Friday June 22, 2012
This image, created by Hialeah Haikus (which is usually a blog but is currently redirecting to a listing of a book by the same name, which you should probably buy) was posted to Facebook by the always awesome Liz Tracy. But so ok: look at the middle line. How many syllables do you count? The correct answer is 7. “We’re” = 1 syllable. “going” = 2 syllables. “Versailles” = 2 syllables. BUT if you’re Cuban apparently you pronounce it with three syllables. So, by the powers of poetic license, I concede that this is a right and proper haiku.
Monday August 13, 2007
Somewhat relevant to our discussion about beating the heat, the Herald profiles the Hash House Harriers. “Not runners with a drinking problem, but drinkers with a running problem.” Turns out that running and drinking is a global thing. The lesson is clear: you gain more hydration from drinking beer then you loose through the alcohol. (thanks Steve)
Tuesday August 7, 2007
The Herald has tips for dealing with the summer heat. Don’t bother — it’s the usual stuff. Here’s some real advice (the comments are for what I’ve missed):
- Cower in your air-conditioned house for the next month or you will get heatstroke and die.
- It’s nice out early in the morning. I went for a bike ride around dawn (6 am) today and it was almost cool out, and there was a layer of dew on everything.
- When photographing in the sun, stand with your back to it. If your subject is 5 feet or closer, turn on your flash — it will make the shadows less harsh.
- Scientists have recently discovered that contrary to popular belief beer is too (yes it is) a good way to stay hydrated. Sure the alcohol de-hydrates you a little, but the effect is more then offset by the actual beer. If you don’t have beer, try water.
- Take your car to your mechanic and have them top off your freon.
- Be one of those cool people walking around with an umbrella. When people chuckle, chuckle back. You’ll get the last laugh.
- Get a tan, but do it gradually, with short exposure building up over time. Once you’re tan you can stay in the sun longer.
- Try going to Bogotá (elevation: 8,661 ft, and right off the equator) for a few weeks and walk around. The Miami sun will start to seem like a weak, distant light bulb.
- If you’re out and you’re really hot and you suddenly stop sweating or get feverish, congratulations: you’ve got heatstroke. Call 911 (seriously) and get as cool as you can as fast as you can while you wait. A bath filled with ice would not be overkill. See here.
Thursday June 22, 2006
Right before launching into a discussion of zoning that made my eyes glaze right over, Rebecca Wakefield reveals why the Heat won. “Props go out to the lithesome gold-diggers at the Forge (you know who you are) who did their hometown proud last week by keeping several members of the Dallas Mavericks, ah, occupied, well into the night before a critical game 4. ... The Heat’s championship is due to the dissipating forces of South Beach at least as much as Dwyane Wade’s bank shot.”
There is no shortage of Heat victory celebration posts and articles around. The only one remotely worth it is Christian’s post about the impromptu parade on Washington Avenue Tuesday night (ever the generous one, he also uploaded his full 457 picture roll). I’m sure the official parade will be great. But c’mon – a celebration three days after the victory? And only for people who can take a half-day off work?
Update: Oh, and read Christian’s hilarious reflections on posting the images, a comment that’s longer then any post he’s done on fanless in months.
Wednesday May 17, 2006
Heat playoffs tickets presale passwords. I don’t care about the Heat; in fact, I have no idea what this is all about. Might be interesting for the b-ball fans, tho.