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  • Craig shared from The Responsible Company by Yvon Chouinard
    It is hard to imagine anyone rejoicing over the generally accepted landscape of only a decade ago: a suburban monoculture of tilt-up malls, cracker-crumb housing, pandemic obesity, cheap distractions, and expensive services—all at the expense of nature and not much good for us as people who are part of nature. It’s as though we’d handed Satan a hard hat and asked him to refashion our earth according to his plan.
  • Craig shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    For the state of South Dakota, the president’s presence was a very big deal. The state desperately wanted to be perceived as an attractive destination for tourists. The thought occurred to someone that if the president was seen to be enjoying himself fishing in South Dakota’s sparkling waters, then other anglers might be tempted to travel there as well. To make sure the exercise was a success, two thousand full-grown trout were sent from the state trout hatchery at Spearfish. These trout—all large, sluggish, and hand-fed from birth—were secretly confined to a placid stretch of stream outside...
  • Craig shared from One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson
    There was a good reason for this. Hitting a baseball is hard, and in many ways it was harder in Babe Ruth’s day than it is now. A baseball thrown at 90 miles per hour hits the catcher’s mitt four-tenths of a second after it leaves the pitcher’s hand, which clearly does not allow much time for reflection on the batter’s part. Moreover, in order to get his bat to the plate to meet the ball’s arrival, the batter must start his swing at two-tenths of a second, when the ball is still only halfway there. If the pitch is a curve, nearly all its deviation will still be to come. Half of it will...
    Note: Still doesn't mean it's not boring, Jon.
  • Craig shared from Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    I have this disease late at night sometimes, involving alcohol and the telephone.
    Note: I was just re-reading through this, and this line still cracks me up.