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  1. When the substance is wood I think that they are synonymous, although to woodworkers I'm sure there is some technical difference in the finish. For metal, though, the distinction is pretty clear: polished metal surfaces are reflective, whereas burnished metal leaves some of the grinding or sanding marks rendering it duller.
  2. Two arms added to the bullpen over the weekend. These are a move to get relief back to stability, but I don't think this was THE move. They need a more options for a closer, not some guys who *could* fill in the role. I think Doolittle can be more than advertised, though. Offense is clearly not going to be a problem! OI wouldn't want to have been within arm's reach of Scherzer on Saturday, though. He walks off the mound with a 10-0 lead, and in the ninth they had the tying run on deck. If that game had been 2-0 and Dusty came out to pull him I think you would have seen Mad Max go off and demand to stay in the game. Edit: 4-0 with no outs top of 1st just now. Yeah, feasting on mediocre pitching. I think they are now on pace for 919(?) runs after 3.1 games of this series. FOUR batters in the top 11 of all MLB for average (Murphy, Harper, Zimm, Rendon). On Saturday they briefly had the 1-2-3 leading batters in the NL! Buster Posey's weekend nudged him up to #2.
  3. On pace for 894 runs at the break. Having lost their lead off man in the first weeks, and now their other lead off option recently, that is pretty impressive. The offensive drop off in the past few weeks is probably indicative of where they will end up in the 875+ range (but they also have 14 games left with Mets/Phillies, and have been feasting on bad pitching, so I expect a few more of those 12-16 run outbursts). Who knows when Werth returns, but his replacement platoon of Raburn/Goodwin have held their own. I bet even when he comes back he'll get more days off for pitching match ups. The relief corps is still dreadful, but has flashed signs of competence recently.
  4. The DC Costco has had cases of this for well under $1/can. I don't remember the exact price, but it wasn't over $20 and I think closer to $18. Haven't seen it there in a few months, though.
  5. It seems Solar Abyss was re-incarnated as Space Reaper last year. Still a very good IIPA, but the hops bill has changed a bit (not focused so much on Mosaic to my palate). Release was a couple of weeks ago, and they still have six packs ($17.99) and growler fills ($15) at the brewery. Six packs at retail around town are as pricy or pricier than before (I saw one at $21.99). One surprise: at the Nats game on Monday the District Drafts stand outside of 309 had it on tap! Occasionally one of the rarer or higher test local beers will show up there. It was probably only one keg as the tap was done by the 5th inning.
  6. I think it's a simple solution to an annoying, but not earth-shattering, issue. In an age where you sometimes have to look up corporate filings to determine if a "craft brewery" is just a offshoot of a conglomerate designed from the ground up to look like an independent brewery I don't think it's that bad. The "Sam Adams Problem" is a real issue, though. Luckily, everybody knows who those players are. I see this as easily solving the "Plank Road Problem". Wonder how they will handle it when the next micro inevitably gets snapped up by a macro?
  7. Also notice that half way through the dunk he bends his knees which brings his legs up and raises center of gravity. That dunk is still so iconic because it is so compact (lowered hand, bent knees) and then just explodes at the end. There is the real sense that he is defying physics based on how it played out. To be honest, aside from the bent arm, I bet he didn't even plan it that way. A big part of Jordan's greatness was his body control, the way he was able to adapt and adjust on the fly (witness the famous change-hands-for-no-real-reason lay up against the Lakers) better than probably anybody who has ever played the game. I bet he took off on that dunk, momentarily thought, "I may not make this, need to sustain this trajectory" and his body, in the split second it needed to, just adjusted necessarily.
  8. I threw shot in high school, but was more adept at discus. To succeed both require some baseline raw strength, but technique is way more important. One of the better throwers I ran across at meets during my lackluster career was pretty lanky up top with very solid legs, but had 2-3" on many other throwers that may have outweighed him by 40-50 pounds. His technique was superb, and he used his arm length to great advantage. It's interesting to note that Carter's still-standing record uses the older style slide step; these days it's all spin technique which can generate more forward momentum at the point of release, however it requires more coordination. Truly a freak of nature. Watch the finals from Rio where Americans placed 1-2. On Crouser's gold winning throw, notice his reaction. He knows that throw is the one the instant it leaves his fingertips. Whenever you uncork a good one, you know it immediately. The shot or disc just floats out of your hand, there is no perceived resistance from a bad arm angle or your muscles fighting an off-balance rotation. Just one fluid motion packed with explosive energy on release.
  9. Bummer. Of the trio of storefronts making up that space I thought that Eat the Rich was the strongest. I wonder if they are turning that space into a permanent, rotating pop-up bar space. Judging by the lines that went down the block every time they've done that I can't exactly blame them.
  10. They touched on that. There are lots of other "running cultures" that have the benefit of high altitude living and naturally thin builds. These Kenyans happen to be the right kind of skinny, though, as a result of adaptations to a hot and dry climate. Long, thin limbs that maximize surface area for heat dispersal and, very specifically, narrow ankle structure. The difference of just a couple of ounces of mass at the apex of your leg swing translates to comparatively massive savings in expended energy over the course of 26.2 miles. One of the researchers also noted that there is a ton of data out there on the optimum formula for distance running performance and efficiency. It's basically one of the holy grails of exercise physiology. However, since it deals so intimately with genetic factors for that performance it's also the third rail of exercise science. He noted that lots of researchers hold back findings from being published because they fear the ramifications of pointing out causal genetic factors. I suppose nobody wants to be the scientist whose work gets twisted publicly into sinister pseudo-science. That's also why the authors in that podcast were excited to find a cultural explanation.
  11. This is one of those athletic achievements that confounds me. In almost every other sport I can see how a combination of intense, prolonged training and good genes from mom and dad gets you to the pinnacle of performance. I just can't fathom the effort necessary to run a 2:15, much less a 2:00, marathon. It just doesn't seem physically possible. Like Don says, at the peak of my running fitness I've run a 400 meters as fast as I could to the point of total exhaustion, and realized that even if I could do that 104 more times without stopping I would be dead last in any international elite marathon. By several minutes. I was listening to an NPR broadcast of RadioLab in the background over the weekend that talked about this. They were looking at possible factors for Kenyan dominance in distance running over the last 40 years, and specifically dominance by runners from one particular region. It's obviously a combination of things, but they were interested in the one factor that seemed to differentiate these runners from even other Kenyans that shared physical attributes: a culture of pain tolerance that centers on male coming of age traditions (that part of the podcast is not for the squeamish!). At that level of running the argument runs that there are two primary gating factors for performance: thermodynamics (the ability for the body to dissipate heat rapidly) and the ability to numb feedback loops for suffering.
  12. If Crosby isn't cleared for tomorrow's game (or worse) it's gonna get ugly in the early going. The Caps so far have demonstrated that no lead is safe for them, but haven't put the same fear into their opponents. All the talk of being choke artists is only talk until you fail to disprove it. Again. They need a statement win to bring this back to DC evened up.
  13. With Eaton out the chance is pretty much off the table (and with 170 runs in April, the 10th highest ever, I still contend it's a possibility). A lead off man's OBP is a strong determinant of runs scored over the course of a season. Unless Trea (maybe) or Taylor (unlikely) can pick up the slack. It's a huge loss. I guess now their chance is to have a game like yesterday every other week to pad the stats!
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