Trying something different this week for my Twitter stream. Figure I’ll post a “follow Friday” pick here and just let my blog software tweet it automatically. That way I’ll have a little more room than the standard 140 characters to explain why I’ve picked a certain account to FF, which is a Twitter tradition in which users recommend good feeds to one another.
My FF pick this week is Story Corp, a great nonprofit that facilitates they recording, sharing, and preservation of personal stories by Americans of all backgrounds. Story Corp material appears regularly on NPR’s Morning Edition, though I subscribe via podcast.
Without fail, I find the regular 5-minute vignettes on the podcast make me laugh, cry, or just stop — really stop in my tracks — and think about some vital episode in American history witnessed through the eyes of everyday folks. Typical is this recent installment about a pair of black men whose whole lives were transformed for the worse by an innocent incident when they were kids playing with some white neighbors in the Jim Crow-era South.
Hey, tomorrow’s scheduled running of the Kentucky Derby is as good an excuse as any to post my favorite highlight from the race ever.
It’s the wild end of the 2009 Derby, and the best way to watch it is probably this slo-mo replay from NBC Sports using an overhead angle. The announcers break down the action nicely so that anyone who doesn’t follow racing regularly — basically, everyone — can understand.
It boils down to one of those against-the-odds sorta moments that sports sometimes produces, a reminder to all of us (if we’re not too cynical to acknowledge a good metaphor) that maybe we could stand to be a little bolder about whatever goals are important to us.
The jockey here, a guy named Calvin Borel, weighs 110 pounds; he’s riding a 50-1 longshot named Mine That Bird; and they’re running way back in the pack through most of the race, as everyone expected at the time. Despite all that, he decides to make a death-defying move through an opening along the inside edge of the track. If anything unexpected happens there — always a possibility amid a fast-moving crowd of large animals — he’ll have to deal with the very unforgiving inside rail that separates the track from the infield.
For a slightly different look, the full-speed version of the race as it originally aired is below. Notice, the announcer refers to the finish as “an impossible ending.”
Actually, no it wasn’t, really. It officially ceased to be impossible the second someone did it. That’s the point.
A friend just shared this really fun time-lapse video with me on Vimeo. Figured you might get a kick out of it: