“You have to have an identity. Everybody talks about being tough, but it’s about the mental toughness. It’s about being able to do the monotonous things day in and day out. It’s about being technically sound. Toughness comes into how fast you can differentiate pass blocks vs. run block, knowing your keys. That’s the type of mental toughness they teach. We’re going to fly to the ball, we’re going to be physical and we’re going to take the ball away. That’s going to be our identity. You have to have that, and that’s how we practice. Everyone wants to be tough, but it’s not that physical (type) ... It’s doing the day-in and day-out, those monotonous things over and over and over and perfecting those.” ~ Jared Allen, Chicago Bears

A little bit of historical information on the American Indians who lived in the Boulder, Colorado area.

From the Georgia O’Keefe museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

From a t-shirt I saw in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“You go through more iterations until you can simply deliver your message in a very concise way, and that is true to the Apple brand and everything we do,” recalled one person who took the course. ~ From this NY Times article on how Picasso’s The Bull helps Apple teach their style.

Doctor suggested a vacation after the cancer treatment, so I drove down to New Mexico, where the car broke down in the desert. (Toyota “quality” is very overrated.) I just got it towed back to Santa Fe. Tough year.

Siberian husky puppies, courtesy of the Seavey Ididaride Alaska Sled Dog Tours.

In his book, Introduction to Tantra, Lama Yeshe seems to describe “The Force” from Star Wars lore.

A good short story on the life and inventions of Nikola Tesla, from this link at The Oatmeal.

A funny moment from the tv series Life: “Did he ever have a head injury?”

The end of the poem, Ulysses, by Lord Alfred Tennyson.

I started reading the early release of the book, User Story Mapping, by Jeff Patton, and it looks like it’s going to be really good.

When the Chocolate Runs Out is supposed to be a good book on attachment, but it sounds like a horror story. :)

Most Chicago Cubs fans are torn: We hope Edwin Jackson will go away because he’s a horrible pitcher, but some part of us wants him to stay so we’ll keep losing and get a high draft pick. (Image from this Chicago Tribune story.)

I like this. Just because you don’t have the world’s greatest talent in something doesn’t mean you have to stop trying to do that thing. If you love it, keep trying, keep practicing.

Chicago Cubs catcher John Baker became a cult hero overnight as he pitched a scoreless 16th inning, then scored the game’s winning run in the bottom of the 16th. The game took six hours, 27 minutes, and was the longest game by time in Cubs’ history.

Here are a few quotes from Mr. Baker about this opportunity:

“It’s really cool to get a chance to do this,” Baker said. “I was having trouble not smiling on the mound. You never get opportunities to do things like this.”

I drove up to Estes Park, Colorado on Monday, and ran into a brief lightning storm. I took shelter in this little bakery on the north side of the town strip.

I need a universal, “For God’s sake, please don’t automatically start videos playing” browser control.

‘‘My main goal is to commit to every single pitch and throw with conviction.’’ ~ Kyle Hendricks, Chicago Cubs. (Quote from this article.)

Twitter limits people to 140 characters per tweet ... I wish they’d limit people to three tweets a day, I’d follow a lot more people that way.