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And I Spin and Spin and Spin…

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Food For Thought

 Photo: Keith Srakocic / AP Photo I love this story about Pittsburgh, PA, artists who opened Conflict Kitchen, an ethnic take-out joint  that “only serves cuisine from countries that the United States is in conflict with.” The goal is help diners engage their minds and their mouths while they eat. And that’s the beauty of good food, yes? It gets people together and while one... read more

But You’re, Like, Really Funny

I’ve given up most of my celebrity gossip garbage. My Internet bookmarks and RSS feed have been cleansed, and I don’t buy celeb mags in the checkout line anymore (although I do choose the longest check-out line so I can speed-read the “who wore it best” and “out & about” pages… love those photos!) I have kept a few indulgences: Go Fug Yourself and But... read more

My Sharona

On February 14, Doug Fieger, the vocalist for The Knack, moved on to the big rock arena in the sky. He was the songwriter behind one of the best running and roller skating and rocking songs EVER: My Sharona. Fieger said when he met Sharona Alperin – he was 25, she was 17! – “It was like getting hit in the head with a baseball bat; I fell in love with her instantly. And when that happened, it... read more

Art Alert: Color Photography from Russia in the Early 1900’s

This has nothing to do with working out or eating clean, but food for the spirit is important fuel, too.Check out this collection of Russian photos from the early 1900s. I can’t get enough of the rich colors and patterns in their clothing, and the contrast between the stark landscape and the ornamentation of the native costumes, the hats, the door, and the palace. The photographs of Russian chemist... read more

Cake That’s NOT Poison

I’ve seen – and eaten! – many desserts in my life that were works of art. But this one really, um… takes the cake… pink cake that’s a feast for the eyes and won’t bust your commitment to Dino-Chow. It’s Cakeland! An art installation by Scott Hove that reminds us life can be very sweet indeed. Cakeland is a sculptural installation resembling a collection of perfect... read more

Catherine Hart: Art Show and All-Around Fabulousness

Catherine Hart is a lovely girl, talented artist, and badass CrossFitter. She’s got a solo art show opening tonight, and you really should go. You should! Date: TONIGHT!Time: 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.Place: Austin Art Garage, 2200 S. Lamar Blvd. If you’re not fortunate enough to be an Austinite, don’t despair. You can get some great Catherine H. time online: 1. Visit her “get... read more

Pinups and Pens

This has nothing whatsoever to do with CrossFit or eating right. But this so delighted me, I had to share. And since I’m sipping cocktails and tossing chips on the green felt for the next few days, it seemed appropriate. I’ll be back next week with more fitness adventure tales, but for now… getta load of this… Here is a collection of photos from a LIFE magazine shoot in which... read more

Missed Connections

Come on. Admit it! You know you’ve lingered over those Shot in the Dark ads in the back of the Austin Chronicle and either a) mocked the poor souls searching – probably in vain – for their missed love connections; or b) imagined the romantic comedy that could ensue if two love-lorn hearts finally find each other. Brooklyn artist Sophie Blackall has created sweet illustrations of some of the ads... read more

Reading is Sexy: On Tender Hooks

Way, way back in the day, Dave spent a summer at the Parsons The New School for Design. While immersed in all things artistic, he became friends with an amazing illustrator, designer, and human named Marcos Sorensen. Fast forward a decade or so… Dave and I were coupled up, and Marcos had found Isabel Samaras, an equally-talented artist and human. For me, meeting Marcos and Isabel was like when The... read more

Runner’s World "Quote of the Day": Al Oerter

“To exercise at or near capacity is the best way I know of reaching a true introspective state. If you do it right, it can open all kinds of inner doors.” — Al Oerter Al Oerter was an athlete and artist. He won the Olympic gold four times in the discus throw and combined his athleticism with artistic instinct to create abstract “impact” paintings. From Wikipedia: Along with... read more

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