Saturday, February 24, 2007

Running shoes and running injuries

Check out this post.

This makes a pretty convincing argument for why the highly supportive, high-tech athletic shoes can actually contribute to injuries. In brief, the knee-leg-foot structures are built to sense and absorb the impact of activities like running. By lying to them about the actual impact (by absorbing it), the shoes actually make the body pound harder on the joints. If you run barefoot and/or with minimal protection to the sole, you will be a whole lot better off, since you will let the body do what it does.By protecting something that is designed to take impact, we are actually weakening it.
Some very interesting studies have been quoted, the most obvious of which is that barefeet cultures seldom report the kind of foot problems that are common in shoe wearing cultures.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Flags of our Fathers

One of the most iconic pictures from WW II was the raising of the US flag at Iwo Jima. (The other cool flag raising picture from the same war, in my opinion was from Berlin.) It's a technically brilliant photograph which really captures the feeling victory. The government saw this as a chance to raise money for the war bonds. So, the three survivors from the flag raising were taken back to the US and feted and treated as heroes.

The movie is a story of the photograph and the three men. It is told in a non-linear manner through the recollections of the different people involved in the photograph. I wouldn't call it an anti-war or a pro-war movie. It seeks to tell a very real story of what happened during the war.

It has been directed by Clint Eastwood and co-produced by Speilberg. I really enjoyed it and look forward to the companion movie, Letters from Iwo Jima, also by Clint Eastwood.