– Advertisement – The NBTC site doesn’t provide specific details about the Realme 7 5G. However, if it were to be rebadged Realme V5, we can expect an identical list of specifications. Tipster Abhishek Yadav on Twitter has additionally leaked pricing details of the unannounced phone.Realme 7 5G price (expected)As per the leak, the Realme 7 5G will be priced at CNY 1,499 (roughly Rs. 17,000) for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant, while its 8GB RAM + 128GB storage version would carry a price tag of CNY 1,899 (roughly Rs. 21,400).Realme 7 5G specifications (expected)In terms of specifications, the Realme 7 5G is said to have a 6.5-inch display with a 90Hz refresh rate, a hole-punch design, and an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 720 SoC. The phone is also tipped to come with quad rear cameras that include a 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor, along with two other 2-megapixel sensors. Tipster Abhishek Yadav also mentioned that the Realme 7 5G would come with a 16-megapixel selfie camera sensor at the front. Furthermore, the smartphone is said to have a 5,000mAh battery with 30W fast charging, side-mounted fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm headphone jack, and 9.1mm of thickness. All these specifications are identical to those of the Realme V5.- Advertisement – Realme 7 5G is likely to be the next model in the Realme 7 series that has Realme 7, 7 Pro, and 7i. While Realme hasn’t officially provided any details, the new smartphone has reportedly received a certification from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) of Thailand. The details on the NBTC site suggests that the Realme 7 5G could just be a global variant of the Realme V5.As initially reported by tipster Sudhanshu Ambhore, the NBTC site shows that the Realme 7 5G could carry model number RMX2111. This was previously associated with the Realme V5 that debuted in China in August.- Advertisement – Why are smartphone prices rising in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Andre Ayew scored his second goal for Swansea in as many games in a 2-0 victory against Newcastle on Saturday.The Swans were in control of the game as Jonjo Shelvey set up Bafetimbi Gomis to put them ahead early on. Newcastle defender Daryl Janmaat was also sent off shortly before half-time after repeated fouls.Jefferson Montero, who has been the toast of Swans since the season started, was on hand to cross for Andre Ayew to power a header home.In fact, Swansea could have scored more but for two efforts thumping the woodwork.Andre Ayew had a fantastic debut for Swansea as they picked up a point at the Stamford Bridge a week ago Saturday. After that game, Garry Monk, team coach had special praise for the Ghanaian.Ayew, , netted the visitors’ first equaliser in Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge. “He’s come in and he’s been incredible,” Monk told reporters of the player, who arrived in Wales from Marseille on a free transfer “He’s worked extremely hard with the group, the group have worked hard with him to get him settled and it’s always good for a new player when you come into a new league.”Ayew made the move from Marseille in a highly-publicized move that saw him become the Swans marquee signing. Below: Ayew and Montero–Follow Gary on Twitter: @garyalsmith. Get more updates on Facebook/Twitter with the #JoySports hashtag
Facebook40Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Harlequin ProductionsHarlequin Production’s Laughter on the 23rd FloorHarlequin Productions opens its final dress rehearsal for each of its non-musical productions to a local non-profit partner to use as a fundraiser or a thank you to their donors or volunteers. Each selected non-profit organization is granted access to 150 seats. The non-profit pays a nominal fee in the amount of $200 and commits to filling the 150 seats allocated to them. Filling all 150 seats is especially beneficial to both organizations.The intention is to provide a win-win for the non-profit partner and Harlequin Productions. The non-profit partner gets an opportunity to raise money or to thank their generous donors or dedicated volunteers. In return, Harlequin’s cast and crew benefit greatly by having an audience for their final dress rehearsal.The community partnership audiences have the exciting experience of participating in the final steps that a cast makes toward its performance run. Prior to this final rehearsal, the cast will have only worked in front of the production staff. The final dress audience provides the energy required to launch the show and give crucial experience to the cast and crew. In turn, the final dress audience enjoys a sneak peek into the process that goes into creating Real. Live. Theater..Harlequin Production’s To Kill a Mockingbird“Thanks!” said Natalie Moran of Family Support Center of South Sound, who was awarded the final dress tickets for Harlequin’s To Kill a Mockingbird. “The Community Partnership Program with Harlequin Productions was a great chance to thank our donors, engage with volunteers, staff, and friends, and spend time together at an incredibly powerful performance.”Five final dress slots will be awarded in Harlequin’s 2016 season:Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike on January 20, 2016Hedda Gabler on March 2, 2016The Language Archive on May 4, 2016The Last Five Years on August 17, 2016The Two Gentlemen of Verona on September 28, 2016Harlequin Productions is taking applications now through October 31, 2015, for its Community Partnership Program 2016.For more information or to apply, visit harlequinproductions.org/community-partnership-program.
By Joseph SapiaN.W.S. EARLE – The U.S. Navy has agreed to a temporary freeze on renting housing to the general public on Naval Weapons Station Earle because of concerns raised by the surrounding community.The freeze, in place to Feb. 1, was agreed upon at a Nov. 22 meeting Assistant Secretary for the Navy Dennis V. McGinn held in Washington with area elected officials – Congressman Chris Smith, state Sen. Jennifer Beck and Colts Neck Township Committeeman Russell Macnow. Smith had requested the meeting because of concerns he and others raised over maintaining security and the costs associated with educating children in area public schools.The concerns began after Northeast Housing, which operates 89 family-style housing units at a Colts Neck section of Earle, approached the Navy in late summer about opening up the housing to the general public. Of the 89 units, 17 are currently vacant, said Bill Addison, an Earle spokesman.Information on the meeting – described as “cordial” by Macnow – was released by Beck’s office only in the last week.“We’re happy the assistant secretary has agreed to put a moratorium on it to work out an amicable resolution,” Macnow said. “We’ll continue to press this with all we think is appropriate.” Macnow said he did not think renting to the general public was in the best interest of the community.What happens now is unclear.With a new U.S. president coming into office, perhaps the conversation between the Navy and area officials will take place again, Macnow said. Maybe the vacant housing can be used by veterans, he added.Or perhaps, as happened a few years ago in a similar situation, the Navy will buy out the contract with Northeast Housing, a subsidiary of the Balfour Beatty Communities real estate company. Macnow said that likely would be an expensive option because it appears Northeast and the Navy are in the early stages of a 50-year contract.Addison redirected questions on the matter to the Navy in Washington.No one from the Navy press office in Washington was immediately available for comment. Northeast Housing has generally declined comment.“Balfour Beatty Communities manages the housing as a partnership with the Navy,” said Kathy Grim, senior vice president of marketing and communications for Balfour Beatty Investments. “Ultimately, the issues currently being discussed around this housing involve the Navy and the communities in which NWS Earle is situated. That being the case, we have no comment on these issues at this time.”The federal Department of Defense began privatizing military base housing in 1996; there are about 3,000 members of the general public living on bases around the country. Earle did not join the privatization program until 2004 and, in the 12 years since then, has never had general public living on the base.Earle – which sits on 12,000 acres in Colts Neck, Tinton Falls, Middletown, Howell and Wall – stores and ships ammunition Outside of civilian employees and government contractors working on site, there are 245 active military assigned to it. The base is patrolled by Navy security with military-policing powers and private security guards without formal police powers.Public renters would have free movement on the administrative area of the base. Beyond that, security restrictions are layered on the base.“I think any consideration opening that up to the general public is insane,” said Lillian G. Burry, a member of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders and a Colts Neck resident. “You can’t properly vet people. It just doesn’t make any sense.”“We have urged the Navy to re-evaluate its dangerous current proposal in the context of recent terrorist events, especially events in New Jersey,” Smith said.In 2010, Smith was among those who successfully fought a similar proposal at another section of Earle – the Laurelwood Housing Units. The Navy agreed to buy out that housing agreement.“Clearly, the Department of Defense has heard our concerns,” Beck said. “However, this is only a temporary solution and I will continue to oppose any plan allowing civilians to utilize Earle housing. I don’t believe allowing members of the general public to live on an active military weapons installation is an acceptable proposal for our region.”“The Navy has a differing opinion to the security risk, or lack thereof,” Macnow said. “We, obviously, have a different take.”Tinton Falls Mayor Gerry Turning said he was unaware of the Washington meeting.“I really can’t comment because you know more than I do,” Turning told a reporter.The 89 family-style housing units, either single-family or townhouse-style, generally have three or four bedrooms. They are to rent at the market price of $2,400 per month.The housing is rented first to active duty military assigned to Earle, then in this order to other active duty military, military reservists and National Guard members, Department of Defense civilian personnel and retired military – all with military or defense department identification.If a home is vacant for 30 days, the agreement between Earle and Northeast allows the units to be rented to the general public. Security checks of renters are required, with the Navy ultimately approving a renter.This school year, the Tinton Falls school district has been educating 75 students from the base in kindergarten through eighth grade. The Freehold Regional School District has been educating 11 at Colts Neck High School.
L.V. Rogers saluted its top athletes of the 2012-13 school term during a recent ceremony at the Fairview-based high school.Top scholar athlete honours were presented to Jordan Mulvihill and Jayden Roch.Mulvihill earned the award for his performance on the Bomber volleyball team and a number 1 Canadian ranking in skip rope during the recent championships.Roch was one of the top volleyball and basketball players on the Bomber squad this season. Both athletes averaged of over 80 percent in school along with an 18 /24 or better ranking from one of their coaches.Best All Around honours went to Devyn Parker and Trace Cooke.Winners must participate in two or more sports along with making significant contributions to the teams.Parker was a top swimmer for LVR as well as made significant contributions to the Bomber basketball and rugby squads.Cooke was key contributor to the Bomber soccer and rugby teams as well as earned top ranking in Canada for Freestyle Skiing.Most Outstanding Athlete of the Year went to Matt Zukowski for Basketball and Paige Mansveld for field hockey, soccer and basketball.
No matter the biological discovery, evolutionists are ready with their explanations. The explanations, however, are often riddled with puzzles, surprises, and seemingly arbitrary appeals to chance. Do such explanations really provide more understanding than those of creationists, who explain that living things were designed for a purpose?Shrimp deal: “Many deep-sea species have close relatives living in shallow, relatively warm water, but how shallow-water species were initially able to cope with the huge hydrostatic pressures of the deep ocean is poorly understood,” said a researcher at the University of Southampton. According to PhysOrg, the team studied closely-related shrimp that live in shallow waters and near deep-sea vents – environments with astonishing differences in pressure and temperature. The observations merely demonstrated that these shrimp can live in either environment. Their evolutionary explanation had to invoke an unobserved ancestor: “These physiological capabilities were probably inherited from an ancestral species shared by both shallow-water and related vent species.” The explanation, however, begs the question of how the putative ancestor gained the ability to survive both environments in the first place. And if the living species have that ability, what has been explained? Evolutionary theory appears to be a superfluous appendage to an observation that the shrimp are designed to survive in a wide variety of conditions.Hunt for and gather a story: We have a mystery. “One of the most complex human mysteries involves how and why we became an outlier species in terms of biological success” – particularly, why are human hunter-gatherer cultures so different from those of other primates? PhysOrg again came to the rescue to explain the mystery and deliver understanding, this time from scientists at the University of Arizona “who study hunter-gatherer societies”. The article promised their work is “informing the issue by suggesting that human ancestral social structure may be the root of cumulative culture and cooperation and, ultimately, human uniqueness.” Clearly humans had ancestors, and some of them hunted and gathered – as some cultures do today. At first glance this explanation (actually just a suggestion) seems like a tautology; early humans had a unique ancestral social structure that gave birth to a modern unique social structure. The ASU team, intent on deriving human uniqueness from other primates, studied 32 modern foraging tribes, and found the obvious: they identified “human hunter-gatherer group structure as unique among primates.” But how did they get that way? That’s the evolutionary question. “The increase in human network size over other primates may explain why humans evolved an emphasis on social learning that results in cultural transmission,” Professor Kim Hill offered. “Likewise, the unique composition of human ancestral groups promotes cooperation among large groups of non-kin, something extremely rare in nature.” Humans are unique because they evolved to be unique. Is that what he just said?The hand is quicker than the stone: “Stone Tools Influenced Hand Evolution in Human Ancestors, Anthropologists Say.” That’s a headline on Science Daily that claims research at University of Kent “confirmed Charles Darwin’s speculation that the evolution of unique features in the human hand was influenced by increased tool use in our ancestors.” But did the tools shape the hand, or did the hand shape the tools? Here’s the data: “Research over the last century has certainly confirmed the existence of a suite of features in the bones and musculature of the human hand and wrist associated with specific gripping and manipulatory capabilities that are different from those of other extant great apes.” Then, the explanation: “These features have fuelled suggestions that, at some point since humans split from the last common ancestor of living apes, the human hand evolved away from features adapted for locomotion toward alternative functions.” A creationist reading this is going to reject the assumption that humans split from a common ancestor. What can evolutionists argue as evidence for their view? One of the them at U of Kent put forward the possibility that the human hand “may have been subject to natural selection as a result of using simple cutting tools.” But why would a primate use tools without the equipment to do it? And what about a stone causes a hand to evolve? New Caledonian crows have probably been using tools longer than evolutionists think humans have, but their beaks do not appear to be changing much from those of other birds (see 05/26/2009 and links). Somehow, their “may have” suggestion evolved into a triumph for Darwin:Dr [Stephen] Lycett, Senior Lecturer in Human Evolution at the University’s School of Anthropology and Conservation, explained: ‘140 years ago, writing from his home at Down House in Kent, Darwin proposed that the use of stone tools may have influenced the evolution of human hands. ‘Our research suggests that he was correct. From a very early stage in our evolution, the cultural behaviour of our ancestors was influencing biological evolution in specific ways.’Did the cultural behavior influence the evolution of the hand, or did the hand influence the cultural behavior? Or did both evolve together? In any of these cases, it is not clear that the observations about the uniqueness of the human hand have been explained at all.Progress in size: Researchers at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center have convinced themselves that “Evolution Drives Many Plants and Animals to Be Bigger, Faster,” reported Science Daily. The challenge, though, is whether they could convince a nonbeliever in evolution with their explanation. “Organisms with bigger bodies or faster growth rates tend to live longer, mate more and produce more offspring, whether they are deer or damselflies, the authors report.” So far, a correlation between size and fecundity is all they’ve served up. Whether lizards, snakes, insects and plants, the organisms in their sample of 100 species (as found in the literature on natural selection) displayed a “very widespread pattern” appearing to support the claim that “larger body size and earlier seasonal timing – such as earlier breeding, blooming or hatching – confer significant survival advantages.” Questions arise immediately from this explanation, though: why doesn’t every animal and plant evolve to get bigger and faster over time? And why were so many extinct species much larger than their modern counterparts? If a prey animal gets bigger, but its predator simultaneously grows bigger and faster, has the prey animal won any survival advantage? (see “Slippage on the treadmill,” 03/17/2003). Another question: why don’t animals converge on a Goldilocks model – a medium size? The authors themselves were puzzled by that. “If organisms are supposedly well-adapted to their particular circumstances, then why is it so seldom the case that the individuals that survive and reproduce the best are the ones that are not too small, nor too big, but just right?” Their initial explanation, therefore, required several auxiliary explanations. “The authors explored three possible explanations,” they said: (1) size is costly, (2) environments fluctuate (think Darwin’s finches), and (3) “A third possibility is that natural selection drives one trait in one direction, while simultaneously driving another, genetically correlated trait in the opposite direction.” Perhaps this could be dubbed the “House divided against itself cannot evolve” theory. The problem with composite explanations, though, is figuring which one is the right one. If your doctor tells you your weight gain is caused by (1) lack of self-control, (2) genes, or (3) cancer, you would demand to know which one matters most. Composite explanations, further, violate Ockham’s Razor (see Ockham, Jan 2010 Scientist of the Month). Unless evolutionists come forward with a primary cause for the effect that can also explain the exceptions, it seems doubtful they’ve explained anything.Your inner tumor: Surely one of the most bizarre explanations offered by evolutionists recently is in the title of a story on New Scientist: “Tumours could be the ancestors of animals.” According to writer Colin Barras, this is “the idea that cancer is our most distant animal ancestor, a ‘living fossil’ from over 600 million years ago.” According Barras, Charles Lineweaver and Paul Davies have put forward the notion that “cancer is not simply linked to the evolution of animals – it was the earliest animals.” As justification, the evolutionists showcased a tumor’s ability to evade the immune system and to generate blood vessels (angiogenesis). Understandably, though, “Reactions to Lineweaver and Davies’s idea vary from cautious enthusiasm to outright scepticism,” one calling it an “imaginative metaphor,” another, “a step too far.” “There is no evidence to believe that the ability to develop blood vessels is an ancient feature of animals,” a critic said. In response, Lineweaver used evolution to justify evolution: “Fully developed angiogenesis had to have evolved from proto-angiogenesis,” he said. “I think it’s clear that some form of proto-angiogenesis was very important for the earliest animals.” How or why “proto-angiogenesis” (whatever that is) would have evolved in some unobserved ancestor incapable of understanding why it would be “very important” some day is left as an exercise in imaginative metaphor.In the heady days of logical positivism (around the 1930s), Carl Hempel attempted to eliminate anecdotal explanations in science and replace them with deductive logic. To him, it was essential for an explanation to refer to natural laws and initial conditions such that the result had to happen. Subsequent philosophers have undermined that vision. Hempel’s “covering law model” leaves out too many favored explanations, and simultaneously legitimizes some quack explanations. His model left biologists with “physics envy,” because clear laws of nature are hard to come by in biology. There are too many variables and complexities to be able to predict or retrodict events in natural history with deductive logic appealing to laws of nature. Nevertheless, it would appear desirable that scientific explanations aspire to more than ad hoc stories, complex explanations requiring multiple auxiliary hypotheses, composite explanations, mere suggestions, or tautologies (such as “things are as they are because they were as they were” – an explanation that works in reverse just as well). If the evolutionary explanation reduces to “stuff happens,” or things evolve because they evolve, then alternatives like intelligent design would seem to have grounds for competing in the marketplace of explanation.The Darwin Storytelling Empire is a corrupt racket. It’s long overdue to expose their pretensions to providing superior scientific explanations. That’s why you read Creation-Evolution Headlines. All the other clueless news media just parrot the myths emanating from the clueless Darwinists, with no critical analysis whatsoever, thinking they have done their job. Their product is as empty as a balloon held aloft by hot fogma. (For definition of fogma, see the 05/14/2007 commentary). What about science in general? In the late 20th century after logical positivism collapsed, philosophers of science were left wondering if scientific explanation was even possible. Some, like van Fraassen, concluded that explanation was not even the business of science. Describing useful patterns in experience in more and more detail was sufficient, he said; leave explanation to others, because it gets into metaphysics. But where does that leave the presumed epistemic superiority of science over the humanities, philosophy, or even theology? Why should science get an elevated status in the academy and popular culture if it cannot explain why the world is the way it is? The key insight that undermines the Darwin explanatory program is that explanation requires presuppositions in the conceptual realm: the need for knowledge, truth, ethics, honesty, logic, universality and consistency. None of those things can be derived from evolutionary naturalism. When you hear an evolutionist assuming any of these things, you know he or she is cheating. Theology provides the only grounds for reasoning toward true truth about a real reality. When enough people employ the two-pronged attack on Darwinism (exposing their vacuous explanations and their pilfering of theological presuppositions), there may be hope of toppling the corrupt Darwin Storytelling regime (12/22/2003 commentary).(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Whether it’s the first day of the project or the last, these 10 tips for successful freelancing will keep you on the top of your game.If you’re new to film and video freelancing or just starting out in a creative industry these 10 tips should help you get off on the right foot and also help you wrap up your projects in the best possible way. This obviously isn’t an exhaustive list but hopefully it will help you find your way if you’re new to the business and get you hired for more freelancing work in the future.5 Tips for Your First Day on a Project1. Be on TimeIn the film industry on time means 15 minutes early, as one director I work with a lot likes to say. This is especially true of on-set freelancing when the day is often running to a tight time schedule. You don’t want to be the one who is holding up the crew from turning over. Check the call sheet for your call time and be there early. Those extra minutes will also give you time to fraternise with the rest of the crew (an important part of networking in the film and video business).2. Bring Your ToolsWhatever kit it is that you need to do your job your way – make sure you have it with you. As an editor this means either bringing my laptop, headphones, spare harddrive, etc. If I’m in a client suite a USB stick with my keyboard settings on it, some favorite key sound effects and some pre-made Compressor settings are always with me. Having these to hand saves me plenty of time trying to get the suite how I like it. Whatever your profession come prepared.3. Don’t Bring LunchIf it’s my first day at a place I’ll usually make a point of not bringing lunch with me. Why? Because I want to have a decent excuse to get out and stretch my legs and take a breather. If the client offers to buy lunch – excellent, but it usually comes with the ploy of making you eat ‘al-desco’ and squeezing out some more work. Obviously if you’re on set its more than likely you’ll be catered for. As an editor more often than not I’m left to my own devices and I prefer to seize the break.4. Remember NamesRemembering someone’s name is an easy way to make them feel valued. It is a tiny thing to get right but failing to do so is apt to make everyone involved feel awkward. If you’re bad a names then scribble it down or make a point of saying it each time you meet them. Make it natural, you don’t want to appear like a weirdo.5. Bring Your T&Cs and Payment TermsAlways sort this up front.Ts & Cs? Terms and Conditions.Payment Terms? How long it will take to get paid, usually something like 14-60 days depending on what end of the spectrum you’re on.I have a document I send to new clients detailing how long a day is, what overtime is paid at, how long they have to pay the invoice, what kind of content I will and won’t work with and that I am permitted to keep a copy of the work for my portfolio. I’m pretty flexible on some of these (portfolio) but not on others (content, payment terms). It’s just helpful to have everything on paper from the start.5 Tips for Your Last Day on a ProjectFinishing well its arguably just as important as your first impression. Here are 5 tips for freelancing to help you finish well and make the most of the opportunity.1. Finish on scheduleFinishing on time and on budget is often what makes the difference between getting hired again and not. Earning some extra brownie points and (hopefully) some overtime putting in the extra hours to get the job delivered on deadline is what will solidify your relationship with the client and won’t be forgotten. If it looks like you won’t be able to deliver on time, warn people early.2. Put in your invoiceIt always astounds me when freelancing friends take ages to put in their invoice, because they don’t like doing admin. Don’t you want to get paid?! I try to make sure I email in my invoice once the project has been successfully completed and everyone is happy. If it is a long gig (more than a week or two) then I often split the invoice by week (or month).Make sure you know who is responsible for paying you (and who to send your invoice to of course). It is important that your invoice has clear information on how to physically pay you. A lot of bigger organisations will fold their freelance invoices into bi-monthly payment runs, which can lead to frustrating further delays if you don’t get your invoice in on time.3. Get a copy of your workOnce a job is done and dusted its often harder to go back and get the client to unearth a master copy of the finished piece. So the last day is the easiest time to ask to take a master copy away with you (you can persuade them that it will save hassle in the long run).Building your portfolio is an essential part to sowing seed for future jobs and demonstrating your professional prowess. Make the effort to get a copy then and there if possible. Or ask who you can follow up with to get a copy. Obviously sometimes this isn’t possible depending on the gig you’re working on, but try your best to get something that shows what you contributed.4. Back UpIt is impossible to tell which projects will get resurrected for a re-edit, re-shoot or re-vamp in the future. Keeping a copy of all your important project assets (projects files, final split-audio masters, notes, reference photos etc) will ensure you’re ready for any eventuality. As an editor I will keep a safety copy of the project files, final deliverables and sometimes a media-managed final timeline. This way I don’t have to shoulder the burden of long term storage but I am ready to re-edit.5. (Later) Get FeedbackThis is something that I’ve not seen many freelancers do, but it makes a lot of sense to do it. A few weeks after the project is (or you are) finished, call or email in and ask for any feedback the client might have on what worked well, what you could improve on next time and other skills or services they could really use.This feedback will help you improve and making contact will hopefully help bring you to mind should there be more work in the pipeline.
A few months after my brain surgery in 1992, I told my neurologist that I felt like my brain was on fire and that I was reading a book every couple of days.I fell in love with reading in 6th grade when Ms. Paolini required me to read Jonathon Livingston Seagull. From there, I went to the public library every week, picking up stacks of books, and in 8th grade found The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. It took me the entire year to read those books.When I was grounded as a kid, while my physical body was trapped inside, my mind was with Conan the Barbarian or Tarzan or Dr. Calvin. While I was playing music, my reading slowed, even though I was never without a book.My neurologist listened patiently while I described how I believed that my brain was making new neural connections and how I felt somehow different. When I was done explaining what I was experiencing, he looked at me and said, “There is no evidence that any of that is true. You lost a piece of your brain, and this is most likely a reaction.” While I am not suggesting he was wrong, we now know the brain can—and does—create new neural connections and pathways throughout your life, and things like exercise and meditation help that process. His view was that I was compensating, and he may not have been incorrect.I read a nonfiction book every week through college, law school, and my executive education. A few years ago, I decided to slow my reading. I changed my intention from simply reading a book to apply my learning. Instead of reading 50 books, I read 10 or 12 books deeply. I read the same book multiple times, often listening to the audio version at the same time. I read much more challenging work with the desire to improve my life as the outcome of my investment. The strategy for reading was only possible because I had read widely enough to know where I wanted to go deep.After a few years reading the entire works of Ken Wilber and Nassim Taleb a number of times, I am now back to reading widely, just finishing Christian Madsbjerg’s brilliant book Sensemaking: The Power of Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm (I interviewed Christian for my In the Arena podcast yesterday. It will post soon).What I have ended up doing without knowing it is reading widely until I find something worth a much greater effort and then going very deep in something that is important, useful, and meaningful. Now I am reading widely, while I search for something that requires me to go deeper.Without reading widely, you don’t know what’s available to you. Without reading deeply, understanding and applying the work is less likely. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now
It turned out to be a disappointing day for Indian shooters with the pair of Tejaswini Sawant and Meena Kumari missing out on a gold by just one point to settle for a bronze in the 19th Commonwealth Games here today.Even in the skeet event, the Indian pair of Mairaj Ahmad Khan and Allan Daniel Peoples finished a disappointing final as the country had to be content with only one bronze medal in shooting at Karni Singh Shooting Range.The first Indian woman to win a World Championship, Tejaswini was done in by pressure as she along with her teammate Meena Kumari faltered by just one point in the women’s 50 metres rifle prone.Scottish duo of Jen McIntosh and Kay Copland clinched the gold in the shoot-off against the English pair of Michelle Smith and Sharon Lee after they were locked on 1169.World champion Tejaswini shot 583, two less than Meena Kumari as the duo shot 1168, in a heartbreaking miss by one point.”I got over conscious because I didn’t want to commit any mistake. Even my coach told me that I was getting over conscious,” Tejaswini said.The Kolhapur girl had earlier won a silver in pairs 50m rifle 3 position along with Lajja Goswami.”Honestly, I am feeling a little bad on losing by just one point. We both are good shooters with very high personal scores. Even our normal performance would have fetched a gold,” a dejected Tejaswini said.Tejaswini had won a gold medal at the World Championships in Munich in August.advertisement”Obviously, I will train because the disappointment and sadness I am going through now, needs to be covered up. I have to get my rhythm back,” Tejaswini said.”I read motivational books whenever I get time in between. It improves concentration and inspires me. My favourite author is Shivaji Sawant,” she said.Her partner Meena Kumari was equally disappointed.”I am not happy that I got bronze because the difference in the scores of the winning teams was only one point. That’s why I am feeling all the more bad.”I lost my rhythm in between, so that delayed my shots. I feel I made a mistake. Now, I want to train so that I don’t repeat my mistakes in tomorrow’s match,” Meena Kumari said.In the second event of the day, the skeets duo of Khan (94) and Peoples (92) finished fifth.Cyprus duo of Georgios Achilleos and Andreas Chasikos equalled Games record of 194 to claim the gold.Canada and England took the silver and bronze respectively.