As a top-ranked college swimmer, Bruce Gemmell shied away from success at a high level, left the sport and became an engineer, garnering eleven patents for his innovations. Years later he returned to swimming with a great opportunity to coach Katie Ledecky following the 2012 Olympics (where she won gold and set an American record at age 15). With lessons learned in his previous experiences that kept him from succeeding as a swimmer, yet propelling him to thrive as an innovative engineer, he developed an ability to not only guide Ledecky to even greater success, he did it in a way that brought out the best in both of them. It’s a great reminder that as much as innovative technology helps advance records and performances, there is no replacing the human element. Check out a profile of Gemmell here.
August 12, 2016 Post a Comment
Development in Los Angeles seems to be at an all time high, for better or for worse. The city's downtown skyline is changing as the Korean Air Building climbs to new heights. Fears of Highland Park's extremely quick gentrification are spreading down to Boyle Heights. And two long-standing DIY music venues, havens for up-and-coming punk bands and their young fans are being shuttered. Pehrspace in Echo Park has already closed, and The Smell downtown is struggling for its life. Change can be good, but we need to remain aware of what makes our city our city before it becomes one generic parking garage.
July 7, 2016 Post a Comment
There has been a lot of loss and tragedy happening in recent news, and we will address these things in time. Yes, contact your representatives; yes, stand up for what is right. But also, look within, take care of yourself, cultivate satisfaction and happiness within yourself and perhaps that can help make the world a better place in many ways - both in perception and reality. Check out these scientific tips for happiness and also this wonderful article about learning how to be compassionate to yourself. Then, maybe we can learn and grow and all start to be a little more compassionate toward others.
June 21, 2016 Post a Comment
Everyone has thought about how to achieve just a smidge of immortality -- accomplishing an effective and effecting long-lasting goal, helping save the environment, having kids -- it seems many of us humans want something of ourselves to last beyond our limited lifetime on earth. And now there is the transhumanist movement; one Russian man has been using technology to record everything around him in hopes that he will be able to keep his mind alive long after he's dead.
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While comic book adaptations into movies are thriving, video game adaptations have proved a little more difficult. It seems strange, considering games of today are quintessentially cinematic, though the length of their play provides players with insanely in-depth backstories and fully-realized world building. Perhaps that's the trouble -- too much to fit into one film. The latest film adaptation, Warcraft, based on one of the most popular game series of all time, attempts to tell a smaller origin battle story, but is still getting pretty negative reviews. This profile of director Duncan Jones is a little friendlier to the film, and details how the director is a true fan of the games. Fan or not, perhaps Jones's forte comes in original films. He is prepping to direct a decade-long dream project of his, called Mute, a sci-fi noir which takes place in the same world as his first psycho-trippy movie, Moon. Now that sounds great. When original originals are still getting made, rather than adaptations, that's great. Perhaps Warcraft was already perfectly fine within its original world.