Iskaral Pust

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  1. That tends to be my first association with him, even before his talent. His bad tackles always look malicious/intended. Spurs generally have become a very dirty team under Poch but receive a surprisingly soft reaction from referees. Perhaps decades as inoffensive lightweights means that no-one believes those nice chaps could be cloggers.
  2. Liverpool rotated half of their outfield for this game, including three defenders, and managed a clean sheet and a win despite not being clinical with chances. I'm worried about this midfield though -- we could comfortably add two upgrades there, never mind the overdue CB. But the good news is that we're coping better so far with three key absences -- Coutinho, Clyne and Lallana. We struggled more last year when missing three starters.
  3. I just started Stone Sky today. I'll be back. It took me a few pages to recall where we left Nassun and what Essun saw/experienced when she used the Obelisk Gate, but the early chapters do well to remind without repeating ad nauseum.
  4. Finished Golden Hill by Francis Spufford, a historical fiction that was rec'd in one of these threads. Set in New York in 1746, the prose and dialogue is as stylized as you would expect, plus carries an enjoyable cadence & rhythm throughout. It's more of a literary fiction than plot-driven, and the protagonist's mysterious agenda is far too easy to guess, but I enjoyed it and would recommend. It definitely suffers from the protagonist sharing too many of our modern sensibilities, but that's often the case in historic fiction.
  5. I'm late to the discussion of the Google memo, mainly because it all felt like a tribal clickbait storm. Why did this guy think this was an appropriate forum or he was an appropriate expert for his manifesto? While it's reasonable to acknowledge population differences between genders (biological/social, actual/assumed) as a reason for skewed candidate pools, his purported biological differences lacked any support I could see and, even if accurate, would look like unhelpful stereotypes to women who actually are software engineers. While this guy was taking all the limelight, Marianne Bertrand, et al, published a new paper looking at why women MBA holders earn less and are underrepresented in the highest paid roles. NYTimes summary The central conclusion is that women are well represented in high paid careers where time commitment is limited or flexible but underrepresented in high paid careers where it is valuable to be able to commit intense amounts of time to projects for a sustained period. Women with children are especially more likely to opt out of these, particularly in their 30s, and miss the subsequent earning opportunity. Some of these careers might legitimately need that level of intensity while others may be carrying an unnecessary legacy culture, e.g. closing a big acquisition deal vs. face-time in the office when nothing is happening. But the call for cultural flexibility might be tough: on one hand it seems like some cultures should change to drop pointless face-time expectations to avoid losing key talent to the "mom track" (aren't law firms already improving on this; or just claiming they are?), but on the other hand it seems unlikely that people who are more committed to their careers and work longer hours won't or shouldn't be more successful and higher paid, all else equal.
  6. I opted out of my tipping league this season, even though it's much less upfront effort than fantasy football. It just all feels so pointless and redundant in its repetition. From a football fandom point of view, I sound like I should be on suicide watch or something. On the positive side, I'm saving 3+ hours every weekend if I don't watch the Liverpool match, the highlights show and often some of another match.
  7. I'm glad we won although concerned that my interest level is so low at the start of the season. I've carried over my sense of being jaded/glutted from late last season. Watching the highlights, I wasn't convinced it should have been penalty. As clumsy as Lovren was, it seemed like Gnabry did a step-over and just walked into him without their legs making much or any contact. But the replay wasn't the forensic slow-motion scrutiny that I'm sure live viewers saw.
  8. Finished Boomerang by Michael Lewis, a non-fiction account of the sovereign debt crisis. An entertaining read, and basically just long-form journalism. I enjoyed it but learned absolutely nothing new from it. I need to make sure that my non-fiction choices are not just echo chambers of what I already know.
  9. Why do you think you can categorize an entire generation like that? The variance within the generation will be much greater than across generations. Plus, this generation has far more access to knowledge and is presumably more knowledgeable than any before, but they also have vast new areas of knowledge to tap so they may care much less about Alexander Graham Bell or Mt. Everest -- which seemed profoundly important just a couple of generations ago. Something I do notice with my son, now going into 5th grade, is that his school focuses much more on developing the characteristics of a strong student rather than pursuing a foundation of knowledge, e.g. they encouraged the kids to study whatever aspect of ancient Egypt they found most interesting, but did not spend any time as a group on why ancient Egypt was such a developed & persistent civilization, nor how it changed or stagnated over time and why. Self-driven study has supplanted a shared foundation, e.g. classical education, or even a guided focus on the most instructive aspect. I don't know if this is generational or cultural or both.
  10. Saturday was bench press, cable rows, etc. Great workout. I kept a high tempo from set to set, and had enough time to do some extra sets and inject some variety. Sunday was squats, dead lifts, etc. Another good workout, although later in the evening than I would have liked. I hope I can exercise again Tuesday evening before two long days of travel on Wednesday and Thursday.
  11. Yeah, we're entertaining and unpredictable from minute to minute but unfortunately all too predictable over any longer horizon.
  12. That's a good piece, although it mostly just confirms what we all suspected. It's noticeable that each one of these carves out their own tribe and then tries to exploit them. Rodan+Fields goes after relatively high-income GOOPy women, LuLaRoe apparently goes after overweight, exurban, evangelical women. They create the illusion of community/tribe and preach sisterhood, but act as a parasite on that community.
  13. I'm still enjoying it but it's a very slow build and I spend a lot of time worried for Franklin. We all know there are potentially huge arcs ahead for these characters but, in an age of so many competing TV shows, I'm surprised that the pacing on all the arcs is so slow. I doubt this is building a big audience.
  14. Finished Jack Reacher #6 for a quick read. Another good installment. Other than #3, this series has been very consistent. The detail of the research is what makes the character's competence so convincing, albeit implausible.
  15. Sounds like a good vacation. I need to visit the Baltic at some point. On Saturday, after two weeks of no exercise, little sleep and losing 5lb (without trying to, other than cutting back the recent junk binge) I get back to the gym for benchpress, cable rows, etc. It went pretty well but the heaviest bench press felt a bit shaky so I dropped a rep on the two heaviest sets rather than get fatally trapped under the bar and added some heavy sets of seated chess press machine instead. On Sunday, work spoiled my window for exercise so on Monday evening I did squats, deadlifts, etc. That was my first time in 2-3 months but it went pretty well. Tuesday night, before two days of work travel, I went back for shoulder press, wide pull downs (pull-ups unavailable), etc. I was sluggish and low tempo but so lifted well. Lots of muscle soreness in my pecs and quads this week, and I'm exhausted after sleeping badly after a late night workout and early rise for a flight. But glad I got back to the gym.