April 30, 2014
1. Walk and Roll
Want to be more creative today? Strap on some comfortable shoes and take a walk. A new study from Stanford researchers found that a person’s creative output can increase by as much as 60% when walking. According to the study’s authors: “Many people anecdotally claim they do their best thinking when walking. We finally may be taking a step, or two, toward discovering why.” (Walking is fine, but I bet they came up with that line in the shower.)
+ “The president is among a growing number of executives who’d rather walk than sit in a conference room when they want to mull and make important decisions. While certainly not brand new … walking has become a full-fledged fad among executives.”
2. Needle and the Damage Done
“6:39 PM – Inmate tries to talk. Says man and appears to be trying to get up. Doctor checks on inmate. Female prison official says, ‘We are going to lower the blinds temporarily.’ Prison phone rings. Director of Prisons Robert Patton answers the phone and leaves the room – taking three state officials with him.” How Oklahoma botched a an execution (even though Clayton Lockett died 45 minutes later of a heart attack) and how it affects the death penalty debate.
+ The Daily Beast: “Regrettably, Lockett’s gruesome death was far from extraordinary.
+ Yesterday, I linked to a few very interesting pieces about the death penalty, including one on the dark figure, the number of innocent people on death row.
3. Heard That One Before
The views expressed in the now infamous recordings of banned LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling may have been upsetting and offensive, but for many Americans, they also sounded pretty familiar. A fifth of Americans say they would not want a close relative marrying a black person, and a third say blacks shouldn’t push themselves where they’re not wanted. The NYT shares the numbers.
+ FIveThirtyEight: Three Leagues, 92 Teams And One Black Principal Owner.
+ Could Oprah be part of a group that buys the Clippers?