monitor, lie still, pretending to be asleep, and then thrash about violently, making choking noises. When he comes in to soothe you, immediately go limp and snore peacefully.”
—C.L. Mah, My Three-Month-Old’s Guide to Sleep Training Your Parents

I’m not necessarily proud of it, but I found this set of charts about how Americans use air conditioning interesting.

Field Notes just launched a National Parks Series, and will take more of my money

I don’t know if anyone who reads these Friday posts will be interested in this, but: The tool I’ve used for 3+ years that makes these posts possible is a browser extension called Pocket (recommended to me by my friend Josh Montague). Pocket, very simply, allows you to save links to read (or watch) later. So I collect links all week, and once a week, go through my list and try to read everything and pick the 6 or 7 best pieces for this post. It seems like a really simple thing but it’s incredible how much I use it. Oh, and it syncs between your phone and laptop, too.

A post from the Semi-Rad archives this week: Find A Way Around—Or Through

—Brendan

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