Draw a straight line, and then continue it for the same length but deflected by an angle. If you continue doing this you will eventually return to roughly where you started, having drawn out an approximation to a circle. But what happens if you increase the angle of deflection by a fixed amount at each step? The curve will spiral in on itself as the deflection increases, and then spiral out when the deflection exceeds a half-turn. These spiral flourishes are called Euler spirals. [code]
This guy just keeps showing us the visualisation of beauty in mathematics.
Yesterday on Facebook when I posted this photo of female athlete body types, you guys had such a passionate response that I wanted to expand on it here today on the blog. The photos were taken by photographer Howard Schutz who interviewed hundreds of professional athletes at their physical peak. He was interested in seeing their musculoskeletal differences.
As you can see every woman here is shaped differently based on the sport she is involved in. All are fit and excel at their profession, but there is no perfect structure or perfect body type. The body type achieved is a result of her practice. The focus is to win the game and be better, faster, and stronger than your competitor. And to beat your personal record from last year.
The fitness world, or the commercial fitness world differs in that we are all so focused on looks, looks, LOOKS! How to get a six pack. How to get an inner thigh gap. How to get rid of muffintops. And you know what, there’s nothing wrong with that initially. If vanity is what first drives you to pay attention to your health, so be it. But it is important to note that vanity will not stay with you in the long haul. It is also not enough to make you stick to your goals. It is too superficial. Dig deeper and find the fire that fuels your drive. Is it to get more energy? Is it live happier? Become more confident? Be a role model?
If you are on a fitness journey to lose 20 lbs, take the focus away from losing that 1 or 2 lbs a week. Instead, put the focus into becoming the best dancer in your cardio dance class or improving speed and stamina on your run. You know what will happen? Your pounds will shed anyway. They always say that the moment you stop searching for something, it appears. This is the same. Stop waiting for the numbers to drop. Put the energy into improving yourself!
I always related this to finding a job you love vs. making money. If you slave away at your job just for the purpose of making money to buy things, what has happened to your life? Your job is at least 8 hrs of you day, you will HATE a majority of your life! If you find a job you LOVE and work at it for 10-12 hrs a day or more and make menial amounts of money, then you are happy for a majority of the day…so a majority of your life. But guess what? It doesn’t stop there. When you put your heart out there and do what you truly were meant to do, and are passionate, it all comes back to you. Your talent will be noticed. You’ll get a promotion. You’ll start your own business. The money will pour in.
So same with working out. Stop focusing on shedding pounds. Focus on loving your workout. The more you love it, the less it feels like work, and the more you look forward to it! MEANING the easier it will be to get fit. Make sense? I hope you find POP Pilates to be enjoyable! I love seeing you guys kill your calendars every month. It makes me so happy to see you getting stronger!
Now back to the athletes. As you can see, each competitor looks different but that does not mean that a rhythmic gymnast is a better than a long distance runner or a weightlifter. What do you mean by better anyway? They each have a different skill set and their focus is to be the best at their sport. Their body structure is simply a result of their training. It is definitely not the goal. The goal is to be strong, to be confident, and to win.
So what is the perfect body shape?
The one that makes you feel confident. The one that was sculpted from your desire to find happiness and health in doing what you love.
POPsters, today I ask you, why do you work out? Go ahead. Take a moment to dig deep and pull out your answer. Leave your thoughts in the comments below!
You Don’t Know Jack — meet 16-year-old cancer researcher Jack Andraka
We totally love this new mini-documentary about superstar TEDx (and TED) speaker Jack Andraka, the teenage wonder who discovered a new method to detect pancreatic cancer that is 168 times faster, over 26,000 times less expensive, and over 400 times more sensitive than the typical means of pancreatic cancer detection — all before he even graduated high school. Watch it and be hopeful for the future.
And for more reason to build your faith in humanity (and young people in general), check our playlist of talks from amazing kids and get pumped for TEDxYouthDay this Saturday and Sunday — TEDx’s tribute to youth-driven ideas and inspiration.
NaCl. This is what salt looks like in a mine. The tour guides of the Wieliczka Salt Mine (and probably everyone else) call some of formations “cauliflower”. You can scrape off the salt to taste with your fingernails during the tour if you’re curious.
@ Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow
I know I’m late. Just watched Doomsday - Doctor Who. The feels… so much feel…
I think it’ll be hard for me to face that there will be no happy romantic endings in this story.
Everyone has six names.
1. your real name:
2. your detective name (favorite color and favorite animal): blue idon’thaveafavouriteanimalok dolphin
3. your soap opera name (middle name and street you live on): mun rathbone
4. your star wars name (first three letters of last name, first two of middle name, first two of first, last three of last): siemuwaiew
5. superhero name (color of your shirt, first item to your immediate left): white calculator
6. goth name (black and one of your pets):black rock
(err.. pet rock?)
I don’t mind having a superhero name of white calculator.
"Surrender now or ADD to your misery!"
"I will get to the ROOT of your troubles"
"SIN(e) no more"
"White calculator here to MULTIPLY joy. COS(ine) you’re worth it"
Omg so many puns… so punny.
Happy Movember! From Movember co-founder Adam Garone’s TEDxToronto talk, "Healthier men, one moustache at a time."
In his talk, Garone explains how Movember — an initiative to raise awareness for men’s health by having men grow moustaches every November — began as a dare in a bar in 2003. Now, it’s a worldwide movement that raises millions of dollars for prostate cancer research each year.
For more information about how to join in Movember yourself, check out their website here, and for some fun, take a look at the highlights of the TED staff’s Movember adventure last year.
How to make authentic horror movie blood
In the spirit of Halloween, a little video treat - Mark Gatiss shows us the trick of making movie blood, from the BBC Four series ‘A History of Horror’
Where the past is remembered so that we do not repeat the same mistakes.
According to the tour guide, Germany is probably the only country in the world that is actively remedying its past, acknowledging the damage it has done and apologising to its victims - part of the reason why it is able to go from a war torn country to prosperous and peaceful one. However, as a result, too much negativity has been directed at the country with many tourists ignoring the good parts of Germany by focusing too much on the war.
Before making your judgement on Germany, remember that history is written by the victors - probably why we never really read of war crimes by other countries in the past.
At least that’s what the tour guide said.
@ Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin
I used to be afraid of dogs. It’s getting better now that I run outdoors in the parks where lots of people take their well behaved dogs to.
This cutie pie was on the metro in Berlin. It sat quite still and just looked here and there at its fellow passengers. If I would want a dog, I’d consider this guy here.