Beaten by Crossfit, and More

Save me from my workoutToronto Life

“Converts to CrossFit, the extreme exercise craze, swear it’s life-changing and take pride in their self-inflicted injuries. I was a true believer—until one punishing session landed me in the ER with a shattered leg and a dislocated ankle. I still couldn’t wait to go back.”

For the record: Romeo Dallaire’s last speech in the SenateMacLeans

“Three years from now, we will have that incredible year with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the country and the hundredth anniversary of us becoming not only a democracy but a nation state. It will be upon us and my question is: What is the plan? What are we going to provide Canadians? What is the vision for us in this very complex and ambiguous era in which we’ve stumbled into? So far, I think that all I am seeing is commemorating with big chocolate cakes and maybe a few centennial rinks, but we are worthy of far more than that. I do hope we will produce something that will give that intellectual guidance and focus for this great nation to maximize its potential, which it has not done since World War II. We have not shot above our strength since World War II. We have pushed the limits of a nation like ours as a middle power — and that’s fine — but we haven’t overstepped it. We haven’t pushed all of our potential.”

Pablo Escobar’s hippos: A growing problem BBC

“When Hacienda Napoles was confiscated in the early 1990s, Escobar’s menagerie was dispersed to zoos around the country. But not the hippos. For about two decades, they have wallowed in their soupy lake, watching the 20sq km (8 sq mile) park around them become neglected and overgrown – and then transformed back into a zoo and theme park, complete with water slides. All the while, the hippos themselves thrived, and multiplied.”

Everything We Know About Facebook’s Secret Mood Manipulation ExperimentThe Atlantic

“We now know that’s exactly what happened two years ago. For one week in January 2012, data scientists skewed what almost 700,000 Facebook users saw when they logged into its service. Some people were shown content with a preponderance of happy and positive words; some were shown content analyzed as sadder than average. And when the week was over, these manipulated users were more likely to post either especially positive or negative words themselves.”

The use and abuse of ‘sorry’: Americans do not say it, the British do not mean it and Canadians overdo itNational Post

“What these examples share is a sense of “sorry” that is like wearing a maple leaf on your bag. Outside of an actual apology, the Canadian “sorry” is a totem of niceness, with a sly undertone of superiority. It announces both our presence and the fact we feel slightly bad about it. It also subtly asserts that, cultural appearances notwithstanding, we are not American.”

A phone call from Gino Odjick that I’ll never forgetThe Globe and Mail

“That, as it turns out, was just the façade. Behind it there was an incredibly complex individual who, like many First Nations people, could plunge deep into the depths of his soul when talking about a range of issues.”

Is Sam Adams Too Big to Be Craft Beer?Five Thirty Eight

“Jim Koch started his Boston Beer Company and Samuel Adams in 1984, pitching it as a flavorful antidote to a watery beer scene. Along the way Boston Beer Company grew into a $2.9 billion company. But now flavor is everywhere, as are other upstarts that pitch their beers as more bold, artisanal and authentic than Sam Adams.”

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