Learning to throw a Disc Golf disc – Part 1 – Introduction

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Some friends and I play a disc golf tourney every fall. 6 guys. There is a trophy for first place and a trophy for last place called ‘The Meat’. 

I got ‘The Meat’ for the last couple of years. I was easily 20 strokes back from the lead most years and sometimes 30. There are also some unique ‘rules’ to the tourney that make bogeys on holes an unfortunate thing.

One thing to understand is that before I played Disc Golf with these guys I had NEVER thrown a disc golf. A frisbee on the beach? Sure. Never a disc golf. 

I decided that in 2014 that a little practice was in order to change the results.

The goals were:

  1. Not come in last place in the 2014 tournament
  2. Win the trophy in 2015

To accomplish these goals I needed to: 

  1. Understand a little more about discs and the rules of the game
  2. Improve my putting skills
  3. Improve my driving skills

Whereby ‘improve’ means get past the previous pathetic results, get to predictable throws and better scores.

To become better I broke things into sections: 

  1. Research
  2. Putting and practice
  3. Driving and practice
  4. Results and continued improvement
For the purposes of this blog I have broken the posts into the same bits and I will link to them from this post.
I’ll include the links to the different research and videos that I watched and hopefully these posts will help someone else. 

Clay Shirky – Last Call

Another article in a long line of articles describing the long painful death of newspapers. 

See here.

There is one point he makes about the loss of journalistic talent. Important. I personally think that the biggest loss is the talent along with the role that many newspapers held of being a check on political issues. 

Sure, we can report on the local politician being a corrupt or a good politician in digital but how many people are going to see these reports?

Google Drive … I found out what was driving me to drink

I started using Google Drive awhile ago because my colleagues were. Easy to use applications that have the collaborative features we were looking for. 

I didn’t install the Mac client for Google Drive that syncs the contents of your Google Drive to the local machine. About two months ago I did. 

Shortly after that I noticed a weird thing that started to happen. 

I would be happily typing along in some application and the application would move to the background. Click on the app or use the command keys to move the app back to the front…and it would happen again. 

It was driving me crazy. 

One day I was typing merrily along and it happened…again. However, this time I noticed the Google Drive Icon in the menu bar flash at the same time the foreground app moved to the background!

Sure enough that was the problem. Set Google Drive to ‘pause’.

Problem solved.

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