Indeed, the fitness industry is a fat target for satire. And Shriver brings all her ferocious wit to bear to mock its hucksters and disciples. Readers who have endured condescending pity from well-toned gods and goddesses will initially relish Shriver's merciless ridicule. Remington throws himself into daily practice with absurd enthusiasm - and humiliating running shorts. He spends thousands of dollars on specialized equipment, convinced that sufficiently expensive accoutrements will compensate for a lifetime of sedentary behavior. And finally, after tiring of exercise videos on YouTube, he hires a sexy personal trainer named Bambi Buffer. … [Read more...] about Book World: ‘The Motion of the Body Through Space’ is a fitness industry satire weighed down by its own heavy-handedness
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“It’s a tricky situation where can you ever truly replicate the exact stadium environment? There is the whole pre-game thing when you’re walking to the stadium and, depending on the age, you have a couple of drinks. You go, you have the stadium experience in the stadium and go through all of these motions. Can you actually have the same thing,” asked Konstantin Dieterle, head of business development for Beyond Sports. “Or is it something where you don’t try to just copy it, or can you give them a story where it is, ‘hey this is something additional.’ That’s something that we’re trying to do. It’s not just, ‘hey here is the substitute, put on the VR headset and it’s like it is in the stadium’ because, in the end, it’s not really going to be the same.” … [Read more...] about Can Virtual Reality Help Sports Fans Experience Game Day In A Post COVID-19 World?
Baba also doesn’t entertain reporters. He only agreed to speak to me after Taiwo had assured him in the Yoruba dialect that I was someone he could trust to report exactly what he would say to me and what I have seen in the temple. Both of them were born in Lagos state where the Yoruba language is widely spoken. After their little conversation, the priest relaxed and was willing to grant me an audience. … [Read more...] about Blood on Their Breasts, a Curse on Their Heads: The Juju Ritual Torturing Italy’s Sex Workers
But the bishops who authored the working document do not in any way suggest that there will be major policy changes about birth control or sex outside of marriage, but they do suggest there will be some wiggle room when it comes to allowing divorced Catholics to take communion or, in special circumstances, allowing babies born to single parents or same-sex couples to be baptized, saying “the child must be received with the same care, tenderness and concern which is given to other children.” They did soften the language when it comes to gays and lesbians, admitting that priests often fail to understand just “how to deal with same-sex couples.” … [Read more...] about Did the Pope Just Wink at Gay Marriage?
A: Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency room physician and medical researcher at Brown University, spent last week testifying before Congress on what we know — and still don't know — about the coronavirus. After explaining the disease to lawmakers, she outlined our understanding of Covid-19 in a Twitter thread that quickly went viral. Things we're still in the dark about: The true case fatality rate, what works to treat it, how long immunity lasts and when we might get an effective vaccine. While those are critical knowledge gaps scientists are working to bridge, we do know (crucially) how to decrease transmissions and deaths: Social distancing, testing, isolation and contact tracing, adequate personal protective equipment. We must keep doing those things to keep ourselves and our communities safe, Ranney says. … [Read more...] about What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, May 27