What I've Been Watching and Reading

As 2012 draws to a close, I thought I'd take the opportunity to share a handful of the articles, books, shows, conversations and documentaries that informed, inspired and entertained me throughout the year. I hope that a few are also informative, inspiring and entertaining for you.

Elon Musk in Coversation

2012 was a standout year for entrepreneur Elon Musk. After rocky, touch-and-go starts, his three California-based companies--Space X, Tesla, and Solar City--all hit major milestones. If, like I, you are fascinated by him, then this July conversation with Pando Daily founder Sarah Lacy is worthwhile viewing. He's shockingly accomplished--and incredibly understated. A nice combination.

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To Market, To Market

I generally do a decent job of keeping up with what's going on in New York. But this is a big city--so every once in a while something does manage to get by me. And occasionally it's something that's right under my nose, in my own back yard.

Early last week I learned for the first time of Essex Street Market, only blocks from my home in Nolita, on Essex between Rivington and Delancey on the Lower East Side. That a food market so close by had escaped my attention came as a shock--I love markets. And not just for the quality of the products and produce found there. I mostly love the spirit of community and connection that markets foster--with other shoppers, farmers, vendors, purveyors. So I hunt them down.

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Green Energy

One of the things that grounds me is running. I've run off and on since I was in college, but it's only in the last few years that I've gotten serious about setting goals, training, running longer distances. Half marathons are my favorite.

There's a significant amount of tweaking you can do for your running performance via nutrition. And as I've gotten more serious about my goals, my eating has changed a lot. I ensure that my energy stays pretty even all day by eating five times a day and by making sure that every time I do I get a good mix of fat, carbs and protein. And I've eliminated a lot of sugar. Not all of it. But a lot.

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