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The Most Non-Scientific Ways to Get Through a Sleepy Day

Stephen Franano

From Peaches to Beaches

Read the news lately about sleep deprivation? Um, it’s completely terrifying.

Now, on top of worrying about the ozone layer, global warming, Florida drivers and odd occurrences, random acts of God, mosquito bites, cancers of any kind, living up to my potential, being kidnapped for 10+ years, and shootings from fundamentalists from any religion, now I have to fear that lack of sleep will make me gain weight and die earlier. Great. Just awesome.

I’ve always been a nocturnal person, and it just seems like life is stacked against people like me. Even when I was little, like 3 or 4, my parents realized how completely futile bedtime enforcement was, and so instead, they simply instructed me to keep my door closed after 8 pm and not come back out. I could do whatever I wanted as long as I was quiet and stayed in that room. Easy peasy.

I’ve…

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What Should We Do With Detroit?

James Stuckey

One of my earliest jobs after graduate school was to join the Koch Administration doing economic development.  It provided a wonderful and exciting opportunity to use the skills I had learned as a student with degKoch Times Squarerees in both psychology and business .  The chance to create employment and business opportunities, especially in distressed areas of the city, appealed to my desire to help others.  It was a challenging time, with the city teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, and President Ford’s famous “drop dead” attitude towards bailing the city out.  I spent twelve years working with Ed Koch while he was Mayor, the last four of which as his appointed President of the New York City Public Development Corporation (http://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/24/nyregion/2-are-named-by-koch-as-chiefs-of-agencies.html).

Even after the Koch years, I’ve always felt a strong affinity to work in and with the public sector, serving on: the Municipal Water Finance Authority during the Giuliani…

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Betcha’ didn’t know this about baseballs

Stephen Franano

Field of Teams

It is the focal point of every Major League Baseball player, coach, and fan watching, yet it’s also the most overlooked item used in the game. Sure, you watch baseball. But do you really watch the ball as much as you think?

We betcha’ don’t.

For example: How many times do you notice when they switch the baseball because the pitcher doesn’t like how it feels in their hand? Or how often do you notice that the baseballs they use in batting practice are different from the ones they use to warm up in the bullpen?

Baseballs don’t simply arrive at the stadium ready to be used. There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes before a ball is tossed by a pitcher on a big league mound.

According to A’s equipment manager Steve Vucinich, they use an average of seven dozen baseballs per game in Oakland. To meet…

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