November 10th, 2011

language, voyage

Linky stuff

I have a couple of posts of actual substance fighting their way to the top of the mental queue, but they'll probably take a while to get there. So, have a few brief notes and links instead:

While I have to admit that the geek in me loves the idea of the music genome project, Last.fm has recently been kicking Pandora's butt at actually introducing me to new music that I like. Because Last.fm has so much more music available on it. Although this is forcing me to confront the fact that there are an alarming number of German Sisters of Mercy clones, and that I kind of love them all. Sometimes it ain't about originality.

Somebody at snorgtees is determined to put increased pressure on my already overflowing t-shirt drawer. Do I want the I heart heart Gallifrey shirt? Or the Knock Knock shirt?

This article describes what's been going on with my left hip far better than anything else I've come across in my internet researches. Trochanteric bursitis? Check. Tight tensor fascia lata? Check. Sore gluteus medius? Check. I think it would be smart to add a few gluteus medius specific exercises to my routine for the next few weeks. (And to train myself to stop crossing my left leg over my right knee when I sit.) And if I do end up having to go back to the orthopedist, I'll show him this article and see what he thinks of it. (To his credit, when I saw him last, he did do the standard test for gluteus medius weakness, which is to see if you can hold your pelvis level while standing on one foot with the knee slightly bent. My guess is that I'm kind of a borderline case - strong enough to pass the test, but not quite strong enough to hold up to a long running session.)

Fit and Feminist has a lovely post on runner Lauren Fleshman, posted just after I stumbled across this Nike ad featuring Fleshman. I sort of love the line, "I'm not a small pink version of a man. Don't give me small pink versions of a man's running shoe." Even though I'm not entirely sure what it means. (I've been giving some serious thought to buying myself some men's running shoes, because so many women's running shoes don't come in wide sizes. I've read articles claiming that women's feet are different from men's, and that women's running shoes are designed to take into account these important differences. I am somewhat skeptical.)