Quickies: Legos, Geese, Sheep Eyes, and Y’all…

Hello, all! It’s been quiet around here… I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m already behind on grading and it’s week 2 of the semester. Hooray? Okay, here are some stories that have very little to do with anything big actually happening right now, but I do need a break so…

  • The “Florence Y’all’s” is my favorite new baseball team name, via Celia
  • Having not played Untitled Goose Game but having seen so many memes, I’m delighted to see that it’s in the running for its own Lego set. Untitled Goose is all of us somehow… Thanks, Emily, with link to vote for it via Topher.
  • I don’t entirely agree with the headline or subtitle of this piece, but I do think it’s an interesting exercise science read on how to achieve a pull-up, even if you think you can never be “strong enough.” From my experience hanging from a bar (I have yet to do one but I’m getting closer!), it is not just brute strength, but truly a learned technique with a lot of moving parts. It still doesn’t make it a good test of “fitness,” but it feels pretty sweet to pull your head over the bar anyway. Unfortunately, Scaled T-Rex still can’t even reach the bar… Thanks, B!

It’s Cute Animal Friday!

Okay, I’ll get my act together next week and get some real stories in here. Cheers!

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Nicole is a professor, astronomer, educator, geek, dog mom, occasional fitness nerd, and maker of tiny comets. She is also very loud under the right circumstances. Like what you read? Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/noisyastronomer

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  1. Allowing for different proportions and some limit via weight (sorry tyrannosaurs and, perhaps sumo wrestlers) at least a single pullup/chin ought to be possible for most people. Getting to my first single was an exercise in patience and confronting the seemingly impossible. I’m no gymnast with short levers and/or a minimal load. But once learned, the pullup isn’t lost. Even with a long stretch without practice, one or two practice sessions can bring it back.

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