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Archive for May, 2013

Where there is light.

Friday, May 31st, 2013


Textural elements, old, reclaimed, create interest and a little light for us to see.

Shot on an iPhone by Paul Bell.


Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Game, set, match. Little about the rules of tennis have changed, but technology has revolutionized the way that spectators view the sport and players participate against their opponents.

With some of the top ranking players serving at over 140 mph, it is difficult for the naked eye to discern line calls. Enter the IBM radar gun and the Hawk-Eye. The IBM radar gun, which is positioned behind the baseline at both ends of the court, measures the speed of service throughout the tournament and displays the number on each screen. The Hawk-Eye is a computer system that tracks the ball on the court by mapping the path of the ball for each shot during a point. If there is a challenge from a player, the referees can replay each shot and view it at a 360 degree angle. According to BBC, this technology is not perfect but is constantly being improved.

An infographic on Mashable shows that social media has played a bigger role in tennis tournaments. Andy Roddick had 91,475 Twitter mentions about his loss to Juan Martin Del Potro during the final match of his career. Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova are the most popular tennis players on Facebook, while Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams claim the Twitter world.

The French Open is in full swing and these advancements can be seen front and center. Taking it a step further, Ukrainian tennis player, Sergiy Stakhovsky, challenged a line call during his match despite these technological advancements. An article in Mashable details how Stakhovsky stopped play to take a photo of the clay mark on his iPhone as proof for the chair umpire. He later tweeted the image to his fans.

The ability to see 3-D replays and connect with top players has made tennis that much more enjoyable to watch. Whether or not you score tickets to the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati or the U.S. Open in New York, this new technology can make you feel almost as if you are courtside.

Glitz and glam.

Friday, May 24th, 2013


Bright lights. Swirling lights. Information overload.

Shot on an iPhone by Jon Keeling.


Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Are you sitting at your desk as you are reading this post? How is your posture? If you are sitting in front of a computer screen for the majority of your day, you may be at risk for both short and long term health problems.

Mladen Golubic, Medical Director for the Center for Lifestyle Medicine at Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute spoke to the Wall Street Journal about a seated lifestyle. Sedentary Death Syndrome, which results from sitting for long periods of time each day, can cause anything from lower back strain to high cholesterol, diabetes and obesity.

If you have to be sitting at your desk all day, everyday, doing so with good posture makes your breathing more efficient, which gives you more energy and allows you to focus. Also, studies have shown that attitudes improve with good posture.

According to Incenta Health, Americans spend roughly two thirds of their day at work and nearly 80% of jobs do not require any sort of physical activity. By making an effort to exercise in the morning, you can boost your metabolism, leaving you feeling energized throughout the day. It is also beneficial to park at the far end of the parking lot, take the stairs and make a point to get up from your desk. These slight changes in your routine should have you feeling refreshed, productive and ready to take on any project.

In order to reduce health risks it is important to incorporate physical activity into the workday, but not every company is big enough to have a gym in the building. Try making small changes throughout the day and pick up a physical hobby after work like yoga, zumba or swimming. Also think about getting a step counter and have a competition with friends or coworkers. What are some other ways to increase physical activity in the workplace?

Bubble, bubble, toil and trouble.

Friday, May 17th, 2013


An accidental misquotation, says Shakespeare. It is what you want it to be…..

Shot on an iPhone by Natalie Bieser