Lessons from Luis (5×8 – 10/14/10)

Leadership is all in the mine, take a hike and save your brain, the cows of politics, Fort Worth steps up, and caution: slow barista ahead.



It’s over and, hopefully, we’ve not moved on to other things now that all of the miners in Chile have returned topside. Now, who wants to work for a mine supervisor? PRI’s The World last evening had one of the more fascinating assessments of the mine disaster: What your boss can learn from the guy in charge deep within a mine in Chile.

Here are the first moments back on top — 33 times.


I’m going to have to be more organized with all the ways that might ward off dementia; they’re coming that fast. Earlier this week a study suggested people who work rather than retire have better cognitive ability. Now, a Pittsburgh study says people who walk at least six miles a week have less brain shrinkage. Takeaway: Start walking to work.

More refrains on the brain: How slot machines and gambling take over your mind.


How much stock should you put in political polls? It depends on whether the methodology includes cellphones, according to Pew. Its latest study shows the degree of “bias” when polls don’t include people with cellphones.

In the Pew Research Center’s latest poll, conducted Aug. 25 to Sept. 6 among 2,816 registered voters, including 786 reached by cell phone, 44% said that if the election were held today that they would vote for the Republican candidate for Congress in their district or leaned Republican, while 47% would vote for the Democratic candidate or leaned Democratic. Among the landline respondents, 46% preferred the GOP candidate and 45% the Democratic candidate, a four-point shift in the margin. In this survey, both estimates would have shown a close race between Republicans and Democrats.

(h/t: Jennifer Nelson)

More politics: I dare you not to click the link on this headline in the Forest Lake Times.

Huge holstein gives candidate Chris Johnson one-upmanship in FL mayoral race

(h/t: Bring Me The News)


You know all those stories from Texas that make it seem like a land of crackpots? This isn’t one of them:

You can probably figure out what was in the two paragraphs he couldn’t bring himself to read.

(h/t: Peter Sagal)


Do you want your coffee drink quick? Or do you want it good?

Bonus: “Auditions” are underway for the second YouTube orchestra.


Tight races in dozens of congressional districts around the country have prompted a wave of negative political advertising. When has political advertising led you to change your vote?


Midmorning (9-11 a.m.) – First hour: When President Obama had a book thrown at him at a recent rally in Philadelphia, many pundits had suggestions for what the book should have been. Midmorning asks a book critic and an historian what they think should be on Obama’s reading list.

Second hour: Zombies, vampires, and witches.

Midday (11 a.m. – 1 p.m.) – First hour: University of Minnesota climatologist Mark Seeley takes questions about the history and science of weather.

Second hour: American RadioWorks’ Stephen Smith and Kate Ellis discuss their new book, “Say it Loud!: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African-American Identity.”

Talk of the Nation (1-3 p.m.) – First hour: The changing rules of mammograms.

Second hour: Bill Bryson talks about his book, At Home, and explains everything you wanted to know about your house, but never thought to ask.

  • Joanna

    Thank you for posting Joel Burns’ story.

  • Kim E

    “Thank you for posting Joel Burns’ story.”

    Agreed. Also, here’s a tissue.

  • http://www.skyseastone.net/jvstin/ Paul

    Another superb selection from 5X8, Bob.

  • Jeanne

    Bob, the 5×8 selections this week have been very enlightening. Thank you. Now let’s see how I score on that Quiz. Hmmm.