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Curling versus Curl

curlingWith all the Olympic Curling coverage we’ve had in the past few weeks you have undoubtedly become confused on the difference between Curling the sport and CURL the highly useful PHP library.  Lord knows I have!  Here is a brief explanation of both that’ll hopefully clear things up for you.

Curling (the sport):

Curling is a team sport in which stones are slid across a sheet of carefully prepared ice towards a target area. It is related to bowls, boule and shuffleboard.
Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished blue hone granite stones across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice.[1] Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game, points being scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends.

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100 Pushups

hundred pushups

At integritive, it’s not uncommon for a spontaneous pushup contest to occur. I’ve maxed out at 25… but look out Andrew, Tom and Liz, I’m going for 100! Read more about it here:

http://www.runblogger.com/2009/12/one-hundred-pushups-great-upper-body.html

or here:

http://hundredpushups.com/index.html

and there’s even an iphone app:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=301174591&mt=8

Who at integritive is gonna beat me to 100? First one who does gets a Mama Citas’ Fish Taco lunch on me. Mama Citas’ Fish Tacos: Asheville’s number 1 fitness incentive.

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Manifesting a Win!

dannyFor the Tar Heels tonight!

The greatest rivalry in sports resumes tonight at 9pm.  North Carolina vs Dook, and even if you could care less, you should still tune in.  Its high drama, easily the best “reality” show on TV.  To help you understand, here is an excerpt from the excellent book on the rivalry by Will Blythe – “To Hate Like This Is to Be Happy Forever”

The basketball rivalry between Duke and North Carolina is the fiercest blood feud in college athletics. To legions of otherwise reasonable adults, it is a conflict that surpasses sports; it is locals against outsiders, elitists against populists, even good against evil. It is thousands of grown men and women with jobs and families screaming themselves hoarse at eighteen-year-old basketball geniuses, trading conspiracy theories in online chat rooms, and weeping like babies when their teams — when they — lose. In North Carolina, where both schools are located, the rivalry may be a way of aligning oneself with larger philosophic ideals — of choosing teams in life — a tradition of partisanship that reveals the pleasures and even the necessity of hatred.

So at any given time today in the integritive office you might hear Bill shout:

“Tar”

and I respond:

“Heels”

“Tar”

“Heels”

“Tar”

“Heels”

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Fantasy Football

A few of us here at integritive have become obsessed with fantasy football. If you’re into fantasy football, you know the research it takes to put together a winning team. Scouring the web for advice, following the injury wire, sifting and sorting through stats all become a daily task. Now that the season’s over, I’m happy to divulge one of my favorite sources of FREE information (and I’ve tried them all), not to mention a great blog and message board:

http://brunoboys.net/
Bruno Boys


The Bruno Boys update almost daily with great content, analysis, and discussion. Not to mention back to back contests to keep things interesting when your fantasy league is over or your roster is just plain out of it. And it’s never too early to start planning for next season’s draft (hint hint Jared and Chad).

Thanks guys, and congrats to the New Orleans Saints!

*This post is sponsored by Mama Citas Fish Tacos, the #1 way to bet on football.

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7 Creativity Lessons I Learned from Tar Heel Basketball

This was originally posted here – April 10th, 2009 by Christine Kane. April reminded me of it this afternoon and I thought it would be good to share.

1 – Systems and Habits. Not Feelings and Reactions.

In his book Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made, David Halberstam devotes two whole chapters to Dean Smith’s Carolina basketball program. He describes the team’s daily practice as stunning. First, because of how quiet it was. And he goes on to say, “The next thing was how brilliantly and carefully organized it was, with a schedule posted each day that outlined how each minute of practice would be used.”

In other words, no one is waiting to decide whether or not they “feel like it.” The system is in place before the practice begins. There’s a schedule.

Creativity thrives in systems and habits. The creative-types I coach are always amazed at their productivity levels when we create a schedule for their weekly practices and writing sessions. They no longer spend their time reacting to their days with emotion and drama. Now they have a system. Dean Smith would be proud.

2 – Get a Coach.

Here’s where athletes get it right. They get coaches. From the start, they have coaches and mentors. Lots of them. No athlete in his right mind doesn’t have a coach.
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