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First one of these that has made me think about whether it would work on my wrist.

Smart watches seem clunky and fitness devices seem limited. This seems just right. 
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Great list by +Jodi Ettenberg  h/t +Meg L 

For sports, I suggest these sources:

Longreads.com
Here is a sports search at that great site:
http://blog.longreads.com/post/tag/sports/

Deadspin
http://deadspin.com/deadspin-2013-our-101-most-popular-posts-1488185844

Grantland
Here is their features page: http://www.grantland.com/features

SBNation
Here is their longform page:
http://www.sbnation.com/longform
 
Here are the best of 2013's longreads roundups.
(I'll be updating them going forward).

1.Longreads picks its top 49 reads of the year: http://blog.longreads.com/post/longreads-best-of-2013-here-it-is-all-49-of-our-no-1-story-picks-from-this-year/

2. Pocket's "best of" from 2013 in longreads, divided by category: http://getpocket.com/hits/awards/2013/

3. Ed Yong on the best science longreads from 2013: http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/12/23/top-science-longreads-of-2013/

4. Businessweek's stories they wish they wrote (but didn't): http://www.businessweek.com/printer/articles/174041-the-2013-jealousy-list-the-41-best-stories-and-one-book-we-didnt-write

5. Longform's top ten longreads of 2013: http://longform.org/lists/best-of-2013/top-ten

6. Best business journalism of 2013, per The New Yorker: http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/currency/2013/12/the-best-business-journalism-of-2013.html
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I think I ran this race 30 years ago!

It is longer than I run these days, but it is sorely tempting me to put in a long one.

It is a beautiful course relatively flat, on roads (some of which have a crown), lots of trees and views of the lake. (This is what it looks like in the morning from the boat ramp where the race starts:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/birds-by-angie/266945574/ )

Local running store sponsors it with the Florida Track Club.
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I cannot stop grinning (or watching).

h/t +Maxim Ivanov 
 
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Skype dating can be so tricky.
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Now Playing: Game 1 at +WERDGAME 
 
WerdGame!
Season 2, Game 1

Seven letters provided - You make a sentence using words starting with each of those letters in the order provided. Extra point if it is a "themed" sentence. Play as many times as you want. I'll monitor this game for 24 hours and update the score occasionally.

Theme 1: Space
Theme 2: Baseball (or Cricket)

Letters: T, C, A, P, N, E, B

Straight up rules (more info on the "about" page at +WERDGAME  ).
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Warning: Fantasy Baseball can lead to nation building!

The islands reflect Mr. Silva's personality. For example, Koanans are “famously taciturn,” have little patience for pointless small talk, and consider occasional silence a normal part of conversation. “I also have a serious dislike for people who are constantly late,” he said, “which also just so happens to be a major concern among Koanans.” Honesty is important, compliments are earned, and idle criticism is not tolerated. Talking about baseball is a good way to start a conversation.
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One of my goals has partially defined my life for the past three years. 120 workouts. I've nailed it each year and hope to continue doing so until I'm 80.

But one of my goals has yet to be reached. ten pull-ups. Why is this so hard? I've reached eight, I've reached eight and three quarters, but not ten. 

Last year I joined a gym to encourage family workouts. It has a freakin' amazing machine. An assisted pull-up/dip station. It has a bar that, when you step on it, will effectively shave pounds off the weight you are lifting. I'm in heaven. I can do ten sets of ten (or whatever).

Here is the question: how do I use this tool to get to ten unassisted?
 
Write your 2014 resolutions down on these free printables! http://www.popsu.gr/33342113 #newyear #resolutions
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+Basic Nomenclature , +Ricky Belanger Thank you, Thank You.
I stopped doing "light" pull ups and stuck to body weight. (I avoided adding a belt because it just seemed pretentious in my position, but thanks Ricky - the suggestion is what was needed). Anyway, thanks because I hit ten after a run last night. They were parallel grip pull ups on monkey bars at the park down the street. Next is ten with a chin up grip and then a regular pull up grip. But those are going to get done. Thanks for getting me over the hump guys.
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A worthy lesson.

(Be careful of holding up white sheets of paper) 
 
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An ode to offensive linemen who "stand between harm and others even if there's little hope to be had in the face of numbers, size, and speed."
And a particularly well written story about one of them.
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Like The Great Gatsby? 

Here are some behind the scenes images and video that reveal the amount of CGI that goes into what appear to be on location (or at least on set) films.
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I'm found mostly in Comments on others' posts

When I post, it is almost always to Extended Circles. So, if you are looking at my stream trying to determine whether to circle me or not, you will have a very different experience depending on whether you are in my circle or the circle of someone I have circled or not in either. Sorry.

You can change that status by getting my attention with intelligent or humorous comments or both.

"Bill Abrams...an intelligent, helpful, engaging, thoughtful poster...I don't like to recommend people to others typically (we all have our different wants and needs on social media)... but if you're looking for someone who thinks before they post, and who puts a great deal of effort into his responses, Bill's the man.  I will stand behind this recommendation wholeheartedly."  
(Bobbie Today 10-1-12)

I am doing this for the first time and will not likely do it again, so please take notice. In the past 24 hours, a number of us, including +Giselle Minoli enjoyed the intelligent, compelling and gracious banter of Mr. +Bill Abrams  I'm sharing this because he has a unique practice of sharing only to Extended Circles.  If you are fortunate, you will run into him on a post with a lively discussion.  If not, you might breeze right by his profile and miss the good stuff."
(Jack Crawford 10-6-12)

+Bill Abrams is one of those quiet, gentlemanly voices in this community.  I always get the feeling that he is watching everything, the sort of person (if you are the museum-going type) that you might spy looking at a painting very carefully and then every gallery you go to, there he is checking everything out in his quiet way.  And then when he comments, there are these gems of thoughts, calmly, peacefully floated out there..
(Giselle Minoli 10-6-12)

Bill. Your G+ stream has become the porch swing I like to sit on when I need a break from all the snarking and moaning I see elsewhere. (Meg. L. 7-13-13)
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