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Dissecting the Game's Most Feared Swing

Dissecting the Game's Most Feared Swing

Don Long, the Philadelphia Phillies’ minor league hitting coordinator, talks about the evolution and the components of Ryan Howard’s swing.

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Want to Be a Superstar Athlete? Build More Myelin

Want to Be a Superstar Athlete? Build More Myelin

While favorable genetics and a well-conditioned body are essential, some scientists believe that physiological changes in the brain that take place during repetitive practice at a young age may make the difference between a world-class athlete and the rest of us.

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Refining Vision Surgery for a Sharper Focus

The newwest technology in Lasik surgery, commonly called custom Lasik, provides additional accuracy and personalization to the eye correction procedure. Wavescan technology creates a “fingerprint” of the patient’s vision, precise enough to capture subtle anomalies in each eye. A guided laser can cut a thinner, more uniform flap, while a corrective laser with variable size beams can reshape the cornea with increased accuracy, keeping on target even as the eye moves. But as with all corrective surgeries, complications can arise.

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The 18th Green: The Tillinghast Test

A.W. Tillinghast designed the West Course at Winged Foot in the early 1920’s, and it has been challenging the world’s best golfers in every era since. Many of the elements of his design philosophy – what he offers golfers and how he tests them – can be found on and around the 18th green.

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Looking Back at 2007

I finally found some time to put together a list of the projects that I have worked on in 2007 and some highlights from 2006.

In 2007, I have had a chance to work on many different challenging and fun projects that required me to take many different roles. I have sharpen up my programming skills greatly this year and have fully adopted The New York Times’ design style.

One of the skills I have acquired while working at The New York Times is the ability to deal with very intense deadlines. I have learned how to organize my projects, so that they are flexible for last minute changes and easy to maintain in the future.

Another thing that I have accomplished in 2007 is the code library that I built in Flash. Working with few other people, I have coded most of the standard components that we use here at The Times. That helps reduce the production time greatly and leave me time to think more about the design and the content rather than the code.

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