1. Mahalia Jackson has been hitting the spot during all the trials and tribulations lately and this NPR piece is both a good overview and hilariously enthusiastic:

Listen to her Apollo Records release “Tired.” The truly weary tend not to holler about it, but Jackson lets out the word “tired” like a dragon blowing fire […] On the capitalized words below, imagine standing next to a blow torch.


2. The second video (arrow thru) in this post from Gelje Sherpa is maybe the most impressive physical act I’ve ever seen: casually strolling down the death zone on Everest (83oo meters = 27,000 feet) with a whole entire human strapped to your back:


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3. For my dad, who is entering his concussion era: