May 31, 2013 |
You could call it being stuck in a rut. Or, as the authors of a new book put it, you could say that effort follows the law of diminishing returns, eventually causing people and companies to reach a point of stagnation where marginal returns disappear. In "The Plateau Effect: Getting From Stock to Success," Bob Sullivan, an NBC News columnist, and Hugh Thompson, a math professor and IT security expert, argue that they have found a cure for this condition. They call it "constant recalibration," or always rethinking your approach to problems.
May 12, 2013 |
POTOSÍ, Bolivia - A gentle breeze swept across Laguna Colorada, momentarily turning the magenta mineral lake water neon-orange as it rippled around the knobby knees of several dozen flamingos. Suddenly, a pair of frisky vicuñas trotted through the shallows, sending the flamingos aloft like a flock of hot pink pterodactyls. It was that kind of week. I tend to be lightheaded at altitude in the best of times, but road tripping across the Bolivian altiplano was downright psychedelic.
February 29, 2012 |
Reporting from Phoenix — There was a time when right-hander Aaron Harang was one of baseball's most dependable workhorses. From 2005 to 2007, he averaged 226 innings per season with the Cincinnati Reds. His 2341/3 innings in 2006 ranked third in the National League. His 2312/3 innings the next year ranked second. He hasn't topped 200 innings since. But Harang, who signed with the Dodgers as a free agent during the off-season, said he considers himself fortunate.
January 6, 2012
More proof that Indonesia is one of the most volcanically active places on the great Pacific Ring of Fire came in October 2010, when 9,560-foot Mt. Merapi, visible from the temple of Borobudur, erupted, killing 343 people and displacing an estimated 90,000. The road leading to the mountain was closed, but visitors can still see evidence of continuing volcanism on the island of Java by making a trip the Dieng Plateau. The area, about 75 miles northwest of the city of Yogyakarta, is the wide caldera of an extinct volcano, now covered by potato fields, villages - each with its own candy-colored mosque - and the island's oldest Hindu temples.
September 26, 2011 |
The minute I poured a glass of this 2010 Lirac, the scent of dried wild herbs, ripe blackberries, olives and earth leapt out of the glass. It's so rich and intense, it comes on like a baby Châteauneuf. In fact, the Bréchet family that produces this Lirac, a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, is renowned for their Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The "Plateau des Chênes" Lirac is fresh and easy to drink now, though it would be fun to see what it would become with some aging. Somehow, I don't think my bottles are going to hang around for that long.
June 9, 2011 |
Gabrielle Giffords is nowhere close to returning to Congress. And there remains real doubt about whether she ever will. That appears to be the bottom line of an article Thursday in the Arizona Republic that provides the most complete assessment yet of the wounded congresswoman’s current condition. Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman in Tucson in January. Now, six months later, she still struggles mightily to communicate, although her staff believes her comprehension skills are strong.