For the sprint

For sprinting, a very heavy lift, or other activities that are designed to kill me, I usually skip forward in my playlist to a house beat-heavy track that has the power to obliterate the thoughts of how much pain I’m in.

This one came to my attention after I heard it on Isles of Wonder: Music for the Opening Ceremony Of The London 2012 Olympic Games (don’t judge)(I know I’m way behind; this track was released in 2009).  I love the song for Dizzee’s energy and his east end accent.  I love it for the grimy beat that never really breaks into a more elegant disco melody.

And really, if we’ve evolved to a point where we’re forcing ourselves to run (or worse yet, to run on contraptions that replicate outdoor running) without being chased or hunting, aren’t we all a bit bonkers?

For the sprint was originally published on Katherineapolis

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Why “Fritz Learns to Catch” deserves viral success

In the time it took me to write this post, this youtube video climbed for 790,000-some odd views to over 861,000 views.  It’s been shared with me by 3 different people today (to be fair, I do have a Golden named Charlie who fills up my various social media platforms with photos).  I’m not even mad; Fritz the Dog deserves all the viral success he’s had.  Here’s why:

This is a pet video that isn’t a cat video.  Everyone’s sick of cat videos.

The dog’s name is Fritz; Fritz’s bandanna game is flawless.

The video begins with this totally bizarre zoom over an ominous musical hum, letting everyone know that we’re in for a strange and glorious ride:

Steak? Pork chop?

The creator of the video could’ve chosen a totally cliche song like “Chariots of Fire” to illustrate Fritz’s trials and triumphs, but he didn’t.  He went with a peppy, unobtrusive and almost primitive-sounding techno jam.  It’s like having a MIDI video game theme play over all of Fritz’s attempts.  And doesn’t it feel like you’re in a video game?  This is a first-person shooter, but instead of James Bond’s gleaming pistol in GoldenEye 007 for N64, you’re controlling a hand that tosses large and easily recognizable food items into a perfect arc in the air.

And much like the best shoot-em-ups, the splatter sound effects in this video are absolute perfection.  I know they’ve been added in post-production, and I don’t care.

Controversial opinion: I think my favorite Fritz missed foodstuff is the donut.  But if you’re Team Taco or Team Hot Dog like everyone else, I’m open to arguments.