TWW Daily Feed for January 14, 2010

Another gorgeous day on the Front Range with no clouds in sight and a temperature hovering closer to 50 than to 30. Bad for the snow pack, but great for running. There is something disconcerting about running in shorts and a T-shirt in the middle of January. Hope everyone is having a good week. Almost to Friday. The Feed:

3:35pm

GQ has a really weird, yet informative, look at Avatar and its place in our popular culture landscape. I liked it mostly because it had pretty pictures of 10 feet tall cat people.

This story, about cyclist Zach Lund, is in Outside’s current issue and is a great look at how the World Anti-Doping Agency works and the pitfalls of the system that’s currently in place. Lund’s story basically boils down to this: if you are a pro athlete you have almost no privacy rights, you are monitored almost 24/7 and taking anti-hair loss pills is a good way to end up with a two year suspension.

The Top 10 Songs for the Outdoors. I had high hopes when I saw the title of this article. I need some new tunes for running. However, this list basically boils down to songs that were written before the 21st Century that are sung by artists either dead, elderly or too drunk to play live. Although I guess the fact that each has a Youtube video is a bonus. Thanks Outside Magazine!

7:25am

Yeah, I don’t even know, but I do know it has Gretchen Bleiler in it, so it can’t be all bad:

A good run down from the NYTs about the various diets that are out there and how to stay healthy by avoiding supplements and eating real foods. Kind of Michael Pollan-esque you dirty idea thieves, but still, good to know.

Another NYTs piece about 31 places in the world that you need to check out. Looking at lists like these are more frustrating than helpful for me. I don’t have the money to venture much beyond the West Coast, let alone Sri Lanka. Thanks NYTs for pandering to Wall Street with the rest of them. Curse you.

Team Radioshack is gearing up for the cycling season. Check out the introduction to the team below, clown car style:

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