Julian Blair

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JRR Tolkien: 'Film my books? It's easier to film The Odyssey'

<b>This interview was originally published in The Telegraph magazine on March 22. 1968.</b><p>“Spiders,” observed Professor JRR Tolkien, cradling the word with the same affection that he cradled the pipe in his hand, “are the particular terror of northern imaginations.” The Professor, now 76, is the author …

How Many Megapixels Does Your Camera Really Need?

<i>Jo Plumridge is a British writer and photographer who specializes in design, travel and comedy pieces. As a photographer, she focuses on portraiture, and, if you’re asking, she will have a cup of tea — black, no sugar.</i> <i>This post was originally published on the</i> <i>Shutterstock blog</i> <i>and has been reprinted</i> …

Sensoria Is A New Smart Sock That Coaches Runners In Real Time

Hardware maker, Heapsylon, debuted two new fitness products at CES 2014: a smart fitness sock that coaches users on their running techniques in real time and a heart rate monitor built into a T-shirt and bra. I got a hands-on demo with Sensoria Sock’s smartphone application that alerts users to …

How and Why You Should Warm Up Before a Run

Heading out for a run too fast and not warmed up is a recipe for injury.<p>Once we get revved up to run it’s tempting to shoot out the door at top speed. But heading out of the gates at full speed—without a proper warmup—is a recipe for disaster, and injury.<p>If you start out too fast, you run the risk …

The New Rules of Marathon Nutrition

<i>Use these six cutting-edge tips to avoid the dreaded wall the next time you tackle 26.2.</i><p>When Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall reached the 23-mile mark of …

The Life and Times of an Aging Superhero Captured in Oil Paintings by Andreas Englund | Colossal

<p>In his ongoing series of photorealistic oil paintings called the <i>Aging Superhero</i>, Swedish artist Andreas Englund takes us into the candidly humorous …

iTunes is getting some new Beatles material, up for pre-order now

iTunes famously finally got The Beatles' collection into the store back in 2010, and is something yet to be matched by digital music competitors. …

The Beatles

Analog to digital: Cornell conductor tries to modernize the orchestra with Google Glass

Classical music doesn’t have a need for modern technology. Instruments have been built for centuries, scores print just fine on paper, and concert seating gives patrons a good enough perspective on the orchestra as it is. But while classical music may not need technology, Cynthia Turner, a …

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Piriformis Pain?

The cure to piriformis pain is finding the culprit.<p><i>My 50th birthday falls on the weekend of the 2014 Disney World Marathon. It has been my dream to celebrate by doing Goofy's race. Unfortunately, I have been struggling with piriformis pain since my last marathon, two years ago. Is my dream a wash,</i> …

Yoga Linked To Relief of Lower Back Pain

New study finds the practice has both short- and long-term benefits.<p>It's not uncommon for runners to experience lower back pain. There are many potential reasons for the problem. It could be the result of tight hamstrings or an unstable core. Your job and commute could be contributing factors as …

5 Core Workouts for Stronger Running

A strong core will help you hold proper running form longer.<p><i>Zach asks: I don't know that I'm what you'd call a beginner, but I think I am. I was just wondering if you could recommend some strength and core training for me? I've always neglected this part of fitness because I hate going to the gym,</i> …