Since I've gotten my Beloved—my Toshiba AT-100 Tablet—my internet surfing rate at home has sky rocketed. Chances are if I am at home then the Beloved is in reaching distance and there's a half-dozen websites in play.
My surf poison is varied but for the most part the constant re-visits are Salon, Slate, SMH, Washington Post, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, Media Matters, my own blog (1), Wikipedia (2) and, of course, my precious Longform.
Now and then I will come across some gold that cause me to burst out laughing or grin inanely like a fourteen-year-old boy watching an attractive girl walk past.
To the gold!
The following gold is from a Longform-sourced New Yorker article—Brian Shaw, The Strongest Man in the World—about Brian's journey into the world of extreme lifting and feats of strength. He seems like a good sort—and I loved how he's been forced to adopt a genial personality lest people fear him due to his sheer size and brawn.
Anyway Arnie, yes the Arnie, makes a couple of appearances in the piece. He turns up, with a couple of his kids, to one of this uber strongman contests—actually named for him and called the Arnold—and he takes time to speak to the contestants.
“So I am, of course, a big admirer of yours,” he said. “You are the real strongest men in the world. I thank you for your training and I thank you for being so powerful.”
(1) Even though this blog gets barely any views, and even though the bulk of those are via a Google search where they just happen to come across it in their hunt for need-to-know info, I still check the stats and whether anyone has commented. Hey all bloggers are e-narcissists. If they say otherwise they're lying.
(2) The other night I went on a wiki-jaunt about the history of dams, dam types, and specific dams of note such as the Hoover dam and the St. Francis dam which, in California in 1928, broke and killed 600 or so people downstream. The man who designed it, a self-taught engineer named William Mulholland, took full responsibility for the disaster, though it was later found that the surrounding rock massively contributed to the disaster but that geological sciences of the time had not advanced to the point where this would have been known before it was built. Of the disaster Mulholland said "Don't blame anyone else, you just fasten it on me. If there was an error in human judgment, I was the human, and I won't try to fasten it on anyone else". He ended his career and died in self-imposed obscurity.